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A Castle in the Clouds

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  3,753 ratings  ·  560 reviews
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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Henry Holt & Company (first published October 5th 2017)
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Katie Apparently, the English version ("A Castle in the Clouds") is coming out in early 2020.
Katie Es wurde ganz eindeutig als Einzelband angekündigt, doch Gier wäre ja nicht die erste Autorin, die aufgrund guter Verkaufszahlen eine Reihe aus einem…moreEs wurde ganz eindeutig als Einzelband angekündigt, doch Gier wäre ja nicht die erste Autorin, die aufgrund guter Verkaufszahlen eine Reihe aus einem Standalone macht... Auf jeden Fall ist "Wolkenschloss" aber in sich abgeschlossen und bietet meiner Ansicht nach auch kein wirkliches Potenzial für ein Sequel.(less)

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Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
It has been a while since I last read a Kerstin Gier book. At least six years, really. But I do remember enjoying the magic in her Ruby Red Trilogy so I was hoping to be swept away by A Castle in the Clouds as well. Aside from having a really compelling title, it just seemed so mysterious.

It is not. Oh, it tries to be. It features a very large cast of characters, kind of like in the game Clue. There are secrets, illegal activity, suspects and our narrator who tries to make heads or tails out of
Candace Robinson
The Ruby Red Trilogy is one of my faves of all time, but this one didn’t have the same amount of pizazz for me. However, it still had fun and witty dialogue with an interesting plot!
linda ❃ (flourishreader)
I have read the authors ya series a couple of years ago and remember loving the Ruby Red series so I had to pick up her latest ya standalone sooner or later especially after seeing her at the book fair last year. This was such a quick and fun read - definitely how I expected a Kerstin Gier book to be. Now I have to admit that starting a book set in the middle of winter with snowy landscapes and the anticipation of christmas was probably not my best idea since it's June but I enjoyed it anyway! ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-library
As I finished this book I already started to miss Castle in the Clouds. This book was such a joy to read from start to finished. Castle in the Clouds is a cozy, slightly out of date, luxury hotel in the Swiss mountains where the uber rich have come to spend Christmas and New Years. The atmosphere was just perfect for a pre-Christmas or winter read, with the description of snow and cold. There is even a secret cat on the premise, which I absolutely loved!
Sophia Spark is a delightful character
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was kind of disappointed with this... It was definitely not what I'd expected and very very character driven.
I still liked it because Kerstin Gier always creates very unique characters for her books but this was nothing compared to the Precious Stone trilogy...

More in-depths review coming soon.
Panna Fox
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like it :) maybe not us much as The Time Trylogy but i like Kerstin Gier's style ;)
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.2 stars! This book was really magical, funny and just a great YA book!

Kierstin Gier is one of my favorite authors of YA books and I was happy to finally read her new novel! I think that this book is even more funny than her previous stories. Also, this story has only a bit of magic inside and in my opinion, it is great. But it wouldn’t be Kierstin Gier if she didn’t have a rather thrilling conclusion almost like from an action movie after a relatively quiet book full of Christmas idols!

Kal ★ Reader Voracious
Update: Well this book was positively delightful! RTC.
It's possible that my days of being unable to read are over! (Also, let's pretend I didn't just download another January ARC.)

Thank you to the publisher for providing me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. Quotations are taken from an unfinished proof and are subject to change upon final publication.
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Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
* Thank you Fierce Reads for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review *

ACTUAL: 4.25 stars

This novel follows Sophie Spark, an intern at an old regal hotel in Europe. Between snooty guests, rambunctious children, and celebrities checking in, the upcoming holiday season is sure to be exciting. Not to mention, the cute co-workers who have caught her eye, and the guests who are not who they claim they are.

This was such a cute read! It started a bit slow, but turned out to be a fun and
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charming and cozy, with touches of humor, romance, and mystery, perfect for winter holiday reading. Lucky to get an ARC, thanks to sponsoring a Teens’ Top Ten book group at my library. Releases January 28, 2020. Makes me wish I had a Forbidden Cat.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Way too unrealistic
Izabella (Pages Full of Stars)
4 stars

~ Pop Sugar 2019 Reading Challenge - Your Favourite Prompt From Past Pop Sugar Challenge - year 2017: A Book Set in a Hotel ~

I really like the Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier, so, after being disappointed by her Silver trilogy, I'm happy to say that I finally see the glimpse of her first series in this book. It's a really enjoyable, quick read. The characters are interesting, there's a lot of humour and the mystery, although not too complicated, kept me guessing. However, the best part
I don't read many german authors, but if Kerstin Gier publishes a new book it has become quite mandatory to read it. This book was awfully German (in comparsion to the ruby red and silver series). I mean it's about a fucking hotel in the suiss alps. It felt, at times, like watching a german TV soap opera (don't ever try that, they are awful). But it was funny as always, and had some fun twists in between and the story was well paced. The Characters were stylized and grew on you, and actually you ...more
I guess I will never get bored of reading Kerstin Gier's books. I love the way things get interesting at the end of her books (I really did not expect this!!) and I enjoyed this one a lot!
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worth-rereading
4.5 stars ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I actually finished this book more than a week ago, and I didn't have the muse to write a review, but here we go.

