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The Crooked Castle

(Carmer and Grit #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Magician’s apprentice Carmer and one-winged faerie princess Grit investigate a mysteriously magical flying circus in the follow-up to “a fun and frolicking middle grade adventure full of enough fantasy, humor and heart to make giddy even the most finicky reader.” (BookPage)

Shortly after saving the faeries of Skemantis, magician’s apprentice Felix Carmer III and his faerie
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Algonquin Young Readers
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Tonja Drecker
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I did not read the first book in this series, which didn't prove a problem. But I'll definitely be going back and reading it (and highly recommend starting off with book one) simply because this is such an amazing story!

When a balloon and it's rider crash into the roof, Carmer (a tinkerer) and his best friend Grit (a fairy princess) discover a glider in the wreck with an invitation to a flying circus. The two quickly discover this isn't an ordinary flying circus and fear that there might be some
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This is one of those novels that is very challenging to review because of how much I loved it—I have absolutely no idea where to start. At the beginning of last year, I read the first book in this series, The Wingsnatchers, and it quickly ended up becoming one of my all-time favorites. The Crooked Castle was, by far, my most anticipated book of this year, and I was not di
Jan 21, 2019 added it
Shelves: algonquin
Two words: steampunk & faeries. Enough said.
Meg Berg
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
The Crooked Castle has many of the elements that made The Wingsnatchers such a delightful discovery for me, but was somehow missing a sprinkle of fairy dust. All of the meticulous detail that gave the first book its depth felt somewhat dry and heavy here. All characters were a little less developed, to the point that I kept mixing them up. My one concern with the first book was that it didn't have a target audience, and I feel that even more here. Too heavy in description for many younger reader ...more
Pop Bop
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
If You Only Read One Faerie Steampunk Novel This Year

Felix Carmer III and faerie princess Grit make an excellent team. Carmer isn't too "boy genius"; he's actually rather shy and quietly charming, but comes with the makings of a hero deep inside. Grit isn't at all twinkly, dippy, or a Tinkerbell-style psychotic. She's smart, observant, and just a bit careless around the edges, but also observant and shrewd. The two work well together, and the bits of teasing, and sometimes the friction, between
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read The Wingsnatchers and loved it, so I couldn't wait to get the next book in the series and I was lucky enough to get an ARC from an author friend. I was not disappointed. Sarah Jean Horwitz keeps up the pace with her flawless transition into The Crooked Castle. If you are one those people that passes up everything that says "middle grade" you will really miss out by not reading these two books. Like The Wingsnatchers, The Crooked Castle is a well written, well executed novel with a sophist ...more
Teresa Bateman
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the "Carmer and Grit" series which follows an inventive boy and an unconventional faerie princess through their slightly steam-punkish adventures. In this entry in the series, they become involved with Rinka Tinka's Roving Wonder Show--a magical show with amazing huge balloons. The thing is, there is actual magic involved here, and soon the Unseelie Court is involved. They want control over the free fae who work at the Wonder Show, and they most especially want one par ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the first book in the Carmer and Grit series, Wingsnatchers, so I was looking forward to reading more adventures and this second book is just as good. I like the steampunk theme of these MG stories and I just love Grit’s character, certainly not a fluttery, girly fairy, instead she’s definitely got attitude - something I can certainly empathise with! The elaborate airships are so well described I wished I could travel on one and the picture created in my head of the NYE spectacu ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I flew through this book it was so fun reading it. The book follows Carmer, a human, and Grit, a fairy princess on a magical adventure. They meet great characters along the way, while they fly in flying houses, and watch floating circuses. I found myself so absorbed in the book I lost track of time. I am going to have to go buy the first book in the series now that I have read this one. Book 2 can stand alone you are not lost joining these characters in their second adventure. Fun, quick read th ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I so wish I had more time to indulge in every magical book I come across! I have Pt. 1 of this book on my to read list someday! Where were these stories when I was growing up? Tinkerbell never really appealed to me, and I am glad I've lived long enough to find some with some real toughness to them! I think middle grade kids are going to enjoy this series. So much adventure! The book read pretty quickly and will hold a kids attention. Well written and entertaining!
I received a Kindle ARC from Net
Joe Crowe
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one is more fun from Sarah Jane Horowitz.

Carmer and Grit are neat characters in a fun, funny fantasy adventure. Horwitz clearly thought too much about this story and the world she has created, and I cannot compliment her enough because of that.

It reminds me of Robert Asprin's "Myth Adventures" as well as a little of Terry Pratchett thrown in somewhere.

You don't really need to read the first book in this series to enjoy this one, but hey, you should, because that would be double the Carme
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Carmer and Grit are back in a new adventure that combines faerie stories with an almost steampunk world. When a boy drops out of the sky, Carmer follows him to an airship show and Grit realizes that faerie magic is involved. The book has a lot of elements from the first book that made it a lot of fun, adding in a bit more of the faerie world. There's lots left to explore, so hopefully the author is already working on book three. Review from e-galley.
Alexandra Ott
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book in this series, so I was excited to pick up this sequel, and I'm so glad I did! It's just as fun and magical as the first adventure. Carmer and Grit make such a great duo, and I loved all of the new characters in this one too. Highly recommend this series to adventure fantasy fans!
Kristiana Y. Sfirlea
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everything about this book made me happy. I love when you finish a good story and that content feeling settles inside you for the rest of the day like a warm little fire faerie sitting in your pocket. Carmer and Grit are my new best book buds! What a fantastic friendship and dynamic.

Every bit as good as the first book. Like the airships in the story, this series can only go up!
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Appropriate for: age 12+

I liked this sequel a lot. I really like Carmer and like to see him step outside his comfort zone. I'm not as partial to Grit but I do like what a strong character she is.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Crooked Castle is just as good as The Wingsnatchers. Carmer is charming and Grit is as spunky as ever! Definitely becoming one of my favorite steampunk series!

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book, which I voluntarily chose to review.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought that less happened in this book than the first one. However, it is still good and worth reading if you liked the first one.
Glenn Stenquist
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun, fun,fun for all ages. Did not yet get to read #1 in series but will be certain to now. Very imaginative.
Jessica Walters
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway
T.J. Burns
I received a copy of this book from Algonquin Young Readers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you haven't read the first in this series, you should still be able to understand and appreciate this second entry.

The setting here is a port town, one where hot air ships arrive and take off from abroad. Carmer and Grit are heading there when they meet up with a astronaut heading to Rinka Tinka's Wonder Show (ok, Grit causes his balloon to... well... crash). Once there, Carmer is asked to investigate the supposed sabotage of several ships and systems. That investigation will spread from the
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
maybe i’ll write a review when i’m not exhausted, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. like absolutely loved it so much. i’m so glad gideon made an appearance, and i loved all the shenanigans my kiddos got into!!
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Sarah Jean Horwitz is the author of the middle grade fantasy series CARMER AND GRIT and the upcoming THE DARK LORD CLEMENTINE. Sarah grew up next door to a cemetery and down the street from an abandoned fairytale theme park, which probably explains a lot. She currently lives near Boston, MA.

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Carmer and Grit (2 books)
  • The Wingsnatchers (Carmer and Grit, #1)