Thursday, November 10, 2011

ARC Review: Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Tuesdays at the Castle
Author: Jessica Day George
Publication: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (October 25, 2011)

Description: Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one-other than Celie, that is-takes the time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it's up to Celie, with her secret knowledge of the castle's never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom. This delightful book from a fan- and bookseller-favorite kicks off a brand-new series sure to become a modern classic.

My Thoughts: What a great adventure in a fascinating world. Castle Glower might be the greatest place ever to live. Imagine a castle that adds rooms whenever it wants to. Celie is the youngest child of King Glower the 79th and his Queen. She is the one who loves the castle best and delights in exploring and mapping all the changes that it goes through. She is 11. 

When the King and Queen leave to attend their oldest son's graduation from wizard school, Celie is sad to be left behind with her sister Lilah and brother Rolf. But the children are even more distressed when their parents don't return and are presumed dead. When emissaries arrive from two of the nearest countries and the Council seems to be pushing Rolf aside, Celie is determined to do something.

Prince Khelsh from Vhervhine is clearly up to something and the Council is going along with it. Rolf is the heir to the throne but is only 14. The Council decides to set up a Regency to last for ten years and appoints Prince Khelsh to be on the Council. Celie and Castle Glower need to find a way to continue the search for her parents and to keep Rolf safe from the plotting of the Council. Luckily they are up to the task.

This was an exciting story with well-drawn characters. There was a lot of action and adventure. I recommend it to middle grade fantasy lovers. 

Favorite Quote:
All three of them were sitting in the Spyglass Tower. Celie had gathered her siblings there immediately after spying on the Council, and told them everything she had heard. They were shocked, and horrified, as she was, and she was very grateful that they trusted her, and trusted the Castle. If they'd thought she was lying or telling stories to get attention, she didn't know what she would have done.
I received this ARC through the Amazon Vine program. You can get your copy here.

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