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Reviewed by Amber Gibson for TeensReadToo.comMaddie Crane is a New England prep by default, not by choice It seems that her entire life has been dictated by her mother and her controlling clique of friends, The Sisters of Misery It has always been easier for Maddie to just go along with The Sisters, to avoid incurring their wrath She might be nice, but Maddie doesn t have courage She is always a follower, never a leader Cordelia LeClaire, Maddie s cousin, is a free spirit, a natural beauty Reviewed by Amber Gibson for TeensReadToo.comMaddie Crane is a New England prep by default, not by choice It seems that her entire life has been dictated by her mother and her controlling clique of friends, The Sisters of Misery It has always been easier for Maddie to just go along with The Sisters, to avoid incurring their wrath She might be nice, but Maddie doesn t have courage She is always a follower, never a leader Cordelia LeClaire, Maddie s cousin, is a free spirit, a natural beauty with confidence and an easy smile In a small town like Hawthorne, a beauty like Cordelia stands out When Cordelia comes to Hawthorne to live with Maddie s family, the two girls overcome their initial differences and establish an almost sisterly bond Maddie admires and even envies Cordelia s effortless poise, stunning looks, and quick wit Unfortunately, The Sisters of Misery, led by Kate Endicott, are not so thrilled with Cordelia s arrival Hawthorne has never taken kindly to outsiders and Cordelia is no exception When Cordelia begins to attract the attention of several of Hawthorne s dashing young men, including Kate s boyfriend, Maddie knows that trouble lays ahead The Sisters do everything in their power to make Cordelia s life miserable Maddie is stuck in the middle, and forced to choose between her cousin and her lifelong friends It isn t until Halloween that Maddie and Cordelia realize that powerssinister than they had ever imagined are alive and at work in Hawthorne After hours of unspeakable torture and terror, Cordelia vanishes without a trace Although she cannot remember the events of Halloween night, Maddie knows that she played a role in Cordelia s disappearance She will never be able to forgive herself for not protecting Cordelia and she must uncover the truth to find peace But if Maddie isn t careful, she may be the next one to disappear Somebody doesn t want Cordelia to ever be found SISTERS OF MISERY is an absolutely stunning debut by Megan Kelley Hall, perhaps the best Gothic novel that I have ever read Hall knows how to create suspense like nobody else and she isn t afraid to delve into the most horrifying depths of the human psyche, places we don t want to admit exist Secrets are revealed and mysteries slowly unraveled, with enough plot twists to keep readers on their toes The sequel, THE LOST SISTER, comes out in August 2009, and I honestly do not think that I can wait that long I am on the fence with this one First of all, I almost stopped reading this book several times within the first 4 chapters After the 4th chapter it started getting pretty good I cannot believe the editor publisher did not have the author revise the beginning of the book It was very poorly written, cheesy, and honestly boring It was not a book that I would be interested in However, I did see from another review to give the book until the 5th chapter the book kept picking up pace, but then I am on the fence with this one First of all, I almost stopped reading this book several times within the first 4 chapters After the 4th chapter it started getting pretty good I cannot believe the editor publisher did not have the author revise the beginning of the book It was very poorly written, cheesy, and honestly boring It was not a book that I would be interested in However, I did see from another review to give the book until the 5th chapter the book kept picking up pace, but then would drag in other areas I wouldn t say that this was not worth reading, but I m also not in a rush to read the sequel If it is possible to make the rich look anyvile and horrible than they have been most recently following the near global economic recession, then Megan Kelley Hall has done so with her slightly fantastic, suspenseful, and otherwise disconcerting novel, Sisters of Misery Reminiscent of themes we ve seen before, and the first book in a series so far there are two books, with The Lost Sister hitting shelves last August , Sisters of Misery makes all those college frat movies about secret soc If it is possible to make the rich look anyvile and horrible than they have been most recently following the near global economic recession, then Megan Kelley Hall has done so with her