Book Review: Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin


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?

I’d read some mixed reviews on Extraordinary so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Some friends love it and others not so much. Odd thing was I had no idea what this book was about. I had never read the back cover and had only skimmed ratings & looked at how many stars people gave it to avoid spoilers. From the cover I had no idea I had picked up a Faerie Book.

I really enjoyed Nancy Werlin‘s writing style. This story drew me in and kept my attention through the whole book. I really enjoyed the first half of the story. But midway through I was a little put off by how cruel Mallory and her brother were towards Pheobe and wasn’t sure the story could wrap up in a satisfying way. It wrapped up a little too quickly but ultimately I was happy with the way things were resolved in this story.

A unique story that loosely combines the history of the Rothchild family with a mythical faerie world. I’ll most definitely read some of Nancy’s other books.

Content: Some mild swearing

Rating: 4 Stars

Source: From Publisher For Review