Book Review: Tuesdays at the Castle

Tuesdays at the CastleBy Awnali Mills

I’m loving the Castle Glower series by Jessica Day George.  I picked up the first one, Tuesdays at the Castle, because I liked the cover (yes, I’m one of those people) and I thought the premise sounded fun.  Every Tuesday, Castle Glower changes.  It adds new rooms, moves things around, and generally makes life interesting for its occupants.  Princess Celia, the youngest of her family, has a particular affinity for the castle, and sets out to map it.

Things go horribly wrong when Celia’s mother and father are reportedly ambushed and killed, and their political rivals are intent on taking over the castle.  Celia and her siblings need to work together to thwart the interlopers’ nefarious schemes, and Celia’s unique relationship with the castle may be their only hope for making things right.

I really appreciated how the siblings didn’t always get along, but they generally respected and genuinely cared about each other.  I have a particular weakness for enchanted buildings, and love how the castle is not just a setting, but a character in the book.  The siblings are clever and resourceful despite overwhelming odds, and care not just for their own safety, but the safety and welfare of the castle staff and the country.

Published so far are Tuesdays at the Castle, Wednesdays in the Tower, Thursdays with the Crown, and the short story Holidays at the Castle that you can get from Goodreads.  Set to be published in 2016 is Fridays with the Wizards.

I’d put this in the hands of any kid who likes fantasy, or clever heroines.

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