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While the language is beautiful and still bright, and while we ve got a little older September to contend with, I don t think this is the best of the Fairyland books She s growing up, learning that Yeti s hands can control serious time and Words have a magic that is all the greater because it belongs not only to Fairies, but to everyone, and the clothes you wear are like the words you use It s sweet, and it s good, but there was something missing in the middle of the book.Direction I loved th While the language is beautiful and still bright, and while we ve got a little older September to contend with, I don t think this is the best of the Fairyland books She s growing up, learning that Yeti s hands can control serious time and Words have a magic that is all the greater because it belongs not only to Fairies, but to everyone, and the clothes you wear are like the words you use It s sweet, and it s good, but there was something missing in the middle of the book.Direction I loved the descriptions, the imagination, the characters, and the Rights of Tools, but there wasn t a center impetus to push the plot forward I don t mind if we meander, and there was a lot of meandering, but I like to know that we re shooting for the moon, too.I am NOT saying this was a bad book, because her works are so brilliant that they outshine the sun I just don t think it matches the strengths of the previous two Even if view spoiler Saturday has turned into a budding Love Interest for September So cute Love the Timey Wimey stuff hide spoiler Just because it s imaginary doesn t mean it isn t real this is September, a.k.a The Girl Who Captured My Heart and Took It On A Marvellous Ride to Fairyland for the third time Repeat offender this cutie, but I don t mind On the contrary, I hope she makes plans for manywacky, bittersweet, tenderly wistful returns to the land where Imagination runs free and where she can follow the imperatives of her Criminal heart.That s right, you heard me The denizens of Fairyland have dubbJust because it s imaginary doesn t mean it isn t real this is September, a.k.a The Girl Who Captured My Heart and Took It On A Marvellous Ride to Fairyland for the third time Repeat offender this cutie, but I don t mind On the contrary, I hope she makes plans for manywacky, bittersweet, tenderly wistful returns to the land where Imagination runs free and where she can follow the imperatives of her Criminal heart.That s right, you heard me The denizens of Fairyland have dubbed Saturday a professional Criminal, licensed and outfitted her properly in black silks and guild hat Readers familiar with her previous adventures already know she deposed a tyrant of the land in the first book and messed with the proper order of the shadowy undeground realm in the second one So she s considred a professional and unrepentant troublemaker Now she s heading for the third sphere, up in the air where the Moon is shaken to its very foundations by an angry Yeti Who will be called to save the Moon but our freshly dubbed CriminalHere is everything that soared up high and got lost, everything that wanted to keep safe from marauders below This tenderhearted old world catches everything thrown too far and too hard, keeps everything fragile whole baseballs and stuffed bears and birds nests and last autumn leaves, zeppelins and Icarus and Leonardo s flying machine, Fairies and pterodactyls and cherubims and hot air balloons and a Russian dog or two But reaching the Moon is no easy task you must pass first by the crocodile CalcatrixIt s no fun at all to break the rules if there aren t anywhere your Fate is assessed and where you must pay dearly for the right to travel in the realm You must also be wary of the untrustworthy Blue Wind and its puffins who delight in putting obstacles in your path And you must recover and take good care of your steed Aroostook the 1925 Model A Ford that got sucked into Fairyland together with you.September s quest is series of lessons in life delivered by each magnificent creature she meets as she tries to solve the mystery of the furious Yeti Some are old friends like the Wiverary A Through L or the Marid Saturday Most of the others are freshly minted in the forge of Mrs Valente s fancy and wise in the ways of the heart The parables deal with predestination, growing up and learning responsibility for your actions, the flexibility of time, courage, love, self awareness, friendship, rules and how to break them The author breaks the fourth wall herself from time to time in the narrative, as she feels the need to cheer side by side with us readers her heroine in her moments of doubt Like the time when September wonders why should she struggle if everything is already written in her red book of Fate Here s whySo it is written but so, too, it is crossed out You can write over it again You can make notes in the margins You can cut out the whole page You can, and you must, edit and rewrite and reshape and pull out the wrong parts like bones and find just the thing and you can forever, forever, writeandand , thicker and longer and clearer Living is a paragraph, constantly rewritten It is Grown Up Magic Children are heartless their parents hold them still, squirming and shouting, until a heart can get going in their little lawless wilderness Teenagers crush their hearts into every hard and thrilling thing to see what will give and what will hold