Sunday

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Rose and her eleven sisters are cursed. For every night she, along with her sisters, must venture underground and are forced to dance through early morning for King Under Land and his Court. Rose's mother made a pact with King Under Land and since she is now deceased the girls must hold true to their mother's bargain.

Galen has known nothing but loss most of his life. He has been a soldier in the war from a very young age. And now that the war is finally over, he has no one left. Both of his parents are dead - so he travels in search of his mother's sister back in her home town. His uncle offers him an apprentice gardener position at the castle where he works. There he meets the lovely, yet strangely exhausted princesses, and he quickly realizes that he is attracted to the eldest princess, Rose.

When the King, frantic to uncover the secret of the princesses' rundown slippers and deteriorating health, offers one of his daughters in marriage to the person who uncovers the mystery - rumors of witchcraft abound, the church gets involved, and the townspeople become enraged. It will be up to Galen to uncover a way to break the spell, save the girls and possibly even their country.

Based upon the tale of the The Twelve Dancing Princesses - Jessica Day George has written a fantastic retelling of this well known fairytale. I particularly liked how each princess had her own characteristics - none of them blended in. They each had their quirky traits making each one endearing.

The story is told both through the perspective of Galen and Rose so you really get a feel for both of these characters especially. Galen, the hero of our story was really my favorite character. He was so brave and noble... and he could knit. He was nice to old ladies and gentle and caring with the princesses' ... a very worthy hero.

I really enjoyed this new version (actually better than the original). I would have to say that my favorite parts were in Under Land's Kingdom. I loved the darkness and the mystery of his Court, his pallid sons and the quest to break the curse.

This is highly recommended to all you who enjoy a good fairytale retelling.

14 comments:

Kailana said...

I really enjoyed this book, too!

boliyou said...

I loved this story as a child. I've added this to my TBR pile. Thanks!

Bekah said...

I've watched the Barbie Story a few times with my young friends. Cute concept, and it would be interesting taken a different angle.

Thuy said...

I just picked this book up from my local library. Can't wait to read it.

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

Sounds like a cute read! Great review!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Great review!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I love retold fairy tales.

Christy (A Good Stopping Point) said...

I'm happy to hear that you liked this book as I'm planning to read it sometime in the near future.

cindygio26 said...

This book sound greay Nely by the way you blog look supper pretty too

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Haleyknitz said...

*gasp* the cover is making my mouth water..... sooo pretty :D

My Eclectic Reads said...

Threw this on my TBR wish list. Never heard of it before. Thanks for the mention of it!

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celi.a said...

I've definitely been meaning to read this one (and actually, it's on one of my challenge lists!). Glad you liked it - I have a feeling that I'll fall for Galen, too. *smile* Nice review!

Cleverly Inked said...

Going to have to read this one...I do enjoy a retold story. The ball gown is amazing

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