slightly fantastic, suspenseful, and otherwise disconcerting novel, Sisters of Misery Reminiscent of themes we ve seen before, and the first book in a series so far there are two books, with The Lost Sister hitting shelves last August , Sisters of Misery makes all those college frat movies about secret societies and evil and loaded old white guys getting what they want by doing just about anything short of acting like human beings look tame, and almost sophomoric.The novel follows Madeleine Crane, a high school student in the small town of Hawthorne who has beenor less forced by her mother, Abigail, to become friends with a group of high school girls calling themselves the Sisters of Misery led by the wicked Kate Endicott in order keep up appearances When her aunt, Rebecca, and her cousin, Cordelia, move in with her and her family, tensions between the family and the town of Hawthorne grow Cordelia doesn t fit in with the regular crowd, too free spirited and seemingly unconcerned with what everyone else thinks of her Soon rumors spread that Cordelia has been seeing Kate s boyfriend, and Kate sets out to get payback But when things go wrong, and Cordelia disappears, Madeleine finds herself emotionally strained by her fear of the Sisters of Misery and her loyalty to her cousin Strongest of all, however, is her to desire to figure out what happened on the night of Cordelia s disappearance and whether she had anything to do with it.Hall s novel is neither a mystery, nor a fantasy, despite it containing elements of both Madeleine s search for the answers to Cordelia s disappearance certainly hints at some of the old teen mysteries I read as a kid Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys , though with a markedly darker tone, and the lingering sense of something fantastic is present and implied by many of the characters, but never solidifies, instead remaining illusive Both of these elements create something nostalgic and also incredibly real actual, not fictional as most fantasies must be But what works most in Sisters of Misery is the way the story manipulates emotion in the characters and through the reading experience.Madeleine s struggle with her involvement in Hawthorne s elite and Cordelia s disappearance and Kate s revenge are given weight by Hall s exceptional ability to craft character and emotion Though the gritty realism of the novel makes for a disconcerting ride precisely because it is too real , there are some moments in the novel that make you both love and hate Madeleine She is very much the teenager she s supposed to be, and makes all manner of mistakes, some of which make sense, and some that don t Madeleine s mistakes, however, created a love hate relationship for me On the one hand, I couldn t help wishing that she had grown a spine and did what any sensible human being would, but on the other I understood why she made many of the decisions she did and began to hope that she would redeem herself.With the emotions running high in Sisters of Misery, it s no wonder that much of the novel is driven by suspense Short chapters and Madeleine s pension for digging up little clues that potentially expose even those she trusts make for a novel that is constantly twisting, constantly changing, and constantly leaving one completely disconnected, not because there isn t a grain of truth to hold on to, but because you never know who will be implicated next, or how everyone is involved in Cordelia s disappearance Add in the cast of secondary characters, some of them so utterly loathsome that you wish you could strangle the life out of them yourself, and you can understand why it is that Sisters of Misery is not at all nice to people who take their wealth for granted.And this is what makes Sisters of Misery both a fun and exciting novel made somewhatcurious by its illusive fantastic elements No matter how sure I was that Madeleine finally had it right, I could not rely on that assurance at all, because I knew that in a few chapters, Hall would tear away that sense of security, much like she does for Madeleine and leave me grasping for something resembling the truth.But, despite being an exciting novel, Sisters of Misery is also one that disappoints After all of the suspense and excitement, I was left with an ending that neither cleared everything up nor sufficiently distributed justice to those who most deserved it Instead, I was left with too many questions unanswered The problem for me is that despite the insufficient ending, I am too addicted to the characters and the possible answers to be had in The Lost Sister to give them up Regardless, I still wanted an ending that could lay to rest at least a handful of the the plot points, and though Hall could not