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Sunday, May 29, 2011

On serendipity

One evening, I was browsing the library bookshelves in search of a novel by my favorite YA author, Scott Westerfeld. I didn't find the one I wanted, but happened to notice a book called Double Helix, just before the string of Westerfeld novels. It was by an author I'd never heard of before, Nancy Werlin. The synopsis intrigued me with its references to biotechnology, and it was set in Boston--two good reasons to pick it up. I did, and I subsequently enjoyed reading it.

Since then, I've read The Killer's Cousin, a much darker YA novel that I also enjoyed. After that, I discovered that Werlin had written an intriguing blend of urban fantasy, romance, and mystery called Impossible. The plot was based on the English folk song, Scarborough Fair. I had some issues with head-hopping and a few elements of the plot, but overall, Impossible was a four-star read for me.

Sometimes, when we don't find what we're looking for, it can be a good thing.

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