Monday, September 13, 2010

Review : Extraordinary

Title: Extraordinary (arc)
Author: Nancy Werlin
Published: September 7th 2010 by Dial

Synopsis: 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?

Thoughts: Never bargain with the fey. They are mean, mean, mean! At least, in Nancy Werlin's world they are. They will manipulate, glamour and trick you to get what they want. No rules or regulations apply.

The story starts off with Phoebe as a 7th grader. She's tired of her friends and is looking for something or someone different. When she hears there's a new girl at school, she couldn't be more excited. Even though this girl is strange (and everyone thinks so), she still wants to befriend her. Do her a favor and in return, have a new friend.

Now, fast forward. Phoebe and Mallory are both 17 years old and the best of friends. They're practically sisters! So when Mallory introduces Phoebe to her older estranged brother, Phoebe couldn't be more excited. Ryland is gorgeous and mysterious, just like his sister. But what Phoebe doesn't know is Mallory and Ryland are both faeries and they're there to collect a debt an age old debt her ancestor, Mayer Rothschild, made with the Faerie Queen generations ago.

One of the interesting aspects about this book is how each chapter will transition from Phoebe's life to conversations with the Faerie Queen. With this, it gives the reader an insight into not only Phoebe's life, but also Mallory and Ryland's intentions. And let me tell you, those conversations will have you cringing. They aren't pleasant, but they are enjoyable.

While I found Extraordinary an interesting story, I felt it was lacking something. It took me about 100 pages to finally get into it and even then, it still felt so-so. From the slow pacing to the emotionally driven but unrealistic dialect, it just wasn't what I expected. Part of the fun in the book is figuring out why the fey are pursuing Phoebe. Sadly, the synopsis gives this away. The one on the back of the arc is much better than the final copy because it still gives you that mystery we all love. And since you already know why, a lot of the fun in this book is taken away.

I wanted to love Extraordinary. I really did! I loved the synopsis, the beautiful cover, and the author. Unfortunately, this just wasn't the book for me.

Rating: 3/5


  1. Thanks for the great review! I am hearing both positive and negative reviews on this book, so I am interested in reading it, and seeing what I think.

  2. Thanks! When you do, let me know what you think. I'd love to hear it. :)

  3. Was introduced to you over at Buried In Books and thought I'd stop by to say hello. Nice to meet you, I've enjoyed visiting.


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