Impossible and Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin
384 pgs. and 400 pgs.
Target audience: Young Adult
Rating: Dragon for both
Impossible and Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin I was about to read Extraordinary when I glanced at the inside jacket which called it a followup to Impossible. I'm usally a stickler for reading books in order, but sometimes I'm not aware and read them out of order anyway. So I read Impossible first and loved it.
Then I read Extraordinary and loved it just as much. Although they both deal with the fairy world affecting the human one in some significant way, they are very much separate stories. Neither the plots nor the characters are the same. So, if you happen to have access to Extraordinary and not Impossible, don't fret - you'll enjoy them no matter what the order. In Impossible, the story revolves around the family curse based on the ballad "Scarborough Fair" in which each woman in her family will become pregnant at the age of 17 and once the baby is born, go mad. After discovering the curse in her mother's diary, Lucy races to find the cure before it's too late. It is a gripping story urging you on until the end.
In Extraordinary, the problem begins with fulfilling a long ago pact with the Faerie Queen. Phoebe's new best friend, Mallory, isn't what she seems. Though she's a bit odd with her strange clothes and peculiar behavior, Mallory becomes like a sister to Phoebe. As the bond strengthens, Mallory loses sight of her main objective. Enter Mallory's brother, Ryland, who starts to make the moves on Phoebe. Although the last couple of chapters drag a bit, it is an charming story of friendship, loyalty, and betrayal.