Hi All! It’s Becky, again. I really enjoyed Gier’s Precious Stone and Silver series and I knew I wanted to read her newest book. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed by this book. Here are my thoughts:
Title: Castle In The Clouds
Author: Kerstin Gier
Note: I listened to the audiobook.
Summary: Teen Sophie is an intern at a historic hotel in the Swiss mountains. Sophie spends her days as a babysitter for the children of wealthy guests. However, Sophie’s easy job is made way more difficult by the threat of a kidnapper, a jewel thief, and the son of the owner of the hotel who Sophie dislikes while also being very attracted to him. Can Sophie protect her charges while she also protects her heart?
Review: This book was more than a little disappointing for me. I greatly enjoyed Gier’s Precious Stone Series and The Silver Trilogy but Castle in the Clouds did not live up to those books. I had a difficult time getting through this book becasue the plot felt very scattered with the story going off in tandem several times that didn’t add anything to the story. I often found myself wondering what was the point of particular parts of the book. Also, I have to wonder if something was lost in the translation. Sophie is described from the beginning of the book as a high school drop out. This fact is used to judge her and as a joke. I just have to wonder how an American audience would respond to that. Also, the book had a lot of references to feces to the point that it was distracting and slightly annoying. Adding to that was an ending that anti-climatic with the final showdown not actually happening on the page. Yet, the worst part of the book was Sophie herself. The word that kept coming to mind as I read the book was simpering. She wasn’t strong and let herself be pushed around through most of the book. Plus, it was super annoying to have a female lead that relied on someone else to save her. I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who enjoyed this book but I am, sadly, not one of them.
Final Rating: 2 out of 5
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