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Nancy Werlin

Nancy WerlinNancy Werlin was born and raised in Peabody, Massachusetts, USA and now lives near Boston. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Yale. Since then, she has worked as a technical writer and editor for several computer software and Internet companies, while also writing fiction. Read more at Nancy Werlin’s website.


Impossible — (2008-2013) Publisher: A beautifully wrought modern fairy tale from master storyteller and award-winning author Nancy Werlin. Inspired by the classic folk ballad “Scarborough Fair,” this is a wonderfully riveting novel of suspense, romance, and fantasy. Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations-old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out. But will it be enough to conquer this age-old evil?

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Impossible: A book I should have loved

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

This is a difficult review for me to write. Nancy Werlin makes several plotting decisions that don’t quite work for me, even though I can see the ways these decisions serve the narrative.

Impossible is a book I should have loved. I adore plots that hinge on the exact wording of curses and prophecies: “none of woman born,” “when two Mondays come together,” that sort of thing. Here is a whole novel based on that concept. Our heroine, Lucy Scarborough, must complete three seemingly impossible tasks in order to save herself and her unborn daughter.

The trouble begins on prom night, when Lucy is raped by a classmate. That’s bad enough by itself, but Lucy suspects that the boy wasn’t really “himself” when he attacked her, and that something even more frightening is afoot. Lucy becomes pregnant, and learns that she comes from a... Read More

More fantasy novels by Nancy Werlin

Nancy Werlin Impossible, ExtraordinaryExtraordinary — (2010) Young adult. Publisher: Phoebe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new kid in school, and the two girls become as close as sisters… until Mallory’s magnetic older brother, Ryland, shows up during their junior year. Ryland has an immediate, exciting hold on Phoebe but a dangerous hold, for she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself. Soon she’ll discover the shocking truth about Ryland and Mallory: that these two are visitors from the faerie realm who have come to collect on an age-old debt. Generations ago, the faerie queen promised Pheobe’s ancestor five extraordinary sons in exchange for the sacrifice of one ordinary female heir. But in hundreds of years there hasn’t been a single ordinary girl in the family, and now the faeries are dying. Could Phoebe be the first ordinary one? Could she save the faeries, or is she special enough to save herself?