- Suspenseful but not scary
- Positive character traits were shown
- Strong female role models
- Strong male role models
- Positive/Negative behaviors and how they affect others
- "Bad guys" were not "scary horrible", they were just.... the bad guys.
- Christian in context
There were also some things we could have done without:
- There is the start of romance between Avery and Tuck. I wish they would have left this out as we are talking about 13 yearold children. There is no inappropriate touching or conversation but it is made very clear that Avery notices Tuck and is stirred by the feelings (as foreign as they are) that she seems to have for him. Seeing it that this is book 1 of a long series (book two is not out yet), you can see were the foundation is being laid for a relationship.
- There is quite a bit of "sassiness".
- There are "mean-girls" and I just don't like them. Like full on, stero-typical, "public school" mean-girls. I understand why they are there but don't like the way they talk to people.
- Which leads to my last gripe. The way all these 13 year olds talk to eachother is sooooo.... atypical, "public schooly", tween-agery. I get it, I understand why. I just hate it. My kids don't talk like that, and you want to know why? Because we don't let them. I am not raising "tweens/teens" I am raising young adults- it's biblcal. Ok, rant over.
With that said, the positives far out-weigh the negatives (which are manageable). Everyone loved the story! About halfway through they were already asking if there would be a sequel! I liked everything but the romancy-ish bit. I loved how God was weaved into the story making the "christian stuff" real and seamless.
H15g "I thought it was a very creative and exciting story. I would have read it even on my own, although I would have finished it quickly."
JO14b "I thought it was good and it captured my attention. At first I wasn't that into it and then as my Mom kept reading and the story kept getting more and more interesting. I couldn't wait for reading hour!"
M13g "I thought the story line was really good. I liked how it said the castle worked and loved imagining it all. It was exciting!"
C12b "I liked it because it was a story that all of us were into, it captivated all of our age groups. I also liked the describing words the author used because it made a good image in my head of what was going on."
Ch11g "I thought it was an interesting storyline that got my attention easily. I thought Avery sounded very brave, like my sister M13."
A10b "I liked it a lot because it was easy to imagine everything. The author express the characters and objects really nice. It was a pretty mysterious story. My favorite part is where Avery almost burned down the kitchen trying to cook!"
J9b "It is a good story and pretty funny too. Sometime the kids do things and it make me laugh."