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Curses! Foiled Again (Foiled #2)

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Defender of the Seelie Courts, Aliera Carstairs, is back!

This time her cousin and best friend, Caroline joins her in both the human and the faerie realms--where the stakes are higher than ever.

And then there's the Unseelie-defector-troll Avery tagging along, Baba Yaga herself, and much, much more that is rarely what it seems.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by First Second
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One of the best things about this book is that Baba Yaga is in it. She's long been one of my favorite fantastical beings -- who doesn't love someone with a house that runs around on chicken legs, and who flys in a mortar and pestle (which is one of the least convenient methods of flying, let me tell you)?

I love how she's an ambiguous character. Typically, when you meet her, she's involved with imprisoning someone and keeping them as her slave, or eating them, but these things are usually met wit
Our fencing heroine is now a "Defender" of a Seelie Court. Not that she has much idea what's going on.

Still neither bad nor brilliant, but a little more engaging than the first volume, though I wish Aliera would start listening and stop objecting to things for the sake of objecting.

Definitely an unusual love interest.
I love the cover of this graphic novel. The pose reminds me of Star Wars, but instead of the Jedi/Warrior/hero being a man it's Aliera, an awesome and strong willed girl, whose ace with a fencing foil (or weapon as she insists it be called). Ali has some trouble trusting her new found henchman, Avery, a troll, but he plays her princess leia, doing his best to aid her in the fight against the Dark Lord. Who is not Darth Vader, but the references to Star Wars, along with other geeky bits of pop cu ...more
Sorry, but Aliera, the protagonist, was a little whiny for me--not quite as bad as Bella, but I still wanted to smack her. It might have been better, I admit, if I had read the first one, but I don't think I will now, despite how much I enjoy Jane Yolen's writing. This just didn't do much for me.
I'm sad to say that this book was abit of a dissapointment in comparison to the first book, Foiled. I think the problem is that the story spent too much time in the faerie realm and not enough on Aliera's life outside of her new role as Defender.

I still really like Aliera's voice. The constant tension between belief and disbelief in the new world opened to her in the last book feels natural for a teen if somewhat grating to my older self. That said, I just don't care as much about the politics o
While the design is still great, I don't have much to say about this one that I didn't say for the first one (Foiled). Being a sequel, I expected more answers. But they only left more. Plus, the plot in this one took a "twist" that seemed very tired and cliché. Did I see it coming? I suppose not, but I still groaned when I found out about it. I don't know. So much potential darn it!

Art notes: Mike Cavallaro didn't illustrate this one? That's bizarre. Who did this? Just Jane Yolen? The style is r
Alex Murphy
This one was better than the first though not by much. I really wish Yolen would let the illustrations speak for themselves. You don't have to recap everything, you don't have to explain everything that is happening as we can see it happening. And you really don't have to have your character be so aggressively angry at literally everything. Her classmates, her troll, the fact that she's magic. Really seriously tone it down a notch. A hero can have a chipped shoulder but dang she's like 14.

I rea
This book picks up where Foiled left off, and you definitely need to read the first in order to understand this one. I love the art and colors, but I must admit that the narration isn't quite as good as it was in the first.

To be honest, I must say that Aliera got on my nerves a bit in this book. She seemed a little more hot-tempered, and refused to listen to Avery almost every single time, even though he actually helped her a lot and offered profound advice.

Overall, it was good, but not fantast
Not as strong as the first in this series, but still wonderful overall. Mostly I was bothered by the fact that the main character REFUSED to just LISTEN TO THE OGRE DUDE. SRSLY. That would have solved like half of her problems.
Faith Erin
Strange book. Loved the story, but it didn't quite work as a comic (too much internal narration, little reliance on the art to tell the story, complicated plot). It would've maybe been a better prose novel.
The sequel to Foiled.


