The Glass Castle by Trisha Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins is an amazing book. The characters are multilayered and the story line grips you right from the beginning.
Summary: You’ll love joining in the adventures of The Glass Castle, brand-new from Trisha White Priebe and Jerry Jenkins, where the setting from The Chronicles of Narnia Meets the action from Alice in Wonderland. The king is growing old and is concerned about who will replace him. His new wife wants to produce an heir to the throne. The only problem? Thirteen years ago, the king’s first wife gave birth to a son, and no one knows for sure what happened to him. Rumors swirl throughout the castle. The solution as simple: dispose of all the thirteen-year-olds in the kingdom. Except, it isn’t that easy. Avery and her friends won’t go quietly. Avery, Kate, Tuck, and Kendrick take charge of the underground network of kidnapped children, inspiring them to believe that their past does not dictate their future and pledging to do the hardest thing of all. . .reunite the children with the homes they left behind. When they discover that one among them might be the child of a man who wants them dead, will everything they work for be lost?
My thoughts: While this is targeted for middle-schoolers, this book grabbed me from the first few sentences and kept me reading straight through until the end. The characters are just as mysterious as the story, and you anxiously turn the pages seeking to peel a layer or two back from what keeps you from knowing the full truth of the castle and its inhabitants. Unfortunately, just when I was about to discover something significant, I found that I was at the end of the book, hanging desperately on the precipice of an annoying cliff hanger. There is no doubt this is a well-written book, with well-developed characters, and a message of faith woven into the story. It just loses stars for not having any resolution – nothing to satisfy the reader until the next installment.
I received a free book in exchange for a fair and honest review.