And Grown Ups, when they are good, when they are very lucky, and very brave, and their wishes are sharp as scissors, when they are in the fullness of their strength, use their hearts to start their story over again It all revolves around the heart, just as it did in the two earlier books as September got through childhood and through her pre teen selves Now she s a young adult, and while the tonality of the book remains whimsical and fanciful, the issues and the dangers she has to deal with have themselves graduated to a higher levelA heart can learn ever so many tricks, and what sort of beast it becomes depends greatly upon whether it it has been taught to sit up or lie down, to speak or to beg, to roll over or to sound alarms, to guard or to attack, to find or to stay But the trick most folks are so awfully fond of learning, the absolute second they ve got hold of a heart, is to pretend they don t have one at all It is the very first danger of the hearted Shall I give fair warning, as neither you nor I was given I did struggle a little with this third Fairyland book, as most of the encounters in the quest to find Ciderskin the Yeti seemed random and slightly too childish for the older persona of our heroine I m glad I stuck with the story, because everythings comes together masterfully in the end, and every step September takes proves essential to her becoming on arrival somethingbeautiful andwise than on departure I will try not to spoil the actual plot, and limit myself to name some of the creatures September meets in her journey From their quotes you can probably deduce a good portion of the lessons they deliver These quotes also serve to illustrate the particular prose style of Mrs Valente that put her firmly in one of the top spots on my fantasy firmament Also, be aware that reading in advance about these lessons might be considered spoilers, so treat carefully from this point forward in my review let s put a picture of the Blue Wind here, to break the spoilers away Hard to pick a favorite to start with, but because I ve always loved sailing I ll present you Ballast Downbound the Klabautermann, who runs a salvage operation on the highway to the MoonI m named for the secret, vital core of a ship Ballast is the the weight down in the deep that keeps a vessel upright in dark water A ship s not a ship till she got ballast of her own Down in the belly, a big massy mess of rope and wood and hardtack and love letters and harpoons and old lemons Anything that ever fascinated the ship, made it sail true, patched it or broke it, anything the ship loved or longed for, anything it could use Some ll tell you a ship s not born till she gets a name or has a bottle of wanderwhiskey broke over her bow, but it s not so Whithout ballast, she s just wood Next in line is Nefarious Freedom Coppermolt the Third, Lobster of the Watch, here to welcome you to the greatest city on the satelite in the best carnie traditionWelcome to Almanack, the All In One Sanctuary, Safehouse, Home of the Stationary Circus and the College of Lunar Arts, Number One Destination on the Heavenly Circuit and Capital of the Moon You ll find Almanack has taken care of all your needs, I promise Travel by Public Tram, Taxicrab or Regularly Scheduled Trapeze See the Grand Moonflower Lawn from the sack of a luxury lunar pelican You ll have no cause to complain, friend On the contrary, I say bring me Orrery is the city on the slopes of the Splendid Dress, which is a frightful big and lovely mountain The Glasshobs built it to keep an eye on the stars, who have a tendency to run off on adventures and forget about how much we downbelow folks need to navigate and cast horoscopes and meet lovers on balconies A Glasshob is a kind of lantern fish with goat legs, and they carry their breathing parts in silver censers that swing from their fins Coming back to Almanack, September is invited to meet with the ruler of the city, the Whelk who has some wisdom to pass on in her turnEveryone is hungry and not only for food for comfort and love and excitement and the opposite of being alone Almost everything awful anyone does is to get those things and keep them Even the mites and the mussels But no one can use you up unless you let them The whole point of growing is to get big enough to hold the world you want inside you But it takes a long time, and you really must eat your vegetables, and most often you have to make the world you want out of yourself I already knew September will be reunited with her darling Wiverary, and where else could she find it but in Almanack s Library, run by Abecedaria the Catalogue Imp, who s a Periwig of the Aldermanic Order, from the Foxtail Haberdashery She s mighty fierce in her defense of readingA silent Library is a sad Libray A Library should be full of exclamations Shouts of delight and horror as the wonders of the world are discovered or the lies of the heavens uncovered or the wild adventures of devil knows who sent romping out of the pages A Library should be full of now just a minutes and that can t be rights and scientifick folk running skelter to prove somebody wrong It should positively vibrate with laughter at comedies and sobbing at tragedies, it should echo with gasps as decent ladies glimpse indecent things and indecent ladies stumble upon secret and scandalous decencies A Libray should not shush It should roar Let s clap all our hand, flippers, fins, wings, tentacles, paws for Abecedaria