Book Review:
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship of Her Own Making by Cathrynne M. Valente

Title: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship of Her Own Making
Author: Cathrynne M. Valente, Ana Juan (Illustrator)
Published: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 247
Rating: 5/5

September is a twelve year old girl who suddenly finds herself whisked off to a place called Fairyland, where she meets witches, dragons that aren't dragons, flying leopards and creatures of all types who need her help to defeat the evil Marquess.

This little book blew me away. What a wonderful story!

This was right up my alley; a fantastical mix of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Great Wizard of Oz, this creates a whimsical world of wonders. It's the sort of place where things don't make sense but still has a sort of truth to it either way.

I loved the adventure this takes us on, and the characters are all marvellous. Especially the side-characters took my breath away, these wonderfully magical and enticing personas. I also love the narrator and how we kind of get a feel for that person too.

But I think what made this book sneak its way into my heart was the writing. It's a mix of majestic and simple, and paints extraordinary pictures without being wordy.

This book is for children and for adults who understand that we never really grow up (it's just a myth). It's for lovers of sorcerous lands and travels lit by magical moons. I would recommend it with all my heart.

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  1. This looks amazing! And that cover is gorgeous to say the least *runs off to add this to already-massive TBR* Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this!

    Beatrice @ Book for Thought

    1. It is amazing! :D :D Definitely worth adding to your TBR!

  2. Oh, how lovely this sounds! I heard about the book before, but now I've read your review, I'll definitely pick this one up very soon!

    1. You definitely should! :D It was sooo good!


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