Phoebe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new girl at school. Soon the two become as close as sisters until Mallory’s magnetic older. Phoebe Rothschild—yes, of those Rothschilds—dumps her toxic friends for new girl Mallory in seventh grade. Nancy Werlin’s Extraordinary is, at varying points, a fantasy, coming-of-age tale, mystery, thriller and family saga, and I spent some parts of the.

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In all the time they have been friends, Mallory has never mentioned a brother. Lucky for me it did grow to be better than I first let it be. I really liked the character of Phoebe.


It seems like everyone, starting with her ancestor Mayor Rothschild, to her mother have accomp Things I learned from Extraordinary: Nicola Yoon 2-Book Bundle: She isn’t described as having anxiety, so what’s her excuse? She didn’t leave any room for true conflict or forgiveness or friendship. Needless to say, it created an unstimulating reading experience. I do like this author, though it sounds like this might not extrarodinary her best work.

Book review: ‘Extraordinary’ by Nancy Werlin | write meg!

At first I didn’t really have high expectations for this book because many other people didn’t seem to like it, but I disagree with them. It just made me sick.

Ryland has an immediate hold on Phoebe — but it turns into something dangerous, as she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself. For parents on the look-out regarding young adult fiction, conversations about sex and love abound — but none are graphic, and all of the action takes place off-stage. This story gives a unique perspective of what it means to be extraordinary, and the power of unconditional love.


Feb 02, J. Refresh and try again. That was much ado about nothing!

Sep 11, Missie rated it liked it Shelves: While I found the novel to be beautifully written and intriguing, I weglin found it somewhat predictable. But it’s a pity we had to sort through a mess of a novel to get there. I think that was more from how parts were revealed, or how much they were or were not dealt with.


This book mainly focuses on the friendship between Phoebe and Mallory. The end was overall good and I liked it, but there were a few things that didn’t sit right with me.

Phoebe is supposed to have a huge revelation over her mother’s love for her. While the fey are cruel, it was just interesting to see what was going on with them. She still thinks sex is icky. This story involves more of the fae than the first book did.

There’s something about Ryland that drawns Phoebe to him. For this to be, Phoebe must admit and ardently believe that she is in no way special.

EXTRAORDINARY by Nancy Werlin | Kirkus Reviews

Though I didn’t enjoy this one as much as ImpossibleExtraogdinary do think Werlin is great and will be reading more of her work. The fey are mean little bastards. Basically, it unnerved me. She trusts them wholeheartedly. Then, out of the blue, Mallory’s brother the one she’s never mentioned has shown up. I’ve read books like that before Soon the two become werlij close as sisters.

It starts up sort of interesting and slowly starts to build.

Ryland’s relationship with Phoebe is highly abusive, and Werlin doesn’t try to cloak it with romance in the least. This caused a whole mess of problems for me, in that to get where she wanted to go, things would happen that were silly or happened in a silly way, and a lot of explanation was put into people’s mouths. But still, for just a little while, she wanted what Phoebe had; she wanted the chance to be a normal teenaged girl.


Worth a read, especially for fans of young adult fantasy and contemporary fiction with that touch of magic to make it all more interesting. But what really elevates Extraordinary above the ordinary run of paranormal novels is the detailed, sensitive characterizations.

What was weird – and I noticed this in Impossible, too – is that parts would be really strong and unflinching, and then something would come along that didn’t gel and halted me in my tracks.

Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin. Her reasoning is that of an adult or at the very least a high schooler, not a child. Mallory has always been nany, but it’s part of her allure.

What is so wrong about being ordinary? Well, you got there in the end. I also liked Mallory until I realized what the whole reason for her existence was, but in all I liked her a lot. I will still read her future books without hesitation, though. Want to Read saving…. It had more of a bite to it than the average YA fairy story, though it ended up going soft at the end. She was just a perpetual victim and it drove me insane.

It had classic signs of emotional abuse, very scary. I loved how she presented exgraordinary story with the supplemental conversations with the queen.

I was more interested in Mallory. They use all means necessary to push her down.