By Isobelle Carmody
Are Alyzon’s new talents a blessing . . . or a curse?Alyzon Whitestarr does not take after her musically proficient father or her nocturnal, creative mom. in reality, she’s the main common member of a really eccentric kin . . . till the day that an coincidence leaves her extra detailed than she ever can have dreamed. without notice shades are extra vivid to Alyzon; her reminiscence is wonderful; yet strangest of all is Alyzon’s feel of scent. 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 in class odor so rancid? With Alyzon’s extrasensory belief comes intrigue and hazard, as she turns into conscious of the darkish secrets and techniques and hidden goals that threaten her relatives. in spite of everything, being diverse will be much less of a blessing than a curse. . . .
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