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The Fantastical Exploits of Gwendolyn Gray

(The Chronicles of Gwendolyn Gray #2)

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Heroes never return from adventure unchanged, and Gwendolyn Gray knows this better than anyone. She faces a new darkness within herselfwith no help or comfort from her friends Sparrow and Starling. On top of that, the City is only getting worse. When the Faceless Gentlemen return to menace her again, Gwendolyn escapes to the lands of the Fae. But even the dreamlike Faeoria ...more
Paperback, North Star Editions, 384 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Jolly Fish Press
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Mitticus
+Digital ARC gently provided by Netgalley and editors in exchange for an honest review+

3.3 spread-your-imagination stars

“Everyone is born different. None of us are born to fit in.”

When the heroine of a story defeats the bad guys, derailing their evil plans, the story ends with a happy ending, right? Well, Gwendolyne hoped it would be like this, not even caring that anyone knew what she had been through or done, or was she? However, she feels depressed and misses her friends and fellow advent
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Alina
***Note: I received a copy curtesy of Netgalley and North Star Editions in exchange for an honest review.

I had a bit of trouble remembering events from the previous book and I think the experience would have been better if I were to read the books one after the other. But this adventure pretty much stands on its own, so that isn’t such a problem.

Gwendolyn Gray is back in her dystopian gray world, the Lambents are gone, but also is her key to leave this world and find her friends. Even so, she m
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Belles Middle Grade Library
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Like I said in the post about the 1st book, I was approved by Netgalley for this one. I am still in love w/this story!! It ended like there will be another book, & I hope so!! I could use 10+ more actually! The story just takes you away from the very beginning. There is no point that is boring or dragging, or feels like is put there to make space. Every sentence is important, had meaning, & makes you want more. I love Gwendolyn so much! From reading all these books this past year, I have found o ...more
Alexandra WhimsyPages
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-2020
The best features of middle-grade books, for me, are (1) friendship and (2) adventure. Gwendolyn Gray series definitely has both, with some magic and deep character study sprinkled on top.

Gwendolyn Gray lives in a dystopian world that has no imagination or color. People who live in the City are bleak and uninterested. They are kept from exploring their creativity and imagination by the authorities. Of course, Gwendolyn Gray with her wild red hair and mind that creates world of its own won’t
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ARC provided by the publisher, Jolly Fish Press, in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect the content of my review. Quotations are from an uncorrected proof and subject to change upon fina publication

Gwendolyn Gray must learn to master her magic in the second installment of this stunning fanatical world. We jump back into Gwendolyn Gray’s lovely dystopian magical realism world with all new adventures.
Thank goodness Lambents are gone, but something disastrous has h
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Kal ★ Reader Voracious
The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray was a delightful read and I'm excited to see what's next in store for her!

eARC provided by the publisher, Jolly Fish Press, in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect the content of my review. Quotations are from an uncorrected proof and subject to change upon fina publication.
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B.A. Williamson
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
It's the best. Turned up to 11. ...more
Deborah Ross
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first had the pleasure of meeting Gwendolyn Gray in her Marvelous Adventures (of GG). I write and mostly read YA and adult fantasy and science fiction, but I had recently delved into reading Middle Grade. To my delight I found that literature for this age group has all the adventure and self-discovery I love, plus a simplicity and directness that adds depth and honesty. Yep, honesty. Kids this age are hard, if not impossible, to fool when it comes to emotional truth. They’re old enough to have ...more
Suzanne
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"After saving the world, Gwendolyn might have expected some kind of "happily ever after." But...things seemed to be worse than ever. It was not the end to her story that she'd expected." Gwendolyn returns home and finds that her efforts are being undermined and that the Faceless Men are after her once again. She sets off on another round of adventure that lands her in the realm of Oberon and Titania, in the company of the legendary inventor, Cyria Kytain. (It turns out that the legends were a bi ...more
Katrina Forest
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to children's entertainment, there's always two categories: the stuff kids will like and the stuff grown-ups want them to like. It's a rare work that fits into both, yet Gwendolyn Gray does so with ease. The book has so many nuggets of wisdom that not only kids need to hear but adults, too. Bring up an image of the one inspiration poster that hit you with exactly what you needed to hear exactly when you needed to hear it. (After which, if you're like me, you walked away pretending ...more
Tanvi
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Flux and Netgalley for an ARC.

The Fantastical Exploits of Gwendolyn Gray is a children’s book, so it wouldn’t be accurate to say that I enjoyed it in quite the same way I’d enjoy a book for adults. Besides, I’m not the biggest fan of books where the protagonist has apparently limitless powers.

