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  • A magical fairy-tale retelling.

    The story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses reimagined in a dark tale where bargains with creatures beneath the earth curse princesses to dance their slippers to pieces. Some passages are filled with vivid imagery. The villains are truly awful and terrifying. Galen, the soldier who’ll try to rescue the princesses from the Midnight Ball, is brave and very likeable. Rose, the princess the story is really about, only gets likeable halfway through the book when we start to spend more time with her. The problem, of course, is too much head-hopping between characters in the beginning of the book. The prologue is fine: it sets the mood. But knowing what the king thinks while still trying to figure out if Galen is the one we should bond with and then jumping to Rose’s head and then back was a little tiresome. Retellings of the Twelve Dancing Princesses are always fun to read: they interpret the original Grimm fairy tale in different and interesting ways while answering the nagging question of worn through slippers. This book is a fun, yet dark, interpretation of the theme and message of the original tale. I would’ve liked to know more about the other princesses. Their names flow together – all named after flowers – and none of them are distinct except for Poppy who is feisty, Hyacinth who is religious and Violet who likes music (though I’ll be hard-pressed to remember what any of them look like). I did like that Galen is able to knit and that this skill is useful in defeating the bad guys. The mixture of magic, religion, war and the courage of the princesses and Galen make this a page-turning read (once the head-hopping comes to an end and the story is only told from Rose or Galen’s point of view.) I’ll recommend this Young Adult adventure for those who love fairy tale retellings with a bit of magic.

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  • Jessica d george.

    All im gonna say is its the best! not kidding. best ever. ls read it.

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  • a great retelling

    This story preserves the distinguishing elements of the original, while fleshing out the story in beautiful and interesting ways.

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  • Amazing book

    Great book as always! Jessica really knows how to make an amazing, original story.

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  • Princess of the Midnight Ball

    Cute. First thought: Another fairy tale retold? Second thought: Get to the princess, already. Fun way to avoid marking literary paragraphs for a couple of hours.

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