Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June by Robin Benway
Razorbill, 2010
281 pages
4.5/5 stars

Source: Library

Summary: April, May, and June are struggling to fit in at their new school after their parents' divorce.  This is not helped by the realization that they have superpowers.  April can see the future, May can literally disappear, and June can read minds.

Thoughts: I saw this on some Waiting on Wednesday posts but I don't really remember reading any reviews of it which is a shame because I thought it was great.  In fact I'm trying to get my sister to read it because I loved it so much even though we usually prefer very different kinds of books.  We loved Charmed which also has three sisters with powers, although their powers are much cooler (telekinesis and stopping time in addition to foreseeing the future) and their story was much darker.

The story is told through alternating chapters and each sister has a very unique voice so it wasn't confusing or anything.  I personally think June has the best power but I identified most with April, the eldest, somewhat bossy and protective, bookworm academic sister.  May is the stereotypical middle sister who feels overshadowed by her sisters and ignored by her parents; she has the most trouble dealing with the divorce.  June desires to be popular and that puts the story in motion as they try to grapple with their superpowers.

I also liked the romantic interests.  June and May both meet vastly different cute guys who are pretty much perfect for them leading to witty repartee and them moving out of their comfort zones.

I was disappointed with the book flap which teased a disaster that I didn't think was disastrous although it did have elements of suspense.

Overall: Outstanding fantastical story with appealing characters.

Cover: April's visions include flashes of red so I thought the blue and yellow would be explained but they weren't.


  1. Great review! I love the idea of a story starring three sisters who all have a special talent/gift. They seem to very appealing characters and the book a delightful read. I should read this.

  2. How excellent! And I absolutely LOVE Charmed so I'd check this book out for that reason alone!


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