28110143by Tahereh Mafi
Children’s Lit
4 of 5 stars

“Color my life with the chaos of trouble…” I knew right away this is the type of strange and beautiful that I love! This is a cute, modern fairy tale about a girl on a quest to save her father.

Alice Alexis Queensmeadow is the only girl in Ferenwood who lacks color—and presumably magic, since magic is color. When her father vanishes she is naturally distraught and her family becomes dysfunctional. And then three years later, Alice’s nemesis Oliver shows up, declaring he is tasked to save her father, and he needs her help. The two of them go to Furthermore—a dangerous neighbor of Ferenwood where magic is wild and aggressive rather than constructive.

Although the pacing is a bit odd, I enjoyed this story so much! Alice is a charming but flawed heroine and her determination to press on even when Furthermore makes no sense at all is endearing. She and Oliver must confront a variety of dangers at work against them, and their own relationship is fraught with lies and manipulation. Their journey through Furthermore depends on learning to trust each other, and the two of them make progress with wariness and humor.

This is a fast read with enough twists and turns to keep you starting with surprise—and yet the world of strangeness and unpredictability follows undeniable rules. A whimsical delight that was a nice break at this dreary time of year!

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