Review: Wednesdays in the Tower – By Jessica Day George

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Cover links to goodreads book page.

Title: Wednesdays in the Tower Author: Jessica Day George Summary: A castle that is constantly rearranging itself, and a young royal family sworn to protect it… Celie, Rolf, and their beloved Castle Glower are back in this exciting sequel. Strange things are afoot in Castle Glower: new rooms, corridors, and even stables keep arriving, even when they aren’t needed. Celie’s brother Bran, the new Royal Wizard, has his hands full cataloguing an entire storeroom full of exotic and highly dangerous weapons, while Celie has her hands full . . . raising the creature that hatches from a giant egg she finds! Will they be able to find out what’s making the Castle behave this way in time?

Genre/Pages: Fantasy/235

Rating: ★★ (3.5 of 5)

My Review: Sequel to the fantastic children’s (middle-grade) novel Tuesdays at the CastleI had high expectations for Wednesdays in the Tower. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations, and overall, I definitely liked the 1st book better, pace-wise.

That aside, however, I still thorougly enjoyed this book. It was great getting to come back to Celie and Castle Glower (and even Rufus!), and it was still exciting , overall. It just took a while to get to the climax, which was then almost rushed (or maybe I was just speed reading. Hm.).

The plot twist was entirely unexpected. I can guarantee to you that I NEVER EVER saw that one coming. This book did a lot more world-building then the last one, and I LOVED it! As you probably know, one of my favorite parts of books is the world building. I absolutely adore world-building. And the characters! They were just as great (if not better) than in Tuesdays. My favorite would definitely be Bran. Celie’s great too, though.

Content Advisory: Absolutely nothing. Wednesdays in the Tower is a completely clean middle-grade novel.

To Sum it Up: Fun, exciting, humorous, and clever, Wednesdays at the Tower is very Jessica Day George. AND THE ENDING! She’s just evil. Pure evil. I will absolutely DIE if I can’t read the next book! I don’t know if I’ll be able to wait that long. Awful cliff-hanger, just FYI. I highly recommend this book to ages 6-Adult. Fun for the whole family!

Have you heard of this book before? Have you read it? Did you like it? 

Update on ARC AUGUST:

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I’m currently in the middle of reading The Ifs by J.D. Pooker.

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Throwback Thursday – The Shadow Children Series

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This is hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books. This is an amazing weekly meme dedicated to showcasing older titles that we miss and deserve to be put on others’ TBR piles.

My Pick of the Week:

Cover image and summary from goodreads.com
Cover image and summary from goodreads.com

Title: The Shadow Children Series

Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix

Genre: Dystopian

Pages: 1381

Published: June 6th, 2006

Book One Synopsis:

Luke has never been to school. He’s never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend’s house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.

Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He’s lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family’s farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.

Then, one day Luke sees a girl’s face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he’s met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows — does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?

I read the first book in this series in June of 2012, I read the seventh (and final) in August of 2012. Needless to say, I loved this series. The action, the characters (The characters!!!), The story-line, the writing style, EVERYTHING about this book series is amazing! Though these books are fairly short and easy reads, due to the intensity of the events throughout this series I’d recommend it for at least 12+.

What’s your Throwback Thursday book of the week?

Review: Princess of the Silver Woods – By Jessica Day George

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Title: Princess of the Silver Woods (Princess, #3)

Author: Jessica Day George

Summary: When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor’s twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it’s not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.

Genre/Pages: YA Fantasy/336

Rating: ★★★ (4 of 5)

My Review:The third and final book in Jessica Day George’s retelling of the well-known German fairytale “The 12 Dancing Princesses”, I found Princess of the Silver Woods to be thoroughly enjoyable!

Though I hadn’t read the prior to books in about 2 years, I could still pick up my place in this story fairly quickly. Written in the 3rd person, Princess of the Silver Woods pulls you into the story quickly, and keeps you engrossed. I loved how she mainly followed 3 different POV’s: Oliver of the Westfalin Wolves, Princess Petunia, and the King Under Stone. It added more suspense and excitement to the story, overall.

