Flora Segunda by Ysabeau S. Wilce
This book is... amazing. The story is so rich, detailed, full of mystery and intrigue. It has so many levels and layers to it that are constantly shifting back and forth, overlapping, twisting around eachother and then wiggling back to where they started.
A brief summary: This book is about Flora Segunda, she is from one of four magical houses and ancient family lines, and usually the houses are run by a magical butler... but in Flora's house her Butler has been banished and her house has fallen into disrepeair. Her mother is the General, possibly the most powerful person in their kingdom, and her father is a mad drunk who spends his time lamenting his loss of Flora and roaming about the house wrecking things and wishing to die.
Yes, you read that right, her father lost Flora, the first Flora... which is why this Flora is Flora Segunda. All of this is very strange and mysterious, and something that will keep me reading this series until I find some answers.
But don't get me wrong there were MANY answers in this book and it was wholly satisfying. It's a story as layered and intriquite as Howl's Moving Castle (which I hold to be one of the best YA books I've ever read)
Book Cover: 5/5
Book Title: 4/5