Excellent writing advice book. I'm in the middle of a rewrite and this book really clarified a few things for me. Would definitely recommend it to myExcellent writing advice book. I'm in the middle of a rewrite and this book really clarified a few things for me. Would definitely recommend it to my writer friends!...more
Y'all know I love middle grade stories, and guise, Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi swept me away. Tahereh'This review also appears on Ashelynn's Bookshelf
Y'all know I love middle grade stories, and guise, Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi swept me away. Tahereh's writing style is unique, and the narration for Furthermore reminded me of The Series of Unfortunate Events (which is a childhood favorite of mine.) I know with her writing style, most are turned off by the story - but I loved the little tidbits of the narrator inserting themselves into the story, for example:
"Alice couldn't have known what Oliver was thinking -- so I really shouldn't tell you, either -- but I think we know each other well enough now to take care of each other's secrets." (Mafi, 191)
It wasn't on every page, or even every chapter, that this narration happened, but I enjoyed it because it felt like the book was reading to me, and being read to is such a wonderful thing. It also worked so well for the middle grade story.
I also loved the world of Furthermore. It was so unique. Oliver gets a "pocketbook," which Alice wonders why he is needing a woman's bag, but Oliver shows her that it's a book made out of people's pockets. It's simple things like that that turn the world of Furthermore into a unique and strange place. One I wouldn't want to be in (the horrors!) but one I enjoyed reading about. I also loved the world of Ferenwood and liked the idea that colors are magic, because well, I think colorful things are magical, and the more colorful you are, the more magical you appear. Also, Alice eats flowers! And I thought that was perfect. It adds to the worldbuilding of Ferenwood.
I felt for poor Alice, too. I resonated with her so much. She is an outcast in Ferenwood because of her lack of color. I was an outcast in school because I was the strange little child that liked to read. Alice performs a gift for the Surrender, and is absolutely humiliated when it doesn't go so well, and it was so well written that even I was humiliated. I wanted to cry right alongside Alice.
Alice's character growth was great. She really learned a lot by going through Furthermore to find her father. I also loved her companion, Oliver, who I thought was a terrible, no good bully in the beginning, but learned to love as the story progressed.
Furthermore is a wonderful tale of friendship, and magic. I recommend it to those who love middle grade, especially The Series of Unfortunate Events....more
Cleverly enchanting, WINTERSONG swept me away to a land of the Underground and before I knew it, I was invested in the romance. I love the connectionCleverly enchanting, WINTERSONG swept me away to a land of the Underground and before I knew it, I was invested in the romance. I love the connection between the Goblin King and Liesl. I love the way music is incorporated into the story -- it's not just what Liesl enjoys, but it's what she is most passionate about. I felt like I was in the Underground, and I didn't want the story to end. I'm excited for the sequel!
I had some issues with this story, but overall really enjoyed it. At first, I didn't realize Benno is Ellie's grandfather. Therefore, I didn't know whI had some issues with this story, but overall really enjoyed it. At first, I didn't realize Benno is Ellie's grandfather. Therefore, I didn't know whose perspective parts of this book was written in. However, I thought his chapters tied in nicely with Ellie's. I am not sure about Kai's perspective chapters, though. I thought his chapters could have easily been told in Ellie's perspective without changing too much of the text.
I did like the romance going on between Ellie and Kai, though, and I liked his dedication to his sister. I liked how the time-travel and magic was explained in the text. And while I did exclaim "that's how it ends?!" I did enjoy the ending. I thought it was rather fitting to the overall story.
I am definitely looking forward to more from this author. ...more