Review of Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

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By: Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: August 30, 2016  
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Format: Print ARC
Source: Convention

My Rating:
star

Summary:
There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss. 

My Thoughts:
I am not usually a fan of middle grade but since this was written by Mafi I knew I’d have to give it a try. This book was EXCELLENT. It could very well be my favorite MG book I’ve read (at least in recent memory). This was such a quirky, original and fun book. The language was a bit strange at times- or at least the world building was. I suggest just going along with it and not trying to understand every detail. As you read you’ll become more and more accustomed to the world and soon it’ll all make sense.

The characters were wonderfully complex. The main character, Alice, was such a fun character to follow and get to know. She was the only person in Ferenwood that was pale and not bursting with color. In this world you can see how much magic a person has by how bright they are. So, being pale and devoid of color makes Alice looked down upon and brushed off by the people around her…even her own mother. There was deep sadness in her and I felt so sad for her. The one person that boosted her and made her feel worthy was her father. He’s been missing for the past years leaving Alice alone.

There was one person that wants to reach out to her, Oliver. He hurt her in the past so she refused to trust him though she had no choice but to work along side him for a common goal. These two had such a complicated relationship and I absolutely loved watching them grow as individuals and with each other. The progression of their trust in each other and their dependence was so well done. It was very realistic and it really had me rooting for them.

The world was really complex and I really hope that Mafi decides to write more books taking place within Ferenwood and Furthermore. These sister lands are similar to one another yet incredibly different. Both are full of magic yet Furthermore has nonsense rules and the citizens veer on the strange. Throughout Alice’s journey she ventures to many parts of Furthermore and meets up with characters that will not soon be forgotten. One of my favorite parts was in the land of Still. I was absolutely creeped out and it was delicious.

I do think Furthermore is a standalone but I really hope for more! I want to see what becomes of Alice and Oliver as they age. A bit of the backstory of these lands was touched on but I could see many stories being written to expand on this past.

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Final Thoughts:
Furthermore was such a beautifully told story with incredible characters and a whimsical world. I don’t know if it was supposed to have a touch of Alice in Wonderland but to me it did. I absolutely loved this world and the journey the characters took. I think readers of all ages will love this story.

Blog Tour- Furthmore by Tahereh Mafi : 5 Reasons to Read

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About the Book

furthermorecoverFurthermore
By: Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: August 30th 2016
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Summary:
There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other. But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

5 Reasons to Read Furthermore

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  1. First off look at that cover! It is beyond beautiful and if you aren’t enticed to own it and add this beauty to your shelves I’m surprised. The colors, the illustrations- so lovely.
  2. It’s by Tahereh Mafi. Ok, this is obvious, BUT, if you’ve not read her work you might not know that she has the most unique writing style. And this book is so different than her Shatter Me series but it is incredibly quirky, beautifully vivid and addicting. I am not much of a middle grade fan but this book swept me away quickly and I was eager to continue reading.
  3. The World. This world is incredibly STRANGE. Ferenwood is a land of magic and magicusers. These folks have a regulated life and they live by rules. The main character, Alice, doesn’t exactly fit in. Half the book is set in Ferenwood and the other half in Furthermore. Furthermore is a land with rules but they aren’t ever the same here or there and everything is topsy turvy. Some parts make no sense but I loved that a paper fox was alive, you can float into the clouds and the area of Still has dangers you might not expect.
  4. Reminds me of a twisted Alice in Wonderland– I don’t know if this story idea was inspired or not but the character’s name IS Alice and she enters into a world so different than her own. Some of the whimsy and strangeness reminded me of Wonderland.
  5. Character development and relationships- I really love Alice’s story arc and also her rocky relationship with Oliver. These two are very different but more alike than other would like to admit. I think that their interactions are true to the age group and I liked how they navigated the land of Ferenwood together.

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Waiting on Wednesday #22

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are highly anticipating. This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait to-read” selection is: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)Summary:
The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love”

Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she’ll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.

Why am I eagerly awaiting Ignite Me?
I felt that Unravel Me was an amazing sequel even better than the first. I can’t wait to see where Mafi will take us this time and how she’ll have us swooning and picking up the pieces of our hearts.

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi releases February 4th 2014 by HarperCollins

Unravel Me Review

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By: Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins

My Rating:
star

The Summary (via jacket copy):
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Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her–people with gifts–and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

Haunted by her past and terrified of her future, Juliette knows that in her present, she will have to make some life-changing choices. Choices that may involve that may involve choosing between her heart–and Adam’s life.

My Review:
I am Juliette. At least I am through the duration of the novel. Mafi’s writing style, with its stream of consciousness, run-on sentences and strike throughs, puts the reader into Juliette’s mind so fully you really do feel like you are her. I felt as confused as she did; I had no clue which decisions she should make and what the outcome would be from them. Its an emotional ride, but so fun and a little bit bruising to the heart. The book is like a punch in the gut, it makes you feel. I was so caught up in the storytelling and all the emotions flying around. When I finished I knew I sort of ached inside, hated that I just finished the last page and desperately wanted more.

I got Shatter Me from the library soon after it was released. I don’t own it (yet) so I couldn’t reread it before plunging into Unravel Me. I must admit I was a little lost in the beginning trying to wrap my brain around the characters again. It didn’t take too long and it all started coming back to me. Like in Shatter Me we experience everything through Juliette’s mind but this time around we get a better feel for the state of the world and its inhabitants. The writing, oh Mafi’s writing, I found myself rereading sections because it was written that beautifully.  Chapter 62 that everyone has been talking about…well there is a good reason why, its perfect.

There is a love triangle between Juliette, Adam and Warner but its done very well and I feel as torn as Juliette does–which really, really surprises me since I hated Warner so much in Shatter Me. I love it when an author can make me like a character I previously hated. Mafi has created very complex characters that I think we haven’t completely seen the depth of yet. There is a lot of teen angst coming from Juliette, a lot of self loathing and indecision. But its all so understandable with her history so its not bothersome, but if it does start getting to be too much for the reader Mafi has Kenji there to whip Juliette in shape and say all the things we want to say to her. Kenji is a wonderful creation that I really hope we get more of a back story from in the third book. We got a teaser of how he came to be at Omega Point, but I want so much more.

Final Thoughts:
Everything I love about the book totally eclipses anything that I could possibly dislike. Something about the characters or the writing something about these books is just incredibly addictive. I don’t want out of Juliette’s mind though its not the prettiest place to be. Any book that makes me angry when I turn the last page and see the acknowledgements page had to have been a wonderful read. I was seriously flipping back and forth thinking…no! I’m not ready for it to end yet.

Need more Warner? Read Destroy Me which takes place between Shatter Me and Unravel Me through Warner’s perspective.

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