Monday, September 22, 2014

Conversion by Katherine Howe

Release Date: July 1st, 2014

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

Pages: 402 pages

Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 1/2 stars

It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.

First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.

Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .

Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?

The Salem Witch Trials have always been interesting to me so I was excited to see how this book was going to incorporate the past with the present. I think I may have liked the glimpses back into the past better if I hadn't already known a lot about the trials & what happened. I definitely thought that the story was interesting and I like how several different possibilities were presented. I guessed from the beginning what the real cause was & I was happy to be right! 

Although this book was a little on the long side, I definitely enjoyed it & I would certainly recommend it, especially if you like a touch of history!

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