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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Fairyland #2)

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,580 Ratings  ·  978 Reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 258 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
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Oh, September... You have grown up a bit, haven't you? And learned that actions have consequences. And you are not Heartless any more, are you, my dear girl?

"Hearts set about finding other hearts the moment they are born, and between them, they weave nets so frightfully strong and tight that you end up bound forever in hopeless knots, even to the shadow of a beast you knew and loved long ago."
Oh, September... You've hardened up and toughened up a bit now, haven't you? It's about time for you to
Jan 06, 2016 Brad rated it it was amazing
What an amazingly and gloriously smart YA.

It's not only a fun and delightful quest and beautiful flight of imagination, but it's also rife with tons and tons of literary and mythical allusions, whether oblique or referenced almost directly. It's keeping my adult brain most occupied and thrilled and slathered in smarts.

And how in the world can such a tale also be written so smoothly and cleverly that a young child can follow it without a care in the world?

Answer: Catherynne M. Valente.

“A book is a door, you know. Always and forever. A book is a door into another place and another heart and another world.”

I can’t wait to open the doors to Catherynne Valente's Fairyland with my daughters, and maybe even my grandchildren. These books are destined to be placed among the classics of children’s literature; I’m absolutely sure of it. I know they’ll each have a permanent home with me, right next to Alice in Wonderland, Coraline, A Wrinkle in Time, Alanna, The Witches, and all of the
Aug 16, 2014 Carol. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: imaginative, playful readers
Once you’ve been to a world filled with magic, what happens next?

September first visited Fairyland in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Young, carefree and heartless: her adventures there exposed to her wonders and dangers; she formed new friendships with barely a thought for home. Now September is back in Omaha, Nebraska, at the end of a very long, non-Fairyland year. It’s been tough; though she has a secret she carries “with her like a pair of rich gloves, whi
INITIALLY: Whoa, wait a minute. More September? Woot!
Edit: Just read the description, and Holy Effing Velocipedes, I want this NOW.

What can I say that I didn't already say in my review of The Girl Who Circumnavigated ? When I finished the first book, it felt complete. That's not to say there wasn't room for more, but it felt like it easily could have been a somewhat open-ended stand-alone book, and I was happy about that. But that doesn't mean I wasn't tickled to death to hear there wa
Jan 30, 2016 Trish rated it it was amazing
As anyone can see here on GR, I've marked one hell of a lot of quotes from this book - just as I did for the 1st volume. That's how wonderful Cathrynne M. Valente's writing is. Poetic and beautiful without being pretentious or haughty.

So this is the 2nd Fairyland book about the girl named September. Naturally, after all the things that happened in book 1, she wants nothing more than to go back to Fairyland. But she must wait her turn - something that hurt me as much as her while reading the firs
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Sep 30, 2012 Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it really liked it
This comes out on Tuesday, and if you have not yet read Fairyland #1 (The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making), you definitely should. You may also zip over to where they have the first five chapters up for free (of this volume). Check out the illustrations too, as I really love the art in this book.

While not quite my favorite Valente (that will always be Palimpsest), I think the Fairyland books are probably going to be what most people will love the most of he
Feb 04, 2013 Algernon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013

I thought the first Fairyland book was mostly inspired by The Wizard of Oz. This second journey of the practical and courageous girl named September makes me think more of Alice In Wonderland. Probably because we travel through a hole in the ground to Fairyland bellow and we meet a host of incredible creatures on a twisting and turning quest of self discovery. Before I start on the story, I would like to point out that, while the first book could be read as a standalone, The Girl Who Fell
Oct 04, 2015 Nikki rated it really liked it
If you liked the first book, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, I can’t see why you would dislike this one. The writing is of the same quality, the world is just as strange and intriguing — and there’s a lot of new things — and the characters are just as dear. Particularly Aubergine, who was the star of the book. There wasn’t enough of Ell and Saturday, but the plot with their shadows was interesting because it looked at familiar characters and the parts they did ...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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It's hard to duplicate a success - countless series and books that follow-up first-in-line beloved stories can easily attest to how hard a feat that is to accomplish. Happily, that is so far from the case here with Catherynne Valente's second foray into her magical, modernish fairytale series with The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There. Told once again in the same wistful, cheeky tone, and with the same immediately immersive fe
Arielle Walker
5 star read right up until the end, and then... I don't even know what happened, exactly, but that may be the problem.

