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Welcome To Sortilege Falls

(Grape Merriweather)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Grape Merriweather has just moved to Sortilege Falls and already she knows something isn't right. A small pack of teenage models, too beautiful for words, holds the town in their sway. The models have no plans on making Grape's life easy. But no matter how cruel they are to Grape and the other “Normals”, no one can stay angry with them for long.

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Paperback, 250 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Fire & Ice Young Adult Books
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Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, series, kindle
Fellow bookworms, I have a confession to make. Sometimes, I request books from NetGalley and I don't even read the book summary. After reading this book, I believe that I should probably start doing that. Because this YA series just wasn't my cup of tea. The teens in this story were so shallow and that included the main protagonist, Grape. Good looking people are dying and apparently it is the fault of a bunch of gnomes.Oh and a vampire makes a cameo.

Let this be a lesson to me.

Thanks to NetGa
Mar 27, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm the author so I won't be rating this book. It feels like cheating somehow. I thought it might be nice though to give some background about Welcome to Sortilege Falls.

This is my second novel. My first, Tough Girl, was about an eleven-year-old who loses herself in an imaginary world to combat the misery of her life. I wanted to write something happy after that and WTSF is about as “happy” as my writing gets. The idea was to come up with a main character whose very name sounds like a smile, thu
Aug 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, netgalley
Moving home and school is never easy but for sixteen year old Grape Merriweather it is the start of a life changing traumatic time for her, her family and the people of Sortilege Falls, the town where she moved to. Their new home is fine but the people who live there are decidedly odd! There is a small group of incredibly beautiful teens, the models, who seem to control everything in the town - and even if they’re horrid to others no one stays cross with them, they seem to be able to get away wi ...more
Frank McKennedy
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Talented New Author Presents Another Exciting and Unusual Tale

Sortilege Falls is a fast paced, engrossing short novel perfect for a summer read. The characters naturally reveal a depth of personality that the reader is able to relate to their flaws and assets without bogging down the pace of story. Also, for the young and not so young reader, the familiar and uncomfortable setting of the new kid in school, the selfish, driven parents, a setting with the twist of fantasy and fable holds ones at
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
So... There's going to be a sequel.

Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book on Net galley in exchange for an honest review.
What on Earth did I just read?
When I started out in the beginning of this novel I had high hopes because it seemed to be an interesting read, however the author pulled in so many elements from different book genres it left me super confused.

A quick tldr of this book is that it follows the story of a girl named Grape who moves to a town where everyone is enamored with these beautiful teenagers who live there. However
D.G. Driver
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating YA book. I've never read anything quite like it, and it kept me interested all the way to the end. It has kind of a Stepford Wives feel at the beginning when Grape, her mother, and brother Brad move to this new town to start over after the death of her father. Everyone in this town is a bit off. There are these extra beautiful teens everyone calls Models whose mere presence makes people bow to them. Grape is only mildly affected by them, and she winds up friends with one o ...more
Medeia Sharif
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grape is new in town and her school is nothing like her old one. This one is ruled by mean, beautiful students. When a mysterious illness spreads among the gorgeous ones, the suspense intensifies. Grape and her friend Mandy are great characters, and the pretty, mean ones are also characters you can sink into. This is a unique and different YA book that I highly recommend.
Kayla (Kayla's Book Nook)
What an interesting and captivating read, I really enjoyed the characters and the plot! This book is about a girl named Grape Merriweather (yes, that's her real name!) whose family moves to a new community called Sortilege Falls. She encounters a group of gorgeous people labeled the Models, since, hence the name, they had experience in modelling and/or acting. They aren't just any normal models, though! All of a sudden, one model dies of an unknown cause, and then a couple other models follow su ...more
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read an unedited version of this book prior to publication

I loved this story. 16 year old Grape fit in just fine at her old school, but when she moves with her mother and brother to Sortilege Falls, she soon finds that this town is nothing like her old one. The townsfolk are obsessed with a group of teens known as The Models because they are all inhumanely beautiful. They're all real jerks, except for Mandy, who becomes Grape's only friend in school.

I think what I loved most about this book i
Paige Turner
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on Between Reality

Well, if I hadn’t had my tear ducts removed and my heart wasn’t completely stone, I’d be balling right now. Welcome to Sortilege Falls captivated my interest and tore my emotions to shreds. Gosh, I can barely even talk about it.

I adore Grape Merriweather. I literally adore her. I love how much she eats and that even when she’s called fat, she continues to eat because that’s what she loves to do. It’s not in an unhealthy way either, she just has a great
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-review
(Thank you to Netgalley and Fire and Ice YA Publishing for a free digital copy of this book!)

Grape just moved to Sortilege falls with her mother and her little brother and it becomes obvious soon enough that something isn't right here. There are a bunch of stunningly beautiful teenagers that are just too beautiful to be real. When these kids fall ill one after the other and die, she starts digging.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the book and the town... creepily beautiful with some secret lur
Olivia Farr
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Welcome to Sortilege Falls" centers around Grape Merriweather who has moved to a new town (Sortilege Falls) with her mother and brother. This small town has an abnormal number of models (later known as Models, a group on their own) whom the town adores, no matter how mean/rude they are. Grape, immune to their looks, befriends one, Mandy. Soon, the Models begin falling ill and dying. Grape sets out to find answers and a cure before her friend Mandy dies.

