Friday, May 6, 2011

A Tale of Two Castles

A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
HarperCollins, 2011
215 pages
YA/MG; Fantasy; Fairy Tale
3/5 stars

Source: Received a free e-galley via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really like Gail Carson Levine so I was excited to see another book by her.  The cover indicated a dragon and hopefully another spunky heroine in the vein of Ella Enchanted.  I got that in the dragon Meenore and the would-be actor Elodie.

And I did like those two elements but the book as a whole didn't cohere for me. It felt disjointed and it seemed like a character would be introduced for a few chapters and then leave just as I was starting to get to know him. This happened several times.  I also found Levine's made-up words and names more annoying than cool, which might have been different if I'd read this when I was ten.

However I did enjoy the wrapping up of the plot.  Elodie unravels a mystery and I really liked how she deducted and induced clues.  Happily it didn't take her too long to do this and I was caught completely off-guard by the villain.

Overall: The pieces for a great story are there but it didn't come together as I hoped.

Cover: For those who've read the book, I like that Elodie isn't wearing a cap ;)


  1. I think I might avoid this - I tend to hate books that I would have enjoyed as a kid and I'm not a huge fan of her books anymore... thanks for the review!
    I do love the cover though, it's really pretty.

  2. I liked this one, but Elodie didn't do it for me. I loved Meenore though. The made up words bugged me a lot.

  3. I don't think I'd like to tackle this book any time soon, mostly because I hate it when characters just disappear, without ever having had a purposes. But the cover is really cute, I must say!


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