and move on with our adventure, picking up blue Saturday along the way from his trapeze lessons in the origami built Stationary Circus, saying hello to Pentameter the sonnet boy and Valentine the love letter girl Next stop is an argumentative donkey with a peacock tail named Candlestick She s teaching lessons about learningEvery place has a Pluto It s where the universe keeps the polar bears and last year s pickled entropy and the spare gravity You need a Pluto or you re hardly a universe at all Plutos teach lessons A lesson is like a time traveling argument Becasue, you see, you can t argue until you ve had the lesson or else you re just squabbling with your own ignorance But a lesson is really just the result of arguments other people had ages ago You can t learn anything without arguing As our heroine approaches her final destination, maybe it s time to learn something about her fearsome adversary, to better appreciate the task she embarked on and the real danger she has chosen to confrontA Yeti grows from a little fury snowball to a shaggy monster with black ram s horns and burning red eyes and hands that could crush wine out of boulders quicker than you can say, does that avalanche have teeth They love the winter and they love the snow they love the mountains and they love to eat and all the things that go with eating squashing and walloping and tearing and ripping and crunching and gnawing The final lines I ve bookmarked in the novel are the three most important lessons September learns, so I ll need to do an even better job of hiding them from unprepared eyes It s preferable to follow in the girl s footsteps, or the moral of the story loses its impact view spoiler First is the answer to the existential question everyone of us has to face at one point or another of our journey Who am I The answer comes courtesy of an Undercamel from PlutoWhat others call you, you become It s a terrible magic that anyone can do so do it Call yourself what you wish to become Next you must be aware that in order to give of yourself you must first fill yourself with life and wonder, imagination is just like a muscle that needs constant exercisingFairyland is what I have where a ship has ballast In high seas it keeps me upright And maybe growing up only means getting bigger As big as Almanack, as a whelk on the moon who can hold a world inside it Last but not least comes a bit of love advice delivered by time challenged Saturday, the Marid who is in the habit of meeting with his younger and older selvesListen to me Love is a Yeti It is bigger than you and frightening and terrible It makes loud and vicious noises It is hungry all the time It has horns and teeth and the force of its fists isthan anyone can bear It speeds up time and slows it down And it has its own aims and missions that those who are lucky enough to see it cannot begin to guess You might see a Yeti once in your life or never You might live in a village of them But in the end, no matter how fast you think you can go, the Yeti is always faster than you, and you can only choose how you say hello to it, and whether you shake its hand I hope the next Fairyland book hastwo say about these two star crossed lovers who live in separate worlds and cannot control the time and place of their next date night hide spoiler It took me quite a long time to finish this book Why I ll get to that later The book series started out in 2009 as a crowdfunded middle grade online novel originally, a fictional children s book in the author s other book Palimpsest I know, right How come this series is so old , yet barely known throughout the world Doesn t seem appropriate.As anyone following my reviews knows, I was absolutely smitten with the first book and equally delighted with the second although the first book It took me quite a long time to finish this book Why I ll get to that later The book series started out in 2009 as a crowdfunded middle grade online novel originally, a fictional children s book in the author s other book Palimpsest I know, right How come this series is so old , yet barely known throughout the world Doesn t seem appropriate.As anyone following my reviews knows, I was absolutely smitten with the first book and equally delighted with the second although the first book in a series usually holds a special charm over me This was book 3 and I must say that it is obvious that Catherynne Valente is a master I mean, this is the weakest in the series and it s still a 4,5 star A short description September gets back to Fairyland, again a bit later than exactly one year after her last trip what s up with that but needs to hitch a ride with the Blue Wind this time to get there.I did NOT like that one Sometimes I understood the criticism but overall I wanted to throw some punches and completely understand why this wind doesn t have a Great Cat of Nephelo any So, naturally, the deal is foul and September has to do a deed for the wind, taking her to Fairyland s Moon A wonderful new setting, again full of wonders and quirky creatures some well known by now, some completely new.It is true that I, too, thought this book somewhat lacked direction something Brad said in his review as well We had the beginning in book 1 and repercussions of that in book 2 and all those different places those story lines took us to and we knew where September had to go to solve the respective problem,or less at least , but here I was kind of waiting for the point