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#150: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Cathrynne M. Valente

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.
With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (May 8 2012)
ISBN: 9781250010193
Purchase at Amazon




My Opinion:
First of all I have to thank Judy for sending this one to me. You're the best!
I loved, loved, loved this one! I really can't say that enough.
This book started out as my "bathroom book", and quickly got pounced upon every chance I got, so I could finish the adventure.
The reviews up top in the synopsis say it's a cross between Alice in Wonderland and The Golden Compass. I beg to differ. I do agree on Alice, but even the book seems strangely familiar to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Still, either way you see it, makes for a great read!
This magical adventure never slowed down either. That was super fantastic. Most stories take a minute to pick up speed, or start out fast and fizzle halfway through. Not this one!
A few words I don't think kids, especially teens, would understand. They may feel frustrated having to look things up though and not really know what the author meant. That is my only critique, though only slight.


5/5 (If I could give 10/5 I would!)


Recommend? Do you really need to ask??? YES!!!!!


~I received a copy from a friend. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Comments

  1. Great little review! I found myself enchanted by this one, too - it's made of magic, as far as I'm concerned. I can't wait to read #2! Also: have you checked out the short prequel? It's available on Tor.com.

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  2. I just couldn't love this one, even though I wanted to.

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  3. I'm glad you liked this one, I was pretty sure you would enjoy it as much as I did.

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