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Wednesdays in the Tower (Tuesdays at the Castle) Hardcover – 7 May 2013

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  • Hardcover: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books (7 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599906457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599906454
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.3 x 21.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,193,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wednesdays in the Tower A moving castle, and the children sworn to defend it... The wait is over for this highly-anticipated sequel to the runaway hit "Tuesdays at the Castle."

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Magical fantasy read! 23 May 2013
By K. Eckert - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley(dot)com. Thanks to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for giving me the chance to review this book. Last year I read Tuesdays at the Castle and really enjoyed it. This sequel to that book was a fun read but not as magical as the first book.

Things start going strange in Castle Glower. First Celie finds a strange orange egg in a tower that's never been there before and she needs to figure out what it is. Bran, the new Royal Wizard, is in on the secret but is swamped with identifying a bunch of magical armor and weapons that showed up in a new armor room. Meanwhile a visiting wizard stops by to help Bran and he seems to have a hidden agenda all of his own. Adding to all of this is the Castle's increasingly erratic temperament; rooms no one has ever seen before are appearing left and right.

This was a fun continuation of the Castle Glower series. Not as magical and whimsical as the first book in the series, but still a fun read. The biggest downfall to this book is that it ends on a horrible cliffhanger and reads more like half of a book than a full book; I felt like half of the story was missing.

Celie and her siblings are fun to read about. They are all very agreeable characters and they work together well. It is always fun to see how well Celie's family gets along together and how well they work together to solve problems. It makes for a light and uplifting read.

I enjoyed that the storyline is expanding here, we finally get some explanation as to why Castle Glower is how it is. We also learn a lot of history behind the castle itself. The additon of some mystical creatures made the story even more fun.

I did feel like the story was missing some of the whimsy, surprise, and delightful magical feel of the first book though. Part of that is just because we've already been introduced to this castle and nothing is as surprising this time around. I also felt like maybe Celie and family were just dealing with too many different problems at once, so the story was a bit bogged down and not as light-hearted and magical as the first book.

The absolultey biggest drawback to this book for me was the horrible cliffhangers. Oh, Miss Jessica why did you have to do that? I hate cliffhanger endings, it really drops my opinion of the book a lot. I hate it when author's depend on a cliffhanger to force readers into continuing a series rather than just providing a good story and world that makes readers want to come back for more because the author writes well.

Overall a fun continuation of this series. Great for all ages. I enjoyed the magical creatures, the nice family dynamic, and finally learning about the why behind Castle Glower. I absolutely hated the horrible cliffhanger ending; this actually made me not want to read more of this series because I hate it when authors do that. This book wasn't as magical as the first one, not as much full of wonder and fun. Still I recommend to those who enjoyed the first book in the series and to those who are looking for a good children's fantasy read that is light and fun.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Ok book, may want to wait until 3rd book released to read/buy. 19 Nov. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I felt that while this was a cute story, the writing style was made simpler than the first book in the series. It also ends on a cliff hanger-no resolution to the story. I'm more than ok with sequels (I love Jessica Day George's Dragon Slipper series), but this had the feeling like it was missing the end chapter.

If you like Day George's work, you'll enjoy this story, though feel incomplete at the end. I hope the 3rd book is released quickly-having to wait a year is really discouraging. If I had realized how it had ended, I would have waited to read it until the 3rd was released.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Castle Glower - book 2 1 Jun. 2014
By Pammycats - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'm reviewing all the books my daughter and I are reading together thus summer. Jessica Day George is one of our favorite authors and we thoroughly enjoyed this book.
"Wednesday's" is the second book in the Glower Castle series. The first book, 'Tuesday's" functions as a stand alone story and serves the purpose of introducing the Castle and all the characters. "Wednesday's" story digs deeper into the history of the Castle and involves the reader in a much more in-depth plot. As in George's "Dragon" series, we are brought along on a quest to solve a mystery and makes things in the Kingdom right again.
As other reviewers have noted, the story ends with a cliffhanger but in my mind this is the perfect place to end this book. At the beginning of the story, the characters and setting are in the same place as "Tuesday's". By the end of the story, all of the elements have experienced a major shift. We are also completely immersed in the new mystery and the characters are preparing to start on their true quest. The series has developed a real focus and purpose by the end.
This is equally true for the character development. In "Tuesday's", we are introduced to the characters in a very brief way. The characters always seemed underdeveloped to me. This was especially true in my mind as compared to the excellent character development in her "Dragon" series. I excused this because it seemed that the Castle Glower books were for a younger audience. However, by the end of "Wednesday's" we started to see some really nice character development and some crystallization of the characters personalities.
In short, I highly recommend this book and this author!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Half a Book 1 Aug. 2013
By Janell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I understand I'm a good twenty years older than the target audience, so I forgive the book it's simplicity. What I hate is that the story abruptly stops at a plot climax. Perhaps the author was intending a climax, but it feels more like a book was viciously torn into two.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
More imagination and some fun, but not as good as Tuesdays in the Castle 24 Oct. 2013
By Kelly Bonar - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book mostly focuses on Celie's struggle with her gryphon. Spoiler-- It doesn't end, but rather leaves you hanging for another book. Probably not the best choice for the target audience's age.
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