I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Girl in the Tower by Lisa Schroeder
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on March 29th 2016
Number of Pages: 256
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Purchase: At Amazon
Ever since she can remember, ten-year-old Violet and her mother have been locked away in a tower by the evil Queen Bogdana, who has the kingdom under her spell. The queen has everything she wants except for one thing -- beauty. Violet possesses this beauty. She also has a secret: although she is very small, both her spirit and her heart are mighty.
When Violet is summoned by Bogdana to start training to become a real princess, it seems as if her life might be taking a turn for the better. But hope quickly fades when Violet's mother is banished from the castle, and she and Violet are forbidden to see each other ever again. With everyone's lives in the balance, it's up to Violet to break the spell and reunite her family.
I started reading this book and couldn’t put it down until the end. It was sweet as well as funny and Violet was endearing. I loved how she looked at the world. She was a prisoner, but she never let that fact break her spirit.
I liked her mother Nuri, and the servants George and Maggie. Queen Bogdana was evil without being scary to read about for young children. The illustrations were fun to see. The characters all looked younger than you expected, but the almost whimsical feel fit very well with the story.
It has the fairytale feel to it, without most of the darkness. The twist at the end was unexpected to me, but made total sense with the rest of the story. I liked the descriptions used in the book. Everything from the humming birds, to Violet’s fantasies of being a pirate at sea. They were vivid without being overly descriptive, and helped suck you into the story.
The book is filled with hopes and dreams, good triumphing over evil. While it was written for children, all age groups will find something to like. If it isn’t on your reading list yet, it needs to be.