I usually like a rather straight forward novels that give me all the information I need to know where and what is happening. Because of that I tend to stay away from fantasy and science fiction. Every once in a while I like to dip my toes into something different and when I read the excerpt about The Glass Castle I was intrigued.
This young adult novel feels a bit like a twisted fairy tale, full of mystery, intrigue, and many unknowns. The premis surrounds the mysterious capture of a young girl. All that she has known to be true suddenly evaporates into confusion and fear. Piece by piece Avery, the 13-year-old heroine puts together a mysterious puzzle of clues about her history, which is far different from all she has ever believed. As she is thrown into the world of servitude inside the castle of a deluded king, she must discover who she really is and figure out just what to do about it.
The Glass Castle was an interesting read. I had a difficult time at the beginning because I was very confused about the setting. As I continued to read I believe the feeling of confusion actually helped understand just how Avery was feeling. The intensity of her misconceptions are clearly felt and while I much prefer a more omniscient point of view when I read, I did like the sense of despair and unrest which the author was able to evoke.
This unique fairy tale feels like a blending of Snow White and Alice in Wonderland. This deliberately masterful blending left me wanting more at the end and I am eagerly anticipating the sequel!
Disclaimer: I received this title from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other way. I was not required to write a positive review.