Book Review: The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

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Book Review: The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in TwoThe Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente
Series: Fairyland #3
Published by Feiwel & Friends on October 1st 2013
Pages: 256
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“One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century.”—TIME Magazine, on the Fairyland series

September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home, and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.

Here is another rich, beautifully told, wisely humorous, and passionately [layered] book from New York Times-bestselling author, Catherynne M. Valente.

Having loved the previous two books, I eagerly started The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two and found the same beautiful prose I was used to. Yet, it felt so slow, much slower than the previous two books. September is becoming an adolescent and seems to be confused about her feelings. Saturday has found his own place and still cares for her. She hasn’t found her place and is unsure of how to react when around him.

At the same time, I felt somewhat annoyed with September in this book. I know her character is developing, but I felt the book left off at the end just as confused as she was at the beginning. I took a lot of pauses when reading this book and often found myself flipping to see how long until the chapter ended.

I think this one was lacking some of the magic that I felt when reading the previous books. Maybe it was the overwhelming feeling of confusion and irritation from September when it came to relationships and belonging. I did however, enjoy the adventure, the new characters and world encountered throughout the novel. I loved meeting the paper acrobats on the moon and the interesting library that constantly had books reshelving themselves.

Final Verdict: Overall, I love the world of Fairyland and exploring the different aspects. I’m falling a bit out of love with September and I’m not sure where her path will lead her next. I feel a little mixed about this one and hopefully her next adventure will bring me back to enjoying her character.

Possibly one of my favorite quotes from the book came while in the library:

Fairyland designed quotes10

Thanks to Macmillian for providing this quote and giveaway.

Find out more about the books and author:

-Catherynne Valente is going on tour from October 1 to October 17. Tour info can be found here: MacTeen Books

-Watch the book trailer for Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

-Watch the book trailer for Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

-Watch the Fairyland series book trailer

-Read an excerpt of The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two:

-Visit Catherynne M. Valente’s website

-Follow Catherynne Valente on Twitter

Fairyland Series Page



11 responses to “Book Review: The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

  1. I am sorry that you were a bit disappointed in this installment. I still need to sit down and read this series. The book trailer for the 3rd book has endeared me to this series.

  2. Dorothy Teel

    I think that this book "The Girl who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut The Moon in Two sound interesting I am wanting to read about September and her trip to the moon and her  friend Saturday and what happens.  I like that this book is also available in real book form and not just for readers like the nook or kindle.  There is something about picking up a real book to read.  You review makes me want to seek this bookout to read.  Thank you

  3. Rin

    Sad to hera this wasn't your favorite book in the series.  I haven't erad these yet, partially because I like to read series together and don't liek waiting for the next book, and these have been on my to-read list for awhile.  I think they sound like a lot fo fun.  I'll definitely check them out, though, especially since the first two sound so fantastic.

    • I think you are right! I still love the world but it's almost like she doesn't fit there anymore because she is growing older. I loved all the library quotes though.

  4. Kamla L.

    I've seen some gret reviews for the Fairyland series and ahve been wanting to check it out.  It soundsl like it's filled with wonderful characters and fantastical world building.  It's sad that so many great series seem to  lose some of their luster in the middle books.  But hopefully, Fairyland will regain some of its captivating magic the upcoming books.

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