Thursday, March 20, 2014

Book Review: Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George (Whitney Finalist 2013)

Title: Wednesdays in the Tower (Castle Glower #2)
Author: Jessica Day George
Enjoyment Rating: ***
Source: Library Copy
This book would be rated: G or PG

Jessica Day George's Tuesdays at the Castle was a YA finalist two years ago, and I adored it. The story takes place in an enchanted castle, and Princess Celie and her siblings live in a home that is constantly changing, adapting, and possibly even working toward its own purposes. In Wednesdays in the Tower, Celie becomes the guardian of a gryphon egg, and the eventual hatching of that gryphon causes all kinds of changes to take place in the castle, which seems intent on confronting its history.
While the first novel seemed satisfying in and of itself,  Wednesdays in the Tower suffers from the "second in a trilogy" syndrome. It lacks the character (and castle) development that was so delightful in the first story, and it leaves off in the middle of the action, not coming to a satisfying conclusion for readers of this particular book. The writing is still great and Celie is just as engaging in this story as in the last, but the book seemed geared toward readers who want to read the third book as well as the second. 

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