The Castle Glower #5: Saturdays at Sea by Jessica Day George

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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This bestselling series comes to a rousing conclusion as Celie and her family set sail on a ship made from their beloved Castle!


After constructing a grand ship built from parts of the Castle, Celie, Lilah, and Rolf are ready to set sail! But on its maiden voyage, the Ship steers them far off course into uncharted waters. Celie and her sister, Lilah, hope that the Ship is heading to the ancient island where unicorns once roamed, but as the journey grows longer and supplies run low, they could be in trouble. Can Celie and her family trust the Ship just as they’ve always trusted the Castle?


Synopsis from Goodreads.


Saturdays at Sea by Jessica Day George is an adventurous and stereotype-defying book for all ages. The story is well-crafted and imaginative.


I liked this book almost as much as I liked the first one. I don’t think it is anything amazing, but it is definitely enjoyable, especially for pre-teens. As far as characters go, they are nice- still 2-dimensional- but definitely good characters for a middle grader’s book! Celie is still a very unlikable character, and I’m pretty sure that Pogue is a completely different character now. I’m not sure what is up with that for it is a screeching roller coaster ride that never seems to arrive. I’m just not convinced by it.


The story is fast-paced and exciting making it, as I said, one of my favorites. Also, Jessica puts great twists on stereotypes concerning black holes, griffins, and unicorns that are fascinating. This was probably one of my favorite parts about the book.


Triggers: scary imagery, sword fighting sequences (nothing gory at al), attempted kidnapping, and (I’m not joking) scary unicorns.


Overall, this is a great conclusion to this series! I recommend this book for pre-teens and older although it could even be a good read-aloud book for younger children.


Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean it is nonsense.

Lemony Snicket
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