Friday, May 31

Book Review: The Blue Castle

Title: The Blue Castle

Author: L.M. Montgomery

Pages: EBook - 248

Summary: At 29, Valancy had never been in love, and it seemed romance had passed her by. Then a letter arrived from Dr. Trent, and Valancy decided to throw caution to the winds. Soon she discovered a surprising new world, full of love and adventures.

My Rating: 5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I couldn't get into this book, even with the majority of the theme being a women coming out and breaking some of the social constrictions, early feminism and all that. I personally found it boring with a cast of silly characters - it felt more like a poorly done satire - than anything else.

The first half of the book I slogged through - it was difficult to keep reading and there were times I nearly gave up on the book. In the middle, the book did start picking up - I appreciate what the author was trying to show with Valancy, I couldn't connect to it. The story itself wasn't the greatest, and I found all the characters lacked any sort of depth, and I didn't like the ending much at all either - like with the entire book, I felt it had a lot of plot strings, but nothing came together properly.

In the end, it wasn't the greatest of reads.

Would I recommend it to read: Hmm, I'm not sure on this one. It wasn't a good book, and while I suppose, there is some early issues of "feminism" in it, the book wasn't exactly one I'd call a good read. Although I do seem to be in the minority of this opinion, it's not one I'd recommend.

What to read next: I'd stick with the Anne of Green Gables, the author's talent seems to be better directed towards children, than adults.

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, Canadian Book Challenge VI, EBook Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge

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