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Flora's Dare (Flora Trilogy #2)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  1,310 Ratings  ·  185 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
Dec 18, 2008 Eva Mitnick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy
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 convivial curmudgeon

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
Mar 20, 2008 Wealhtheow rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of language, magic, Society
Shelves: fantasy, mannerpunk, ya
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
Feb 01, 2015 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"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
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
Nov 13, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing
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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
Sep 24, 2012 Despair Speaking rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 17, 2011 Hilary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, juvenile
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
Jun 01, 2013 Odelia rated it really liked it

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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Alfreda Morrissey
Apr 21, 2014 Alfreda Morrissey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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
Feb 16, 2011 Lightreads rated it liked it
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
Dec 30, 2013 Gremlin rated it really liked it

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
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
Mar 26, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a great series and I'm enjoying it a lot. Lots a silly characters and adventures with their own internal logic. Almost recognizably the San Francisco area of California, but in some strange world where the Aztecs won, and magic is so commonplace that even those who refuse to use it can't seem to tell the difference. This one is a little bit of a middle book, but it has lots of twists and lays the groundwork for some interesting new events.
Jan 28, 2014 Minh rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
For a young adult series, the Flora trilogy has begun to grab me by my laurels and seriously suck me in. In a way the progression of the series feels like the Harry Potter series if it had been condensed into 3 novels, and in a very good way.

The stakes are higher, the enemies are enemier, the love line is forming and these characters are slowly becoming dear to my heart. Also the nickname Tiny Doom is totally aces.
May 24, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
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!
Mar 19, 2009 Peter rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 04, 2015 Briana rated it really liked it
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.
Rachel Tell Sasek
Mar 28, 2015 Rachel Tell Sasek rated it it was amazing
Super-great. At least as good as the first one.
Jan 31, 2017 Devann rated it really liked it
I still really enjoyed this book, but it did fall into some of the YA tropes I was so excited to see absent in the first one. (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 28, 2016 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What has happened to YA?

If I had teens I would not encourage them to read this book. I give it two stars for creativity. Maybe a third star for unique voice and world building but what a violent evil world - so no third star. Personally, I read YA because it has traditionally been marvelously fanciful without the sleaze that permeates mainstream. Good grief, the teen main character beheads an assailant and never bats an eye. Condoms, mosh pits and thinly concealed f bombs! Diana Wynne Jones this
Jan 28, 2017 Rachael rated it really liked it
I've come to dread trilogies - the second book rarely lives up to the first and is generally depressing - this book is one of the rare exceptions where it ebbs and flows much like the first but all the characters grow significantly throughout in all the best ways. I enjoyed the story progression and all the new elements introduced.

However, I still feel the magical-world-building is a little heavy handed & sloppy and leaves more questions then it answers (then again, Sanderson's orderly, tho
Ry Herman
Jan 08, 2017 Ry Herman rated it really liked it
Shelves: sff, ya
This YA fantasy series continues to be a delight, with a high-spirited writing style and narrative voice that makes it a pleasure to read. (Although there is some surprising bloodshed occasionally going on as well — blink and you’ll miss the decapitation — but I don’t mind that.) A more straightforward plot than the first book in some ways, but twists and subplots kept things moving at a rapid pace. Secrets that were hinted at in the first book are revealed, and I anticipate more to come. Highly ...more
May 23, 2013 Robin rated it really liked it
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
Sep 25, 2014 Srusnak rated it really liked it
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
Dec 14, 2014 Rastano rated it liked it

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
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Dec 17, 2008 Jess rated it really liked it
Shelves: juv, young-adult, fantasy
I almost didn't read this sequel to Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers, but I'm really glad I did. Maybe I was just in the wrong mood the first time around, or maybe the pacing picked up in the second book. Either way, something clicked.

I can't say that I've ever complained about a lack of good ol' West Coast fantasy, or even fantasy based in an American landscape, but if I had complained, this would be the solution. Wil
Jun 26, 2008 Monie rated it it was amazing
Flora’s Dare is the sequel to Flora Segunda and although there are quite a few references to book one, this book is a stand alone.

Flora is a typical teenage girl living in the Magikal city of Califa. Her parents expect her to follow the family tradition of joining the Califa army when she comes of age however Flora’s secret goal is to become a Ranger. To do this she has to master the Magikal language of Gramatica. Flora is determined to find a teacher so that she can become as powerful as her Ra
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Other Books in the Series

Flora Trilogy (3 books)
  • Flora Segunda (Flora Trilogy, #1)
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