of it all I guess the only point was for September to go back to Fairyland, have adventures and view spoiler get firmly nailed to Fairyland so she can t go home any hide spoiler.Well, no, that does this book great injustice.She did go back to be there and finally enjoy delicious and unusual food, to fly with her beloved Wyvern, have fun But the reason she wants to be there is that she wants to escape our world, enjoy herself, spend time with her friends, finally not being bullied because she s different, not having to fight one battle or another one could say she s tired , not having to grow up of which she is just as afraid as most of us are and she might even know, deep down, that she always learns tons when she s in Fairyland Because she does.Oh, the wonderful lessons for young and old in each and every one of these books In this case as you can see by some of the quotes I ve liked , the lessons are about money not actually having power but still working some sort of power over humans, just like magic , politics just because you like someone and think he she might make a good ruler, doesn t mean it will be so when that person actually is in power and so much.And the author explains these things in her typical, magical way It was delightful as usual.The hardest lesson however, the driving force behind this book I think that it s about the fact that no matter how scary and or hurtful, we can t stop time or turn it back It s not about what we want and picking the best moments so we can have the greatest life it s about dealing with what comes your way, the good and the bad Like September who was just as brave, level headed and savvy as usual.But there was also this restlessness, at least in me while I was reading the book, which is why the following line was so accurate It s the Sea of Restlessness, he said Fills you up with go go go, like you re a bowl full of reaching and wanting but you don t know what you re wanting for Truly wonderful was also the following You are September Candlestick roared And whoever that is, it is somebody Who are you You are the person with something to say Only the dead don t argue And even then there are exceptions Didn t anyone tell you Respect your elders is just a secret weapon, and like most secret weapons, it s a cheap trick It shuts everyone else up for free, without having to break a sweat And she who shuts up first loses I think I was taught a thing or two by Candlestick because my family tries this very same trick Always And it barely worked on me when I was a kid, let alone now DAnother truly magical thing that not every author can pull of the real world, where September and we all is originally from is just as important as Fairyland Thus, we get a littlebackground on September s parents and view spoiler get to know about her father s troubles now that he s home from war hide spoiler which makes the whole reading experience complete.I completely felt with September when she was anxious about view spoiler whether or not her friends would think her too old or only wanted her company when some war had to be fought hide spoiler because I can sympathize with doubts creeping in Fortunately, though, as usually is the case in such books view spoiler A Through L I still think this is one of the most brilliant names ever didn t care the slightest bit and was a true friend hide spoiler As I said many times before books have spoiled me I simply have too high expectations now.I did very much like the relationship the author depicted between September and Saturday view spoiler That she doesn t just accept fate, is aware and weary of choosing and its importance and is willing to fight Saturday over it hide spoiler Maybe the best thing to describe Fairyland, what it means to September AND what it means to me is this quote Fairyland is what I have where a ship has ballast In high seas it keeps me upright Now I ll have to read a book almost completely without September book 4 is from another perspective before the end of the series already shudders when thinking that the wonderful journey will have to come to an end As for the layout, never fear the images were as wonderful as ever as you can see from the ones I have included here.P.S Another, very personal note is the following quote that also is very accurate in what I had to discover about myself That is the trouble with standing up to people, of course Once you start doing it, you can hardly stop Let it be known that I love, love, love Catherynne Valente s Fairyland books The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making was one of those books that I think justifies an author s entire career all by itself its language, its heart, its ability to seize grown up hearts as readily as it speaks to those of children It s a book that makes me wish I had children so I could read it to them.Do not speak against TGWCFIASOHOM I will defriend you Kidding Maybe That was the Let it be known that I love, love, love Catherynne Valente s Fairyland books The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making was one of those books that I think justifies an author s entire career all by itself its language, its heart, its ability to seize grown up hearts as readily as it speaks to those of children It s a book that makes me wish I had children so I could read it to them.Do not speak against TGWCFIASOHOM I will defriend you Kidding Maybe That was the first Fairyland book, in which twelve year old