Thursday, December 10, 2009

Flora Segunda

Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog

by Ysabeau S. Wilce

6 out of 10
The main issue I had with this book is that it seemed to be whimsical for the sake of whimsy. It was an unusual world, and there really was not enough background to back it up. Just because a novel is YA doesn't mean it doesn't have to have good world-building.

All in all, it was mostly non-exceptional. I find myself not particularly eager for the next book, which is not necessarily a good recommend in my opinion.

Flora wants to buck family tradition and become a Ranger (something like a spy) rather than go to the Barracks to become a soldier. Flora and her friend Udo release Valefor, the banished Butler, despite her mother's serious prohibition against it.

Mostly a coming-of-age done very heavy-handedly.

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