deliver on that front, she certainly could deliver by giving me a cast of characters I either love or despise that I can t quite get out of my head maybe because they re so real, or maybe because I want to know what will happen to them Hopefully the second installment will tidy up the loose bits Hawthorne may be a sleepy seaside town, but historically it is known for the witch hunts that aspired there and the death of three women Much like it s neighboring town Salem The town today, however, seems to be full of modern day bit , I mean witches Maddie Crane has lived in Hawthorne her whole life and thanks to her mother she runs around with the girls that have everything, Kate, Darcy, Hannah and Bridget They even have an exclusive club they all belong to, and they call themselves S Hawthorne may be a sleepy seaside town, but historically it is known for the witch hunts that aspired there and the death of three women Much like it s neighboring town Salem The town today, however, seems to be full of modern day bit , I mean witches Maddie Crane has lived in Hawthorne her whole life and thanks to her mother she runs around with the girls that have everything, Kate, Darcy, Hannah and Bridget They even have an exclusive club they all belong to, and they call themselves Sisters of Misery Even though the girls are supposed to be Maddie s best friends, she has never felt like she belonged That is until her Aunt Rebecca and her cousin Cordelia come to live with her.Rebecca and Cordelia are a breath of fresh air into Maddie s life She can t help but be drawn to their free spirit and knowledge of runes and herbs The Sisters of Misery, don t exactly share the welcoming feeling toward the beautiful Cordelia the way that Maddie does When Cordelia makes it clear that she doesn t care what Sisters of Misery think of her, they are determined to make her pay.After a ceremony conducted on the Island of Misery, Maddie finds herself at home in her bed, unable to remember the events the night before Cordelia is nowhere to be found.My initial reaction is..Okay, WOW Megan Kelley Hall where have you been my whole life This was an incredible novel I don t even know where to start Let s start with characters I ve discovered the most evil person I ve ever come across in literature and her name is Kate Endicott I seriously hope that people aren t that mean, but I m sure somehow, somewhere there is a Kate clone I hope I never met her Maddie on the other hand, while initially I was a little annoyed with her character, my main reason being, why would you want to be friends with girls you didn t even like But I also understand that she was in a really tough situation and given her history with these girls, I wouldn t have expected her to act any different Who am I to pass judgement like that when, if I really think about it, I probably wouldn t have had the guts to stand up to them either By the end of the story my admiration for Maddie increased substantially Now to the plot Don t even try to figure the ending out in this one folks, you will fail miserably Every one of my theories was shot down one by one It was that good And the climax, totally stunned me I m still stunned hours later One word UNFORGETTABLE I mthan thrilled to also discover a continuation of the story The Lost Sister will be available August 2009 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 clique in the wealthy, seaside town of Hawthorne, Massachusetts And when her gorgeous, eccentric cousin Cordelia LeClaire moves to town, Maddie is drawn toward her ethereal, magical spirit and teeters even toward the edge of her friends tightly knit circleThen 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 payNow Maddie must choose between the allure and power of the Sisters of Misery and her loyalty to her beloved cousin But she ll have to give up on ever fitting in and accept the disturbing truth about the town, her friends, her mysterious cousin, and even herself as she faces the terrifying wrath of the Sisters of Misery This author bullies high school students on Twitter and doesn t even bother to make sure she s doxxing the right kid when telling thousands of people to harass him and try to ruin his college prospects. Maddie Crane is a young resident of Hawthorne, a small town with a violent history Though not as famous as the Salem Witch Trials, the persecution of any outcast female in Hawthorne at that time was just as bad, if notbrutal Hawthorne s past carries into the present though, as this small town seems set on not welcoming newcomers, especially Maddie s aunt Rebecca and beautiful cousin Cordelia Much of this grief comes from Maddie s circle of so called friends, the Sisters of Misery But s Maddie Crane is a young resident of