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Today, DRR is excited to share an awesome book, perfect for this month! We were instantly drawn to this one - from the epic cover, to the equally epic iguana sitting on the author's shoulder, we couldn't help but explore this YA paranormal adventure!
Check out our review to see what we though, watch the teaser video, and enter the giveaway for an awesome prize!
~Publisher: Ig Publishing
~Published: October 11th 2016
~Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
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.
October, in October!
It sounded to me like this story would be perfect for this time of year. Fairies, goblins, magic, adventure, and some humorous supernatural gifts. Seems like a great mix!
This book was a very good fit for the time of year, as most books of this genre and plot are. The characters were entertaining, and several of the situations October found herself in cracked me up.
While this story is somewhat generic, I did enjoy it. The plot overall reminded me of a handful of other books I've read, which was slightly disappointing, but not that distracting.
The writing was entertaining, and flowed fairly well. I enjoyed the character building, although the stereotypical "two guys fight over a girl" situation lacked interest for me. Not a bad mix of characters, but I would have enjoyed a bit more uniqueness to them and their situation.
Overall, this was an entertaining story, and I think to fans of the genre, wouldn't be time wasted. I would recommend it, and would read more from the author if I had the opportunity.
*I was given a complimentary copy of this book, from the author via Xpresso Book Tours, to read in exchange for an honest review.
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