September, still Somewhat Heartless, went to Fairyland for the first time, and met her Wyverary A Through L and her blue Marid boy Saturday, and grew up, just a little.In The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, September went back to Fairyland, and this time the lesson she learned was that you have to Clean Up Your Messes Because her first visit was not without consequences.And so we come to the third book Catherynne Valente has said that she plans, I believe, five books in the series, which will take September almost up to adulthood In The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, September is now fourteen It s been a year since her last visit to Fairyland, and she s been thinking about little else but her next trip She fully expects one of the Winds to come get her every year, as they promised.In the meantime, she s now old enough to drive it s 1920s Omaha, after all and so she is running all over the place doing odd jobs for neighbors, trying to save up money so that next time she s dumped into Fairyland, she will be prepared Points to September for thinking ahead this time, though I never did quite understand what good she thought Yankee dollars would do her in Fairyland.Well, to make the first, long part of the book short, she does indeed wind up in Fairyland, thanks to a considerably less friendly Wind than before Have you never known a cruel wind What an easy, balmy, tropical life you must have I never tease, madam I coax, I beguile, I stomp, I throw tantrums, and for certain, I freeze I am the Coldest and Harshest of all the Harsh Airs I am the shiver of the world But I do not tease You can cause ever so muchtrouble by taking folk seriously, asking just what they re doing and doing just what they ask This time September is carried off to Fairyland with a Model A named Aroostook, and then finds herself going on a detour to the Moon Where she meets up with her friends A through L and Saturday and many others, and they ride off on exciting adventures that involve saving the Moon city of Patience from a rampaging Yeti The Girl Who Soared is full of Catherynne Valente s usual beautiful language and pages full of mineable quotes And September is growing up a littlein each book In this one, she is feeling the stirrings of romance, and wrestling with the fact that she has already seen bits of her future, and being a willful and obstinate girl, this does not sit entirely well with her Does that mean nothing can change asked September If what you said is true then it s all a circle and I m stuck in it And I ll have a daughter with Saturday because I already had one that I haven t had yet and the verbs are very difficult but they seem to add up to the future is a fist and it won t let me go even if I put a hammer right through it I do love these books.And yet and yet it pains me, but I must give The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two a mere four stars.Because, my goodness, Ms Valente, it took you so long to get anywhere I do love your language, and I adore September, whether it s her adolescence in Omaha or her adventures in Fairyland, but really, we know which of those we re picking up these books to read about, right And once September gets to Fairyland, well, as she remarks herself initially this time she s coming as a visitor, not yanked there for a crisis though she does eventually find one, except it s on the Moon but because she wants to see her friends again.And there is so much descriptive imagery, so many weird surreal landscapes a city that is a whelk on the Moon, a land of photographic exposures, a cosmic black dog all those creative bursts of imagination we so love Valente for, and yet they seemed less controlled this time around I was having to slow down and reread to figure out what it was that I m supposed to be picturing and what is actually happening I really got the feeling that Catherynne Valente kind of meandered around for a while figuring out where her story was going to go, and then never edited that part into a proper narrative.The ending, though, redeems most of chaotic fuzziness in the middle.Every fairy story has darkness at its heart.Valente has been building each Fairyland story onto the previous one, and while they are not precisely stand alone, they have been self contained adventures But in this third book, it becomes necessary to understand what has gone before as September comes to understand certain things about Faeries And here, Valente also departs from the pattern of the last two books, which end with September being whisked back to her farm to await her next Fairyland adventure.I am not entirely sure that this wasn t cheating That same feeling I got that the author s floundering in the middle was not edited out of the manuscript also makes me wonder if the ending was the author having trouble deciding what to do next But it is an ending that makes me wonder what she s going to do next, and I will of course pre order the next Fairyland book like wow.Yes, of the three Fairyland books so far, this one is my least favorite and I would be so disappointed to be disappointed again But disappointment is relative because I still give Girl Who Soared an unhesitating 4 stars Even a slightly wobbly and undisciplined Catherynne Valente book is full ofconcentrated brilliance and win than most authors can manage in an entire career.I await The Girl Who Will Return in the Next Fairyland Book September