Thursday, September 30, 2010

Robin Benway: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June

  • ARC
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Publisher: Razorbill (August 3, 2010)


Three sisters share a magical, unshakable bond in this witty high-concept novel from the critically acclaimed author of Audrey, Wait! Around the time of their parents’ divorce, sisters April, May, and June recover special powers from childhood—powers that come in handy navigating the hell that is high school. Powers that help them cope with the hardest year of their lives. But could they have a greater purpose?

April, the oldest and a bit of a worrier, can see the future. Middle-child May can literally disappear. And baby June reads minds—everyone’s but her own. When April gets a vision of disaster, the girls come together to save the day and reconcile their strained family. They realize that no matter what happens, powers or no powers, they’ll always have each other.

Because there’s one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.

My Review

The power of sisters transcends into an extraordinary tale of magnificence.  The story played out with simple grace and had a way to show the connection between sisters was powerful. A bond that may never be broken but it's one that has it's challenges. The exchange of gossip and banter between the sisters was one of a kind and it made you feel like a 4th sister. You could feel the sense of belonging. The sisters were seamless with the point of views changing with no problem. Each one had a voice of their own. Each power at first all I could think was how unlikely until I kept reading. It didn't seem so unlikely or unrealistic. It might have been Robin Benway's wonderful writing or just the way things played out. Either way it worked.

  There was nothing in this book that I felt was to much for teens. There was drinking and the mention of sex. Nothing that was to explicit.  Though I wasn't surprised by the ending I enjoyed this thoroughly.  If you have a sister and/or have not read this I recommend this for you and your sister. You won't want to miss this adventure.

You can find Robin Benway here.



Blodeuedd said...

It does have a very eyecatching cover, that's for sure. I am happy to hear the inside was good too.

I never had a sister, always wanted one though.

Melissa said...

I've seen some really good things about this one, but I haven't read it yet. I love that it sounds like something my sisters and I might enjoy together. Great review! :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Okay, Liz, I'm buying my sister and I both a copy of this book - and all because you told me to! Feel the power! LOL. :-)

Nina said...

I like it already. I have read a couple reviews for this one and it sounds so fun! I love that they are sisters and all have powers. Just like Charmed, but then different. :) Need to get a copy!

Faye said...

I can't wait 2 start this one! great review.

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Something new for me - looks good. Thanks!

Jenny N. said...

I have two younger sisters myself and this sounds like one I would like.

LovLivLife Reviews said...

Thanks for this review. I have it TBR'd. I have two sisters and many many many female cousins and friends who are like sisters. I will need to keep an eye open for this one.

Do you think it would make a good sticking stuffer for my 27 and 16 yo sisters?

Love the review. I esp like that you mention feeling like the 4th sister!! Fun!!

LovLivLife Reviews said...

Sorry, commenting again so i can submit my request to for followup emails!

LovLivLife Reviews said...

Both sisters love to read YA. Thx!

Lily Child said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this one! I really liked it too! :)

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

This one sounds really good! thanks for the review!!