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Princess of the Midnight Ball (Twelve Dancing Princesses) Paperback – 27 Apr 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1 edition (27 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599904551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599904559
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 566,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rose is one of twelve princesses forced to dance through the night in an underground palace. The....


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By TeensReadToo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Mar. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Based on the fairy tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Jessica Day George pens her version of Rose and her eleven sisters. Due to a bargain their mother made, they must go down to Court of King Under Stone and dance the night away.

What first begins as a mystery to the numerous ruined pairs of dancing slippers soon becomes the most gossiped rumor in the land. The girls are forbidden to talk about their curse; thus their father has no idea what's happening. Only death can cure the curse their mother left upon them when she died.

Soon, however, the sisters become gravely ill. Even in sickness they must dance, causing their health to linger in and out of danger. Princes come from all over the land to unravel the mystery - only to die a mysterious death some days after leaving the castle.

The deaths of so many princes cause alarm throughout the land. A lowly gardener, who has fallen in love with Rose, is determined to uncover the secret. When he does find out, is there anything that he can do to save the girls?

The cover alone attracted me to this book. It's gorgeous, but the delightful tale sucked me in. The dark undertones combined with the forbidden love story made the book extremely hard to put down.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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Rose is the oldest of the 12 princesses of Westfalin and they have been cursed to dance for the King Under Stone every night with his 12 sons. Galen is a young solider returning home from war and while on the way to live with his only surviving relatives he helps an old woman, who in return gives him a cloak and some wool with magical qualities. Will Galen and Rose's love for each other be able to find a way to stop the princesses going to the midnight ball, before it is too late?

Princess of the Midnight Ball is a fairy tale retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses and even though this book is a sweet and nice read it is very predictable.

While there are 12 princesses each one comes across as very different and unique, and they do not blend together. While I like both Galen and Rose, I did not feel any chemistry between the two of them and as the romance was a big part of this novel it did let the book down a bit.

I would recommend Princess of the Midnight Ball to those who like fairy-tale retellings or very light fantasy.
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I really liked this book. It's never going to be a literary masterpiece but it's well written. It has great twists and a little romance thrown in - I loved the extra magical aspects of it as well. It's not just the fairy tale and the extra bits are what really make this story. I definitely recommend this book.
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I would guess that genre wise this would count as fantasy, due to the nature of it and the fact that magic is a predominant part in the novel, but at the same time part of me does not want to class it as fantasy, it is more fairytale. The novel is based on the various versions of the folk tale; the worn out dancing shoes, in which (with some discrepancies depending upon where the tale is told) an old soldier tries to discover how the twelve princesses are wearing out a pair of dancing slippers every night, with the help of an invisibility cloak. When he discovers what is happening he is married to one of the princesses (this normally seems to be the eldest.)

The novel sticks to the basic outline of the folk tale, with the exception that in the novel it is very clear, from the very first page, that the Princesses are cursed and are not as frivolous as they appear to be in some of the folk tales. There are some other differences, such as the soldiers age and that there are only trees of silver (and lacking the gold and diamond trees).

I very much liked the way that, despite it being in third person narrative, and the fact that there are several parts of the novel where it is from the Princesses perspective, you don't actually find out what the curse is, or why the curse is there, or even who is behind the curse, until Galen does. There are clues and teasers throughout, but the suspense that the author builds up is put to good use in that way.

The characterisation fell a bit flat for some of the characters, though that can be expected from something based on a folk tale, particularly when there are 12 princesses (I can't name them all, and am thankful that the author gave at least some of them defining traits to help!
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By P on 26 Dec. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Schoolgirl Cinderella

Swan Story

Very enchanting book. It's based on the story of the twelve dancing princesses. I thought I would find it difficult to keep up with so many characters in the offing, but the writer did a good job of making sure they all had a voice of their own. She is not your typical damsel in distress either and that made her antics all the more enjoyable.
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It's a wonderful story which contains love and adventure!!! Also the characters are well written!!! I read it within 2 days!!! I highly recommend you to read it!!!
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