Hawthorne, a small town with a violent history Though not as famous as the Salem Witch Trials, the persecution of any outcast female in Hawthorne at that time was just as bad, if notbrutal Hawthorne s past carries into the present though, as this small town seems set on not welcoming newcomers, especially Maddie s aunt Rebecca and beautiful cousin Cordelia Much of this grief comes from Maddie s circle of so called friends, the Sisters of Misery But soon, petty rumors escalate into a midnight excursion to Misery Island, a night that Maddie cannot remember no matter how desperately she tries, the night that Cordelia goes missing True to their heritage, residents of Hawthorne immediately dismiss Cordelia s disappearance as just another runaway teen and don t throw themselves into the investigation as Maddie does Maddie knows that Cordelia would never just run away from her mother, but what is Maddie s search to uncover clues going to cost her Sisters of Misery was a truly chilling and suspenseful read There were so many secrets and twists to the story that kept me perpetually surprised and eager forIt was incredible how Megan Kelley Hall was able to weave in Hawthorne s haunting past and its present day superstitions into Maddie s story I also really liked the incorporation of fortune telling or Maddie s family s ability to see clues about the future Maddie s insecure yet determined character only added to the essence of the story This novel keeps you guessing into what really happened to Cordelia, and I kind of liked how at the end, not all my questions were answered it leaves room for a sequel It was mildly annoying at times that some details seemed to be snuck in, but the fact that Sisters of Misery was an incredible story overcompensated for that Sisters of Misery is definitely one of the best stories I ve ever read, and I eagerly await the sequel, The Lost Sister Any reader will be able to get attached to this suspense filled book with mythical aspects, a historical angle, and many, many twists and turns.reposted from Sisters of Misery was an incredible novel Part gothic, part chilling horror story, and part harrowing realistic fiction, this book has it all mystery, romance, and gosh, a whole lot of suspense This was one of the most suspenseful books I have ever read Maddie Crane lives in the small town of Hawthorne, Massachusetts known for its conservative, closed community and its witch trials back in the 1600s Maddie belongs to the Sisters of Misery, a group of ruthless girls who rule the social scene Sisters of Misery was an incredible novel Part gothic, part chilling horror story, and part harrowing realistic fiction, this book has it all mystery, romance, and gosh, a whole lot of suspense This was one of the most suspenseful books I have ever read Maddie Crane lives in the small town of Hawthorne, Massachusetts known for its conservative, closed community and its witch trials back in the 1600s Maddie belongs to the Sisters of Misery, a group of ruthless girls who rule the social scene at their school The group is led by Kate Endicott, a girl who can only be described as ruthless and completely evil Maddie has never questioned the Sisters of Misery, going along with them mostly because her social climbing mother has pushed them at her since birth Everything changes when her Aunt Rebecca and cousin Cordelia movie in Cordelia is beautiful, wild, and witty and before long rumors are swirling about her The Sisters of Misery instantly dislike her, and when Kate s boyfriend takes an interest in her, everyone will suffer Kate s wrath After an initiation into the Sisterhood gone horribly wrong, Cordelia goes missing The rest of the book is one thrilling, eerie ride toward a shocking climax Maddie is a wholly human character, a victim of fear and age old prejudices Though this story is sometimes depressing and paints a vivid portrait of the darker side of human nature, Megan Kelley Hall manages to keep the reader hooked and the novel enjoyable Her writing style is truly unique For example, each chapter begins with a rune and a definition of it s meaning And while we are always there with the characters, it felt like we are there as observers, privvy to Maddie s every thought I can gaurantee Sisters of Misery will keep you up late at night turning pages And the cliffer hanger ending left me desperate to read it s sequel This book was beyond riveting Intense, strong, and heart pounding, Sisters of Misery will keep readers back hunched and dying to readMegan Kelley Hall is an author worth watching out for and stalked for the next release.Every single last character is a power house that demands attention Each character is defined by a single word Maddie the innocent one, Cordelia