Extraordinary October by Diana Wagman4 out of 5 stars
I devoured Extraordinary October in less than 36 hours. In fact I stayed up until 4 am one night because I just had to know how it ended. It has elements that readers of other popular young adult fiction will find familiar (a love triangle, a discovered alternate world, a secret family history), but the different species of characters and fantasy elements made the novel feel very fresh. I’ve grown accustomed to the edginess in Diana Wagman’s writing from her other books and was surprised to still find hints of it in her first YA novel. She had my heart racing in anticipation of what was behind the door, or around the corner—more than I’ve experienced reading other YA novels. There have been rumors that this is the first book of a trilogy and I really hope those rumors are true. I am not ready to leave this fantastical world that Diana Wagman has created!