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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,827 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ysabeau S. Wilce Narrator: Danielle Ferland Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN:
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The subtitle of this book is Being the Magickal 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.

In Ysabeau S. Wilce's exciting debut novel, Flora's mom is away, leaving Flora and her father home alone at Crackpot Hall with its 11,000 constantly shifting rooms. Late for school one day, Flora decides to take the elevator down to the first floor. But without her mother around, the elevator has ideas of its own and drops Flora in an unfamiliar room. Lost in her own house, Flora embarks on a harrowing quest to find her way back to where she started. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gem | 2/20/2014

    " Kinda confusing but cute. Overall it was weird "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krys | 2/19/2014

    " What a phenomenal beginning... what a heroine! Flora is all spark and heart and I adored this book. One of my top 3 favourite reads of 2008. So inventive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 2/17/2014

    " Flora Fyrdraaca is about to turn 14, and celebrate her Catorcena, or coming of age ceremony marking her as an adult, and she's stuck on her speech. It's supposed to celebrate the glory of her House and her family, but the problem is neither is that glorious. Sure, her mother is the head General for the Warlord, but her former POW is broken and no longer in his right mind, prone to fits of violence, her old sister is posted far away, and she's Flora Segunda, the daughter born to replace first Flora, who had been captured with her father, and killed. And she feels more like a slave than a daughter half the time, since she's stuck doing all the chores and housework that should be done by the house's Butler, a magical manifestation of each House, and each family's will. The Fyrdraaca's Butler was banished by Flora's mother before she was born...or was he? When Flora comes across the family's Butler, in an unused part of the house, he tells her she can restore him. Can she change her family's destiny? It's been a long time since I read a book set not just in our world with magic, but in a completely different world with an original culture with original traditions,clothing, grammar patterns and slang, etc and I have to admit, it took me a while to get into it. Once I did though, I really enjoyed the book. The original world felt complete and familiar enough that it wasn't too jarring. By the end, I ended up falling in love with the characters, and enjoyed the book so much that I didn't realize until the end that it was a classic coming of age story. The book wrapped up in a way that was both completely satisfying, and left me excited for more. I can't wait to read the sequel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ithlilian | 2/1/2014

    " I had the impression that this book was about discovering lost areas in a big house. The story fit the mold for about 20 or 30 pages, but it lost focus after that. We are thrown details about the military, a prisoner, soul stealing, and other houses. I was interested in the childish butler and Flora exploring, but I was less intrigued by the rescue attempt and the long solutions to restoring Flora's diminished soul. I wanted to the like book and I did finish it, but I skipped large sections where nothing was happening. None of the characters are particularly interesting, and in the end I really didn't care what happened to any of them. Mixed with my pet peeve of the story being told from a typical 14 year old's perspective, yet having words like pernicious, fastidious, and cajoling, the novel just fell flat. It was less enjoyable and fun than the title would have you believe, and I was not at all impressed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Clare | 1/29/2014

    " Why did I give up on this... I wanted to like it; my family likes it (which is usually good news). But there was something irritating about the style that I just couldn't get past. Other reviewers have commented on this. The style distracted me so much I couldn't get into the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 1/19/2014

    " My newest all-time favorite fantasy world!!! EVERYONE should read Ysabeau's tales of Flora. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 1/19/2014

    " Excellent. One of my Top Ten for 2012. Many thanks to Ellen Kushner for the recommendation on "SF Squeecast". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Efseine | 1/9/2014

    " It took me a few tries to finish this, as aggressive whimsy gives me hives, but the world is fascinating, with interesting characters and a good plot. I keep waiting for the third one, but it seems to have disappeared in the wilds of publishing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mely | 12/25/2013

    " This has a very definite, very accomplished, and very twee voice. It drives me up a wall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 11/20/2012

    " The long title alone got me interested about the book and I was not disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darbus | 8/25/2012

    " This is an awesome book! Parts of it are rather hurried, but the plot is awesome, and the language is very well chosen. Great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeleine | 4/24/2012

    " Uneven pacing, not particularly gripping until the last 1/4 or so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/4/2012

    " This book didn't grab me at first, but I followed through with it because a trusted fellow-reader reccomended it. This book turned into a unique fantasy adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia Isaacs | 12/26/2011

    " Its really cute and funny. A loved following Flora as she explored the many wonderous and very strange rooms in her house with the help of the butler Valfor. Its a pretty good read for people who like magic and have a sence of adventure in them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/12/2011

    " Funny and silly. Looks like I will be reading book 2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 8/25/2011

    " Very fun, totally off-the wall unusual book! I really enjoyed the kind of wacky style of the author. Suspend your wits for a while and just enjoy this alternate universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arabis | 5/21/2011

    " I enjoyed this YA book a lot. The setting feels quite fresh and a bit different. Looking forward to picking up the next book and reading more of Flora's exploits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 2/17/2011

    " Its really cute and funny. A loved following Flora as she explored the many wonderous and very strange rooms in her house with the help of the butler Valfor. Its a pretty good read for people who like magic and have a sence of adventure in them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sozelle | 2/15/2011

    " One of the Library's staff picked this book. I was highly dissappointed and just skimmed through it to see if it continued as it started. Let's just say DO NOT bother. If you reserved after seeing it at the Tucson-Pima County Library staff picks, delete your hold on it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 1/26/2011

    " Unusual grammar and vocabulary in this one. Usually, I don't go for books like that, but in this case it worked. I enjoyed the main character's POV. The ending was superb--nice cliff hanger. I look forward to reading the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/20/2011

    " I am a big fan of this book. I found it witty and fun, and really enjoyed the characters. I also loved the way the author wrote about the settings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/6/2011

    " I like books about can-do preteens (actually Flora is fourteen at the end of this book). Very enjoyable as was the sequel Flora's Dare. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 An | 12/8/2010

    " Highly imaginative, not a bog-standard fantasy world. Strong sense of character throughout. Good pull through the action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tessa | 10/1/2010

    " Ah, I'm so excited to know that this is going to be a trilogy! I currently have Book 2 with me, and I've heard it's better than Book 1, so on we go! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 8/25/2010

    " My newest all-time favorite fantasy world!!! EVERYONE should read Ysabeau's tales of Flora. "

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