Furthermore | IMAGINATION GONE WILD! {Review}


Title: Furthermore

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Published: August 30, 2016 by Dutton Children’s Books

A captivating and colorful adventure that reads like a modern day fairy tale, from the bestselling author of the Shatter Me series.

Inspired by her childhood love of books like A Secret Garden and The Chronicles of Narnia, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi crafts a spellbinding new world 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. 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.

  • In Furthermore, imagination exhibits NO RESTRAINT. It’s blessed with complete freedom: from towns of paper crinkling in two-dimensions to cities whistling atop trees with eggshell-houses hanging happily from branches. And let’s not forget those magicked rulers and edible tulips. The world is a wonderland!


  • Tahereh Mafi’s powerfully scrumptious vocabulary will explode vibrant visuals and sensations throughout your mind. Your eyes will widen, your ears will listen, your nose will sniff, your tongue will savor, you hands will graze, your heart will feel—oh, it’ll feel all right.
  • Our charming MC, Alice, is rather underapprecaited. Which is quite relatable! I mean, I wash the dishes without anyone even asking, and who thanks me and showers me with gold pearls and fiery petals? NOBODY. I take my dog out without anyone asking, and who thanks me and showers me with gold pearls and fiery petals? NOBODYHonestly, I’m so sick of no one appreciating my talent, hard work, and determination. So thank you, Alice, for being the character who understands me.
  • Furthermore = the inspiration all writer’s need. Any wordsmith immersed in Tahereh Mafi’s verbose bath will step out dripping with a fiercer motivation to create.

  • Now y’all hear me—I LOVE THE WRITING. But. There was so much description. SO MUCH. And because of the creativity prancing from page to page, there was so much to describe, so much to understand. The writing shifts too quickly from lyric beauty to overwhelming verbosity. 


  • Furthermore is rushed and brushed up into a conclusion WAY TOO DARN QUICK. It was especially unsettling because of the beginning of the story, which took its sweet time. And then, you take a bite of your cinnamon roll and blink, and the book’s done! Conclusions are vital, they need balance—not too much time, not too little. Unfortunately, Furthermore failed for me in that aspect.


Furthermore is imagination gone wild! How scandalous and dangerous and all together wonderful!

What books with uncontained imagination do you love to graze in? Recommendations please! Which book give you writerly inspiration? Favorite fantasy worlds? Do you ever feel unappreciated?

Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone | Why, I’m Charmed! (Get it? It’s a pun, get it??)

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1 babayyy)

Author: *golden crown* J. K. Rowling *magic jewels*

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Published: November 1, 2003 by Scholastic 

Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the—OH PLEASE YOU ALL KNOW WHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT HONESTLY.

{AHEM: Yes, this is a re-read. I read the whole series after hype had died down (somewhat—I mean will the hype ever die??) when I was, like, 9, and the world was moving on to other things so IT WAS NOT AS FUN OKAY. Now Cursed Child is bringing it all back and I remember nothing and I like to be included in all knowledge (YAY RAVENCLAW) and soooooo here’s my re-read review}

  • Firstly, boarding school. Secondly, magic. Thirdly, MAGIC BOARDING SCHOOL. It’s every fun little bookish fantasy you’ve ever had all mushed and cozied up together ever so delightfully. I feel like so many readers are taking this for granted now, dont! COUNT. YOUR. BLESSINGS. It’s the most scrumptious part of the book!
  • I wanna bake every character a cute little pie! Even Dudley, even Draco! (Maybe not Voldemort, that’d be a little awkward) They’re all bubbling around with personalities that either give Hogwarts a little more drama to dip into, or give the world the charm and warmth that blossom into a familial feel. Except, of course, Haaaarry but we’ll talk about that later.

  • Subtle humor. Appreciate it, chums.
  • Okay, really though, did J. K. Rowling invent world-building? Cause, not gonna lie, I kinda feel like she did. Because, in Harry Potter, you’re not just reading, you’re  living. You’re living within crinkling pages of magic.
  • CAN WE TALK ABOUT PLOT THANKS. Perfect plot recipe: One cup of mundane-yet-kinda-important-happenings, another cup of SUPER IMPORTANT LIFE-CHANGING SHENANIGANS, sprinkling of authority figures who TOTALLY get in the way, half a dozen mean people, dash of humor, eight ounces of dark mystery, two bags of epic finale, three tablespoons of plot twist, and a cup of happy ending, yet a crushed handful of foreboding of more adventure to come. Now, to be perfectly honest, that above is just one long way of saying Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

  • Um, Harry Potter has no personality. Literally. Go ahead, name one character trait that isn’t already a classic trademark of Gryffindor. I dare ya. 

Yep, I sure did read it at 9 years old, but I didn’t quite sell my souls to it or nothin’. 


What books have you read both in your youth and later in life? How did they change for you? AND HARRY POTTER THOUGHTS, PLEASE!!!