September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows—and their magic—to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September’s shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland’s shadows back (goodreads.com).
Even though I enjoyed The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, I was at the same time pretty disappointed because it didn’t live up to my expectations. After thoroughly enjoying the previous book I couldn’t wait to start this one and I thought for sure that it would be just as good. It wasn’t. Still a good and exciting read, but just not as good as the other. However, I liked it enough to want to keep reading the series and I think a lot of that has to do with the main character as well as the ending of this book, which was fantastic.
I thought the plot of the story was entertaining, but during some parts of September’s adventure the story moved more slowly and became uninteresting. I was always counting the pages until the next chapter; I hate having to do that! This didn’t happen more than once or twice, so it didn’t discourage me from reading. It was just a little bump in the road. However, the ending was so amazing and emotional that I actually shed some tears! It was because of the ending that I gave the book 4 rather than 3 stars. The book also became way more interesting towards the end and it really picked up the pace.
I was so excited to get back to Fairyland with September and see all of her friends again. We do get to see them, but not in the way you may think. We are also introduced to a number of new characters and I think there were only two that I really enjoyed. Aubergine and Belinda Cabbage. I found them both very interesting. I also enjoyed the Watchful Dress, which isn’t a character per se, but a very useful tool. It was pretty awesome and I wish I had a dress just like it. Most of the other characters just didn’t appeal to me and weren’t as developed as well as those in the previous book.
I enjoyed the book and bumped up my rating because of the ending. I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t as good as the first, but I still recommend reading this one. I love the world and the characters so much that I am going to have to pick up the next book in the series right away. If you love Alice in Wonderland type books I think you will really enjoy this series. I actually like these books more than Alice in Wonderland.
My rating: 4/5 stars!
My other reviews in this series:
Book Review: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (diaryofateenwriter.wordpress.com)
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making (chrissireads.wordpress.com)
Review: “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making”, by Catherynne Valente (slclteens.wordpress.com)
Halloween, the Hollow Queen, Princess of Doing What You Please, and Night’s Best Girl (somethingtoreadforthetrain.wordpress.com)
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (boingboing.net)
Catherynne M. Valente – The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (fyreflybooks.wordpress.com)
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