Things I Liked:

* My overall reading experience. I listened to it on Spotify while walking to work or cleaning the house and it was really nice having some entertainment while doing all those things.
* The increase of diverse characters, compared to her other novels. There was a POC main character, a gay character, and a disabled character.
* How work in a hotel was depicted. (I guess
I was excited to win an ARC of this book from Goodreads Giveaways! I've enjoyed Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red and Silver trilogies, and a new book by her is always welcome.

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Anna Jackson
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Edelweiss for an ARC. As a fan of Gier's other works, I was excited to see that this one was being translated into English! This was definitely a step away from her typical sci-fi rom com's, but it works!

I loved the hotel setting of Castle in the Clouds - it definitely awakened my travel lust! The idyllic setting was perfect for the cozy mystery of this novel, and honestly, the hotel almost became a character in my mind. The main character, Sophie, was fun, interesting, and just
Karyn Silverman
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook, ya, 2019-reads, arcs
Oh, I loved this. It’s a little bit Vicky Bliss (Tristan is totally a young, modern Sir John, and the plot is definitely that same kind of hapless blundering into a mystery with lots of people who are not exactly what they seem), a little Maureen Johnson, a lot cozy, and a lot fun. It’s sweet but books along, the love triangle isn’t really, but just enough to be fun, the setting is original, and I adored the not quite magical but also magical elements that are subtle but charming, which is ...more
Margaret Schoen
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a review of an ARC from Edelweiss

High-school dropout Sophie is bypassing college and taking a year-long internship at a posh hotel in the Swiss Alps. The Castle in the Clouds seems like something out of a storybook - complete with hidden staircases, mysterious guests, stolen jewels, a New Year's Eve Ball, and even a ghost. Sophie might think she'll be too busy cleaning, baby-sitting, and helping out around the hotel to get caught up in any drama, but before long she's right in the thick
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This is a book I requested in my flurry of trying to read as many holiday reads before the holidays as I could take. I didn't get to this one but since it's set up to New Year's Eve and a bit beyond it still works. Also this is translated YA, which I don't see all that often. (Apparently some know the author from a time travel historical romance series, this seems more contemporary.)

Overall a feel-good read set in a Swiss mountain luxury hotel, with balls and mystery cats and snowstorms and
The setting swept me away and I would seriously love to go back and read this for the first time. Where the book lost me though is in how the sorta love triangle between the two male leads and the female lead played out. I absolutely did NOT think Ben was the "hero" or the one she should have ended up with. She had WAY more chemistry with Tristan, and he was the only person who believed her, AND he's the only person who saved her life. Yes, Ben comes along eventually but had she waited for his ...more
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Bearing in mind that the target audience for this book is still in high school, The Castle in the clouds is a rather decent read, especially during winter since the atmosphere in the book is rather charming and even magical.
I quite liked the main character, especially the fact that she doesn't whine and makes the best of what comes her way.
The book was easy to read and there were even some plot twists that I didn't expect. However, it is sad that the author decided not to explore the paranormal
roxi Net
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: roxiown
I had come across Ms. Gier's Ruby Red trilogy and really liked it (although it wasn't as exciting as the triology) -- A Castle in the Clouds is a quaint (and quick) read. Sophie, a new intern at a grand (but fading) hotel in the Swiss mountains describes her hardworking days in a light and cheery manner all the while dealing with romance, bullies, demanding guests, and secrets. It was easy for me to imagine this glorious hotel world based on the description (that in reality I'd never see given ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this cover! And I also love Gier's style of writing, it's full of details without being overwhelming, it's calming and I feel like I want to bury myself in her sentences. Concerning the story (nothing can kick the Precious Stone trilogy from it's throne), it was a nice one for in between but also not that stunning - I feel like it was a bit stretched out at some points, because not much happened until the big climax. Nevertheless, the writing style didn't make me bore or ...more
honestly, i expected it to be one of my fav books cause i really liked the plot and i love Kerstin Gier. I was disappointed, unfortunately. It is a nice and entertaining book, i liked the characters and there are some good plot twists. Nothing more. That’s it. The love triangle, if we can call it that, is boring, predictable and Fanny, the main character, is basically loved by the two hottest guys in the hotel. Obviously. And of course they fall in love with her since the first time they see ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2020-releases
An entertaining read overall, but the pacing was a little bit uneven at times and all the characters made me a tiny bit confused at first. Still, a fun read overall :)

Full review coming soon!

Thank you to MacMillan International for the e-ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating.

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Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really really loved this book. I was expecting to like it because I like the author's other books so much but it still rose above my expectations. The characters were so well built and the writing style so funny and witty, and that, paired with the awesome plot and setting as well as the brilliant narrators of the audiobook really made this reading experience great for me. Can't wait to reread it soon
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
It was OK, I guess but I think Im getting too old for this authors books. I still enjoy her writing, her funny characters and situations she creates but I didnt like the story very much. There wasnt almost any action, most time it was only Fanny thinking about boys and kissing, the only exciting part was like 50 pages in the end. This book is funny with really nice written hotel thing but its probably for younger readers than I am. ...more
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