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Book 17: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Here is book seventeen from my Book List 2010. The link leads to a more detailed review in my journal.

17. Title: Princess of the Midnight Ball
Author: Jessica Day George © 2009
Pages: 272
Thoughts: Link
Review in five words or less: Inconsistent actions; beautifully descriptive writing.
Personal Rating: «««½ out of five.

This book is a retelling of the classic fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses. George's book uses many of the details and plot points of the original, but adds richness and depth by expanding on the story. In this version, a war between kingdoms has just ended, and Galen, a career soldier, seeks refuge with family members he has never met.

Galen's uncle is the king's head gardener and the uncle gives Galen a job tending to the plants in the royal garden. He meets Princess Rose, the eldest of the king's twelve daughters and forms an attachment. However, there is a mystery surrounding the princesses, one that is dangerous and deadly to those who try to uncover the secrets. No one knows that the princesses have been cursed to dance each night for King Under Stone in his palace deep beneath the earth.

While I liked this book for the most part, I found a few inconsistent actions by the characters that were really distracting. Unfortunately, these actions directly affected the plot and in doing so, I felt that they weakened the story a bit. George does have beautifully descriptive writing and I loved many of the details in the book which evoked strong imagery. I also liked the Galen character; he was strong, sensitive, and highly intuitive.

Recommended to those who like fairy tale retellings.


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Tags: fairy tales, young adult
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