The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland Review

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Title: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
Rating: 3.5/5 ⭐
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Middle Grade
Format: Paperback
Series: Fairyland #1

 

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

As September travels to Fairyland she is given a list of random and seemingly nonsensical rules to follow which reminded me a bit of The Chronicles of Narnia. Then she starts to meander through the world without much purpose. I found this part to be pretty slow and hard to get into, despite the strange and unusual happenings. This was very reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. 

However, eventually September meets the Marquess and her adventure takes on a more clear path. At this point I quickly became hooked and couldn’t wait to see how the story would unfold. 

Another fun specific to the novel was that the narrator sometimes breaks the third wall to give the reader some insider information, similar to the way A Series of Unfortunate Events is written.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and the end was totally unexpected. I will definitely read the rest of the series at some point!

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