Princess of the Midnight Ball
by Jessica Day George
Series: Princess #1
Published: January 20, 2009
Genres: Fairy Tale, Retelling, Young Adult
Format: eBook (280 pages)
Captivating from start to finish, Jessica Day George’s take on the Grimms’ tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses demonstrates yet again her mastery at spinning something entirely fresh out of a story you thought you knew.
I went into this book expecting a new and interesting take on The Twelve Dancing Princess’ fairy tale. What I got was a re-telling. I didn’t find anything new or original added to the story. That being said, it was still a decent fairy tale re-telling. The narration was a little stiff like I was listening to some old person tell it in a dry, 3rd-person manner. The narration made it hard to care much for the characters. I wasn’t emotionally invested in the story at all. Her writing was good and now that I know this series is strictly a re-telling I will still pick up the second book, Princess of Glass. The main reason I didn’t like this book much was how predictable it was. I knew from chapter 2 what the characters should do and they actually got around to doing it 100 pages later. I walked away from this book feeling like it had so much potential that it didn’t quite live up to. If she had changed the narration so I could get in the character’s heads a little bit and care about them, it would have made a world of difference.
Content Rating: Everyone. It was a fairly clean read.