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Princess of the Midnight Ball

>> Friday, January 8, 2010

Name: Princess of the Midnight Ball
Author: Jessica Day George
Pages: 272
Start Date: January 6
Finish Date: January 6
Type: Fairy-Tale Retelling; Hardback
Status: Library

Summary: 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: This was a great book! When I saw the cover I just knew i had to read it,I didn't even see what it was about. So just by the name I thought it was about Cinderella. Boy was i wrong. It is about the 12 dancing princesses. And so when i told my 5 year old sister what i was reading, she ran back to her room, came back to the living room (with the big flat screen TV) and put on "Barbie and the 12 dancing princesses". Naturally. LOL But any way the only inconvenience with this book is that she never just gives you a list of all the girls in order. She gives you the 3 oldest and youngest, and gives some ages but I never really figured it out. And the last page (literally) is the best! And a plus to knitting fans: she tells you how to knit the shawl and the chain. I'm going to try the shawl sometime in my life time, but i don't know. I might kill myself with the needles. And I am going to buy this for my kids (when I have them) because this is how this Classical story should be told.

Exert: " 'What did you eat for dinner?' the dark prince huffed.
' What do you mean?' Jonquil frowned at her escort as he rowed.
'You're so heavy, it's like you're wearing iron underthings,' he panted.
'Oh!' Jonquil whacked her prince on the shoulder with her fan. 'How rude!' " - pgs. 203-204

Cover/Title: I want a dress just like that, in every color available! But the one thing I would have done differently is make the 'Princess' plural because it makes it sound like Cinderella.


~ The Clumsy Reader aka Christine


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