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Cruel Castle by Bryony Pearce | Blog Tour

Cruel Castle
Author: Bryony Pearce
Pages: 352
Genre: YA | Thriller | Horror
Release Date: August 5th 2021

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Hello Everyone! I hope everyone is having a nice weekend so far? It’s very chilly here so I’ve just been tucked up on the sofa with a blanket and a book all day.

Today is my stop on the Cruel Castle blog tour, the sequel to Savage Island by Bryony Pearce. This series definitely isn’t for the faint-hearted, so carry on reading if you dare!

Thank you to the publisher and author for a copy of the book and a spot on the blog tour in exchange for an honest review!

Goodreads Synopsis

They thought the island was the end. It was only the beginning…

Having survived the horrors of Savage Island, Grady is now stuck working for Gold, the psychopath who masterminded the gruesome competition. Sent on a “team-building exercise” in a remote castle, he starts to plot his escape.

Ben and Lizzie are in hiding, presumed dead after escaping the island. If they’re ever to return to their families, they need to bring Gold down. So they secretly join Grady in the castle. But as the doors slam shut and the series of deadly challenges between them and freedom is revealed, it looks like history is going to repeat itself…

A RED EYE horror novel for teens, this gripping sequel to SAVAGE ISLAND is full of fast-paced action and gruesome twists and turns.

My Review

After being stunned and amazed at how savage Savage Island actually was, I had to get stuck into Cruel Castle straight away. I loved every minute of this brutal YA horror and although I was sceptical of how I would like Grady’s POV after the last book, I actually enjoyed this one more!

I was pulled into this escape room style sequel straight away and loved how it differed from the Hunger Games-style island approach in the first one. Grady and the other characters who have earned a place on Gold’s internship have to navigate through Stowerling Keep, Gold’s castle in Scotland. Only to find out if they escape the castle will they receive a promotion in the company. And it’s not going to be as easy as a team-building exercise like they thought.

I loved how each room had a different puzzle to solve in order to move on and escape. There is plenty of violence and tricky traps to keep the reader engaged. Pearce really doesn’t hold back with her descriptions of the gory game that plays out and as someone who doesn’t mind gore, I did squirm quite a bit! However, it’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a book with this much bloodshed.

I’m such a big fan of multiple POVs so I was thrilled to find that Cruel Castle was told from a few different perspectives. It was very interesting to see how Lizzie and Ben’s characters developed from the first book, it was easy to see how much the ‘Iron Teen Tragedy’ affected them. Although I’m not the biggest fan of Grady, I loved being able to see into his mind and his way of thinking during everything going on.

Cruel Castle is the perfect twisty and gory sequel that you could ask for after Savage Island. I’ve tried not to include a lot of spoilers just so you can go away and read Savage Island first and get absorbed by the brilliantly thought out game as well as enjoying a little (a lot) of bloodshed! So if you have a strong stomach and have a love for horror, this is definitely the series you are wanting to read.

Rating: 4.5/5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
If you liked this read my review for Raising Hell by Bryony Pearce

About the Author

Bryony Pearce (formerly McCarthy) lives with her husband and two children in a village on the edge of the Peak District. She completed an English Literature degree at Corpus Christi College Cambridge in 1998 and afterwards worked in the business-to-business market research sector. She went freelance in 2004 so she could devote more time to writing. Bryony was a winner of the 2008 Undiscovered Voices competition with her MG novel Windrunner’s Daughter. Her first YA novel, Angel’s Fury, will be published on 4th July 2011 by Egmont.

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