Curses! Foiled Again

Curses! Foiled Again

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Follows New York City high school fencer Aliera Carstair's continuing adventures as the defender of the Seelie realm.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2013
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781596436190
Branch Call Number: TEEN GRAPHIC YOL
Characteristics: 158 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Cavallaro, Michael 1969-- Illustrator


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FindingJane Feb 19, 2016

Much like Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Aliera’s new position of Defender comes with a great deal of responsibility. Also, like Buffy, she wants nothing to do with any of it. However, just as the television blonde cheerleader was finally forced to pick up a stake and do her duty, Aliera is dragged into the fray when someone close to her is threatened.

The pacing is brisk and the characters that swirl around Aliera are fun to read. The uncertainty of motives or loyalties gives the storyline a brilliant tension and focus. Aliera isn’t quite sure whom to trust and, thus, neither are we.

The figure of Baba Yaga is especially well rendered, as Ms. Yolen makes her playful, menacing and slightly crotchety. One moment, she’s just like any old woman—a trifle crabby but pleased to be shown deference from the young. The next moment, she’s the vicious old hag of folklore, threatening to eat you. I would be very pleased to see her in the next installment in this series.

“Curses! Foiled Again” is a great sequel to “Foiled” and a wonderful addition to the growing list of books about powerful girl fighters.

KirstenCole Jun 25, 2015

This was an amazing page turner.i was very surprised at the variation of Roland's writing...

forbesrachel Jun 30, 2014

In the first volume, Curses! Foiled, Aliera caught a glimpse of another world, and a life more dangerous, and purposeful, than the estranged one she lives in. Her classmate and many others turned out to be magical creatures, many of whom seek to cause trouble. Now, it is up to her to use her fencing skills to foil their plans again. Reluctantly, she takes up her magical sword, one that only the Defender of Faerie can use. On top of the troubles caused by her duties, Aliera continues to struggle with the normal teen ones. Unfortunately, to the world, she has become even stranger, and she desperately wishes this was otherwise. Trust becomes a particularly difficult issue, as some friends turn out to be foes, and some foes are actually friends. If she is to have any hope, she will need to overcome this, especially in regards to Avery. A wry sense of humour, along with the sarcastic dialogue between these two keeps the tone lively. At the moment they may clash, but clearly they compliment one another. Each character's face "says it all", and is a vital contributor to this tone. The style's defining signature continues to be in the lack of colour. The colourblind Aliera can only see it when magic gets involved, so the same applies to us. Curses! Foiled Again expands on the already brilliant first volume. Teen girls will find Aliera a girl they can relate to. She is no hero, but she has the fortitude to see things through.

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KirstenCole Jun 25, 2015

KirstenCole thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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