Title: Strange Weather (2016)
Author: Hannah Mathewson
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Lightning strikes a sleepy valley in the rural Lake District, Northern England, and something extraordinary begins for sixteen-year-old Ivy Tallis. She’s the only witness of this single, silent bolt, and she’s no weather expert, but she’s sure there need to be clouds for there to be lightning – and there are none.
It’s just the first in a series of increasingly bizarre goings on. Soon, Ivy is performing feats of supernatural speed, extra-sensory ability, and telekinesis, and the only clue as to why lies with her high school nemeses; the pretty, popular Sasha Rivers and her twin brother James.
Meanwhile, her neighbours’ new lodger appears to be haunting her every move. The enigmatic William Winter has no home, no family, and no comment on the matter of who he is or where he came from. All Ivy knows is that she’s crazy about him.
But the horrifying truth of what Ivy really is – and the death and destruction she is fated to cause – will threaten the future she thought she’d have, and tear her and William apart. Ivy wants to trust him, but the mysterious stranger has a secret of his own, and sharing hers could cost Ivy her life.
Read the first lines…
The cottage was built against a slope so steep that the garden between them was a pool of unbroken shade. It was small and square, boxed in by the house and the cliff-face at the front and back, and shallow dry stone walls on either side. The grass was lush and overgrown, and the shrubs sprawled out from their beds and onto the lawn. I lay on the cool, damp grass and stared into the thick mass of ivy smothering the little man-made cliff. It had enjoyed free reign of this garden for decades. It blanketed the hillside, trickled along the walls, and decorated the house in waxy leaves.
I could see why Mum had chosen this house; she had always had a fondness for ivy. She had named me for it, after all.