Well, if it's a problem at all it's the most tiny, minor thing. 4.5 stars. Maybe even more... I'll let it settle a little first, before deciding.

Catherynne Valente is simply astounding. I want to use words like “quirky”, “whimsical” and “creative to describe her storytelling – but after reading this, I can’t help but find those words… well, a little dull in comparison. Valente is
May 14, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Oh September, you have grown up so much but still have a lot to learn about Fairyland

Question: how do you make one of the most creative literary world's i have ever read about even more imaginative? Answer: throw in a more mature heroine in September who after a year from Fairyland longs to return only to find things not as they were. The land she fell in love with is becoming more and more lifeless thanks to the mystery of the disappearing shadows that as a result mean the magic is going until
Apr 06, 2016 Mari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[April 6, 2016] My full review below does a pretty good job capturing my love for this series. I'm marking for reread and to make one additional note: The slower pace of the first half of the story wasn't a me thing, I don't think. I think this book does just amble a bit more than the first. Something about being already familiar with the world and yet discovering all these new pieces of it just slows the story down a bit. Not enough that this is anything less than 5 stars for me, but the slowne ...more
Dec 10, 2014 Giovanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“A book is a door, you know. Always and forever. A book is a door into another place and another heart and another world.”

I don't know how Valente can come up with these ideas. This series, Deathless, I swear, are some of the most beautiful books I've ever read. Unique concepts, amazing, poetic writing style, complex worlds that literally come to life. Fairytales. The best fairytales one could ask for.

“She did not know yet how sometimes people keep parts of themselves hidden and secret, somet
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is one of my all-time favorite books ever, even though I just read it last year. A wise, witty modern children's story with everything from Wonderland to Oz to Narnia stuffed between its pages by a grinning author, it has Catherynne Valente's trademark wordy bling, but at a level kids can enjoy as much as adults. It's a book to fall in love with books by.

I was thrilled that Valente plans to do an entire series of Fairyland books,
Caro M.
Apr 26, 2016 Caro M. rated it really liked it
Somewhat less breathtaking than the first one, probably because the element of surprise is gone and you already know that ANYTHING can happen in Valente's book, but also very good. I wonder if Antichrist Hollywood wants to make a movie out of it? In which case I hope they hire Guillermo Del Toro of "Pan's Labyrinth" instead of Tim Burton of "Alice in Wonderland"...
Sep 06, 2015 Cherie rated it it was amazing
Every bit as strange and wonderful and lovely as the first book. I can't wait to see what happens next !
4.5 stars

A review copy of The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There was kindly provided to me by Macmillan.

'Shadows are the other side of yourself'

Hardly a day has passed since September hasn't thought about Fairyland and Ell and Saturday and the Green Wind. Sometimes she even wonders whether she imagined the whole thing, but it was all so very real because September's shadow is gone; she left it behind in Fairyland. But she's thirteen now, and so much time has passed and she
Nov 01, 2014 Liz rated it it was amazing
Sometimes after finishing a book, it’s hard to imagine a sequel being plausible or enjoyable. When I read The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making, the story felt complete, but I felt as though Valente had only cracked the door to the world she created, and that there was much more inside her head and unpublished books. Valente’s sequel is different from the debut that charmed so many of us: readers see a different part of fairyland and a thirteen-year-old September. I ...more
Andrew Hiller
Jul 13, 2016 Andrew Hiller rated it it was amazing
I liked this better than the first book and I liked the first book a lot.

