This is the first time I read something by Tahereh Mafi and I’m so impressed, I’ve made a mental note to read her Shatter Me Trilogy too.
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: September 1st, 2016
Format: Paperback (Bought)
Genres & Themes: Middle-Grade, Fiction, Fantasy, Children, Magic.
Colour and magic combine in this enchanting new middle grade fantasy from the bestselling author of the Shatter Me series.
Born as blank as canvas in a world brimming with colour and magic, Alice’s pale skin and milk-white hair mark her as an outcast. Because, for the people of Ferenwood, colour and magic are one and the same. And since the disappearance of her beloved father, Alice is more determined than ever to prove herself and her own magical abilities.
To do so she’ll have to travel into the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, with the help of a fiercely annoying boy named Oliver. But nothing in Furthermore is as it seems, and it will take all of Alice’s wits to find her father and return him safely home.
Let’s talk about that gorgeous cover first. It’s brilliant with small yet exquisite details. I would give this book 5/5 stars just for the sake of this gorgeous cover. It’s highly creative and imaginative.
Tahereh Mafi paints such a beautiful picture into the reader’s mind through her commendable writing. I’m still in awe of her wild and wide imagination. She has built a magical and unpredictable world where each adventure will take you by surprise and you won’t be able to put your book down for even a moment. The book was really slow at the beginning but after some time it picked up its pace.
I love the character development of Alice and Oliver. Their friendship took a good amount of time but (after a lot of fights and quarrels) eventually they realized their mistakes and accepted them.
So, why am I not giving it full 5 out 5 stars?
- It took me a lot of time and pages to get into this book because there were a lot of weird and complicated details (even Google didn’t have the meaning of some extremely weird words) at the beginning.
- The pace was extremely slow at the beginning that it required a good amount of patience from me to read it and so I got bored. However, the boredom was short-lived because as soon as the thrilling adventure began, I was completely hooked.
- Unlike the beginning of the book, the ending wasn’t much detailed and it was fast paced and I wish we, the readers, could get a better insight on everyone’s future (and the stuff that I can’t write here because of spoilers) because this is a stand-alone.The ending happened too quickly according to my opinion.
Furthermore is one of the most magical and whimsical books I have ever read. It’s full of adventures one more unique and exciting than the other. It’s a middle-grade book, however, I think that everyone should read it.
About the Author:
She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California, where she drinks too much caffeine and finds the weather to be just a little too perfect for her taste.
When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts.