The Glass Castle by Trisha Priebe and Jerry Jenkins
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 is simple: dispose of all thirteen-year-olds in the kingdom. Except, it isn’t that easy. Avery and her friends won’t go quietly. And what they’ve discovered could blow the kingdom apart. – publisher synopsis
The marketing for this novel states that the setting is a cross between the Chronicles of Narnia and Alice and Wonderland. I can say that I never really thought about either book while reading this captivating novel. The book is marketed for tweens although the story could be read by kids younger than this, I suspect the series might get a little darker as it continues. The book grabs the reader when Avery finds herself, due to her decision to defy her father’s wish, being kidnapped and brought to the castle. The authors do a great job keeping the reader guessing what is around the corner from Avery and will their be a romance between Tuck or Edward. The novel is co-written by Jerry Jenkins who has written several Christian fiction novels. This novel is not like many of the Christian books that seem to be very blatant about Christianity. Their are a few references of scripture but they are very subtle and the values that are explored are weaved among the plot and the character interactions.
This is the perfect novel to hand a tween who likes mysteries and a girl who likes a little hint of romance. It is quick and enjoyable read that will quench the thirst of those that like fantasy. For older teens that like mystery with an older theme, I would recommend Ten by Gretchen McNeil. For older teens that want a light romance, I would recommend The Selection Series by Cassandra Cass.
I received this e-Arc from NetGalley and Barbour Publishing in exchange for an honest review.