I have a confession to make. I picked this book up solely based on the fact that it has a stunning cover. I know, I know, terrible right?! Never judge a book by it's cover and all that jazz, but c'mon, isn't it gorgeous?!
Alice Alexis Queensmeadow lives in Ferenwood where magic is the lands currency and color is everything. Even in such an unusual place, Alice has always been abnormal. While the entirety of Ferenwoods people are rich in color (dark chocolates, mossy greens, warm cocoas) Alice is devoid of color, stark white. Three years after her Fathers sudden disappearance and spurred by an abysmal showing at her Surrender ceremony, Alice sets off on a journey with an unlikely companion, her childhood nemesis Oliver, to the land of Furthermore to bring him back. Alice and Oliver must combine their talent, wit, and heart to survive the journey through Furthermore with its twisted rules and convoluted regulations. Oh, and try not to be eaten by the locals. Their adventure through Furthermore is perilous and treacherous, yet filled with self discovery and revelations.
This was such a fun, whimsical read; a unique hybrid, something along the lines of Alice and Wonderland and A Wrinkle in Time. Bursting with adventure and strange worlds, comic relief and crippling self doubt, it kept me hooked from page one. Alice was such a quirky, determined character, I loved her spunk and tenacity. She was fierce! The nagging insecurities and desire to fit in really resonates not only with YA readers but with everyone at one point in their life, I feel. It's a struggle we all face at some point. Ferenwood and Furthermore were such wonderfully unique worlds filled with magic and wonder. Paper foxes and shrieking women in pants suits, c'mon what's not to love?! Mafi so eloquently and beautifully brought to life these worlds with her delightfully written prose, alive with imagery. It was truly a breath of fresh air. I cannot recommend this book enough. Such a versatile read that I think people of all ages would really enjoy this one, kids and adults alike.
I'll leave you guys with a great quote from the book that really spoke to me:
" The simple truth was that Alice would always be different-but to be different was to be extraordinary, and to be extraordinary was an adventure. It no longer mattered how the world saw her; what mattered was how Alice saw herself"
We could all stand to learn a little from this one huh?
Until next week friends!