Saturday, August 21, 2010
Nancy Werlin has created a magical read in Extraordinary with a great blend of history, enchantment, and love. Phoebe is a loyal, kind character and while she may have a hard time classifying herself as anything but ordinary, it's obvious to the reader that she is special in the way that she cares for Mallory before they become friends and in her generosity. Their friendship isn't as prominent in the story, but instead the book really focuses on how Phoebe is forced to examine her own self worth through her new relationship with Ryland and her struggles with Mallory and her lies. There are quite a few moments when the reader is forced to think on what it means to be extraordinary, to the world and to those you love, and Werlin offers some keen insights on both. Phoebe eventually finds herself confronting the faeries in a battle of wits, and it is refreshing to find that Werlin's faeries aren't completely infallible as other stories and books make them out to be. While not quite as romantic as Impossible, Extraordinary is a thoughtful, clever, and unique book with plenty of suspense and a few twists that will leave you contemplating the meaning of both the words “ordinary” and “extraordinary”.
Cover Comments: Such a gorgeous cover! I love all of the color and the vibrancy of the background, and how the picture depicts the girl caught mid-step, making her seem really light and airy, which is quite fitting for the cover. This is a beautiful, beautiful cover, and I love everything about it.
Extraordinary will be released on September 7th, 2010.
ARC received from publisher.