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Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall

In book review on July 21, 2008 at 10:44 am

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher:Kensington (July 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758226799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758226792
  • Book Synopsis:

    There are some girls who have everything.  She has the right clothes, the right friends, and the right last name, but fifteen-year-old Maddie Crane sometimes feels like an outsider in her wealthy seaside town.  And when her gorgeous, eccentric cousin Cordelia LeClaire moves to town, Maddie is drawn toward her ethereal, magical spirit and teeters even more toward the edge of her friends’ tightly-knit circle…

    Then there are the jealous ones.  Kate Endicott and the Sisters of Misery – a secret clique of the most popular, powerful girls in school – are less than thrilled by Cordelia’s arrival.  When Kate’s on-again, off-again boyfriend Trevor takes an interest in Cordelia, the Sisters of Misery become determined to make her pay…

    Now  Maddie must choose between her loyalty to her cousin and the wrath of the Sisters of Misery…

    All I can say is WOW!!!  There is nothing more thrilling than finding an author who has the capabilities of luring you into their story and not letting go.  I fell straight in, and didn’t resurface until the book was finished, reading it straight through.  Hawthorne is right next to Salem and is described perfectly in this passage from the book:

    There was the Hawthorne that most people talked about: the one with the stories as old and weathered as the shingles of the historic houses.  The town that’s picture postcard perfect, a Currier and Ives landscape filled with the scents of apple cider in the fall, pine and woodsmoke in the winter, and honey and jasmine in the summer.  The town known for sailing and quaint shops and an envialbe coastline.

    And then there were the legends.

    Stories of ghostly soldiers that still lurked outside the Old Sandy Dog Tavern and the specter of Jack Derby, the tyranical sheriff who terrorized the town over two hundred years ago.  But the most startling of all were the townspeople reporting the sensation of a small hand reaching up to grab hold and be helped across the street – the tiny hand of Hester Proctor, who died so many years ago trampled by a horse and wagon.

    During the times of the witch hunts, three sisters were killed on Misery Island.  Trying to recover, the town has tried to put all of the “evil” of the past behind it and become the perfect tourist town.  Unfortunately, the past isn’t willing to give up that easy.

    Maddy Crane seems to have it all from the outside but looks can be deceiving.  One thing she does have is a coveted spot in the elite group known as The Sisters of Misery.  A clique of sorts, these girls rule the town, and previous members are all prominent members of the community.  The Sisters of Misery is led Kate Endicott, a girl not only looked up to, but feared as well.  Maddie knows that even if she wanted to, she will never leave the club for fear of what may happen to her.  

    A spot of happiness is about to grace her doorstep.  Her aunt Rebecca and cousin Cordelia have moved in to the house she shares with her Grandmother and mother.  Her aunt and mother are like night and day, and so are her and Cordelia.  But, as time passes Cordelia becomes her best friend.  She is truly a free spirit, and eccentric, but these are some qualities that Maddie is hoping to embrace.  So, when the Sister of Misery taunt her and treat her poorly, Maddie doesn’t know what to do but try and ignore it.  Cordelia, strong as she is, doesn’t put up with any of it.  So, when they decide to do a ritual ceremony out on Misery Island, Cordelia decides to come along to experience what is so special about this group.  Kate has plans for Cordelia, and has been studying up on the witchcraft that their town is notorious for.  Maddie witnesses some of the torture her cousin endures before passing out and waking up at home.  Cordelia is nowhere to be found and the Sisters aren’t talking.  Frantic, Maddie fights to gain clues as to what happened to her cousin, at any cost.

    This was such an excellent read and I am hopeful that the author will honor me by allowing me to review her future books – EXCELLENT!!

     

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    1. I liked this one too! It’s odd we reviewed it so close together.

    2. Sounds good. And the cover is beautiful 🙂

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