and the Model A Ford, Aroostook.Twelve year old September has visited Fairyland twice before and longs to return She misses her friends, the Marid, Saturday, and the Wyverary, affectionately called Ell Life is sad and monotonous at home, where she helps her invalid father and does odd jobs for neighbours Anyone for a Taxicrab But when she finally gets back to her beloved Fairyland, things have changed For one thing she can t find her friends The Model A Ford she arrived in is also September and the Model A Ford, Aroostook.Twelve year old September has visited Fairyland twice before and longs to return She misses her friends, the Marid, Saturday, and the Wyverary, affectionately called Ell Life is sad and monotonous at home, where she helps her invalid father and does odd jobs for neighbours Anyone for a Taxicrab But when she finally gets back to her beloved Fairyland, things have changed For one thing she can t find her friends The Model A Ford she arrived in is also seemingly developing a personality of it s own both odd with decorative additions Can September vanquish the fearsome Yeti that is carving up the moon Will she find a way for the fairies to return and will she ever leave Fairyland again Dear friendsThis is the third book in a five part series and just like the first two never fails to impress Full of fantasic characters and the most bizarre landscapes imaginable, The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two is a middle grade fantasy lovers delight Catherynne M Valente is a wordsmith of the highest order and although sometimes the story can get overwhelmed by strangeness, the writing is for the most part first class I love these books I ve said it before, and if there areto come, I ll damn well say it again I love these books These are books I d be so happy to read to children, and I would barely be able to suppress my glee to see what stories they d come up with themselves, prompted by these inventive and whimsical tales September, every time she goes to Fairyland, steals my heart.Note The rest of this review has been withheld due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You ca I love these books I ve said it before, and if there areto come, I ll damn well say it again I love these books These are books I d be so happy to read to children, and I would barely be able to suppress my glee to see what stories they d come up with themselves, prompted by these inventive and whimsical tales September, every time she goes to Fairyland, steals my heart.Note The rest of this review has been withheld due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook |Download ⚆ The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two ⚔ 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 powersHere is another rich, beautifully told, wisely humorous and passionately layered book from New York Times bestselling author Catherynne M Valente This was a lovely third book to the Fairyland series, where September has struggled to return to Fairyland and is wondering if you can ever really go back The characters left behind in Fairyland have struggled too, missing her and loving her Life apart is not always easy.September meets a few versions of Saturday and starts to question whether she gets choices in her life, and between that and the nostalgia of childhood and facing being a grownup and what that means for her fairy land and fair This was a lovely third book to the Fairyland series, where September has struggled to return to Fairyland and is wondering if you can ever really go back The characters left behind in Fairyland have struggled too, missing her and loving her Life apart is not always easy.September meets a few versions of Saturday and starts to question whether she gets choices in her life, and between that and the nostalgia of childhood and facing being a grownup and what that means for her fairy land and fairy friends, this book is a bit tinged in sadness It also includes Valente s amazing imagination that we ve seen from her poetry to Palimpsest still my favorite to the very underdiscussed Prester John books.This is the first book of Valente s that I ve listened to, and Catherynne M Valente is a marvelous performer of her own work Her voice has the versatility of an old Hollywood actress, with moments of great rich depth I feel like going back and listening to everything she s ever read Her performance enriches her worlds, and I highly recommend the audio.Little bits I liked Marriage is a wrestling match where you hold on tight while your mate changes into a hundred different things The trick is that you re changing into a hundred other things, but you can t let go You can only try to match up and never turn into a wolf while he s a rabbit, or a mouse while he s still busy being an owl It s harder than it sounds A Library should be full of exclamations All Librarians are Secret Masters of Severe Magic A Library at its ripping, roaring best is a raucous beast to ride April 28, 2016 Much of what I was thinking to share about this story I already talked about in the review below, so high five for past me I will clarify that what I attributed to an ambling middle I would now call a fuzzy plot I ve got the general idea of what September was meant to do, adventure wise, but it it can become the slightest bit muddled, especially when it comes to action Valente can kind of rush and over describe her action so that you leave a block of text thinking, I