Make a Reservation at the Fun & Magical ‘A Castle in the Clouds’

January 28, 2020 4 Comments

THE STORY | Working as one of the new interns, Sophie Spark has her work cut out for her. This includes taking orders from entitled brats, which is not where she wants to end up, but for now, this is where Sophie’s life is at. She’s not exactly happy but working at the prestigious Castle in the Clouds hotel does have an undeniable magic.

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As she works to find a rhythm, two cute boys enter her life, both with different agendas, and all just as a mysterious set of events plague the hotel!


Make a Reservation at the Fun & Magical ‘A Castle in the Clouds’

Sharing a few reasons why you should ‘check in’ to this fun little hotel, and enjoy the stay!


+ Author Kerstin Gier is popular as the author of the ‘Ruby Red’ trilogy. This may be the first book she’s written (at least in terms of U.S. translations), but it’s really quite entertaining. It’s been delayed (for the U.S.), but is now finally been translated from German to English, and published by Macmillan.

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+ When it comes right down to it, this book is pure delight reading, at least for me. Its the perfect cozy Sunday read. The novel doesn’t seem to have great early reviews, but its blend of whimsy and vintage “feel” works so well that I fell under the spell of the characters, atmosphere and theme with very little coaxing!

+ Anyone who likes memorable characters will love these zany characters. Their presence almost reminds of a fun Marple episode, only in this space, we have a contemporary story.

+ On the con side, though it’s minor in my book, things do get off to a slow pace. Plus, fun though they are, the influx of characters can make for some flurried introductions (as we fight to keep the ‘who’s who’ list straight), but once things begin to “click” in place, the pages turn rapidly.

Between the setting and those aforementioned characters, this novel is pure fluffy magic. It’s entertaining and enjoyable, and for a “new and fresh” new year read, this is a book worth consideration of your 2020 TBR.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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Author: Kerstin Gier
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication Date: 2020
Source: Publisher Provided – thank you, Fierce Reads/Henry Holt!
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary YA Mystery
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Rating: ★★★★

Make a Reservation at the Fun & Magical ‘A Castle in the Clouds.’ A review of the Kerstin Gier contemporary mystery novel. Text © Rissi JC

CONTENT: I would count this as a “clean” secular YA novel. There may be one or two saucy remarks, or instance of innuendo, but overall, it’s a fun time without all the filth.

Sincere thanks to the publisher for kindly sending me a copy of this novel; all opinions are my own.

About Rissi JC

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4 Comments

  • Tasya @ The Literary Huntress January 29, 2020 at 6:56 AM

    I do love her Ruby Red trilogy and this book sounds really good! I’ve seen great reviews so I’m really looking forward to dive in :)

    • Rissi JC February 12, 2020 at 7:01 PM

      It’s lots of fun, Tasya; a fun mystery with a hint of romance. Hope if you do give ‘Clouds’ a chance that you enjoy! :)

  • Kirby B March 15, 2020 at 11:21 PM

    I’m happy to hear you enjoyed this one and thought it was relatively clean. It’s been on my list of books to try, but I wasn’t sure what the content was going to be like. I’ll definitely have to check it out now after your great review! :)

    • Rissi JC March 25, 2020 at 5:14 PM

      Hi! So glad you think this one sounds fun. Hope if you do give it a chance that you enjoy, Kirby. :) Thank you for reading.

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