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Flora's Fury: How a Girl of Spirit and a Red Dog Confound Their Friends, Astound Their Enemies, and Learn the Importance of Packing Light Hardcover – May 8, 2012

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Book 3 of 3 in the Flora Trilogy Series

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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015205409X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152054090
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,577,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good resolution to YA love triangle or BEST resolution to YA love triangle? BEST.

Well, it's not really a resolution. Flora obviously still has work to do at the end of the book, but her dilemma between PrettyBoy and FurryBoy is handled as both in-character and a brilliant sendup of the problem in other books. But listen to how she describes it.

"Udo and Sieur Wraathmyr glared at each other. Neither one looked at me. In all the cheap romance novels, the heroine is always thrilled when her rivals fight. In real life, it was just horribly embarrassing. I was not the last piece of bacon."

Flora/Nyana is trying to track down her mother, and along the way, she meets dangerous denizens, attractive delivery men, and gorgeous pirates. She's baked in the sun, assaulted by were-panthers, and has heartfelt hissyfits about how no one tells her ANYTHING. At no point does she overcome her motion-sickness.

The thing I like best about Flora is that even when she makes a bad decision, it's because she thinks about her options. The pirates have been sent by her mother to kidnap her? That's what THEY say, she's going to go off on her own, thanks.

I really appreciate the Nini Mo ... koans? scattered through the book. "That day, that sorrow", she says "Dare, win, or disappear." "Everyone has a talent."

Also, I cackled out loud when I found a little bit of Kipling buried in a scene in a remote and dusty outpost fort. "A cup for the dead already, and hurrah for the next to die." I think Kipling would have enjoyed this world, and reading Nini Mo stories. STOP THE PRESSES! I went to look it up and realized that all these years I have thought Kipling wrote "The Revel", but it turns out to have been written by one Bartholomew Dowling.
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I have never actually entered a review for anything, but I love this book, this series, so much that I'm compelled to do so. The FLORA series is a marvel of invention. If you've not read it, there's a little BUY button over there you should be using. It's filled with magic, plot twists that would shame the wiliest, twistiest serpent, and a main character who never quits. And what I think readers should know is that this kind of wildly inventive and sublime fantasy is disappearing. If you want to see MORE of this type of thing, then by all means buy the books, shout about them to the heavens, and encourage authors to give you more of what you want! I for one want many, many, many more FLORA books.
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I mostly really like Flora. She is grating in exactly the way someone of her age would be grating to someone a lot older! Nicely written!

I also love that she is not a supposedly reluctant meddler. She LIVES to meddle. And this causes all sorts of problems- and solutions- for her and for everyone else. (I have long felt a true avatar of Eris would be a teenaged girl... and probably one trying to do the Right Thing.)

The romantic triangle was semi-resolved in an excellent way, but one that will clearly have implications in the future. (It is pretty clear that this trilogy is not the end of the series.) So were most of the plot threads from the previous 2 novels, though they too leave many possibilities open for future tales.

The world is an interesting alternative history, sort of; it's set in a VERY alternative California, where the Aztecs are the main political power. It's intriguing but- as is true of the magical systems- our perception of the whole is choppy since it's through the eyes of a teen.

Don't start here- you won't understand half the action, at least. If these books sound like fun- and they are- start with "Flora Segunda".
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By Cary on September 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I will start off by urging everyone who loves YA fantasy to read this highly inventive series with a strong vivid central character. Start with the first book. Some points:

1. A couple of reviewers complained Flora's Fury was hard to understand if read alone. Well, yeah. It's the third book in a series. Which brings me to:
2. This is marketed as the end of a trilogy but it's not. It wraps up the plot points within this book, mostly (except the love triangle) but sets up for the next conflict. Most importantly, the overarching conflict - Califa's independence, Flora's full realization of her own magical abilities are not resolved (several characters say she has tons of magic swirling around in her blood, and she speaks powerful Grammaticka without knowing why).
3. Several other reviewers say rather condescendingly that this is good for a 12 or 13 year old girl--I disagree completely. While this is certainly good for that age, it is also great for older readers. In fact the series suffers from inept marketing, eg saying it is for 8-10th graders. As one reader points out, there is substantial cursing in the book, although it is changed by a vowel to make it a nonsense word. Still. Also, many of the conflicts are emotionally charged - her parentage, repeated murder and killings, attempted rape, secrets/lies, ethics - and would be best appreciated by someone older. And you don't have to be a girl to read this--I resent that assumption that if the central character is a girl, the book should be read by girls. We never say that for fantasy books with male protagonists.
4. I found this third book certainly inventive, but some plot devices were overused, particularly the secret identity/motive.
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