The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Catherynne Valente obviously loves words. She plays with them, twists them this way and that, and bends them just so, creating imagery with them that is almost familiar yet quite different. It fits perfectly with her story itself - familiar pieces of puzzles molded into new shapes, put back together to create a new picture. A picture not only different than expected, but darker.
Beyond and through her whimsical way with words, Valente gives us a heroine on a journey. Yes, that journey, the coming of age one. Trials and tribulations and a cast of peculiars, all taking our heroine, September, from Heartless Child to a young woman who not only has a heart, but has lost it. The journey here is fast paced, almost rushing forward, pushing September to make decisions in haste, to learn quickly, to give everything, to grow up fast.