When you have a story that (particularly at the climax) will have at least 12-15 important protagonists to keep track of, it can get a bit confusing sometimes. However, George did a fantastic job of keeping all characters straight. At the same time, due to having that many characters, only a few of them get much in the way of character development. A lot of the princesses seemed to just be there, without knowing much about them.

Content Advisory:  The whole theme of King Under Stone is kind of scary and creepy, I suppose. A couple characters kiss. That’s about it, though.

To Sum it up: Though it wasn’t a super-intense page-turner for me, I still loved reading this book. Mixing 12 Dancing Princesses, Little Red Riding Hood, and Robin Hood, Jessica Day George leaves readers with an entirely new fairytale. A fun, exciting, fairytale adventure with just a touch of romance, I’d recommend Princess of the Silver Woods to readers 9+.

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This book is 1/13 for the 2013 TBR Pile Challenge!

All the views and opinions contained here are my own. Feel free to disagree with them! Comment, and let me know what you thought of the book, good or bad, so long as you keep it polite. I try my best to respond to every comment. Thank you!

Throwback Thursday – Song Quest

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This is hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books. This is an amazing weekly meme dedicated to showcasing older titles that we miss and deserve to be put on others’ TBR piles.

My Pick of the Week:

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Title: Song Quest (The Echorium Sequence, #1)

Author: Katherine Roberts

Genre/Pages: Fantasy/272

Published: Feb. 1st, 2002

Synopsis:

Welcome to a world from another time — where legendary half-creatures still exist. A world where nature itself can be controlled by unearthly music. A world where the forces of good and evil are held in harmony by the Singers who have mastered the secret Songs of Power. A world on the brink of destruction, threatened by a dark lord whose evil knows no bounds. Rialle and Kherron, two novice Singers, are all that’s left to stand in the enemy’s way. Stranded in a strange land with only one another to rely on, these former rivals must work together if they are to survive. In a timeless coming-of-age journey, Rialle and Kherron discover the strength of spirit that lies within them in their quest to help good triumph over evil.

When I read this book a couple years ago, I had very conflicting emotions. I loved this book. It was fast-paced, exciting, entertaining, and fun. But it also seriously creeped me out. Good and evil all controlled by song? Music that can heal you, make you insane, or cause you to lost your memory? And that wasn’t the only creepy thing… There was a lot of creepy stuff, but it was also a really, really, great book. It’s definitely a Young Adult novel, so I’d recommend it for 11+.

What’s your Throwback Thursday book of the week?

Throwback Thursday – Dragon Slippers

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This is hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books. This is an amazing weekly meme dedicated to showcasing older titles that we miss and deserve to be put on others’ TBR piles.

My Pick of the Week:

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Title: Dragon Slippers

Author: Jessica Day George

Genre/Pages: Fantasy/324

Published: March 20th, 2007

Synopsis:

Many stories tell of damsels in distress, who are rescued from the clutches of fire-breathing dragons by knights in shining armor, and swept off to live happily ever after.

Unfortunately, this is not one of those stories.

True, when Creel’s aunt suggests sacrificing her to the local dragon, it is with the hope that the knight will marry Creel and that everyone (aunt and family included) will benefit handsomely. Yet it’s Creel who talks her way out of the dragon’s clutches. And it’s Creel who walks for days on end to seek her fortune in the king’s city with only a bit of embroidery thread and a strange pair of slippers in her possession.

But even Creel could not have guessed the outcome of this tale. For in a country on the verge of war, Creel unknowingly possesses not just any pair of shoes, but a tool that could be used to save her kingdom…or destroy it.

 By far, among my all-time favorite MG / YA novels. One of the things I love the most about this book is that everyone can enjoy it! I was 12 when I first read it, on the recommendation of my mother who had read and loved it, and now I’m getting ready to introduce my 9-year-old sister to it. :)

Jessica Day George has a way with words that pulls her readers into this exciting world of dragons, princes, and adventure. No matter how old I get, I still adore this book and this series. Fans of books such as Dealing With Dragons – By Patricia C. Wrede or The Two Princesses of Bamarre – By Gail Carson Levine will devour this book!