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Flora's Dare (Flora Trilogy #2)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  1,097 ratings  ·  175 reviews
Flora Fyrdraaca wants nothing more than to be a ranger, and for that she must master the magickal—and dangerous—language of Gramatica. But before she can find the ideal teacher, her aspirations are put to the test. Would a true ranger be intimidated by a tentacle that reaches for her from the depths of a toilet? Be daunted by her best friend’s transformation into a notorio ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Eva Mitnick
This is the luscious sequel to Flora Segunda (Harcourt, 2006), featuring the intrepid and impetuous daughter of the Commanding General of the Army of Califa (known to Flora as Mamma) and the ex-aide-de-camp to the previous commanding General, ex-Ranger, and ex-drunk and crazy person (whom Flora calls Poppy). Their household is an illustrious one, but due to the huge restrictions Mamma has placed on their house Butler (a supernatural creature of the “domicilic denizen” type), the place is decrepi ...more
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile

A fast-paced book with lots of adventure and twists and turns that keep you on your toes. This book picks up shortly after the end of the first book, and since most of the world-building and whatnot is out of the way, it allows the author to jump right into the story and keep things moving.

That said, there are two things which kind of were a bit off for me:

1) While I enjoy the characters, I don't really feel like I have a strong attachment to them, and that's something I look for when reading
Melissa McShane
Flora's Dare is even better than Flora Segunda, and that one was pretty amazing. Flora's Dare feels a little more finished to me, probably because Flora's various quests all grow out of one desire, which is to become a Ranger. All the complicating factors come from other people, like her sister Idden and her friend Udo, or from external problems like the Loliga, a spirit creature trapped in the body of a giant squid, who's trying to escape captivity by destroying Califa. There's time-travel and ...more
Jul 28, 2009 Wealhtheow rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of language, magic, Society
Shelves: ya, fantasy, mannerpunk
The book starts shortly after Flora Segunda ends, and the repurcussions of that adventure are still being sorted out. Through Flora's intervention, Poppy has managed to pull himself out of madness and a drunken stupor and insists on strict military rules for Crackpot Hall. Meanwhile, Flora's perfect older sister Idden has deserted the military and is running wild with a group of revolutionaries. And worst of all, Flora's best friend, the beautiful and vain Udo, has fallen in with a bad crowd. (W ...more
An Odd1
"Not all that glitters is worth the shine" p 205 - Quetzal (view spoiler)
"When in doubt keep your yap shut said Nina Mo" p 112, Ranger par Extraordinaire. In person-ghost, she admits the yellow books of stories are mostly fibs. Those gleams of truth inspire Flora to great deeds.

Maybe surprise ending. More like ending. (view spoiler) Just because ghost is

Dare, win or disappear.

• This book was sooo much better the the 1st one!
• In the 1st book, Flora was okay. In this book, she was AMAZING! Gullible, but Amazing!
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Fantastic! This series is so wonderful, full of magic, mystery, houses with rooms unknown, and an amazing strong-female protagonist who gets better with every book. I can't believe I'd never heard of this series before, and now I can't wait for another one to come out. The author has a great sense of humor that pulses through the dialogue and the prose and the characters themselves.

I love that 'magick' can only be mastered by becoming proficient in a language called "Gramatica", which is terrib
Jennifer Wardrip
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Flora Fydraaca is one busy young lady.

Between her search for a Gramatica instructor, dealing with the fallout of her best friend Udo's moneymaking schemes in the bounty-hunting biz, elder sister Idden's desertion from Califa's military, discovering and thwarting the source of a series of deadly earthquakes threatening the city, a freshly sober and keenly aware father, a burgeoning crush on Califa's greatest living magickal adept and old Fydraaca family enemy
Despair Speaking
Flora's Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing
Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room)

Well, you can easily tell that this book would be hard to forget from the title itself. Indeed the book is all about the things above. Flora is a stubborn and strong young girl, I mean, woman (seeing as that she is an "adult" now in her world) who is willing to do almost anything to learn Gramatika, a vocabulary that
Sequel to the superb 'Flora Segunda', which more than lives up to its predecessor. Now that the world-building s out of the way, we re free to concentrate on the plot: a whirlwind ride through the streets of Califa as Flora tries to pursue her dream of being a Ranger, find a Gramatica teacher, deal with the fallout of her sidekick Udo s latest and most disastrous money-making scheme, come to terms with her saintly sister Idden s desertion from the Califa military, fight off many-tentacled monste ...more
More magical adventures in alternate world California with fabulous gender politics and a Central American imperial overlord.

I remember finding this light and charming, but with a few weeks distance the flaws loom larger. My God the sidekick is irritating. Mostly though I’m just deeply skeeved by some of the language choices, which I believe I complained of in the prequel, too. But really! Have your heroine say she was “going to the potty,” while she’s being sexually prayed on by an older man t
This book was exciting, entertaining, and filled with twists and turns.

The only negative I can think of is I felt there was far too much recap in the first couple chapters. It made the reading slow in the beginning.
Flora Fyrdraaca still wants to become a ranger, like her hero Nini Mo, but to do that, she has to master magick by learning the magickal language of Gramatica. Finding a teacher is a lot more difficult and dangerous than Flora thought it would be, though, and soon she is embroiled in a fight to save her city, her family, her friends, and herself. But maybe her self isn't the person she thought she was....

As I'd heard, this was even better than the first one. The world and its history, the chara

Flora is a spunky, spunky gal and a very refreshing heroine. And this world is so imaginative in ways that other fantasy books are not (and fully fleshed out, at that!). I liked Flora's Dare even more than Flora Segunda (though that was pretty great, too) - possibly because it filled out even more history, character development, and world building from the first (while still having the non-stop action, humor, foibles and glorious escapes that the first one contained).

