I’ve been vocal about my support for Valente and her work but I can not lie to you, this last book took me way too long to get into. I just didn’t find the story as compelling no matter how prettily it was written. In this third book, September is pining for fairyland and the opportunity for adventure. She encounters the Blue Wind, a mischievous wind who plucks September and Mr. Albert’s Model A Ford away. Along her journey September encounters some old friends and makes some new friends as well then learns some things about herself. This is the format that Valente has used in the past that has proven very successful, this time I was hoping for big surprises, but I felt like the story dragged along but didn’t get anywhere for a good portion of the middle of the book.
September is a growing girl, and Valente tries her best to reconcile that new maturity in fairyland. As soon as Saturday (September’s friend/love interest) arrives the story moves along because the reader can focus on the relationship aspect of the story, but things don’t seem to go anywhere, and the book ends in a cliffy which can be effective but seemed contrived in this series of books that has always managed to end the story completely. It felt like Valente was just setting the scene for her next book. In a series not all books are created equal that is certain. A reader will have her favorites, but each book should meet a similar standard. This book was far from the other two, and if THIS were my introduction to the series I would not have kept on going.
I’m still going to finish out the series, but this book has made me skeptical. Instead of willingly looking forward to the next installment I feel like Valente has something to prove to me as a reader in order to win me back.