Extraordinary October by Diana Wagman
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.
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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What I like about the story:
The Combination of Troll and Fairy... Who have thought that these two would fall in love? October found out on her 18th birthday that she is a half-Troll and a half-Fairy because her parents are actually Prince of Fairy Canopy and Princess of Trolldom. I seriously love the name of these kingdoms!
The Choice of October and her big heart! October’s reaction when she learned that she is the sole heir of the two kingdoms was expected. She was surprised and overwhelmed yet, despite of not being ready to step up as a leader; she still extends herself in helping the fairy kingdom. October is very loyal to her friends, her love for her family shows so much and her strong will is very inspiring.
The White Troll, the Two Handsomeness and the War in Between... You don’t want to mess up with a white troll who has a grudge and would like to reign both Fairies and Trolls. The first one feels superior while the other one hated being the inferior. Being in between these long time enemies who wanted supremacy was hard. October wanted to unite them both and along the way of her fight, she met two guys. Walker wanted to protect October and happy to be at her side, but, somehow Trevor had something in his mind that was stronger and more pungent.
How it ends:
Trolls and Fairies got their happy ending with their new rulers and a simple life with October.
I enjoyed the flow of the story. I felt that I was with October while she was fighting the bad troll. The ending was a little bit off to me though because I wished for another ending. Perhaps, there will be a part two?
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