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Furthermore Book Review

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Book: Furthermore
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
 Rating: ★★★★

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Furthermore is a book full of life, adventure, friendship, family and colors.

I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the idea of having a world full of magic and colors.

“Her hair and skin were white as milk; her heart and soul as soft as silk.”

Alice was a wonderful character. Even though she is colorless, she’s full of color inside, but she doesn’t approve that. That isn’t what she really wants. I enjoyed following her adventure through Furthermore with Oliver. She’s a character full of love for her family, even though their connection after her father’s disappearance was poor. Her power was so amazing. On the other hand we have her friend, Oliver. While I knew I couldn’t trust him (at the beginning of the book), I liked him, and I found him interesting. I’d love to read more about the relation with his parents since he discovered what his power was. I wish I could have Alice power, but I’d hate to have Oliver’s. However, I’d find his power one really amazing if it’s use for good.

The family concept in this book was beautiful. I like united families, and Alice’s family was like that. Yeah, something happened and their connection was really poor, but they loved each other so much. I liked how real Alice’s mother felt. I think she was one of my favorite characters just because of how real she felt for me. Her pain, how she treated Alice? I know I can’t say that’s a good thing, but it felt so real that I need to say: Tahereh, you did an amazing job writing her character.

The world of Furthermore was a place full of wonderful and mysterious things, but also, a complex one. I really loved this place, and I adored all the adventures Furthermore can provide. However, it would’ve been more amazing if it wasn’t so complex. There were many things I didn’t understand about that place. There was always a new rule, a new place, a new thing I couldn’t understand. I couldn’t give this book five stars just because I think we needed more information and details about such a complex world. Don’t get me wrong, it was amazing, but the world of Furthermore had a lot of things I couldn’t understand, and maybe a little bit more of info would’ve helped me.

Even though I had that issue, I enjoyed the plot. As I said before, Alice’s father disappeared three years ago, and Alice was so sad because of that. She lived every day waiting for her father to come back. When she had the opportunity to go into an adventure to find him, she left everything behind and went looking for him. Thanks to Oliver, she had this opportunity, and I’m so glad she did. You know, she didn’t like herself; she hated her power, she hated being colorless, she hated that her mother didn’t love her. Not only on this adventure she found her father unexpectedly, she also found herself. 

You can’t start reading this thinking that it would be something like Shatter Me, because it’s nothing like it. Yeah, I love Shatter Me more than Furthermore, but Tahereh’s writing is more magical and poetic in this book. Two different worlds! The world building, the character development, and Tahereh’s writing were phenomenal. Even though the world of Furthermore was confusing, the book didn’t got slow. That issue didn’t made me stop reading. For me, Tahereh has a magical way to write, and her writing makes you fly through the pages, and feel like you are in the story having an adventure with Alice and Oliver. 

If you like Middle Grade and Fantasy, make sure to pick this one up online, or in your local bookstore. Sometimes it’s good to read something different than Young Adult. I’m not disappointed by this book. I think it fulfilled my expectations completely. Highly, highly recommend it. I swear you won’t be disappointed.

“Color was life. Color was everything. Color, you see, was the universal sign of magic.”

If you need a quick read full of magic and colors, read Furthermore!


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