|Hardback : 390 pages |
Genre: Teenage Fantasy Fiction
Publisher: Dial Books, Penguin Group 2010
Source: Won in a Prize Draw hosted by blogger Len Lambert and donated by another blogger Theresa Milstein
First Sentence: "You are ready for your mission, then, little one?"
Review Quote: 'A bittersweet fairytale' - School Library Journal
My Opinion: I liked it more than I expected to.
I am not a fan of the genre called Teenage Fiction as generally I prefer to think that children know at very different ages when they are ready for titles that are considered adult fiction. surely life was much simpler when it was books for children or adults so we could choose for ourselves. I know I am very much in the minority on this though so will say no more. I would never have purchased this book but I do consider it to be well written and appropriate its intended market. Older children that do not yet feel ready to read adult fiction, but I do also realise that many adults frequently read the Fantasy Fiction genre from choice. Another genre that regular readers here will know I am not overly keen on, although I have been sent a few to review and found them better than I expected. I guess this title comes into that category because actually despite the Faerie element it is a readable story of love and loyalty between two best friends. Also weaved into this is an interesting family history, as Mayer Rothschild, his wife Gutle and their five extraordinary sons were real. Catherine and her daughter Phoebe were fictional additions to the family which is why the author is deliberately vague about these characters connections to the famous Rothschild's.
In the novel the main protagonists are Phoebe Rothschild and from the Fairy Kingdom Mallory and Ryland who over a number of years try to manipulate Phoebe into doing something solely for the interests of the survival of their kingdom. For years Phoebe has listened to her parents telling her she is 'extraordinary' but her life is going to depend on her admitting that she is in fact just 'ordinary', It all started when Phoebe was in the seventh grade at school and decided to befriend the strange new girl Mallory, that is in need of friends to help her settle in. Over the years the two of them become very close like sisters in fact and Phoebe's mother helped as well with organising care for Mallory's mentally unstable Mother. The sudden appearance of a previously hardly mentioned brother, Ryland is accepted with little surprise because Phoebe finds herself strongly attracted to him. She accepts his demands to keep their relationship a secret and puts up with all sorts of psychological verbal abuse from him, only because she is so smitten. One day she finds out something that she just cannot begin to explain, although the reader can.
Enough said to tempt you and help you decide if you would like to read this one, yet not enough to spoil it for you. I reiterate this novel is well written and I did like it enough to admit it was better than I expected. Worth reading if it is in your comfort zone or if like me you are happy to try something different from time to time.
Book Trailer For Extraordinary - No spoilers.
Author Profile - Nancy Werlin
I have chosen to read this title as the letter E for The A - Z Book Challenge which I have decided to attempt to achieve in alphabetical order. I have a good selection of titles to choose from our bookshelves, it will be interesting to see how far I can get before I get stuck. You can follow my progress here.