Thursday, December 9, 2010

Book Review: Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin

Phoebe comes from an extraordinary family. She is a Rothschild, an old Jewish family whose extraordinary successes date back generations to Germany, her ancestor Mayer Rothschild, and his 5 extraordinary sons.

But Phoebe doesn't feel extraordinary. Shy, reserved, and quiet, Phoebe isn't sure how to be extraordinary, like her mother. Until she meets Mallory Toliver in 7th grade. New to Phoebe's exclusive, snobby private school, Mallory is very odd. When the awkward new girl shows up for class wearing what looks like a two-small Disney princess costume with wings, Phoebe makes up her mind to defy her friends (who she doesn't really like anyway) and befriend Mallory.

Phoebe and Mallory are now juniors in high school, best friends and inseparable. Other than her good Nantucket friend, Benjamin, who she only sees when her family is vacationing, Mallory is the only friend Phoebe needs - until Ryland. Mallory's older brother, Ryland is devastatingly handsome and charismatic, and Phoebe suddenly only wants to be with and please him. It isn't long before Ryland has Phoebe helpless under his spell.

But Mallory and Ryland are not who, or what, they seem. They've come to claim an ancient faerie debt owed by the Rothschilds, one that can only be paid by a Rothschild daughter. But can a girl who doesn't feel extraordinary be strong enough to resist the supernatural? Is Phoebe strong enough to save herself, and her family, from their past?

A tale of love, loyalty, and staying true to yourself, this modern tale of faerie will put you under its spell until the last page. You'll yell at the book as Ryland cold-heartedly manipulates Phoebe, cry for Mallory as she struggles with who she is and who she wants to be, and cheer for Phoebe as she discovers what it means to be truly extraordinary.

(who just started Wolves, Boys, & Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristin Chandler over breakfast - what an awesome title!)

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