The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle
It is 1940.
Kat and her siblings are sent to Rookskill Castle to escape the London Blitz.
Rookskill Castle is a labyrinthine structure housing several children and many secrets. When children start disappearing one by one, Kat is forced to unearth Rookskill's hidden truths before she and all of the other children disappear forever.
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle has enormous potential. The cove ...more
The author thanks her editors (plural) for all their help, and I'm baffled, because clearly, they were no help at all.
In historical fiction, even that written for children, it's important for the characters to be true to the times in which they lived. These children are not. Kat's brother swears! When he is introduced to his father's colleague he calls the man a "ruddy American". Ruddy is a eup ...more
But I started to feel like, with so much going on, that there wasn't enough time to go in depth into various subplots, not to mention the characters ...more
How I came to read this book:
It’s a funny story, I’m glad you asked. What happened was, I saw the cover and …
The only thing that is charming about this book is that soul-catching (wink, wink) cover. I tried my best to enjoy the book but it was more than a little half-assed for me to appreciate it fully.
My issue with it is that it was vague in parts which were important and were potentially more intriguing. The concept of magic, first and foremost, with the chatelaines and clockwork devic...more
And the cover! How cool is the cover?!
AUDIOBOOK: The narrator did a good job -- easy to listen to.
UPDATE: I just listened to this agai ...more
ARC provided by publisher.
I think I would recommend this book to those that like suspensefu ...more
Most egregious is the heartless wicked-stepmotheresque headmistress who can't seem to muster up even one unpredictable action.
Janet Fox has created a new classic: an eerie, gripping gothic tale for children that su ...more
Magic and mystery lovers should enjoy this book, and for older readers as some of the supernatural elements might be frightening. Three stars.
On the surface, the plot alone makes a good story, but Janet Fox's complexity and multiple layers of meaning are worth deeper contemplation. For e ...more
I expected this book to be historical fiction, and it was, but also sort of a children's horror/fantasy story as well. I wasn't expecting that, but it was a nice surprise. I actually liked that, it made the book more creepy and interesting than it already sounded.
The beginning was a little slow and a little boring to tell the truth and the only thing that really interested me were the stories from the past but then the interesting things started happ ...more
Kat has been sent to an eerie boarding school to avoid the Blitz during the Second World War. Although she tries to find a logical explanation for the disappearance of children and other spooky happenings, she begins to realize that evil lurks around every turn.
The author uses a chatelaine, charms, and flashbacks to earlier time periods to add depth to the story.
Written for ...more
This is a dark and suspenseful tale that is a blend of what YA readers love: ghost story, steampunk fiction, historical fiction and magical fantasy.
In 1746, Leonore yearns for a child to save her marriage to the lord of Rookskill Castle. So much so that she is willing to make a dark pact with the Magister who trades her charms to enchant children and ensnare their souls.
Now, in 1940, Kat, Robert, and Amelie are sent to Rookskill Cas ...more
Katherine Bateson, who goes by Kat, is the oldest of three children and her watchmaker father’s favorite. It is World War II, and America hasn’t entered the war yet. The Blitz has made London unsafe and many families are sending their children out of town. ...more
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