Reader reviewed by Sara
Title: Princess of the Midnight Ball
Author: Jessica Day George
Date Published: 2009
Genre: Young Adult
Main Themes: Enchantment, Love, Fairy tales
From inside book jacket: "Princess Rose is the eldest of twelve sisters condemned to dance each night for the wicked King Under Stone in his palace deep within the earth. It is a curse that has huanted the girls since their birth - and only death will set them free.
Then Rose meets Galen, a young soldier-turned-gardener with an eye for adventure and a resolve that matches her own, and freedom suddenly begins to seem a little less impossible. To defeat the king and his dark court, theywill need one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all - true love."
This is the first book that I'd ever read by Jessica Day George, and I wasn't disappointed. I'd never heard the tale of the 12 dancing princesses previously - and I thought it was a very romantic idea that a soldier-turned-gardener would set out to save these princesses.
This book was predictable in that the reader knows that Galen will prevail by the end of the book, but the author added plenty of little details and twists to keep it interesting.
Galen knits too! I thought that was really interesting. At the end of the book, Jessica Day George explains that knitting was originally a man's task - not a woman's. I never knew that!
Ratings (out of 10):
Writing Style: 10
Total: 49/50 (A)
I recommend this book - it was a feel good read - I'll always be a sucker for fairy tales. Fans of retellings will definitely enjoy this book!
The Princess of the Midnight Ball is a new version of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. If you haven’t read this, it is about a handsome man who has to rescue 12 princesses from a curse- every night they must enter an underground kingdom and dance the night away. I really enjoyed the original version as a little girl, and I look forward to reading this version. This was recommended to me by , and it seems like we have similar tastes! I can’t wait!🙂 Thanks, Cara!
This is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. This isn’t the most well known fairy tale, but it was one of my favorites when I was a little girl! Another retelling of this story is one of my favorites: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George. Review . It is basically about 12 princesses who are bound to dance every night in an underground kingdom, and a man who comes to free them but falls in love with one of the princesses in the process. Each version of this story that I have read so far has had a different take on it! This particular version had not only one, but 3 romance stories. (the perfect amount, mind you, not sickening at all. very natural) It was also more involved as far as dark magic goes than the versions. In the others, not much of the magic was explained, but now I understand all of it! This version has quite a bit of girl- power in it, and I learned a lot about each of the 12’s personalities.