Book Review-The Girl Who Circumvented Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

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Book Review-The Girl Who Circumvented Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

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Title of the book: The Girl Who Circumvented Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
Series: Yes (Fairyland Series-5 books)
Genres: Fantasy

Brief Summary: The story revolves around the adventures of 12-year-old September who is utterly bored with life in Omaha, Nebraska. Her life was changed forever the day that the Green Wind blew in to whisk her away to a new life filled to the brim with adventure in Fairyland. Here, boredom will be the least of her worries as she goes about fulfilling a quest for the Marquess. Failure is not an option, lest all of Fairyland pay the price.

Here is what Goodreads has to say:
Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.

With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.
My take:

If you take Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, and The Golden Compass and rolled them all up into one, you would have the essence of this book. Light-hearted enough to make me smile and yet compelling enough to keep my interest, I was utterly thrilled with it. I've only read the first book of the series thus far, but plan to get all of them. The author's writing style is very easy to follow, and she really brings the characters to life. I can't say that I'm in love with September, but she's definitely an unforgettable character.
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