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Welcome To Sortilege Falls

(Grape Merriweather)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  53 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: kindle, netgalley, series
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
Aug 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley, dnf
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
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
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
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.

Sue 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
Oct 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
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.
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
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
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
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
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.}

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.
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!

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Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Grape Merriweather moves to Sortilege Falls, she notices a number of things seem off. First, there's a group of overly gorgeous kids in her school called the Models, and everyone in the town, including adults, kowtows to them. Second, garden gnomes inexplicably start popping up everywhere. And then her younger brother develops an unhealthy obsession with the woods while Grape finds herself drawn to the Models, one in particular, Mandy. Things go really awry when the Models fall ill with a m ...more
Christine Jordan
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Voracious Readers for an honest review. This book started out with Grape Merriweather moving to Sortilege Falls and starting a new school. She sees a group of beyond beautiful teenagers and wonders how they can be so beautiful and why everyone caters to their every want and need. then they start getting sick. Meanwhile her nerdy little brother is investigating the near by woods and is becoming very secretive about his adventures. This was a fun introduction to this worl ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, 2017
Welcome to Sortilege Falls is about Grape, who just moved to this town. For some reason there live a lot of beautiful humans, who are all models, in this town, and all the other inhabitants are obsessed over them. As soon as Grape moves into this town all these Models start to get sick.
And the reason why was so weird.
The beginning of the story really interested me, that was until the point were you learned why everyone was obsessed over the beautiful people. But then the book lost my interest,
Mar 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
I wish I liked this book, but it just wasn't for me. The general idea was interesting, unfortunately, I just had way too many problems while reading this. I found all but maybe two (minor) characters completely unlikable. Even the protagonist was awful. The story didn't seem to make much sense, sometimes being outrageously random.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
A gripping and mysterious read. The world of Sortilege Falls sucked me in. Looking forward to more from author Libby Heily.
Melissa McGuire
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
This book was painful to finish. I was confused most of the book. The characters were super shallow and obsessed with beauty. I skimmed through to the end of the book
Christine Hayes
Good story
Jul 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-shelf, ya
***I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review of it. The opinions and thoughts stated concerning this book are solely my own and no one else’s. ***

Welcome to Sortilege Falls by Libby Heily is a story about a girl named Grape Merriweather who has just moved to Sortilege Falls with her mom and her younger brother Brad. There is something strange about this town. Grape is starting school some place new and so she believes that her fellow students will be welcoming and ni
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it
"Welcome to Sortilege Falls"
By: Libby Heily

2 3/4 stars

The author's statement at the beginning of the book about being written "For all those who have ever been made to feel less than" gives you the flavor of this read. A "normal" in this case is someone who is NOT "georgeous, magnetic and rich". I assume the lesson in this book is to show that everyone has problems. That the grass is not always greener for those who seem to have it all. That definitely seems to be the case in the town of Sortile
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
The rating would be 2 1/2.

Welcome to Sortilege Falls by Libby Heily tells the tale of Grape (named after grape soda because her father was sucking them down during her birth), her mother (a doctor), and her younger brother, Brad (a plant fanatic) who move to a small town in Missouri from Virginia. To clue you in to what type of novel this is, sortilege means foretelling, magic, sorcery.

Grape starts her first day of school in this new town, somewhat cocky, certain that she'll find her classes (no
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
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I’m a writer and an improviser. My young adult fantasy series is published through Fire and Ice YA Publishing. My short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including Daily Science Fiction, Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, Twisted Sister Literary Magazine, and Theaker’s Quarterly.

I also love chocolate, cheese, running, club soda, and my husband – not necessarily in that order.

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“The enticing odor of French onion soup, only implied in her room, rose full force from the stove and embraced her in a warm hug. Grape reached for the ladle, desperate for a taste. “Do you mind going to get him?” Ugh. She put the ladle down and trudged back upstairs. If it was her brother’s sole mission in life to spoil even the little joys Grape had left, then he was succeeding. “Try not stomping on every step,” her mother called, her voice as pleasant as pumpkin pie. Grape rolled her eyes. She stomped harder on the next step to emphasize her independence and then tread softly up the staircase, because she was no fool.” 0 likes
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