Wednesdays in the Tower is the second book in Jessica Day George’s Castle Glower series. It takes place about a year after the first book concludes, and while there are some definite spoilers for the first book in this review, these books can still be enjoyed completely separately. Wednesdays in the Tower continues the fun middle grade story of a castle that seems to be alive and can add and remove rooms at will. I love the Castle Glower series, though, because the plots are enjoyable for an adult reader, with actual plot twists and intrigue!
Note: I borrowed an ARC of Wednesdays in the Tower from a friend. Things might be different in the final version.
Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George(Castle Glower #2)
Published by Bloomsbury on May 7th, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Length: 235 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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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?
- As the cover suggests, there is a griffon in Wednesdays in the Tower! <3 griffons :D.
- Wednesdays in the Tower gives us a lot more background on the Castle, including some on its history and origins! I’m so happy that this series is actually building background for the magical focus instead of just leaving everything to hand-waving like many MG books do.
- At the very end of Wednesdays in the Tower, a lot happens all at once and the plot developments and twist are so exciting! I wasn’t planning on finishing this one the night that I did, but I just couldn’t stop, haha.
- I continue to love the Glower children in this series because the two daughters are fairly different but both excellent role models for young girls. Many MG stories focus on a tom-boy girl character and make the more feminine girls the villains. Wednesdays in the Tower specifically demonstrates that girls can be as feminine or tom-boyish as they want and they can be smart no matter what they choose. There is a conversation where the more feminine older sister explicitly talks about the fact that she is smart and it made me so happy!
- Wednesdays in the Tower focuses on the presence of the griffon for most of the book and therefore had more of a childish plot than Tuesdays at the Castle. This did fix itself in the end, but it made me less excited about reading this second book than the first book.
- There is a lot of discussion about absent parents in YA and while King and Queen Glower are obviously busy with ruling a kingdom, and they do show up at the end when important things happen, I find it unlikely that the queen would really be so inattentive to not realize there was something going on with her children (ie raising a griffon secretly….). I would have liked the added tension of the parents getting a bit suspicious!
Wednesdays in the Tower wasn’t quite as strong as the first book in terms of a plot that adults can enjoy, but it was still fun and adventurous. I highly recommend this series for it’s targeted audience >.> and then you parents can read it too when your kids are done :D. I’m SUPER excited about seeing where this series goes because that ending set things up for a lot more world building in the next book *happy dance*.