Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Flora Segunda, by Ysabeau S.Wilce



Okay, first things last. Just kidding. First things should always come first (except when eating desserts before dinner, where first things definetly should be last.). The full title of the book is:

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.

Yes, this book has all that and more.

The story is centered around 14-yr-old Flora Fyrdraaca (Feer-draw-cuh), who lives in a sort of alternate-dimension Mexico/California. They speak English, but all the names are Spanish (therefore, Segunda!). For instance, they live in the country of Califa. She lives in a house kinda like Hogwarts - things always change, rooms move around, the bathroom is never in the same place. So one day she takes the Elevator of Doom, and it takes her to Valefor, the denizen of the house. All houses have denizens (aka butlers), but Flora's mother, the general of the army, banished their butler to the library. So the house (aptly named Crackpot Hall) is in a state of general disrepair. She and her friend Udo have to save Valefor, Udo's hero the Dainty Pirate, and maybe even themselves!

The book has spunk. Flora, as the narrator, shows emotion in a unique way. It never gets that dull, but there is virtually no real action in the story. Things don't become clear right away, and you may be left wondering "What is this?" It's very intriguing and thought-provoking, however. The sequel, "FLORA'S DARE" is coming out September 1st.

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