Book Review: The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Cat Valente

fairyland 3“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 powers.
Here is another rich, beautifully told, wisely humorous, and passionately [layered] book from New York Times-bestselling author, Catherynne M. Valente.”

Catherynne Valente’s third adventure into Fairland is as charming and as magical as the previous two books. I have ranted and raved about how good this series is, in my opinion the series is one of the absolute best middle grade fantasy being published right now and this book is no exception. Beautifully written (and I mean prose that will make any language lover melt) and expertly crafted, we join the now teenage September at that awkward crossroads between childhood and becoming an adult. September is such a great main character and Valente is the master at perfectly capturing where September is in her life. I also loved the return of Ell and Saturday, who I missed so much in the second book (come on, their shadows didn’t count).

I also loved this books theme of time, and I thought that was so apt for young people – one moment you’re in school and living at home and the next you’re finishing your degree and looking for a job. Its so fleeting, and Septembers adult worries coupled with her (some say) childish desire to get back to Fairyland were framed beautifully. As usual, the plot was perfectly whimsical and we got to meet so many interesting fairy folk.

My only gripe would be that the book ended too soon. I wanted the adventure to be longer, to have slightly more substance – it felt too quick for me. Apart from that, this series continues to be one of the strongest I’ve read and I cannot believe I have to wait a whole year for the next one to come out!

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