Title: Princess of the Midnight Ball
Author: Jessica Day George
Read via: library
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.
I remember reading The Twelve Dancing Princesses (A Little Golden Book) so many times when I was young. I loved the story of the princesses, and how they were cursed to dance. When I stumbled across this book on Goodreads, I found the premise very interesting and added it to my books to-read list. Then I came across it again at my local library and decided to pick it up. I was not disappointed.
I loved the characters in this story, especially the twelve princesses. At first I had a little trouble keeping them straight, but over the course of the book they all become their own characters. I was also impressed that the author had named them all after flowers. All of the names were so pretty. Rose, the main character, was not the most well-developed character I have ever read, but she was interesting. I really felt for her. She tried so hard to care for her sisters, but they were all trapped by the curse. I also really liked Lily, although I wish her story had been developed a tad more. I probably would read a prequel that told her and Heinrich’s story. Just a random idea there, but I definitely would like it. Galen was a sweet character. I admired his determination to free the princesses and I loved his scenes with, I believe it was, Pansy. The relationship between Rose and Galen did not play out to my complete satisfaction, but it was a sweet story.
The idea that the princesses were trapped and so obviously hurting, but were unable to tell anyone was so tragic. I felt so terribly for them as their world began to fall apart around them, and they could do nothing to stop it. The King Under Stone is really quite sadistic and evil. I mean he is forcing these girls to dance for a curse that they had no part in agreeing to, not to mention the fact that the youngest princess is just six years old. His power plays a huge part in the mystery of the story, and it is interesting to learn how the girls hope to escape it.
Overall I found this story to be short and sweet, but also romantic and endearing. No, it is not the best written and most gripping YA book ever written, but it is a very cute, enjoyable read. I would recommend it, especially to the younger aged YA readers.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Cover Rating: 2 out of 5