By Isobelle Carmody
Are Alyzon’s new skills a blessing . . . or a curse?Alyzon Whitestarr does not take after her musically proficient father or her nocturnal, inventive mom. in truth, she’s the main basic member of a truly eccentric family members . . . until eventually the day that an twist of fate leaves her extra special than she ever may have dreamed. unexpectedly shades are extra shiny to Alyzon; her reminiscence is faultless; yet strangest of all is Alyzon’s feel of odor. Her ally smells of a comforting sea breeze. She registers her father’s contentment because the candy smell of caramelized sugar. yet why does the cutest man at school scent so rancid? With Alyzon’s extrasensory conception comes intrigue and threat, as she turns into conscious of the darkish secrets and techniques and hidden pursuits that threaten her family members. in spite of everything, being diversified can be much less of a blessing than a curse. . . .
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So maybe I’m the half in the Whitestarr family. I’m a bit ashamed to admit that, although I never minded having no talent, I did mind being plain and untalented. But who could I blame? Mum and Da can’t help the way their genes worked together to make me. I guess even genes have their off days. * * * That was how I thought of us all before the accident. I had everybody all worked out and filed away. Mum was full of impractical romantic visions that made her inattentive to the real world; Jesse was lazy and absentminded; Mirandah was bossy and superior and tactless; Sybl-Serenity was moody and getting moodier.
The memory had taken me away from listening for a few seconds, and the music had faded, but as I listened again, it grew louder and more brutal and vicious until I began to feel sick. I put my hands over my ears, but the music came through, earwigs of sound devouring my brain. Abruptly, the song ended. I was sweating and half slumped against the wall, a headache bashing around inside my skull and my jaw hurting from clenching. My upper lip felt wet. I reached up and touched a finger to it and was shocked to see that it was red.
Alyzon Whitestarr by Isobelle Carmody