Thursday, July 14, 2011

Book review: A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine

My summary:
Elodie has reached the age where she has to go out in this world and get work. Elodie has a secret dream; she wants to be a manisoner, an actress. Things don’t quite work out the way Elodie would have wished but she finds herself accepting to be a dragons’ assistant instead.

We follow Elodie and Menoree, the dragon, as the are hired by the towns ogre to solve a mystery of a disappearing dog.

My thoughts:
I've never heard anything but good about Gail Carson Levine's writing and when the opportunity to read one of her books arrived I knew I had to read it. 

A Tale of Two Castles is such as sweet story and it can be enjoyed by people of almost all ages, all though I do believe that it is aimed for the youngest teens and tweens perhaps. Elodie is a smart and enjoyable main character, Menoree is a wise old dragon and the ogre has a heart of gold.

My only complaint would be that I wanted more when I've finished the book, but I discovered that there will be another adventure with these characters :D

Book trailer:

The cover:
No doubt about this one being a fantasy, I think it's nice.

My rating of this book:
4 stars out of 5

Want a second opinion? Check out these reviews written by some of my book blogging friends:
A Little Sun Shy
The Little Bookworm

Want to know more?
Add A Tale of Two Castles to your Goodreads wish list.
Visit Gail Carson Levine's homepage 
Read Gail's blog 

 A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
Published: May 2010
Pages(paperback): 320
0061229652 (ISBN13: 9780061229657)
Full disclosure:
 Review copy from HarperCollins via Netgalley. 

This book can be purchased from a number of local retailers and on-line book stores such as Amazon or The Book Depository (I'm not an affiliate of either). The latter store does by the way have free shipping to about 100 countries.


  1. It sounds cute :D oh and that seems to be all i have to say. Well it sounds darn cute

  2. I 2nd Blodeuedd.. it really sounds so cute :)

  3. I have only just read my first Gail Carson Levine book this month. I read Ella Enchanted for another blog.

  4. That sounds really cute. I have some tween nieces and nephews who love fantasy. I'll have to remember this one. :)

  5. @Blodeuedd & @Veens:Cute is the keyword ;)

    @Vivienne: Ella Enchanted has been on my wishlist for ages. Where did you review it? I haven't seen it mentioned on your blog, but I've been a bit busy lately so you might have posted a link without me noticing it.

    @kathy: That was a good idea, it might be right up their alley :)


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