What I liked:

The wonderful writing, the fast pace and Gwendolyn’s sheer glee at having adventures.

The world Gwendolyn visits and the people she encounters there are all skilfully and vividly drawn
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Sharon Tyler
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fantastical Exploits of Gwendolyn Gray is the second book in a series by B. A. Williamson. It is currently scheduled for release on April 28 2020. While I do recommend reading the series in order, the author does a good job of giving newcomers a starting point, which helped remind this returning reader of what happened so far.

Heroes never return from adventure unchanged, and Gwendolyn Gray knows this better than anyone. She faces a new darkness within herself—with no help or comfort from he
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Sara Lawson
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the cover of this book, so I requested a review copy without realizing it was book two in a series. The good news is that I was able to follow the story just fine without reading book one. Gwendolyn is a delight. She is also a little girl with all the brattiness that is her right as a little girl. She also has an imagination to rival Alice and her Wonderland.

The Fantastical Exploits of Gwendolyn Gray took her to numerous worlds - all very real, although she is never sure if they are real
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Shelley Flannery
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fantastical Exploits of Gwendolyn Gray

I really enjoyed this middle grade read. This is the 2nd book in the series and I do recommend that you read them in order. I liked how it has a bit of a darker feel and that it openly talks about depression. The way the book talked about the struggles of depression and ways that Gwendolyn deals with it was really well done. The story quickly grabbed my attention and overall a very enjoyable read.

Thank you Jolly Fish Press and Netgalley for the ARC of t
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Rachel Stansel
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great sequel. Gwendolyn is left struggling after returning from her adventures. Her home in the City remains gray and bleak, fully unimaginative, and she still doesn't fit in. She also misses her friends and adventures. And then, new adventures begin. I love the focus on imagination, but also on depression and struggles. The importance of clearing your mind and dealing with stress and depression are handled beautifully. An enjoyable story with a fun writing style.

Full disclosure - I received a
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Annarella
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books I would have liked to read when I was a child.
Gwendolyn is a great and strong willed character and I couldn't help rooting for her.
The plot is engrossing and entertaining.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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Millie
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review

This is book two of the series. I really loved this one, just like the first one. In this book you get to learn more about Gwendolyn and her powers in another adventure. Great book 4 stars
Kelly
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love going on journeys with Gwendolyn! The end of this one made me gasp out loud! Loved it!
Caitlin Mallery
This story is really slow to unfold. I am not particularly enjoying the heroine. She is whiny, and way too cynical for the heroine of a fantasy series. She needs some counterpart to her pessimism. I love middle grade, but I can’t see myself recommending this story to any kids in my life.
filming.pages
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-of-2020
The second book featuring Gwendolyn Gray, and I was so excited to read it, considering I loved the first one!

This time, the story takes us to Faeoria and even darker places, as the Mister Men get out of hand and Gwendolyn has to try even harder to save her world and her friends!

I will be honest, I didn't like this book as much as the first one, mainly because faeries aren't really my thing. I enjoyed the steampunk world of Tok way more, but in this book, I really enjoyed seeing Gwendolyn grow,
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Madi
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
IT WAS AMAZING!!! I got it and I read straight through!!! It was such a good book and I CANNOT wait for book 3!
Kat
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#NetGalley
The Fantastical Exploits of Gwendolyn Gray has adventure much like the first one, but we learn more about Gwendolyn and her powers. I like the idea of how she is exposed to various characters and what she learns from each one will help mold her in future books.
Sunshyne
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the cover art of this book. It really draws the eye. The story was great an very detailed. I loved Gwendolyn and her fight to escape, stay safe and learn to control her magical abilities. Despite of every obstacle she has to face.
Jill Elizabeth
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a marvelous series, full of magic and surprises and more than a little social commentary buried in the narrative for good measure. Gwendolyn's exploits are well-crafted and well-presented. The various worlds she encounters - and the various personalities populating them - are cleverly constructed and keep things just a little off-balance (in a very good way).

There's an epic battle of conformity vs. originality here, and it's delivered with heart and more than a little pointed invective a
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B. A. Williamson is the overly caffeinated writer of The Chronicles of Gwendolyn Gray. When not doing battle with the demons in the typewriter, he can be found wandering Indianapolis with his family, singing in a tuxedo, or taming middle-schooler actors. He is a recipient of the Eli Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship. Please direct all complaints and your darkest secrets to williamsonwriter@gmail ...more

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