the wild one, Kate the evil one but surprisingly each characters carries so muchthan that They have their faults, their This book was beyond riveting Intense, strong, and heart pounding, Sisters of Misery will keep readers back hunched and dying to readMegan Kelley Hall is an author worth watching out for and stalked for the next release.Every single last character is a power house that demands attention Each character is defined by a single word Maddie the innocent one, Cordelia the wild one, Kate the evil one but surprisingly each characters carries so muchthan that They have their faults, their secrets, and vulnerability some showingthan others but also the hidden face in the mirror Maddie the girl that followed the sisterhood in fear of the consequences should she take on a path to best defend her cousin against the Sisters Maddie is one that desires the close knit relationship that Cordelia has with her mother Despite this jealousy Maddie turns to be Cordelia s best friend At times I wish that Maddie would stand up for both herself and Cordeliabut should it have been me, I would have backed away as well I mean, seriously, Kate scares the crap out of me.Kate, in my opinion, is freaking crazy All I could think about is how can a girl like this exist I swear someone should drop kick her to the floor and shove urine down her throat to see if she likes it Disgusting Cordelia is almost the complete opposite of Maddie Wild unpredictable with no boundaries She is a girl that has that X Factor Like both the girls and guys, I was infatuated and captivated by her I was enthralled and hanging off the edge of my seats with this book Literally one of my books fell from my bookcase and I jumped It did seem odd that this book seem inclined to include urine in a lot of things it added to the evil factor of Kate I must say though.Overall Highly impressed by this book Something wicked this way comesand they are the Sisters of Misery, a nasty little group of high school girls residing in the affluent seaside community of Hawthorne, Massachusetts just a stones throw from Salem This witchy and exclusive clique is presided over by Kate Endicott who is out to ridicule, demoralize, control or destroy anyone who doesn t fit into the posh, powerful and perfect world of her making Maddie Crane is a fifteen year old whose mother has been trying hard to move Something wicked this way comesand they are the Sisters of Misery, a nasty little group of high school girls residing in the affluent seaside community of Hawthorne, Massachusetts just a stones throw from Salem This witchy and exclusive clique is presided over by Kate Endicott who is out to ridicule, demoralize, control or destroy anyone who doesn t fit into the posh, powerful and perfect world of her making Maddie Crane is a fifteen year old whose mother has been trying hard to move Maddie from outsider to insider Enter Maddie s cousin Cordelia LeClair, a winsome and ethereal blue eyed red head whose mere presence in the school is enough to drive Kate into fits of rage and jealousy, especially when she assumes that her sometime boyfriend,Trevor, has been seduced by the charming Cordelia Maddie s troubles are compounded when she is forced to choose between a cousin she is growing to love and the group she longs to become a part of Will it be family or friends for Maddie Sisters of Misery is a delicious look into the machinations of the sisters and the mysteries, both old and new, surrounding the suspicious and unexplained disappearances of certain town residents More than a fantasy, as gripping as a thriller, Sisters of Misery is superb YA suspense, that delivers on its promise to keep the reader turning pages into the wee small hours of the morning Sisters of Misery


About the Author: Megan Kelley Hall

Megan Kelley Hall s first YA novels SISTERS OF MISERY and THE LOST SISTER were published by Kensington in August 2008 and 2009 Both books were recently re released into mass market and optioned for film by Hollywood director, Allison Anders.Hall is co editor of an anthology about bullying for HarperCollins Publishers entitled DEAR BULLY 70 Authors Tell Their Stories HarperTeen, Sept 2011.Hall has written for a variety of publications, including Elle, Glamour, Boston Magazine, Parenting, American Baby, Working Mother, as well as an essay about her recent open heart surgery in former CNN anchor Daryn Kagan s anthology, WHAT S POSSIBLE Meredith, 2008 Hall contributed a chapter in Ellen Hopkins anthology, Flirtin With The Monster Benbella, 2008.Hall is partner and co founder of Kelley Hall Book Publicity Forinformation about Kelley Hall s services, contact jocelyn at kelleyandhall.com.


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