Two worlds. One impossible choice.
When seventeen-year-old Josilyn begins to see the fantastical world of her father's imagination, she can't help but wonder if he's not insane, and that maybe she is...
"I am my father's daughter, and I am terrified of that fact."
Living in a crumbling cardboard castle under the park bridge and struggling to care for her mentally ill father, Josilyn's life has been anything but regal since her mother's death. But when a former friend discovers Josilyn's secret and leads Child Protective Services directly to her, her father's visions of grand feathered dragons and treacherous dark knights become the least of Josilyn's problems.
Now separated from her father and terrified for his safety, Josilyn sees his imaginary world, forcing her to consider the possibility that someone may be desperate to see her father dead--and her in chains.
In a stunning twist of reality, survival may not be a matter of sanity, but who to trust, and who to kill.
"Cardboard Castles is by turns introspective, heart-wrenching, brilliant, and daring. K.L. Young's prose seized me like a dragon's talons, never letting go..." -Keith W. Willis, author of the Knights of Kilbourne series
|Publisher:||Graye Castle Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
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This book has it all! Cardboard Castles is a wonderful read from start to finish. It’s fresh, intriguing, imaginative, and will pull you through emotions you never knew you could feel. I enjoyed the book thoroughly and give it 4.4/5⭐️
The cover first caught my eye, but I was not expecting the story within the peephole! It was an intriguing and deep look at mental health and building and redefining what reality vs. fantasy is. Jos is our main heroine and following her through her struggles in both worlds and the relationship with her father was both heart-wrenching and moving. The writing flew off the pages and demands your attention in a good way. This is definitely a book I recommend!
CARDBOARD CASTLES is by turns introspective, heart-wrenching, brilliant, and daring. Kenda Young’s prose seized me like a dragon’s talons, never letting go as I galloped breathlessly through this dazzlingly ingenious twist on the traditional portal fantasy. Of course, saying CARDBOARD CASTLES is a YA portal fantasy is rather like saying King Lear is a little tale about a guy who goes for a walk in the rain. It just doesn’t quite do the material justice. And I use the Lear reference purposefully, because the entire first section reminds me vividly of Shakespeare’s mad king. This had to be a difficult book to write, and I can feel Ms. Young’s blood on every page. The main character, Josilyn, is a young woman struggling to survive and cope with a life of homelessness, and a father whom she adores but whom she is pretty certain is mad. I loved Jos, and Ms. Young has nailed her voice perfectly, evoking Bogie doing Sam Spade—tough, world-weary, but good-hearted underneath. Although I have to admit Jos seems like one of the most unreliable narrators since Chief Bromden told the world how Randall Patrick McMurphy and Nurse Ratched squared off. The world-building in CARDBOARD CASTLES is outstandingly well done, and Ms. Young’s talent shows here especially. While both worlds Jos inhabits are intricate and complex, Young brings them each to vivid, sometimes painful reality. I’ll be honest—this is not a book for the faint of heart. Ms. Young explores some dark themes here—homelessness, mental illness, betrayal. And yet despite this, there is humor and hope and love abounding in Josilyn’s story. It will leave you wanting more from Ms. Young’s pen, and I certainly hope she delivers…and soon.