Flora’s Dare by Ysabeau S. Wilce
Flora’s life has changed since her Catorcena ceremony. Her newly sober father, Hotspur, is running the thousands of rooms of Crackpot Hall like the military barracks, making Flora do more than her fair share of work. But Flora is Flora, a teenager with a lot of sand, and she has plans of her own.
After lying to her father one night she slips out to concert with her best friend, Udo (in fabulous attire, of course). Between Udo being distracted by a Goth Chickie named “the Zu-Zu” and Flora being attacked in the potty by a tentacle, Flora has a lot of things to think about. Particularly when she learns that not only is the tentacled creature actually a threat to the denizens of the city, but also to Flora’s life. Directly.
“Flora Segunda“ was one of my favorite titles I read this year, so I was bouncing up and down waiting for the second book. “Flora’s Dare” lived up to every expectation I had built up, plus threw me for a couple of loops. As far as a heroine goes Flora is just as endearing and charismatic as the girl from the first book. But there is something I am noticing different about her now. Flora is growing up…Simple as that…She’s growing up. And she is such a great character that it really is a joy to see how the trials and tribulations of her life are altering her. She goes through so much in this book from first love (to second love) to revelations about her family (and her other family) to sacrificing her life for others (and her afterlife as well)… Wow… Flora goes through a ton in this book. And it’s worth every bit of anticipation to find out what it all is.
Wilce is an amazing writer. Her wit is what carries this book. Her surprising bits of flavor adds to the story to give it just the right touch. I am astounded by her. Well, re-astounded, because she once again blew me away with her imagination and her creativity. Now I have to wait for the third book… Probably another year for the third book as well. *Groan* It will be worth it though. It will be a treat just to remind myself how brilliant this author truly is.
-Krys Tourtois, Eastwood Towne Center