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Friday, November 30, 2012

Review: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Posted by Irish in Review1 Comment

Title: Princess of the Midnight Ball (GoodReads)

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Source: Purchased / Library
Publication Date: 20 January 2009
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 1599903229
Format: ebook
Pages: 304

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Place(s) Traveled to: Ionia – Westfalin

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line(s): Because he had once been human, the King Under Stone sometimes found himself plagued by human emotions.

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Princess Series Order
Book 1: Princess of the Midnight Ball
Book 3: Princess of the Silver Wood (11 Dec 2012)

I am always a sucker for a fairy tale retelling and tend to buy any book that fits in that category. Add to that a book with an amazing cover and I am hooked. I know that when Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George first hit the shelves I bought it for the cover and synopsis alone. But for whatever reason the book just sat on my shelf unread for far long than it should have. Then lately I’ve been checking out books from my library via Overdrive and saw this book as one that was available for immediately download and so I did. 

I started to read this book almost the moment that I was able to open it on my ereader and it wasn’t long before I found myself at the end. I really liked George’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princess, which is one that I’ve always enjoyed. I liked how this story was told in multiple points of view though if I am honest then I will admit that I liked the bits from Galen’s viewpoint best. Of all the characters Galen seemed the most real and relateable throughout the story. While I liked Rose and her sisters there was just something about the princesses that I never really connected with. 

Even though I was pretty familiar with the fairy tale that Princess of the Midnight ball was based on Jessica Day George managed to breath new life into it. While I wasn’t 100% in love with this story I think part of that reason might be because of how faithful George was to the original story. There were no real twists or turns in this story to keep me guessing. I knew from the start all the major events that would happen. The only new things were the setting and how Germanized the story was. Which I did like, I liked how this story was set in a fictional world but the fact that it seemed based on Germany made that world seem a bit more real than it may have otherwise been. 

Princess of the Midnight Ball is a fast paced story and its a book that I recommend for all those that like fairy tale retellings. I like the family that was introduced in this book and I look forward to seeing more of this princesses in the next story, Princess of Glass, which I think is a mash up of Cinderella and Robin Hood. I’m pretty curious to see how George takes on those two stories. 

One Response to “Review: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George”

  1. QNPoohBear

    I read this one awhile ago and the second book too (the second is better). I would have expected the writing to be too simplistic for your tastes. I found the plot a bit scary and not what I expected. I do plan to read Princess of the Silver Wood eventually.