Monday, October 3, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Extraordinary October by Diana Wagman

Extraordinary October
Diana Wagman
Published by: Ig Publishing
Publication date: October 11th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

October is an ordinary girl. From her plain looks to her average grades, there seems to be nothing special about her. Then, three days before her eighteenth birthday, she develops a strange itch that won’t go away, and her life is turned upside down. Suddenly, she can hear dogs talk, make crows fly, and two new and very handsome boys at school are vying for her affections. After she starts “transplanting” herself through solid rock, October learns that she is not ordinary at all, but the daughter of a troll princess and a fairy prince, and a pawn in a deadly war between the trolls and the fairies. Now October will have to use all of her growing powers to save her family, and stop a mysterious evil that threatens to destroy the fairy world.

In the fantastical vein of authors such as Julie Kagawa and Holly Black, Extraordinary October takes us on a magical journey from the streets of LosAngeles to the beautiful and mythical underground fairy kingdom.

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My Review:

3.5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Faeries, Mystery, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Teen--

4 days before October’s 18th birthday she gets a scratch. A terrible scratch that started on the bottom of her foot and soon spread all over. But that is not the only weird thing that happened. She can also hear birds talking, has ravens attacking, a flower shaped bruise developing on her ankle, and two very different boys vie for her attention when she has never had a boy interested in her before. October is part of something magical, something she could never have predicted, and she is not sure she even wants it.

I had a lot of fun with this odd, random adventure. I could not expect anything, because I am sure I would have been wrong and the story would go in an entirely new direction. I mean come on, there was a random shoe fairy, there was no way I could ever foresee what would happen next. The story kept me on my toes, that is for sure. The book was a lot of fun and very unique. Sure, some of the topics have been introduced in other teen books, such as fairies and trolls and royal courts, but never in this manner.

Overall I found the story to be fun, super odd (but in a good way!) and quirky, and I was highly entertained. Yes I mentioned two boys vying for her attention, but this was not a love triangle (which I hate) or really a romance at all, but really the story deals with growing up and being ok with yourself, whoever you are.

I was a little sad at the ending, I was hoping for something else than what I received. I am sure that others will appreciate the direction the story took and be glad for October's decisions, but I felt a little let down. Pick up this book if you are looking for a fun read with new ideas and lots of twists. This appears to be a standalone since this wrapped up nicely for October, which is unfortunate because I would love to see what else can possibly happen…maybe a book about one of the side characters and their adventures… Who knows, but I would like to see what other adventures pop out of the authors head in the future

I received this title in return for my honest review.

Author Bio:

I have always written and always wanted to be a writer, but didn’t think I could makea living at it. So I became a mime. (You can imagine what my father had to say about that.) I worked on the streets of NYC with two partners, stopping traffic in front of the Met and annoying tourists. When, to my great surprise, that didn’t work out, I returned toschool in film–thinking screenwriters made a living. And when I had ten scripts and my agent had stopped returning my calls, I wrote a novel. I did it just because I wanted to love writing again and not think about selling or casting or marketability. That novel was Skin Deep, and it’s a testament to writing from your heart that the first person to read it, bought it. I’ve been trying to write from the heart ever since.

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a very entertaining read! Great review, Katherine! :)