Book Review: Princess of the Midnight Ball, by Jessica Day George

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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.

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I absolutely love fairytale rewrites.  It is a modern and new take on a classic story with a great plot.  This was a well written and entertaining novel.  I read it in just a couple of sittings, so it isn’t too long either.

I loved the princesses.  They were all so sweet and adorable.  They had been sucked into a curse that they knew nothing about until their mother died.  Forced to dance every night for the evil King and his sons, the princesses are exhausted and wish they could stop dancing more than anything.  

I enjoyed the different take on this story.  I liked the legend of how King Under Hill became imprisoned and the mysterious people that kept popping up to help Galen and the princesses.  

Princess of the Midnight Ball was told mostly from Galen’s point of view.  Galen was a gallant hero.  He was sweet, kind, and a perfect gentleman.  Rose was intelligent and strong willed.  She was a brave and resilient leader for her sisters.  She followed her heart, never truly giving up the hope that the curse would be broken.  I enjoyed their romance, and found it to be pretty realistic.  

This was another perfectly clean book that I would be happy to recommend to anyone.  There is very little violence, and one very clean kiss.  There is no language or anything else that would throw up a red flag.  I love reading books that I don’t have to worry about something weird showing up and ruining a good story for me.  

This book also had an entirely different story going on with the bishop accusing the King and his daughters of witchcraft, and wanting to hang their governess for teaching them magic.  I’m not sure what I thought about that part of the story.  I can’t say if I liked that aspect of it or not. 

The Cover: I adore this cover. It is so feminine and pretty.  It is simply gorgeous!   

Princess of the Midnight Ball is only $1.59 for the Kindle version right now.  It is well worth it!

I have read another
version of this story, called Entwined, by Heather Dixon.  I actually liked that one
better.  It was much different than this one, and told almost entirely
from the viewpoint of the oldest 
princess.  It was very romantic (and still perfectly clean), and written beautifully.  

File Size: 415 KB
Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
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    Alise (Readers In Wonderland)
    December 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I love retellings as well. It's intriguing you mentioned Entwined, because although I didn't love it, it was pretty entertaining. I might hold off on reading this one though.

    Great review!
    Alise @ Readers In Wonderland

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    reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
    December 3, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    It's funny that you didn't really enjoy Entwined. I have heard/read so many different reviews on it. I loved it, but I guess it all depends on what your personal tastes are.

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