Book I Covet: Conversion by Katherine Howe

3 reasons I covet this book:
1. Prep meets The Crucible? Interesting mix.
2. I'm a sucker for prep school mysteries and this one sounds deliciously dark and chilling.
3. It's inspired by real life events.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane comes a chilling mystery—Prep meets The Crucible.

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?

Conversion will be released on July 1, 2014. Click on the cover to go to the book's Goodreads page.

What book(s) do you "covet" this week?
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"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series we do here on Wednesdays. It will feature books we are very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is basically the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, but we just like the title "books we covet" better. We will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. 


  1. That's totally new to me! Great pick!

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  2. Ohhhhkay. It sure sounds interesting if a past curse suddenly catches up with innocent girls. Great pick!
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  3. I hadn't heard of this one before. It sounds really interesting.

  4. I think this sounds fascinating. I liked The Crucible and will definitely keep my eyes on this book.

  5. I haven't heard of this author or her books, but this one sounds like it could raise some adrenaline :)) Thanks for the awesome pick!

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  6. Wow, this one sounds frighteningly wonderful! Thanks for sharing...and here's


  7. Will definitely be reading this when it releases. AHHHH IT LOOKS SO GOOD. Great pick

    Happy Wednesday <3

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  8. Ohh I have not seen this one yet! But prep schools and mysteries are one of my favorite combinations in a book! Great choice!! Hope ya'll are having a wonderful week!

    xo, Becca


  9. I've got this one on my wishlist because the premise was very intriguing!


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