Flora's Dare (Flora Trilogy, #2)
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Flora's Dare (Flora Trilogy #2)

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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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Lilli Perspice
My love affair with this series continues. Tentacles from the sewers, Flora's best friend turning into an evil outlaw via an enchanted pair of boots, and a desperate search for a teacher of Gramatica (the language of magick) so she can finally realize her dream of being a ranger: all great stuff. We get some wonderful revelations about Flora's past too from an unexpected source.

The fun and sense of adventure from the first book are still present along with some slightly older teen issues, like a...more
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 contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
3.5

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...more
Melissa Proffitt
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
Wealhtheow
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
Ab
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...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Cat for TeensReadToo.com

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...more
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...more
Hilary
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 mo...more
Lightreads
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...more
Margaret
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...more
✿Lilac✿
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....more
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...more
Brenna
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...more
Erin
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!
Peter
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.
Odelia
ACTUAL RATING : 4.7

Dare, win or disappear.

THOUGHTS:
• 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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Arminzerella
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Ryn
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Jennifer
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
Robin
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
Saralena
Summary:
Flora's adventures continue in the second book, even more complex and intense then the first. With all her problems seeming to be solved, Flora seeks out a suitable teacher to show her how to write and speak Gramatica-- a magickal language used to cast spells. In the midsts of doing so, Flora finds herself caught up in a centuries old spell that threatens to destroy the city as well as a wanted criminal that threatens to destroy her best friend.

Opinion:
If someone asked me to choose which...more
Monie
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...more
Res
Mar 09, 2009 Res rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: sff
The one where Flora only wants to find someone to teach her Grammatica and prevent Udo from killing himself with a crazy plan to become a bounty hunter, but she faces the opposition of everyone from her parents to a giant squid.

I enjoyed this more than Flora Segunda -- it seemed to add up to more. It was a pleasure to see the 1906 Earthquake through magical eyes, and of course I was thrilled when Tiny Doom showed up.

There was a moment, after Important Revelations had been made, when I began to...more
Jess
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...more
catherine james
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 Lord Axacaya, tentacles accosting he...more
Tara
The sequel to Flora Segunda, Ysabeau Wilce takes us even further into the weird and wonderful world of Califa. The culture, unlike any other I've ever read about, is a strange mix of 18th century frippery (think Amadeus), Mayan and Egyptian cultures. Everyone, even men, wear skirts, makeup and flouncy hats. This combined with the extremely original language, liberally spiced with Spanish, makes this an incredibly unique read.

This uniqueness can make this a difficult recommendation. The level of...more
Dexter/Persy
I remembered this book being a letdown after Flora Segunda... But for the life of me I don't know why. This time around it was AMAZING.

Such a fun, crazy, wild adventure. I'm still in love with Flora. She has to be one of my all-time favorite main characters. And the messes she gets into! Every little subplot of Flora's Dare is interesting and well thought out, from Zu-Zu to Springheel Jack to all the tiny problems that end up parts of the one big problem.

I also adore the world of Califa. It's so...more
S.N. Arly
While reading Flora's Dare, I completely lost track of time and stayed up until 2:00 am. As a parent of young children, I never voluntarily see 2:00 am, so this, in itself, is a strong recommendation.

This is a wonderfully rich world where men and women have an equal chance at gaining power (political, military, or magical). I love the fact that fashion is not dictated by gender (long braids, makeup and skirts can be worn by men as well as women), boys are allowed to be nurturing and girls need n...more
Elizabeth
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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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