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Book Review: Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

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Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Series: Castle Glower #1
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: 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.

 

My Review: A very cute story and light read, Tuesdays at the Castle charmed me with it’s whimsical main character, magical setting, and a plot that kept me interested throughout.

The biggest appeal of this story was the setting itself: Castle Glower, an ancient, mysterious, revered, magical castle where the royal family of Sleyne reside. I love that Castle Glower is sentient and changes itself whenever and wherever it feels like. I’d totally be thrown off by the unexpected changes but this seems like a totally cool place to live. The speculation about the castle by others paints an interesting picture.

Princess Celie is an endearing character. She’s curious and happy and sweet. She loves Castle Glower and works to map out it’s mazed interior. I like that she has a kind of affinity with the castle that seems to care for her too. There were times when Celie’s character surprised me with her courage, maturity, and cunning because she initially came off as this bubbly, carefree child.

The inciting incident and subsequent conflicts drew me into the story because it was up to Celie and two of her siblings – Rolf (the heir) and Lilah who are not much older than Celie – to save the day. I wasn’t sure how they would do this considering what they’re up against but I was eager to read on and find out. Engaged as I was, a few of the tactics the siblings used were too childish and kind of out of place. But, overall, the plot was good, the climax filled with more unexpected moments. All of which led to a satisfying ending.

Tuesdays at the Castle was a win for me. I like Celie’s character and want to read more of her adventures in the other books in this series.

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