Title: Extranormal (Extranormal #1)
Author: Suze Reese
Published: April 2nd 2012 by Valarian Press
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 mysterious 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. But a series of serious accidents make it clear that someone wants to force her return. Mira decides her 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.
This book is different for me, in a good way that is. I’ve read a lot of YA books about vampires, werewolves, fairies, ghosts, you name it! But I’ve only come across very few novels about aliens. (And no, I haven’t read Obsidian yet) Yep! This is one of them. Usually, the “aliens” are the “love interests” of our dear heroine, but this time, it’s the other way around, which is pretty cool for me.
We follow Mira, our “alien” heroine who was given a special mission to Earth. It was really hard for her at first because she had to adapt and pass as being “human” and had to deal with a lot of new things (like cheeseburgers!), plus she has to avoid all the “males” as she always call them. She thought it was easy, until she met Jesse. No matter how hard Mira tries to avoid him, her attraction for him was enough for her to break the rules.
I really had fun reading this and I just couldn’t put it down. Mira is a great character. I love her reactions whenever she comes across some things/foods on Earth, especially when she eats the foods. She’s a strong heroine who’s independent and will do anything for the greater good. Her best friend Geery is also a great character and I can easily say she’s my favorite. One of the exciting parts of the book is when Mira is communicating with Geery. She’s funny and a very loyal friend and I can’t wait to see more of her in the second book. Jesse is a sweet guy who’ll do anything for Mira, while Everett, well, let’s just say that I don’t like him at all. He’s pretty much annoying throughout the whole book.
Extranormal is a really great read and I definitely recommend it to YA lovers, especially those who like books that involve Aliens. I really can’t wait for the next book, especially with that cliffhanger ending! I hope there will be more Geery! *crosses fingers*
I give this book 4 whales.