Tuesday 6 September 2016

Review: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi


The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn't miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it's been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she's about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she'll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit--and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself--and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

I am a huge fan of Tahereh Mafi and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. If you expect exactly the same kind of book that she has written before you will be disappointed. This one is much younger but it is also so much more colourful.

Furthermore is fantasy book at its best in every way. This is the story of Alice, she is a 12 year old girl who lacks colour. She lives in a world far beyond anyone's imagination with her mother and her two twinbrothers. Her father has disappeared without a trace and she misses him every second of everyday, not fitting in with any one else in her family. On her 12th birthday she is to show of her talent in a display that is not only graded but also results in receiving a task they must full fill. But while everyone shows of their magical ability, things don't go so well for Alice. With no other choice left, Alice finds herself helping Oliver to fullfill his task, only in the hope to find someone who  has been lost for a long time. Together they enter the crazy, magical and utterly fascinating world of Furthermore. But be careful, because Furthermore has many rules and you can not brake any of them.

This book is adorable. What amazing world building, we get not only one world but two. The writing is superb and so so colourful. I have had so much fun reading it. While I am probably to old for this book, it is perfect for younger readers. Alice and Oliver couldn't be more different and I love them both. Alice is funny and confident, she makes for a perfect main character. Her honesty is admiring and so is her view of everything around her. While Oliver came across a little rude sometimes, he sort of grew on me with time.

I cant get enough of the way Tahereh describes things, its as if she has painted us a picture, a beautiful vivid picture full of colour. I was drawn into the world of Furtermore from the first page and I didn't want to leave it. Every corner of this world has been surprising and imaginative, while rather dark and dangerous.

Tahareh has proven to me that after her success with Shatter Me she has so much more to give and I am now an even bigger fan then before. Incredible.

Also worth mentioning that this has been one of the most beautiful covers i have seen this year, I may have slightly fallen in love at first sight.

Furthermore has been released 2n September.

Thank you so much to Sophia at Puffin for my copy.

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