BOOK TOUR Review: “Extraordinary October” by Diana Wagman


A review by Domoni.

October is a few days from her 18th birthday. While sitting in class, her foot starts to itch. Not a tiny itch, but the kind that takes over your whole body.  October has never been special or popular and the last thing she wants is to draw attention to her ordinary self in the middle of class. This itch starts a chain of events that will change October’s life. Now she has gone from the girl with no real friends to being the future queen of the fairies and trolls, races she didn’t even know existed. Her parents were the royal children but when her fairy father fell in love with her troll mother they were exiled. Now the rulers of their races are dead and October is the heir to both thrones. The closer she gets to 18, the more powers she has. Will it be enough to save her people, those she cares about, and herself from the evil Madame Gold who wants to be the queen October was born to be?

This story starts out as a realistic tale of a young girl who doesn’t see her worth. When two attractive boys start fighting for her attention, she has the same self doubt and confusion many teen girls deal with. Her awkwardness keeps a sort of distance between her and those around her, and her inability to trust means she pushes both boys away while wanting both to stay. As the story progresses and October sees how things around her are changing, and not in a good way, she realizes she has to help her friends and family and learn what she is capable of.

The author did a good job creating the world of this story. October lives in LA, but finds her way into the world of fairies and trolls. The characters were well developed too. Each person’s plight and personality was interesting and well thought out. Though I enjoyed the writing, there were many bumps in the story that made me almost stop reading. The first revelation of the fantasy element in the story was presented in a way that surprised me, but not in a way that intrigued me. It took me out of a story I had been enjoying and made me feel aloof. I love fantasy elements, so this was strange for me as a reader. It took quite awhile for me to return to feeling invested in October’s story.

The villain of this story was quite interesting to me,she was able to beat those around her by making them think they were not good enough. Her ability to control minds and create illusions was fascinating. I liked that the power of Madame Gold and the weakness of October was essentially self perception. There were also underlying lessons that racism should be fought and xenophobic characteristics are not attractive.

In the end, this book was a story about a girl who felt less than special in her ordinary life. She longed to be more, and when she became something extraordinary, she realized how much she wanted her regular life. She wanted to be with her family and live the life she had planned. She wanted to go to college and grow up, instead she had to take on the weight of two worlds and try and save them both.

My rating: 3/5 stars.

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 Los Angeles to the beautiful and mythical underground fairy kingdom.

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Author Bio:

I have always written and always wanted to be a writer, but didn’t think I could make a 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 to school 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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