Despite having a Stepford feel, this book
Beth Tilley
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great story. It's witty and clever filled with typical teenage angst with a side of mystery. Grape Merriweather moves to Sortilege Falls with her mother and younger brother. She soon realizes that all is not as it seems and nothing is normal. Strange, beautiful "Models" hold the town in thrall. The "Normals" are captivated by the "Models" to the point of obsession. One by one the "Models" fall ill and begin to die. Grape sets out the solve the mystery at a great loss to herself. I cann ...more
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
This emotionally charged read took my emotions on a massive and extended roller coaster ride from beginning to end. Well written story line with amazing characters and I for one am ready for the next ride.

{I received an eARC when I signed up for the book tour. I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are unbiased and my own.}

Natalie {I'd So Rather Be Reading}
I finally found a YA series that had all #thefeels of a Goosebump mixed with the sleuthing heart of Nancy Drew!

Read review HERE
Andrea Guy
I haven't read a YA books in ages, but this one sounded like such fun and it was. It was a quick read. It is the first book in the Grape Merriweather series. Like I said, I don't often venture into the YA arena, but I do when the character is relate-able and that's how I felt about Grape. She was kind of like I was in high school. She wanted to fit in. I can easily see myself carrying on with this series. Though unlike myself, in her original hometown, she was obviously popular. I love the story ...more
Susan Angela Wallace
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Welcome to sortilege by Libby Heily.
Sixteenyearold Grape Merriweather has just moved to Sortilege Falls and already she knows something isn't right. A small pack of teenage models, too beautiful for words, hold the town in their sway. The models have no plans on making Grape's life easy. But no matter how cruel they are to Grape and the other "Normals", no one can stay angry with them for long. Grape's life changes for the better, or so she thinks, when Mandy, the only "nice" model, befriends h
CrazyCat (Alex)
Everything about Sortilege Falls is strange. The woods with trees and wildlife unknown, the boys and girls at school ignoring a new student and a group of teens, known as the Models, so beautiful it seems otherworldly. When Grape (what a name, right?) and her family moves to the small town she doesn't know that her life is going to change dramatically and that she will loose a family member. In the end I'm left hoping that Grape will find a way to make things right and I can't wait to read the n ...more
Patricia A.Bunn
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book

Great Book I love it but you will have to read it too see what you think I love 💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘Thank you for letting me read this book I love it
Jessica Traver cashen
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Great read. Well written, with a great plot and characters. I was sucked into this book on page 1. Absolutely loved this book and can't wait to read more of this series. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Netgalley.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
This was just not for me.
The story was supposedly for teens but the writing seemed to be for so much younger.
The characters was shallow and it felt totally unrealistic.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Welcome to Sortilege Falls - Grape Merriweather Book 1
Author: Libby Heily
Publisher: Melange Books Fire & Ice Young Adult
Date of Publishing: December 18, 2017

This book given to me by NetGalley and Melange Books Fire & Ice Young Adult
in exchange for my honest review.

Following her father's death, Gapes mother moves to Sortilege Falls. Taking Grape and her brother to a new town, new school and a community enthralled with seven of their own. Called "The Models" these seven or beyond b
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well written story with a good plot

A well written story with a good plot. YA and adults will enjoy this fanciful adventure. Recommend this book for all ages.
Melinda Howard
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! Wen I first requested it from Netgalley I thought it sounded interesting but I was a bit dubious that it wouldn't live up to my expectations; thankfully it not only met but exceeded them. The main character Grape was interesting albeit angsty teenager who recently moved to Sortilege Falls. After the move she soon notices that the town is strange especially the compelling
Paula  Phillips
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Have you ever had to write a review on a book that you just couldn't wrap your head around? That's how I found Welcome to Sortilege Falls which should have read with a tagline under it to say if you aren't a model , then you are like a piece of gum on the sidewalk. You are not important and are frowned upon. In this book Grape's family moved to the small-town of Sortilege Falls, though this place isn't like any small-town where Grape has lived before in fact this small-town is known for its beau ...more
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whoa. What a book. I loved it. I loved the feeling of not knowing what was going on. Was the reason cientific? Was it paranormal? And what an ending. I WANT MORE!!!

Making a very short recap of the book it would be like: Grape is the new girl in town, alongside her brother and mother. Her brother, Brad, spends lots of time in the forest behind the home; and she gets surprised by how beautiful some people on Sortilege Falls are. So beautiful... people do everything from admiring them to get seduc
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to Sortilege Falls has to be the most original piece of writing that I’ve read in a while. The main character is Grape ( I love the name) who moves to Sortilege Falls with her mom and little brother, Brad. Once there, she realizes immediately that the town is acting all sorts of weird in the presence of the Models. Their every waking moment is filled with the obsession of a bunch of teenage models too beautiful for words. It’s like they have some power over people that makes them do what ...more
Laura Wolfe
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Grape Merriweather moves to Sortilege Falls she readies herself to start a new high school and make new friends, but she never could have imagined the strange things the town of Sortilege Falls has in store for her. A number of students at Grapes' new school are gorgeous models who treat others like dirt and who (inexplicably) the rest of the town worship. There's also something slightly off with their skin-- are they glowing? And why is Grape's brother, Brad, spending so much time in the w ...more
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