I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The 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
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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:
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
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