MY NOVEL THOUGHTS:
On one hand, after all was said and done, I loved this novel but on the other hand I was deeply frustrated. At the end of this novel I couldn't help but love it because of Mafi's beautiful and very clever modern fairy tale. Then I can't help but be conflicted by this novel for the simple fact I wish there was more to the story. (The frustration)
Let's switch it up a little and I'll tell you what I liked first. (I know I'm a rebel right)
What I liked: Let me start by reiterating the fact that Mafi has done a wonderful Job in creating her own fairy tale (It kinda reminds me of Alice In Wonderland). I absolutely adored the fact that the protagonist's, Alice's, personality was kept consistent, in that Alice's feistiness and her child innocence wasn't warped (I mean she grew up and matured but not in a way to take away from the playfulness of the book). Alice was super sassy, stubborn and ill-tempered but love-able all the same.
I loved Oliver, Alice's companion, he was super patronizing and annoying but he grew on you with his thoughtfulness and quick-wit. Alice's mum was well human. I at first didn't like her but further along in the story and I understood and could see where she was coming from. Then a certain someone in the story, who's name I will not mention (but can you guess it?), was really sweet in their actions and I liked them.
I think my favorite part of this novel, besides Alice's and Oliver's humorous bickering, was the world in which they where set. Mafi describes the world in a way so vividly and in a way that leaves infinite possibilities you can imagine Alice's world.
Although I've never read The Secret Garden (which I probably will now), I have read The Chronicles of Narnia and could see the inspiration it had in this novel-in how the history and culture of this world is told.
As Alice and Oliver go on their adventure, they learn to stop fighting each other and start trusting one another in order to work together. Their friendship grows in a quirky way and makes their journey all the more fun. Each twist and turn in this modern tale is a fun and exciting way to learn about this new world, full of the most absurd trials and unthinkable situations. But really what do you expect from a world full of magic?
What I didn't like: There was really nothing I didn't like about this novel except maybe the narration. At time I felt the switch from Alice's voice to the narrator's voice was a bit random and confusing at times. Also even though this novel was creative and different in a sense, Alice and Wonderland was kinda in the back of my head at certain points (was that just me?). Oh and I was only, a tinsy bit, disappointed that the ending of tale only because it did nothing to calm my curiosity about the aftermath.
MY OVERALL RATINGS:
I think a rereading is in order. I was skeptical at best about this book because of the hype surrounding it, but Mafi backed it up and I loved it. I recommend this book to middle-grade readers, young-adult readers and anybody who likes fairy tales!
Furthermore BLURB || source: Goodreads
A captivating and colorful adventure that reads like a modern day fairy tale, from the bestselling author of the Shatter Me series.
Inspired by her childhood love of books like A Secret Garden and The Chronicles of Narnia, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi crafts a spellbinding new world where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.
There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.
But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. It will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tahereh Mafi
Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the SHATTER ME series. (You can learn how to pronounce her name here.) She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband, fellow author Ransom Riggs. She can usually be found over-caffeinated and stuck in a book. SHATTER ME is her first series, with television rights optioned by ABC Signature Studios; FURTHERMORE, her newest project, will be out on August 30th, 2016.
Her work is represented by Jodi Reamer of Writers House, LLC.Her work is represented by Jodi Reamer of Writers House, LLC.
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