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Extraordinaryby Nancy Werlin
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For fans of Beautiful Creatures and Wicked Lovely, New York Times Bestselling author Nancy Werlin delivers a captivating novel of friendship and trust, where the past determines the future and a generations-old curse requires the ultimate sacrifice.
Phoebe is drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new girl at school. Soon the two become as close as sisters . . . until Mallorys magnetic older brother, Ryland, arrives. 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. Soon Phoebe discovers the shocking, fantastical truth about Ryland and Mallory, and about an age-old debt shes meant to pay. Will she be strong enough to save herself from the curse? Intensely page-turning, this follow-up to Nancy Werlins acclaimed novel Impossible links the real and the otherworldly in a story that is suspenseful, conversation-starting, and utterly alluring. Continue reading about the Fairy Realm in Werlins Unthinkable.
Werlin raises interesting questions about honesty, love, and what it truly means to be extraordinary” —Publishers Weekly
Werlin crafts her characters so deftly and unrolls the story so cleverly that...readers will be under the spell till the end.” —Booklist
As she did in Impossible Werlin smoothly blends contemporary realism and fantasy.” —The Horn Book
"Phoebe Rothschild is a descendant of Mayer Rothschild, the 18th-century founder of a banking dynasty. In seventh grade, she befriends Mallory, and the two become close as sisters. But Mallory has a secret: she is a faerie, and her mission is to sabotage Phoebe's self-worth. Mallory is unable to get the job done, so years later her handsome brother, Ryland, arrives and uses glamour to get Phoebe to fall for him. The plot rests, shakily, on backstory about a bargain Mayer Rothschild struck with the faerie queen two centuries earlier: she would give him five extraordinary sons in exchange for one ordinary female heir to be sacrificed to the faerie kingdom. The passages in which Ryland verbally attacks the stout, plain Phoebe are painful reading: 'There's just something really wrong with you,' Ryland tells her. 'Phoebe had been absolutely naked when he'd said this.' Though Werlin (Impossible) raises interesting questions about honesty, love, and what it truly means to be 'extraordinary,' those topics get lost amid the slow pace and dialogue that sacrifices realism for emotional heft. Ages 12 — up. (Sept.) Combine a title like Fear with a name like Stine, and most readers will naturally assume this collection is filled with supernatural terrors. And for many of these 13 original stories, they would be right. Heather Brewer's 'Shadow Children' reveals a dark 'below' world, where creatures posing as real children await. 'She's Different Tonight' by Heather Graham concerns the impending horror a teenage werewolf plans to wreak on a girl (before things go very awry), and in Alane Ferguson's 'Dragonfly Eyes,' a girl who has just been murdered finds she can keep the tragedy from worsening. But not all fears require the paranormal: Meg Cabot's 'The Night Hunter'--a thinly veiled take on Batman--follows a mall clerk who tries to intervene in a robbery, and Walter Sorrells tells the story of a college hopeful in the middle of a highly illegal and dangerous act in order to secure tuition money. Many genres are represented, and each story (including Stine's, which opens the book) offers chills, though seldom getting too gruesome. Readers seeking diverse sources of suspense will most appreciate this collection. Ages 12 — up. (Sept.) Not even three wishes can save this magical adventure. Pike, a prolific author of teen horror in the 1980s and '90s, takes things abroad when 15-year-old Sara Wilcox travels to Turkey with her emotionally distant father, who is there on business. Left to her own devices, Sara encounters the one-handed Amesh and quickly develops a crush on him. Together, they discover a mysterious flying carpet and, upon unlocking its secret, are whisked to a mysterious island that is home to ancient temples and powerful, treacherous djinn. Amesh falls under one djinn's sway, and to save herself and her new friend, Sara has to outmaneuver two magical races bent on destroying or possessing her. The intriguing interpretation of the djinn mythos and fast-paced plot don't make up for the main character, who starts off as a spoiled and immature American teenager ('I was a visitor to their country and I had suffered to reach their land. They could at least show me some respect by acknowledging I existed') and doesn't get much better; her staccato, exclamatory narration saps the story's sense of mystery. Ages 12 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
The author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Impossible" delivers a riveting tale of friendship, romance, and the faerie realm.
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?
About the Author
Acclaimed author Nancy Werlin was a National Book Award Finalist for Rules of Survival and winner of the Edgar Award for The Killer's Cousin. She lives in Melrose, Massachusetts.
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