Review: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Friday, December 31, 2010

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A fairy tale retold….

Title: Princess of the Midnight Ball
Author: Jessica Day George

Summary ( A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn…

Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above.

Captivating from start to finish, Jessica Day George’s take on the Grimms’ tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses demonstrates yet again her mastery at spinning something entirely fresh out of a story you thought you knew

My Review: I love fairy tales but I haven’t gotten around to reading all of them yet. I only know the major ones, you know, Cinderella, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel ect. Well Princess of the Midnight Ball is a retelling of one of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales, the Twelve Dancing Princesses (or as it's called in my copy of the fairy tales The Worn Out Dancing Shoes). Before I read this book I decided to read that tale so I knew what was going on (which was unnecessary because it's all explained in the book but I’m a nerd and didn’t mind doing the research before hand). Anyway, I really loved this book. I read it in practically one sitting. I liked how the story switched perspectives from Galen’s to the oldest of the twelve princesses Rose (I thought it was cool that they were all named after flowers and that Galen was a gardener, you gotta love irony!).