Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin
Release: September 7, 2010
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?
Cover: This cover is absolutely gorgeous! The juxtaposition of the lush green landscape with the well-dressed model is eye-catching. Similarly, the coloring of the trees is intriguing. At first glance, they look green, but when you look again you see that they have hues of the rainbow threaded in. This plays into the idea of the faeries hiding in the human world, blending in with the ordinary. The two lines of trees also help to draw your eyes to the center of the cover, and the girl who is running there. The fact that the girl is running is another thing I like about this cover. It brings up the questions of why she's running. Is she running away? Or running to something? And why is she running? What lies behind or in front of her? The cover doesn't just catch your eye, it catches your attention, something that is invaluable for a cover.