Series: Castle Glower #1
Published by Bloomsbury on October 25th 2011
Number of Pages: 225
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Middle Grade
Purchase: At Amazon
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.
I loved the idea of a sentient castle. One who would add on rooms when bored, or just because. I also liked how it seemed to love Celie, and added things or changed where things were in the castle to help her.
I liked Celie’s siblings, though Celie was my favorite of the characters. I also liked the intrigue, and how the bad guys tried to take over the castle. It was believable, and made perfect sense as to why they were doing it.
Sometimes it was hard to remember how old Celie was supposed to be, as some scenes in the book (mostly the early parts) felt like she was a much younger child because of how she acted. But once the King and Queen go missing, Celie started acting her age and it wasn’t a problem for me anymore.
This is the first in a series, but it can totally be read as a stand alone. Everything gets wrapped up by the end of the book, and you aren’t left hanging. I read the book in one sitting because I couldn’t seem to find a good stopping place. It was constantly “I’ll just finish this chapter.” or “At the end of this scene, I’ll stop.” And the next thing I knew, the book was over. So make sure you have a couple hours to spare before starting the book!
I’ll totally be picking up the next book in this series, I can hardly wait to see what the children get up to next.