Saturday, June 23, 2012

ExtraNormal by Suze Reese

An extraordinary tale of an ExtraNormal girl.

Mira Johns is pretty much like any other teenage girl. Except that she knows how to harness electro-magnetic energy to communicate without words. 

And she's really, really far from home. 

Her assignment as an emissary to Earth sounds fairly simple: blend in, observe, and stay away from the planet's primitive males. 

But after she finds one boy too irresistible for stupid rules, she realizes the real reason she's supposed to keep her distance: mates from her world can die if separated. 

Mira's only hope is to uncover the truth to why she, the most mediocre of candidates, was actually chosen for this assignment--before the agency discovers her secret and sends her back home.

Mira isn't sure why she was chosen for the assignment, but she's pretty excited.  She comes from another planet that is superior to Earth but very similar.  She grew up watching American television and eighties rock hits.  She and her best friend Geery are always trying to outwit one another with trivia.

She's never eaten normal food - her nutrition comes in the form of a cube.  They don't have cellphones or televisions, they don't need them.  In her world, they communicate by Stream, a form of mind communication.  She knows she isn't to look at a male or she'll be sent right back home before her mission is complete.  In her world, link mates bond for life, as their electro-magnetic powers re pattern themselves.

She's to watch a couple of teachers that have blended in, also from her own planet, to see if anything is going on that isn't legal on her planet.  However, when Mira meets Jessie, she knows she has sealed her own fate.  He is everything she wants in a male, even though he is human.  She tries to keep her secret as she knows it is the only way to keep him safe.  If she is caught, it is instant death for him and possible death for him.  However, they instantly are attracted to one another and keep their relationship secret.

Everett, a new boy at school, seems to be instantly popular but he really creeps Mira out.  Something isn't right about him and she can't put her finger on it.  But when he attacks her, she learns to keep her distance.  But when he attacks someone she loves, all niceties are gone and she begins a thorough investigation into his life - even if it means she will forfeit hers.

ExtraNormal is a fun romp! Aliens, romance, action and suspense all mesh together into a great start to a new young adult series.  It was magical watching Mira try her first piece of chocolate, learning how to use text, and a whole lot of other firsts that aren't available on her home planet.  She and Jessie's relationship builds as the story unfolds and the quirkiness of her father had me smiling.  It wraps up rather well, but with a bit of a cliffhanger that will definitely have me picking up the next in the series.  

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