Aliera is back as the defender of the Seelie Court. Her cousin Caroline is kidnapped and Aliera has to team up with Avery, the boy-who-is-a-troll-in-the-dark to rescue her, along with assistance from the Seelie fairies and help (?) from Baba Yaga who takes away the Dark Lord (aka Chris, Aliera's fencing coach as a surprise bad guy) to possibly eat him as punishment since Aliera can't kill him in cold blood. And for the "favor" of helping, Baba Yaga expects 3 years
Saoirse Adams-Kushin
I picked this up hoping that Aliera's cousin Caroline (my favourite character from the first volume) would be a major character this time around. In fact, she mostly existed to be rescued and for the villains to be condescending about, which was pretty disappointing. However, in other respects this was a charming take on the "Chosen One from our world rescues magical world" theme. The ending promises that volume three, if there ever is a third volume, will involve Caroline as a more active chara ...more
Lia Marcoux
Eh. While the art is still really well-handled, the storytelling is uneven and the two main characters are thoroughly unlikable. Aliera, who's supposed to be this big fantasy geek, responds to the discovery that she is the super-powerful extra-special defender of an honest-to-goodness beautiful magical court, with peevishness and not a single hint of wonder. She spends most of the story shouting at Avery, who is grumbly and incomprehensible. The big show-down in this book has no emotional payoff ...more
Shazza Maddog
Aliera and Avery return in this sequel to Foiled! in another quick-moving graphic novel. Aliera is a teenager who wound up becoming the human Defender of fairyland due to her mother picking up what appeared to be a rather tacky fencing foil with what looks like a plastic light-up jewel as a pommel. But looks are deceiving and the foil turns out to be the weapon of the last Defender of Faerie - whomsoever holds the foil has a lot of power. And Avery, one of the cutest boys in school, turns out to ...more
This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble.

Aliera and Avery are back at it in this sequel to Foiled! Together they must fight against trolls to save the kingdom of faeries, whether they like it or not. When the trolls strike out against them in the real world however, things take on a turn for the worse. Aliera must finally face her destiny and save her family before it's too late.

In this book Aliera and Avery continue their battle against the trol
In the first volume, Curses! Foiled, Aliera caught a glimpse of another world, and a life more dangerous, and purposeful, than the estranged one she lives in. Her classmate and many others turned out to be magical creatures, many of whom seek to cause trouble. Now, it is up to her to use her fencing skills to foil their plans again. Reluctantly, she takes up her magical sword, one that only the Defender of Faerie can use.

On top of the troubles caused by her duties, Aliera continues to struggle
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**Spoilers for Foiled #1**

Surprisingly, I liked the 2nd book of the series more than the first. It must have been that the first was just the exposition where this one you are really getting into the meat of the story. And there is definitely meat in this book. We delve deeper into Aliera's job as the defender of Fairy Land as well as her love/hate relationship with Avery the troll. The first brings the adventure to the story and the latter br
Ms. Rosas
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*Spoilers for Foiled*

I really love Jane Yolen. Her graphic novels have as much magic and fun as her novels. They have good characters that are often well drawn and a great story. Aliera is a strong young woman who is making the best of being thrown into a world she never knew existed. Over all I really enjoyed the book but I was a little frustrated with Aliera and the way she treated Avery. I wanted to shake her and say are you really that dumb or are you treating hi
Aliera, a high school outsider and fencer, has unwillingly assumed the title of Defender of the Faerie world after she received the bejeweled Defender's foil mostly by chance. Now she can see fairies and trolls, and has a troll disguised as a boy bound to her because she saved his life. He's her lab partner at school, and they do nothing but bicker as he tries to convince her that she is in danger, and she refuses to listen because she really doesn't want to be the Defender. Things are taken out ...more
Recommended for grades 6+

I had missed the first book in this series, so going into it I wasn't aware of it being a second...however, it was made painfully obvious over and over again that there was a first book that gave all the background. Aliera is a defender of fairies, but she can't find them and is afraid they are all dead. (I guess I needed to read the first book for this to make more sense.) While looking for the fairies where she first saw them-Grand Central Station-Aliera is captured by
Jaime Leroy
I did not read the first book in the series. The beginning of the book gives you a very brief synopsis of the first book, but I was still a little confused and probably would have been better off reading the first book prior to reading this one.