But how often do you get
Lynette Aspey
After reading this whole series with my daughter for the umpteenth time over several years, it is way past time for a review.

Flora Segunda, Flora's Dare and Flora's Fury -- all three books have stood up to back-to-back multiple reads: my daughter, who is now twelve, told me, "Please tell Ysa she simply HAS to write more Flora stories."

She also told me, "I sometimes day-dream that I can step into the books. I want to go to all the places that Flora has been. I want to explore Califa, visit Bils
Rachel Tell Sasek
Super-great. At least as good as the first one.
Another amazing book from Ysabeau S.Wilce.

Flora's Dare was a little different from Flora Segunda. There's less world-building and more action. I read this book four years ago (without even knowing it was the second in a series) and I didn't get the same feeling for some characters i.e. Valefor as I did this time around. Then again, it is a sequel. It's expected that the reader has read the previous book.

This series is so underrated, I swear to God. I don't understand why it's not more popular.
Alfreda Morrissey
Wow!! Such imagination and adventure. This is a great book, even better than the first. Such an ending! I can't wait to read the next one. I highly recommend this book to young adults.

I do wish they would leave out the cursing and smoking. I would not recommend this book to much younger than 13. There is a lot of cursing, even though they use cutesy language, a lot of smoking and references to condoms. I could drop the references to condoms, but the cursing and the smoking are hard to get away f
The second book of the series continues to delight with quirky humor, spiraling misadventures, and of course, our far from infallible, stumbling yet wonderful heroine. Much like the first book the direction of the plot was a little vague in the beginning, but this time the book seemed to take a little more time. Still, while it wasn't quite as gripping for me as the first, it was well written and quite enjoyable!

There are a couple of things I like about this series that I wanted to point out. Th
2.5 stars. Yeah this was pretty disappointing compared to the first one. And oddly this one is higher in the ratings. No idea.

So this is incredibly slow, that's the biggest hassle. It was dragging out any and every occurrence of a character that popped up and most were characters that really did not have much to say in terms of being interesting. Udo took a backseat in this sequel which became a bummer when I realized he brought a lot to the table or really his personality was a lot more fun to
Alison C
Flora's Dare, by Ysabeau S. Wilce, is the sequel to Flora Segunda, which I read some years ago and enjoyed. Flora lives in an alternate world where magic works, the Aztecs rule client city-states in America, and Flora's town, Califa, is essentially a magical San Francisco (having lived there for many years, I had fun identifying which structures were the basis for which homes in the book). Flora is more determined than ever to become a Ranger like her heroine, Nini Mo, but that means she has to ...more

That's all I could think as I read this. I mean, this is really dark, it is wonderfully dark, but covered by a quirky and ultimately infantile. Which is too bad, because this story has a voice. It's just too bad that the voice is so babyish. I mean, this got me in the last book, but while the last book had certain feel to it that almost excused the language. This just shoves it into your face. Is it supposed to make what we're reading easier on the young adults who are reading this
May 26, 2012 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Wow. I enjoyed Flora Segunda, the first book in this series, but found it a bit slow and had a bit of a challenge getting into the lingo of Califa. Not so with this book, which was nearly perfect. There was Pig! And Tiny Doom! And a giant squid! Flora remains a delightfully dark and headstrong heroine. Looking forward to the third book - glad I read them so late that all three are out!
Terry Costantini
3.5 This book was a great continuation of the first installment. The key to a great "book two" of a trilogy, is how the author changes the story and brings it to a different level. Something has to move the plot into a new and more engaging direction, and this book does that very well. I love that the main character is a strong female, who makes poor decisions and learns from them. Her first impressions of people are almost always wrong, but by the end you can see that she has definitely grown. ...more
Could hardly put the book down. Everything is so fresh, from the language to the characters to the setting. It's exciting to see a normal person really struggle with morality. Can't wait until my girls are old enough to read it on their own.
Flora's Dare starts out with another William Blake quotation, this time from everyone's favorite poem, "The Tyger." And so, instead of dealing with the gateway to a world elsewhere ("The Crystal Cabinet"), Flora is back to deal with a one-hundred-percent increase in magic(k)al monsters, criminals, and highly violent Certain Doom, still following the colorful guidance of her hero Nini Mo. There's always something exciting going on! The one drawback is, though Wilce doesn't introduce problems only ...more
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I absolutely adore Flora. This is great fantasy set in an alternative Latin America type place complete with magic, and evil human sacrifice, half eagle half man people. There are pirates, lots of military, a war lord, roaming bandits, demons, demons turned into giant squids, ghosts, rangers and anarchist musicians. In this world fashion is hugely important, the stranger the better and gender has nothing to do with what color you paint yourself, how crazy your hat or even what style garments (li ...more
In the sequel to Flora Segunda, Flora Fyrdraaca ov Fyrdraaca, fourteen-year-old heroine of an alternate-history version of San Francisco called Califa, finds out what her true name is. And while I'm mentioning it, I might add that the full title of this book is Flora's Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room). Now take a deep breath, for three reasons: first, beca ...more
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Ysabeau S. Wilce was born in the City of Califa at the age of one. While her parents were on a diplomatic mission to the Huitzil Empire, she was cared for by an uncle what brought her up by hand. She attended Sanctuary School as a scholarship girl and then spent three years at the University of Califa where she took a double degree in Apotropaic Philosophy and Confabulation.

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Flora Trilogy (3 books)
  • Flora Segunda (Flora Trilogy, #1)
  • Flora's Fury (Flora Trilogy, #3)
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