My thoughts...While Extraordinary had some strong points, it did not make my favorite list.
The pros...The concept behind Extraordinary was very creative. The story was very well thought out, organized and written in a way that evoked curiosity in the reader. Nancy Werlin did a great job of writing characters, so much that you will either love them or hate them. Mallory, the friend of the heroine, really stood out in my mind. Despite her loyalty to her family, I could tell she had strong values and morals. Another character, Ryland, gave me the creeps. He immediately evoked strong feelings of dislike as soon as he entered the storyline.
The author also did a brilliant job on several other aspects. The settings were beautifully described. On several occasions, readers get a peek into the land of the faeries. The world seemed breathtaking and magical. Another great part of the story was the story behind the story. The history of the characters and the events that lead to Phoebe's story were very well organized and creative.
The cons...My main frustration with the story came from our heroine. While she was being influenced by the wishes of others, I felt her character was weak. I felt there was a strong person in there somewhere, but she just did not emerge until the end of the story. I found myself questioning her actions and judgements. Her moments of clarity still left her feeble and lacking any real individualism. Overall, I found her to be a tough character to read, and unfortunately for me, the heroine is usually what makes the story worth reading.
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