Book Review: The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Catherynne M Valente)

Details:Publisher: Much-In-Little
Pages: 351
Release Date: 2014
Blurb (from Goodreads):

September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home, and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.

This is the third installment in the Fairyland series by Catherynne M Valente (see here for reviews of books One and Two).
I have to say, this has been my least favourite of the series so far. The little bits that began to annoy me in book two were more present and irritating than ever and I found I wasn’t really enjoying reading it as I thought I should.

To get the bad points out the way, I felt like the book just stuck to a specific formula and it started to wear me down. September is in Fairyland again and is going to travel somewhere fantastical to save the world again. That’s all fine: that’s the kind of formula I can deal with and it is what I expect really. But it’s the way the story progresses that grates on me. Each time, September will meet some kind of fantastical creature or object or person, and they will explain something (often in great detail and I’m always a bit intimidated by a speech that’s over a page long…) and that will make a weird kind of sense and be important to the overall story somehow, even if it’s not always immediately obvious. It’s all whimsical and wonderful but it happens in the same way each time.

I just got a little tired of that, and I think it hindered my enjoyment of the book as a whole. Because there’s still so much to like about it. I adore September and would follow her to the end of Fairyland and back, and it was great to see her back with her best friends, Ell and Saturday. It was really interesting to see their perspective on September’s coming and going and comparing it with Saturday’s own unusual situation as a Marid (he ages oddly and will often meet his future of past selves, while September dips into their lives in a similar, back and forth between her world and Fairyland).

While I still love the ideas and characters in these books, I’m being lost by the formula and really hope this gets changed up a little in the next book, or I’m in danger of stopping halfway through the series (which is something I rarely do!) So overall, I love this series as a whole, but the predictability is wearing a bit thin right now.

My Verdict:

I enjoyed – give it a read

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