Flora's Dare was a great book. This story portrays perfectly the fear, happiness, anger, and confusion in Flora's life.Flora Fyrdraaca is fourteen (an adult in her world) yet still lives with her mom, dad, and banished butler. She is pushed around when all she wants is to expand her vocabulary (allowing her to do "magick"), face her possessed best friend, and save her city. Because of a curse, a giant squid is being held captive under her city. The squid is causing earthquakes by trying to free herself. Imagine being her. It's winter break, and her family (who's obsessed with the military) keeps her confined to her room. She worries and learns that only her death will save her glorious city and everyone in it.
This book shows Flora's personal thoughts and opinions and seems to have a lot of thought put into it. The book is realistic and I can easily see pictures in my head about what's going on in the story. I agree absolutely with Salon.com and Booklist. It's "Weird in the best way." and "Never loses it's sense of fun." This storyis one of the best I've ever read. It is a perfect fantasy/adventure book (my favorite kind), which is why it is rated so highly. It is young adult , so it includes romance and a minimal amount of bad language.