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4 Stars: Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George ARC

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George proves that middle-grade doesn’t mean dumbed-down adult stories. Tuesdays at the Castle is a marvelously enjoyable read for adults as well, with a fun new take on the living castle and four excellent royal children to save the day. I had such a fun time reading this one as a “break” from the heavier books I’ve been reading, but I found myself also drawn in to a deep world with so much still to learn. I need to write this review quick so that I can read the sequel!

Note: I read an ARC of Tuesdays at the Castle that I borrowed from a friend.

4 Stars: Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George ARC

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George (Castle Glower #1)
Published by Bloomsbury on October 25th, 2011
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 254 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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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.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • So much love for the castle! Castle Glower, which Celia Glower and her royal parents and siblings live in, is quite alive and quite happy to prove it. It moves rooms around to express its opinion about those staying in them, and even moves hallways as someone is walking to direct them. If it likes you, it might help you get where you are trying to go, but if it doesn’t like you, good luck ever getting anywhere on time.
  • Celia and her siblings were awesome. Celia is the typical rambunctious youngest child, but her sister is also an excellent example of how smart and strong women can take on the typical feminine roles of running the household. It’s hard to keep a castle clean and organized even with staff to help! I loved the breadth of characteristics that the siblings covered, with an intellectual brother off at the Wizard’s tower, a brother learning to be king and trying to keep his throne, and two sisters who are both clever and determined in their own ways.
  • The villains were crafty and infuriating. This is where you go “what? In a middle grade book??” and I just nod and smile because Tuesdays at the Castle had such well-crafted villains!
  • There are hints throughout Tuesdays at the Castle that the castle has a very solid reason for being what it is, and the world is not as simple and fun as you might first think. I’m so excited to see what happens in the sequel :D.

Weaknesses:

  •  The siblings spend the whole book in the castle, which is fun because the castle is cool and it makes sense. However, I found myself yearning to go adventuring and fix the problems out in the world. Maybe next book ;-).
  • The plot was fairly predictable, even though I wanted to throttle the bad guys at times.
  • At times I had a bit of trouble keeping track of what was going on and imagining the scene due to lack of description. It was only sometimes though!

Summary:

If you are looking for an easy and fun read, check out Tuesdays at the Castle. I might just have found a new obsession (moving and living castles), because this book made Castle Glower a character in its own right. I just want to hug it, though my arms probably wouldn’t fit…. Since Tuesdays at the Castle is so short and readable, it would be perfect for a read-a-thon!

4 Stars

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

 

 Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

© 2013, Anya. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. OMG! it’s all about the villains! I’m so glad to hear they were great. I will have to add this to my to buy – I’m so choosey about my middlegrade. Any by the way I think you’ve had a blog facelift since the last time I visited am I right? i Love the little dragon on the top right blowing fire onto your icons! ohhhh I heart you so hard lady!

    • Yey! I am still dying to read the sequel to this one since I haven’t found time D:

      Yup, depending on when you last stopped by there have been a lot of changes :D <3 Thanks!

  2. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    Oh this does sound cute! I think it would be a fun read! I will have to keep it on my radar and maybe read it aloud to my daughter :P If you think it would be any good to read that way.

    I hope you enjoy the sequel as well!

    • It would be great to read aloud! I’m actually super jealous that I don’t have anyone to read this series too, I think it would be so much fun, haha, the boyfriend probably wouldn’t appreciate it as much as your daughter though….

  3. I’ve had this one sitting on my wishlist for awhile now because it sounded like such a cute read but I’m always hesitant on middle grade because sometimes it just reads like it was written for kids and that takes some of the fun out of it I think when it is that dumbed down, I’m so glad that isn’t the case with this one!

    • Oo, totally not the case and you should read it :D I get skittish about MG as well, but it’s kind of nice to know that I won’t have to worry about love triangles and angsty-ness, hehe

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