Reading Level: Middle Grade
Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Stand Alone or Series: 3rd book in The Girl Who series
Source: ARC from Amazon Vine
Rating: 5/5 stars
This is the third book in the The Girl Who series by Valente. I absolutely loved the previous two books in this series (and I love Valente’s writing in general). This book was better than the second book and I really enjoyed the creativity and wonderful imagery throughout. There are rumored to be at least two more books in this series due out in 2014 and 2015.
September misses her friends from Fairyland but is trying to make the best of her time at home with her mother and father. But then when she runs into a Blue Wind she can’t help but hitchhike a ride to what she hopes is Fairyland. However, she doesn’t end up on Fairyland…she ends up on the Moon. While she does get to meet her friends again, she also ends up on a dire quest to save the Moon. And to do so she will have to face off with a horrible Yeti and journey through bizarre landscapes.
This was an excellent continuation of this series. I absolutely love these books. The are incredibly creative, beautifully written, and just an absolute joy to read.
September has grown up some and is trying to act more mature and take on jobs and adult responsibilities. However, she has trouble understanding other girls her age and desperately misses her friends from Fairyland. Along her journey to Fairyland she is accompanied by her faithful Model A car, a car which undergoes some strange changes of her own.
Saturday is back in the story and the strangeness of how he meets himself throughout time plays a large role in the story. Him and September have a bit of a sweet and budding romance, which is as dear and wonderful as it is bizarre. We also get to spend time with Ell, who is much more himself in this book than he has ever been and is going through some changes of his own (having the ability to breath fire, but being cursed when he does so).
The story is serpentine at times, but the plot is well done and well resolved. As with all of Valente’s books the beauty is in the writing. The writing is lush and sparkling; the creative and bizarre surrounding come alive completely. This makes for a slow read, but it is like a fine wine or fine chocolates…something to be savored.
Additionally I love the creativity of the story. You never know what strange situation September will be in next or what strange creature will happen around the corner. However with her friends at her side, September is willing and ready to face anything. I love how all the characters in the book embrace each others’ differences so wholly.
Also there is a lot of witty humor in here and lots of irony. It makes the book all in all a very enjoyable read. This book ties up the plot nicely, although I am dying to see what adventures September will go on next!
Overall a spectacular read and highly recommended to those who love fantasy and don’t mind a bit of ambiguity. Wonderful characters, absolutely beautiful writing, creative settings, and an unpredictable plot make this a must read. I can’t wait to see what adventures September, Ell, and Saturday have next!