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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 18 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 2, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009KF10UU
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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 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 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.
Overall, I did enjoy 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.
You might have to be an authentic lover of good books to really appreciate the wit and whimsy found in The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There. Just look at the book cover and the title--this book does nothing to hide what it is. What is it? I'm so happy you asked . . .
Just like the first book, it's a fairy tale for lovers of fairy tales. It's packed full of more colorful imagination than any other book series I can think of. A quest, magic, mystery. Heroes, beasts, betrayals. Friends who become enemies, enemies who become friends. Kings, queens, princes, princesses. Longing for home, finding yourself, growing up. Lessons to learn, first kisses, consequences for actions.
"The smell of loving is a difficult one to describe, but if you think on the times when someone has held you close and made you safe, you will remember how it smells just as well as I do."
I think I enjoyed book 2 more than book 1, perhaps only because I'd acclimated myself to the unique prose--I knew what to expect. I didn't have to use my dictionary nearly as many times this time around either, although I did have to look up "brobdingnagian." (Go ahead, use that in a sentence. I dare you.) It's just so smartly written . . . I'm certain there are nuggets of meaning buried under the layers of quaintness that I am too dense to glean.
"So much light, sweet girl, begins in the dark."
Reading this book was an adventure. I recommend it to all.