“Princess of Glass (Princess #2)” by Jessica Day George
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fairy Tale Re-Telling, Fantasy
Summary from Goodreads:
Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other’s countries in the name of better political alliances—and potential marriages. It’s got the makings of a fairy tale—until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ballgowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way.
Cinderella isn’t the biggest focus on the story. There is a whole other story going on.
Even when the Cinderella stuff pops up, it’s not really a re-telling. It just takes the elements of the fairy tale: girl down on her luck, godmother, prince, glass slippers. It uses the elements in a different way which I always enjoy.
I kind of liked that Poppy wasn’t really Cinderella. It was good to use her in a different way.
I love that it’s a big of a continuation of the previous story but still stands on its own. It’s really fun to see these fairy tales live in the same universe.
The bottom line? I liked it!
5 thoughts on “Quick Thoughts: “Princess of Glass””
Looks really good, thank you for nice review, I love fairytale re-tellings there is something charming about them.
This was definitely my least favorite of the Princess series by Jessica Day George. I really was a bit underwhelmed.
You’re right. It was a bit underwhelming. Hopefully the next book is more exciting!
Sometimes I enjoy a re-telling that is basically the exact same story, just in a different era, but it’s also nice to see authors using the story as just a bit of inspiration. I think that can lead to really original works where you still get to that little extra fun of spotting bits of the source material in the new story 🙂
I love when they “hide” bits in the story. That’s always been more interesting for me because I can try to find everything.