Castle Juliet by Brandon Berntson

Castle Juliet by  Brandon Berntson

Castle Juliet

Castle Juliet

Alice and Jacky-boy are the best of friends. For a year they embark on fantastic adventures, most of which are born from Jack’s relentless imagination. But as each season draws to a close, another one opens, revealing its own timeless, magical mystery, things Jack and Alice could have never imagined on their own, but are – without question – the most important things in life.

About the author

Brandon Berntson

Brandon Berntson was born in Boise Idaho, but grew up in various towns throughout Colorado, where most of his stories take place. A fan of dark fantasy, horror, magical realism, and young adult fantasy, he is the author of Castle Juliet and When We Were Dragons, enchanting, magical reads for all ages, along with Body of Immorality, a cryptic collection of horror stories, and the raw, adult-themed, All The Gods Against Me.

A fan of ice hockey, Beethoven, Black Sabbath, classic horror films, and Star Trek, he makes his home in Boulder, Colorado. Twitter Name: bberntson22
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“Watch and learn” says Jack to Alice. ‘Castle Juliet’ might just as well have been called ‘Your Guide to Childhood.’ If you’ve forgotten what it was like, this charming novel will help you recall all the beauty, pain, challenges and joys of the growing-up years and the important, if unlikely bonds that can sustain us over a lifetime.

In the magical town of Storyville time is malleable. Tigers and aliens co-exist alongside clockmakers and cowgirls. Here, best friends Jack and Alice explore a world of pink lasers, snowflakes, wizards and a pony named Christmas. Yet they also struggle with the realities of school, bullying and the absence of a parent.

The lure of a mystery entwines the story. It is the ultimate mystery–the meaning of life. In moments of intense presence, Alice and Jack find pathways to deeper wisdom and understanding. The wonders of their imaginary world give way to the even more profound wonders of our existence.

“Do you think we’ll always be friends?” says Alice. Oh yes, they will. Because every boy needs his Alice, his true companion, and every girl needs her Jacky-boy–her champion–to surprise her, to build her castles and to help her see the magic.

By avidreader on May 4, 2013

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For me this is like a snapshot of the best year of your life. This author just felt for that these characters it should be in childhood…sweet, kind, and best seen thru rose-colored glasses. Great read!

By joy macaulay on January 23, 2014

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i absolutely loved this charming story. if you only read one book this year, make this the one. wonderful story!

By Kindle Customer on November 14, 2013

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I loved this book. So innocent and honest, fresh, I have loaned this out to friends , grandchildren. I will read this again because it is so refreshing and beautiful. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon of reading.

By brent williams on June 2, 2013

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what a great read. fun, uplifting, light hearted and funny with the right amount of romance.

By L on February 26, 2015

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Castle Juliet reads as if Peter Pan and Wendy of Neverland were subjects in Mayberry RFD or on Walton’s mountain, Goodnight Alice dear. Goodnight Jacky-boy. I was expecting the charm in that first chapter to curdle into something either satirical or cloying. It doesn’t.

A believable quantity of goodness can be found in community and imagination, such as is expressed with childlike fervor in Castle Juliet; less of any sense of a return to innocence and more of a childhood reign. It is in adulthood that we find the careworn need for domesticity and its middle class stability. Both Jack and Alice (and even Tork) manage to resist slipping into adult-like proportion; Alice being the most vulnerable. Peter Pan couldn’t (and wouldn’t) rescue Wendy from growing-up, but Berntson does in his freckled and red-haired Alice. Perhaps it is because Jack isn’t all that like Peter, even if blood-thirsty tyrant does come to mind… Jack is able to change and grow without compromising that which the novel values of childlikeness: to love without complicating sexual politics, to find time for creative play and invention, to be like themselves and remain somewhat unexpected.

Berntson explores the wholesome visage of childhood, and he builds a castle of found things, pieces oft discarded and half-buried. He revitalizes the notion of what can be enchanting about the fantasy novel. The affect isn’t flawless. But I’ll go for heart in a novel over cold precision. I’ll take imagination over stricture. And I’ll pick the castle over the picket fence every time.

By Tiff on November 10, 2013

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I enjoyed this book thoroughly. The characters are so well thought out and presented they practically jump off the page. I would recommend this book to children and the young at heart, regardless of age.


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The summer before they enter the fifth grade best friends Jack & Alice have adventures galore, all through Jack’s imagination from fighting monsters & wild animals to space adventures.
School begins and Jack is bored so much he fantasies during class, as the teacher scolds him for not paying attention. His grades are poor until Alice talks Jack into allowing her to tutor him after school at her house.
Halloween rolls around with more antics, followed by Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and the snowy winter months.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable book until I reached Chapter 14 which had several bad words spoken by a smart speck. This is the reason for 4 Star rating.



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