In Book 2, our main hero September has to clean up the mess that she was accidental catalyst to. She goes through a labyrinth of adventures and meets an absurd cadre of characters and creatures, but the star of the book is Valente's writing.

The wordsmithing is marvelous. It's creative, playful, and many times beautiful. What makes this book better than the first (in my opinion) is that the narrative flow is much improved. T
Valente has done it again. How do I go about reviewing a book whose each and every passage begs to be quoted? If I started, I think I might not be able to stop, and all you'd have is one long compilation of excerpts…which might be not so bad actually, but it would rather give the plot away.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making-an instant favorite for me- felt complete. There was nothing left unresolved in September's first trip to Fairyland, at least nothing that wou
Aug 06, 2012 Shanleigh rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I had hoped beyond hope that this one would live up to its predecessor. I am sad, and quite heartbroken to find that for me, it fell rather than flew.

Now this is not to say that I hated the book; there were elements I wholeheartedly adored. The Sibyl, the Duke of Teatime and the Vicereine of Coffee, Aubergine... I couldn't get enough of them. But there were moments (more than one) where the book just seemed to drag on. I'd find myself counting down the pages until the next chapter.

The ending pi
Tabitha (Pabkins)
An Adventure, with a capital A! This Fairyland installment shines as much as the tale before it! The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There continues to chronicle September’s exploits in Fairyland with whimsy, flair and a healthy helping of balderdash!

If you are of a mind to pick up these books you will find a world full of wonder and nonsensical wisdom that of course makes the most perfect sense you will ever read! What makes these books so marvelous is that Valente takes the
Sep 12, 2014 Tania rated it really liked it
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A book is a door, you know. Always and forever. A book is a door into another place and another heart and another world.

Even though Fantasy is not my favorite genre, this is series is exquisite. One reason for this is that Cathrynne M. Valente is so original when inventing characters. In this book I loved Avogadra (a Monaciello), Belinda Cabbage (a Fairy Physickist), Maud (a Shadow) and Nod (a dream-eating Tapir) best. She breathes live into every object, even a market becomes a
Mar 29, 2016 Evelina rated it it was amazing
As I remember, I gave the first one in the series 5 stars. Considering that, this one should get 6. This book is so much more alive than the first one, so much more breathing and wonderful. I absolutely loved it. The best books to read to your kids too, I think, especially if they are girls. A lot of symbolics too for those who are adults reading this. Valente writes some mean fantasy, one of the best authors of today, in my opinion.
Dec 03, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
There are few writers I'm as jealous of as Catherynne Valente. She tosses out ideas that might hold up entire books - or at least short stories - for single sentences in the process of world building. The Fairyland that she built in the first book, and the Fairyland-Below which is the main setting of this sequel, are rich settings full of distinct characters. Like the Wizard of Oz and the Phantom Tollbooth, this is part quest and part travelogue. It has messages and meaning and wyveraries and wa ...more
Callum McLaughlin
Like a love letter to fairy tales and language, Valente's world is as charming, whimsical and enchanting as I remembered.
Jul 20, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sarah by: Mari
Second book of #booktubeathon! These books are seriously just so delightful. Full review to come.
It's a good fairy tale for kids and pre-teens, but adults can also find it enjoyable too!
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
I had mixed feelings going into this book. I wasn't sure it would live up to how much I enjoyed the first book, especially when I realised that certain characters weren't actually going to be the same characters that I knew and loved from the first book, but instead were almost the opposite in terms of character traits. It actually made me a little sad, with September treating her friends the way she did in book 1 and not realising that they're actually not the same people she knew and loved.

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Catherynne M. Valente was born on Cinco de Mayo, 1979 in Seattle, WA, but grew up in in the wheatgrass paradise of Northern California. She graduated from high school at age 15, going on to UC San Diego and Edinburgh University, receiving her B.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Ancient Greek Linguistics. She then drifted away from her M.A. program and into a long residence in the concrete and cam ...more
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Fairyland (5 books)
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