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Monday, December 3, 2012

Review: Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George

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Title: Princess of Glass (GoodReads)

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Library
Publication Date: 25 May 2010
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 1599904780
Format: ebook
Pages: 272

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Place(s) Traveled to: Ionia – Breton

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

First Line(s): “Perfect,” the Corley said, lips stretched wide in a smile.

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Princess Series Order
Book 2: Princess of Glass
Book 3: Princess of the Silver Wood (11 Dec 2012)

Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George is the next book in her Princess series and it takes place three years after the events in Princess of the Midnight Ball.  This story focuses on Poppy and the only appearance of her sisters comes at the very end with a brief appearance of Rose and Galen. In this story, Poppy is sent off to see her cousins in the kingdom of Breton as part of a royal exchange program to try and bring eligible royals together to make matches and bring the peoples on Ionia together. Princess of Glass is also a retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella and unlike Princess of the Midnight Ball this one was less predictable which made the story more enjoyable.

Princess of Glass also switched POVs throughout the story which added to the story although I wish this one one that was just between Poppy and Christian. Some of the other POVs used were just too infrequent to really give those a unique enough voice. As with Princess of the Midnight Ball this book didn’t take very long to read. The characters were all pretty likable and I enjoyed seeing the relationships between the couples grow. One thing that bothered me was the ending seemed a bit rushed and simplistic. To me it felt like something was missing especially since all that came before contained more detail. 

The Big Bad in this story was a creature called the Corley and she seemed a bit underdeveloped and underused. So much time was spent building up who Poppy was now and her story that this aspect of the story was lost and she never came across as scary. Especially once her back story was known it only made her an object of pity. And the motivation for why she was doing what she was missing.

Overall though I did enjoy this story more than the first book. I thought that it contained all the usual aspects of the classic Cinderella story but they were turned on their head a bit into a unique story. Glass wasn’t so rigid in its telling that it became predictable and by default boring. I do hate an overly predictable story. Glass is a decent addition to the fairy tale retelling subgenre and I am looking forward to seeing how this story continues in Princess of the Silver Wood. 

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