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SERIES: Castle Glower by Jessica Day George

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I am in love with these books!  They follow Celie, the youngest princess in the magical Castle Glower.  From protecting the castle from evil doers trying to take over the throne to trying to make her way back home from another world; Celie shows that age and gender does not prevent you from becoming a hero.  I’m planning on getting these for my nieces for their birthdays.

Tuesdays in the Castle is a good introduction to Princess Celie and her beloved Castle Glower.  Every Tuesday the castle will switch things up by adding and removing rooms, making life difficult for most of the residents.  But not Celie.  She looks forward to each Tuesday so she can learn more about the castle and work on her atlas of it.  Which all comes in handy when she needs to use all her knowledge and wit to protect and save her family when outsides try taking control of the throne.

Wednesdays in the Tower provide Celie with an egg, her Royal Wizard brother with a bunch of old and unknown weapons, and the castle is starting to act weird.  Celie must protect the egg and what hatches while trying to figure out what is happening to the castle before it’s too late.

Thursday with the Crown immediately starts out where Wednesdays in the Tower left off.  I don’t want to give anything/too much away; just that the origins of the castle come to life, and the mystery of why it appeared in Celie’s homeland.  This book wasn’t as strong as the other two, but it is still a good addition to the overall story.

While these books seemed to be more aimed towards a middle school reading age, I think anyone looking for a light/fluff read will enjoy this series.  4.5 Stars overall.

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Jackaby By William Ritter

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Jackaby is a supernatural twist on Sherlock Holmes for YA readers. The whirlwind action surrounding the killings takes on an almost realistic tone when told for the view of Abigail Rook. Newly to the US, she becomes Jackaby’s assistant (not really by his choice) and we get the unique perception of someone who is being influenced by the supernatural world, yet is blind to it. Jackaby CAN see and interact with it, causing much confusion to the people around him. This is great for the story and character development.

Abigail Rook is a ‘normal’ girl with no gifts other than being normal. Something Jackaby seems intrigued by. She is the character with the most development; going from a skeptic to a believer and willing to place her life in Jackaby’s hands. Even saying this, she’s not a gullible/complete believer. Proof is still needed in someway or another.

R. F. Jackaby is the main detective. He is a seer, someone who can see the supernatural world. While compared even by Abigail to Sherlock Holmes, he is not as great of a mind, nor does he notice as much mundane things. But he is good at what he does, even if at times he forgets to take into consideration others around him.

The supporting characters come in all shapes, sizes, and species. They help to create the scenery and push Abigail into becoming the strong character she is at the end. While the book is titled Jackaby, it is more about Abigail and how her association with Jackaby changes from the student who ran to the states to avoid facing her parents to the woman she is at the end.

I think the culprit was fair obvious, but that in no way took away from my enjoyment of this book. I HIGHLY recommend this book to mystery lovers who don’t mind a the dash of fairy for added spice. 5 Stars.

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ARC: Nightbird by Alice Hoffman

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I received a copy of this book to review from the publisher. This in no way affected/influenced my rating and review.

To start with, I need to confess that when I agreed to review this book, I was thinking it was a different author. When I got my copy and realized I was wrong, I was unaware of what I was getting into. Am I ever glad I made that mistake! If you haven’t read anything by Alice Hoffman, you need to. Now. Preferably with this book. It was that good!

Nightbird is told from Twig’s point of view. She lives in the small town of Sidwell, where her family is famous for their apples (and pink apple pies) and an old legend about the Sidwell Witch cursing her family. What the town doesn’t know is that the legend is true. New neighbors move in (descendants of the witch), things go missing by way of the Sidwell Monster, and Twig is hard pressed to discover who the monster is and how to break the curse before the town starts a hunt for the monster and discovers the secret her family has hidden for all these years.

Teresa, aka Twig, is a young girl who lives a lonely life. All she knows is that if you let someone close, they discover your secrets-secrets that could devastate her family. Having no friends, she spends a lot of her time walking in the woods, and wandering her families apple orchards. That all changes when she falls out of a tree and meets the Hall family. This starts her on her journey to find out why her family was cursed and how to break it…

I cannot say enough how thoroughly I enjoyed this book. It’s not quite the fluff read I expected, but it was even better. I want to rate this a 7 or 8, but I can only give it 5 stars. I recommend this to EVERYONE!!!

I’m not 100% happy with my review, I just can’t figure out what to write that would make me happy.  So even if my review doesn’t spark you, I still recommend you give Nightbird a try.

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