Flora Segunda: Being the Magical Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog
Okay, I'm begging everyone, please give this book a chance! You don't have to read the whole series, just the first one - and you'll see how amazingly talented Ysabeau S. Wilce is!
Did you like Cassandra Rose Clarke's The Assassin's Curse? Then you'll LOVE the Flora books!
Do you like a determined, resourceful, courageous, body positive heroine, with a vain sidekick/bff/possible love interest, a crazy family (literally), spectral butlers who long to be fabulous again, in a society that tells gender roles to go take a hike?
Do you like intrepid adventures, wonderfully original magical systems with proper well thought-out rules, and recognise the importance of not committing sartorial misdemeanours?
Then go read this book!!!
Because, right now, this is me:
(though, to be fair, Ysabeau S. Wilce's works have a tiny, but dedicated fandom! Check them out through the tumblr tag #flora segunda)
Ysabeau S. Wilce's tumblr
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