Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure
Released: August 30th 2016
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Colour and magic combine in this enchanting new middle grade fantasy from the bestselling author of the Shatter Me series.
Born as blank as canvas in a world brimming with colour and magic, Alice’s pale skin and milk-white hair mark her as an outcast. Because, for the people of Ferenwood, colour and magic are one and the same. And since the disappearance of her beloved father, Alice is more determined than ever to prove herself and her own magical abilities.
To do so she’ll have to travel into the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, with the help of a fiercely annoying boy named Oliver. But nothing in Furthermore is as it seems, and it will take all of Alice’s wits to find her father and return him safely home.
Pffth of course I’m going to give any Tahereh Mafi book 5 stars. It is a well known fact that she has one of the most beautiful writing styles in YA (and now middle-grade). Furthermore (unsurprisingly) is beautifully written. Its such a fun whimsical book and I was lucky to pick it up when I needed a little whimsy in my life.
Alice Alexis Queensmeadow our sassy main character who kicks butt at only 12 years old! You can’t help but love her. I loved this girls spirit and just like any 12 year old she causes a boat load of trouble for everyone. She would fit right in with 12 year old Percy Jackson and 11 year old Harry Potter.
I loved the adventure and magic in Furthermore. I especially loved how Tahereh kinda added a little twist to the book by making our main character the sidekick, it made for a fresh perspective. I won’t say more because spoilers.
Just like with any author you can’t help but compare their previous books to their new ones and Furthermore is so far from what Shatter Me was that if the world’s were in a Venn diagram their circles wouldn’t touch. I love an author who is capable of variety and Tahereh Mafi serves up a boat load of it with this new book.
If I knew any middle-graders who read books I would be shoving this in their faces but I would like to think that anyone (regardless of age) would enjoy it.
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