m not e April 28, 2016 Much of what I was thinking to share about this story I already talked about in the review below, so high five for past me I will clarify that what I attributed to an ambling middle I would now call a fuzzy plot I ve got the general idea of what September was meant to do, adventure wise, but it it can become the slightest bit muddled, especially when it comes to action Valente can kind of rush and over describe her action so that you leave a block of text thinking, I m not entirely sure what just happened, but it sure was pretty If I could be objective about this book, I d probably rank it a 4.5 stars primarily for this reason It doesthan make up for it with the characters we meet Tell me how Valente can make a better character out of an old car with a flower steering wheel than most authors can make their main characters Everyone is so rich and lovely and every place has Lessons to Teach and Very Important Things to say and I just gobble that up I mentioned in my original review that I love stories about growing up and YES Everything this book said about the confusion of trying to figure out who you are and how we spend a childhood growing a heart, only to have people tell us that being an adult means hiding it away was beautiful I love this series June 15 to 28, 2015 This was probably never going to be anything less than five stars I love it, I m invested, some of my favorite characters are here, and at the end of the day, Valente can tell us just about anything in the most beautiful language She can make up any land and any creature and just brings it all to life with wit and clever phrases I love reading these words so much, it s hard to hold anything else against them Each of her books seems to have a theme at the heart of them and as will be obvious to anyone reading this third book is about growing up I love, love books about growing up and coming of age stories, so I was totally enad with it Plus, we get the extra wonderful spin of both Saturday and September being people out of time People who experience past, present and future all in a jumble September grapples with who she will become and what fate means and if she has any choice or control in the matter My heart went out to Saturday in such a great way in this book What a wonderful boy and excellent counterpart for September.The middle bits did seem to amble along and sometimes, Valente seemed to lose the string of storytelling and fuzzy some of the main plot points If you asked me to tell you about this book, I couldtell you about all the stops on their trip and who they met than the unifying main story line, though the ending was perfect and that I remember September busted into Fairyland when no one came to get her, so it stands that she had an adventure unlike the two others we ve seen While this kind of scattered middle has caused some people to deduct a star or two, I cannot The thrown about adventure and ambling about just prop up a story that is about the scattered and ambling process of growing up Maybe that s me giving it too much credit, but again, I was predisposed to love this to pieces I m just so darn glad to have this series and a little sad to finish it soon and a little worried about having to wait for so long for the next one But so it goes At this point, if you haven t read the first two books, I definitely don t suggest you jump in here If you have, then what re you waiting for Fairyland hasenchantment, sadness, and whimsy for you And in this book, September gets to spend time with Ell and Saturday again the Ell and Saturday she knew in the first book, and not their shadows.Once again, September doesn t go back to Fairyland at least, not so simply and directly We have another new setting for the friends to explore, a At this point, if you haven t read the first two books, I definitely don t suggest you jump in here If you have, then what re you waiting for Fairyland hasenchantment, sadness, and whimsy for you And in this book, September gets to spend time with Ell and Saturday again the Ell and Saturday she knew in the first book, and not their shadows.Once again, September doesn t go back to Fairyland at least, not so simply and directly We have another new setting for the friends to explore, and another new problem for September to try to solve Or do we There s no Marquess or Shadow Self to defeat this time, that s for sure I enjoyed the setting, and stuff like the taxicrabs, and all the puffins I m not entirely certain what the Blue Wind is up to in this book, and it looks like we might have to wait another book to find out My only real criticism is that despite the lovely whimsy, there s a bit too much of it The plot doesn t really get going until nearly halfway through, and instead we seem to sort of sightsee only for things to then rush past enormously fast But it does say gorgeous things about friendship and love and having a heart, and growing up.Just as this was settling into a rhythm, where September goes to Fairyland in the first part, wanders about gathering allies, and then solves all the issues, this book shakes things up a bit It does take a while to get going, but once it is, things don t quite turn out the way September expects them to, from prior experience, and it ends differently, too And I gather the next book shakes things up even , with new protagonists I don t know how much I ll like that, but I can t wait to give it a try.Originally posted here