Review: Extraordinary

Extraordinary

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: September 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Format: Hardcover , 400pp
  • Sales Rank: 12,334
  • Age Range: Young Adult

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?

My Thoughts

I went into this book right after finishing Impossible and I have to say that I was pretty disappointed.  I came to expect great development in both story and characters.  

Format:

I had a really hard time with the flip back and forth between the two different story lines.  It left me confused and honestly a little lost.  For me I think, I would have rathered the story to run as one and all of the surprises at the end.  I felt like I was always missing something.

Characters:

I felt like I never really got to know Mallory, Phoebe and the other.  More like the story moved but I never got a great sense of who they were.  It seemed that it was just surface information until the very end where there was some deep feelings explored.

Overall, it was not a bad book just not my favorite.  I hope to see Werlin return to the style of writing displayed in Impossible.

My Rating:

3/5 Stars

ARC Tour Review: Wonderland

Wonderland by Joanna Nadin: Book Cover

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: February 2011
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Format: Hardcover , 224pp
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis

She’s back. Jude’s childhood friend — sexy, daring Stella— returns to their stifling hometown, and life will never be the same again.
Sixteen-year-old Jude has to get out of tiny Churchtown. She has to escape her outcast status and her pathetic dad, who hasn’t gotten past her mother’s death. The one bright light is drama, her way out, if only she can get into the Lab, a prestigious program in London. Then Stella, Jude’s childhood best friend, swaggers in after years away. With bold and magnetic Stella by her side, Jude knows she’s capable of anything. But Stella’s influence extends well beyond the theater. Soon Stella’s wild and dangerous streak begins to cause trouble for Jude — yet Jude can’t bring herself to abandon Stella and the attention she’s always craved. And besides, now that Stella’s back, there’s no stopping her. In Jude’s dark and tangled story, British author Joanna Nadin plumbs the aftermath of loss and the consequences of becoming the person you always wished you were.

My Thoughts

This book had a great opening.  The flash to what is the end of the book draws you in and make you want to know more.  Jude, after the song, is struggling to make it through school, without a mother, and at the butt of the Plastics jokes.  Just when things are looking terrible, Jude’s friend, Stella, reappears seemly out of nowhere.  Jude knows that her father and good friend, Ed, will not approve of Stella returning as she always leads to trouble.  Stella encourages Jude to do things she never would have done, smoke, drink and just get into a lot of trouble.  Jude is torn between Stella and Ed.  Sometime she just needs one of the other and Stella has the tendency to just disappear for days at a time.  Jude applies for The Lab, her dream of drama school, but once she gets there she can’t go on and Stella goes in her place.  Once accepted, she tells Ed and their romance begins to bloom.  Jude realizes that her relationship with Stella must end, but can she make this happen or will Stella suck her back in as always.

I thought that this was an okay book.  The most frustrating part for me was that I knew at least part of the ending about half way through the book.  While there were still a few twists and turns in the story line, I was disappointed that I figured part of it out.  Despite this, I still enjoyed the story and the depth of the characters in the story.  There is a lot of drink drugs and sex in this story.  More than I would have expected from a YA book.  This should be kept in mind when making decision for who should read this book.

My Rating

3 out of 5 stars

*This book was provided to me by I Read Banned Books for my review.  All opinion are my own and I was provided no compensation other than the opportunity to read the book.

Waiting on Wednesday


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
I cannot wait for March 1, 2011 and this book!
River Marked (Mercy Thompson, Book 6)

Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She’s never known any others of her kind. Until now.
An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-one that her father’s people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help…
What are you waiting on?