Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Review: Tuesdays at the Castle - Jessica Day George

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
Series: Castle Glower #1
Genre: Middle Grade, fantasy
Published on October 25, 2011
Published by Bloomsbury
Pages: 225
Read From: 1.6.12 - 1.7.12

Tuesdays at Castle Glower is Princess Celie's favorite day. That's when the Castle magically grows a new room, a turret, or sometimes an entire wing. No one knows how or why the Castle does it, and no one except Princess Celie has ever bothered to map out the Castle's many twists and turns. 

But when the king and queen disappear and Councilors from neighboring kingdoms arrive to "advise" the three Glower children, even the Castle seems to know that something is wrong. . . .Take the new tower room, which is stocked with mysterious objects and has a knack for appearing just when Celie needs it. Then there is the secret passageway that leads the children to a room the Councilors don't want them to know about. 
To find their parents and hold on to their kingdom, Celie and her siblings will need all their ingenuity, Celie's maps, plus some help from their beloved Castle - before it's too late.


What a fun book! Celie is intelligent, witty, and knows how to have an adventure. She's young, but she isn't at all afraid to potentially sacrifice her life to protect that of her siblings and friends. And Rolf is an ideal brother; cares a great deal for his sisters, always tries to cheer Celie up, and has the makings of a great king. He sounds like one of those perfect characters that has no flaws and is therefore a little annoying, but other than Celie and the Castle itself, Rolf was my favorite. Celie's older sister, Delilah, was at first a little annoying in her ladylike behavior, but as the situation became more and more dire, I grew to like her a lot.

The writing is different from Princess of the Midnight Ball and its sequel; this book is intended for younger Readers, after all, but it suited the story, and I liked it. Jessica Day George did a marvelous job with characters (the Castle may be a building, but it has got a strong personality), storyline, and everything else in it, creating a new and exciting world that I am anxious to once more visit when she writes Tuesdays at the Castle's sequel.

Others in the Castle Glower Series:
1)Tuesdays at the Castle
2)Wednesdays in the Tower

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