Jan 11, 2017
Author: Diana Wagman
Publisher: IG Publishing
Format: eBookPublication Date: October 18, 2016
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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 Los Angeles to the beautiful and mythical underground fairy kingdom.
This book was kind of odd from beginning to end. It wasn’t bad, but it felt disjointed at times. Also, I felt like I was being forced into seeing the romance between October and the wo main love interests. Which was odd, because it wasn’t really a love triangle at any point. It was just enough to ensure that there was drama. However the overall story was pretty formulaic.
The writing was decent, and there were some good ideas here. The side characters ended up being more entertaining than October several times, especially Luisa. This is a very decent fantasy read, and incorporates some lesser mythology as the two main groups. The way they interacted with the human world was also definitely a point in this book’s favor.
The one aspect that I truly did enjoy in this book was the villain. It was hard to truly hate her by the end, but for most of the book I think it was rather easy. She seemed to perfect and evil, so it felt only natural to hate her. However once you learn her backstory, I truly felt sorry for her and the way she had been treated. It’s one of those nature vs nurture, which makes you believe that nurture created this monster.
This book was a very average fantasy novel, but sometimes those are exactly what you want. There are no major surprises or twists, and while the plot was formulaic it was at least easy to follow unlike most. Overall I would give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and true fantasy fans will enjoy it from beginning to end.
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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