The art is well done. I liked how the art was done in shades of gray when Aliera is in the “real” world and colorful when she is in the faerie world. To be honest the artwork kept me interested far more than the storyline.

Aliera was just a normal girl wh
Book 2, sequel to Foiled. Strong female protagonist. The first few pages give a brief synopsis to the previous book but I wish I'd read the other one first as this second book would have made more sense right away. Basically, Aliera, a very good fencer and high school student, has become the owner of a magic fencing epee which makes her magical and the Defender of the Fairie World. The bad guys are trolls who can masquerade as human if they're in the dark (such as in a subway tunnel). Avery, a f ...more
Ange (MarmaladeLibby of Libby Blog) Schmelzer
Aliera Carstairs is a high school girl, a good student, a great fencer, and oh, The Defender! That's right! She's The Defender of Faerie thanks to the new "practice foil" that her mother purchased for $2 at a rummage sale! Now that she understands WHO she is, she needs to understand WHAT her purpose is. The Seelie Court is under attack and only Aliera and Caroline, her best friend and cousin, are the key to saving them all. Dive into Aliera's world again in book 2 of the Foiled series by Jane Yo ...more
I enjoyed Foiled, and was excited to read this sequel. Plus, it's by Jane Yolen, who I generally love. This second entry in the Foiled series was still good, it just had a few things that threw me off a little.

One thing (however, this does seem to be popular in YA series nowadays, so) is that we jump right in without practically any backstory at all. I mean, I only read Foiled a few months ago and I already forgot that the main character was colorblind (thanks, Goodreads reviewer down below!). I
Plot: Taking off where the first book left off, Aliera must save the fairy kingdom with the help of her cousin Caroline. I love watching her in action and the twists of the plot in the book were quite shocking and kept me reading right until the end. I fear I will have to wait too long to find out what is next for Aliera.

Characters: I just love Aliera, who is a bit of a stubborn girl, strong-minded but not without fault. Caroline is a fantastic character as well. Even though she is in a wheelcha
Kari Ramirez
Just like the first book I felt this was a little rushed at the end. It seemed to take it very slow for most of the book and from the description I thought Caroline would play a bigger role. I was looking forward to seeing what her contribution would be, but instead three quarters of the book is Aliera yelling at Avery.

Not as good as the first book, but I loved the art and the use of color. I'm sure there will be another one, or at least I hope there will since so far, nothing has happened!
Andrea Labonte
A must read. In this book it picks up where she leaves off as in the terms of fighting. Will she survive this time around with the help of her so called friend the troll/human, will she get the help she needs. With learning a few things or two, Aliera must prove to the world that she can save the world. Does she trust this troll/human or does she end up fighting him? I enjoyed this graphic novel very much. I would recommend this for grades 6 and up who love graphic novels.
In this sequel to Jane Yolen's first graphic novel, Foiled!, the teenage protagonist Aliera tries to return to her ordinary life away from trolls disguised as teenage boys, faeries, and magical weapons. Those plans go awry when her best friend and cousin, Caroline, mysteriously goes missing.

While the series has all of the above promising elements, this sequel fell flat for me with its confusing plot and overemphasis on dialogue. Much of the dialogue is devoted to bickering between Aliera and th
Aliera doesn’t really know how she feels about being the Defender of the Faerie world. She does know that she wants Avery to stop following her around though. She is so sick of him insisting on helping her. She doesn’t want anything to do with that troll.

But, after she and her family are put in grave danger she doesn’t really have a choice. She has to come to terms with her role in the world and start acting like the Defender she is.

Aliera gets some support from her best friend and cousin Caroli
Buzzwords: Fencing, being different, trust, responsibility, school, fairies, lots of exposition

The art was beautifully done - the fact that I noticed it, alone, speaks wonders, since I don't read too many graphic novels. The story was fun, but there was too much exposition, and I was not sure how I felt about Aliera for far too long...not to mention much of the tension was lost for me by the speed with which things were resolved.
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more
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