Published by Henry Holt & Company on January 28, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, mystery, Romance
Source: ARC from Publisher
A Castle in the Clouds follows a girl as she navigates secrets, romance, and danger in an aging grand hotel.
Way up in the Swiss mountains, there's an old grand hotel steeped in tradition and faded splendor. Once a year, when the famous New Year's Eve Ball takes place and guests from all over the world arrive, excitement returns to the vast hallways.
Sophie, who works at the hotel as an intern, is busy making sure that everything goes according to plan. But unexpected problems keep arising, and some of the guests are not who they pretend to be. Very soon, Sophie finds herself right in the middle of a perilous adventure--and at risk of losing not only her job, but also her heart.
A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier is a young adult mystery with a romance element. My favorite aspect of the book was the setting. A Castle in the Clouds takes place in an old hotel set in the Swiss Alps. It is the perfect read for the colder winter months. This book kind of reminded me of a game of clue but with high stakes secrets galore. The atmosphere of the was wonderful.
In A Castle in the Clouds, we meet our main character Sophie, who gets a job at the hotel as an intern. Before long, she finds herself smack in the middle of a mystery. Throw in some Russians, an international New Years Eve ball, and plenty of secrets and you have a very large very fun mysterious adventure. I loved that there was such a large cast of diverse characters. In fact, that was my favorite aspect of the book. I enjoyed Sophie well enough, but at times she felt a bit young to me. She did have a charming sense of humor that I really enjoyed. Watching her navigate some of the awkward situations was pretty funny.
There was romance in A Castle in the Clouds, but it didn’t end up being as romance heavy as I was initially expecting. I think if you go into this book expecting a fun adventure, you will be very pleasantly surprised, but don’t pick this one up expecting a winter romance. I think A Castle in the Clouds will be great for fans of character driven novels, fans of clue and fans of fun adventure stories with plenty of action, twists and turns and secrets. I enjoyed trying to figure out which of the guests I could trust, and which I couldn’t. This book was a fun ride for me.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge
- Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2020
- Romanceopoly 2020