Friday, June 29, 2012

Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin

Summary:(from goodreads) Phoebe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new kid in school, and the two girls become as close as sisters . . . until Mallory's magnetic older brother, Ryland, shows up during their junior year. Ryland has an immediate, exciting hold on Phoebe-but a dangerous hold, for she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself. Soon she'll discover the shocking truth about Ryland and Mallory: that these two are visitors from the faerie realm who have come to collect on an age-old debt. Generations ago, the faerie queen promised Pheobe's ancestor five extraordinary sons in exchange for the sacrifice of one ordinary female heir. But in hundreds of years there hasn't been a single ordinary girl in the family, and now the faeries are dying. Could Phoebe be the first ordinary one? Could she save the faeries, or is she special enough to save herself?
Review: This book was an ok read for me. I liked the paranormal element but it took to long for the paranromal aspects to be revealed. The book is written so that the reader knows more about what's going on than the characters do, which takes away the element of surprise. I was drawn in to the story from the beginning. I just wish it had played out faster. The last few chapters were good and I was happy with the way it ended. The characters were just ok. Pheobe was a good narrator but I didn't really think she was anything special. Mallory and Ryland were very intriguing characters and I enjoyed getting to know them. I also thought the way the title played into the story was cool. I like when book titles really mean something to the story. Overall, this is a good paranoraml story and fans of Nancy Werlin will enjoy this one.

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