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

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“One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century.”—Time magazine, on the Fairyland series

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...more
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...more
“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...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Aug 16, 2014 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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 was...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
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...more

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...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...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
Liz (Consumed by Books)
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
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...more
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...more
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
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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...more
September is missing her friends in Fairyland. She fears that Green Wind may have forgotten about her as it has been a long time she September left Fairyland. While outside September hears some voices. She sees a rowboat with people in it. She goes running after the boat. September is so busy running that she does not see the hole in the ground. She tumbles down the hole and back to Fairyland.

I was very excited to read this book. I had a fun time reading the first one so I could not wait to con...more
This is a sequel to the book The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. It is a wonderful book just as beautifully written as the first, if aimed at a slightly older age group. You never know what wonderful things you are going to run in to from one page to the next.

September is eager to journey back to Fairyland and leave her mundane life of school behind. When she finally does though, she finds out things are very wrong. Magic is being rationed in Fairyland and shadows...more
Jennifer Ambrose
I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this book and I'm so glad I did. This book is perfect. I just loved it. The story was exactly what I Wanted, even if I didn't realize I wanted it until I read it.

I really enjoyed Fairyland #1, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, but I wouldn't say it was perfect. In my opinion it rambled a bit at the end and left me trailing behind, unable to keep up. But just like September herself, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland is a little bit older, a little bit w...more
September is one year older, somewhat less heartless and definitely ready to go back to Fairyland and have a proper Adventure. Things however have changed a lot since she left: magic is leaving Fairyland along with its shadows, all because of Halloween, the Hollow Queen of Fairyland Below - her own shadow.
Once again, it's up to September to travel down the depths of the earth and try to fix the problem before it's too late.

This is a beautiful book. Valente's imagination is on fire as usual, deli...more
There is something quite wonderful and magical about Cat Valente’s Fairyland books. They are beautifully written, immensely creative, full of heart and wholly reminiscent of times gone by.

In this sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland on a Ship of Her Own Making (one of the best books I have ever read), one year has passed since September’s adventures in Fairyland. One year of keeping it all a secret, of missing her friends terribly and yearning for more adventures. When she does final...more
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5 Stars

Still in post-novel afterglow here (this is what happens when you’re more interested in books than people). I really love this little series, it’s like a slice of childhood, I just want to drizzle cream and chocolate sauce all over this book and gobble it up. But that would ruin a very beautiful paperback (and probably my digestive system too) so instead I will simply love it and stroke it and tuck it carefully back on my bookshelf to treasure for all time. Like, seriously, if I could do...more
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The premise: ganked from 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.

Fans of Valente’s bestselling, first Fairyland book will revel in the lush setting, characters,...more
When you come across a book that is wise, true, good, and is also entertaining and wild, you have found a treasure (and some would say, a friend for life). These sorts of books seemed to be all over the place in childhood, but as soon as the reader is of age to actively search them out, they go missing. We could spend years speculating about the ‘whys’ and ‘wherefores’ – are children’s books better? Do adults lack time and motivation to discover that wonder? But that is not the point. The point,...more
Numey {Azra, creator of Azura}
The second book of the Fairyland series, and it lives upto the charm of the first book! :D
More magic, the same cats and winds! Oh the Green Wind, I have missed him so too! This is one September I've had sooner, a tale even more splendid.
There was something I said before "Plot twist: I am the villain of my own story." Well, this could apply to this magickal fable too.
Ever wanted your shadow to actually walk and talk, and exist? Yeah.
Well, don't let them rebel, but revels are in!
God... I love t...more
First book finished in 2013, better make it a good one!

I liked the first Fairyland book well enough, but I really loved this one. I'm not exactly the target audience, being a little older than September, but found it a delightful read anyway. September is growing up and experiencing some of the hardships of that, and it is a slightly darker read perhaps, but still very much a colourful romp through Fairyland. The colours just happen to be on the purple/violet/blue/black part of the scale.
These books are amazing.
But this one was not as good as the first.
But it was amazing.
I said that the first book was potentially flawless, and this one is too.
The people September met didn't QUITE strike me as much this time around. In the first book those she met were full of quiet wisdom, or a deep feeling of life, or wildness, or a sadness that was alien and yet recognizable. The first book was truth, captured and bound.
How do you blame a book for lacking a certain feeling? How do you put i...more
Originally posted at: A Girl that Likes Books

Someone has to tell you it's impossible or the Quest can't go on.

Why I read this book

I read The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making last year and absolutely loved Valente's style and her characters. I got the print version of the book, because is so beautifully illustrated.

What the book is about

September saved Fairyland once but had to go back to Omaha, where she found herself having a hard time readjusting to her life witho...more
September is a little older and basically in the land of Shadows. Which is probably a metaphor for how things are no longer black or white. She is a bit wiser can literally see all the greys and violets in between.

I was told is was 'darker' than the first. I think it disagree there. In the first book, she fights with death, we see her kill and eat a fish, we almost see her die as she becomes a tree. It is more complicated I would say. It's no longer about removing the baddie from the picture alt...more
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