“Princess of the Midnight Ball (Princess #1)” by Jessica Day George
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling
Summary from Goodreads:
As the crown princess, Rose is never without a dance partner. She and her eleven sisters are treated to beautiful gowns, slippers, and dances at party after party in their father’s palace. But their evenings do not end when the guests return home. Instead, Rose and her sisters must travel deep into the earth to the wicked King Under Stone’s palace. There, the girls are cursed to dance each night, even when they grow exhausted or ill.
Many princes have tried-and failed-to break the spell. But then Rose meets Galen, a young soldier-turned-gardener with an eye for adventure. Together they begin to unravel the mystery. To banish the curse, they’ll need an invisibility cloak, enchanted silver knitting needles, and, of course, true love.
I am not familiar at all with the 12 Dancing Princesses story so I can’t really comment on how the book stands up as a retelling. As far as the story itself goes, I thought it was an enjoyable book. We got mystery, magic, and charm. The story does take a bit of time to warm up but once you get into it, you can’t put the book down.
I liked all the princess but had a hard time keeping everyone straight. The author does do a good job of shedding some light on everyone and gives each girl a bit of personality. Like all of Jessica Day George’s heroines, the princesses were smart, strong and spunky.
The ending got very cutesy but that’s totally fine with me. I’m not normally a fan of the super cutesy, sticky sweet endings but I always love JDG’s endings. I was grinning the whole time things were wrapping up.
The bottom line? I quite liked it. JDG is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine.