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Furthermore Paperback – 1 Sep 2016
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"[Mafi's] prose is as fresh and fragrant as the flowers her characters eat, the descriptions so vibrant that at times one can practically smell the words on the page." --New York Times Book Review★ "A fast-paced, funny, and richly imaginative story that embraces and celebrates individuality." --Publishers Weekly, starred review ★ "Rich, luscious, clever prose." --Kirkus, starred review From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California, with her husband, fellow author, Ransom Riggs. She can usually be found overcaffeinated and stuck in a book.
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I'm really glad I did. Also, I'm very glad I met Tahereh Mafi. Actually, more than the book, I'm really impressed with the writer's style. Her ability to create this fantasy world, imagination and lyrical writing style. It was a real joy to read.
The book also gained some pace after half way through, so it got better as I moved.
Overall, I really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading the second one. And I will read more of her YA genres as well.
If you like Middle Grade, I wouldn't miss this book.
It's such a great feeling when you've only just started a book and you know that you're in for a treat, this was my experience with Furthermore. There just seemed to be so much happening simultaneously and I was left wanting to know more about aspects that were only mentioned fleetingly. So many reviewers have likened Furthermore to a fairy tale and I concur because it seemed like a mash up of all the fantastic bits of all my beloved fairy tales; I saw a lot of themes affiliated with Alice in Wonderland, some from Little Red Riding Hood and a bit from Cinderella to name a few that I noticed. I am a lover of fairy tales so it's not surprising that I loved this about Furthermore, what made things better was that Mafi also made it her own despite the familiar themes. I applaud Tahereh Mafi's world-building because I was enthralled with all the locations Alice visited in Furthermore to the extent that in certain places in the story I felt like I was experiencing everything firsthand.
There were some parts that just made me happy including the names of certain shops in Ferenwood including Shirini Firini the sweet shop(this made me happy because from the sparse Farsi I know, Shirini means sweets) and Mafi being Iranian-American there was a connection which was very endearing. The description of the center of town alone was fantastic and it made me long to jump into the book and look around alongside Alice. The personification of Ferenwood and Furthermore was executed very well and this was done in so many ways, a particular gem would be:
'Dew had touched the earth and the earth touched back'
Alice as a protagonist was a joy to read, she made me cry and made me laugh and best of all I could relate to her in some instances while reading which adds something a bit more personal to any book I read. Yes, one would think there can be no realism in a book so embroiled in fantasy but in Furthermore the feelings are incredibly tangible, particularly those of Alice. I loved her character development throughout her journey as well because at the start she seems naive and set in her ways but towards the ends I felt like she was a different character, more mature yet still having some semblance of childishness.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who adored fairy tales and stories that engulf you within them until you close the book!
From the subject matter to the plot to the characters to the writing, every aspect of this book was thrilling and exciting and intruging and kept me on my toes, kept me enthralled, kept me wanting to read more and more. (This is an emotion I had not felt in a long time.) At the very first page I knew I was in for a treat. I knew I was reading a novel that was about to set the bar for all books I read after it. And boy, is that bar set high!
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