Book Review: Princess of the Midnight Ball

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Princess of the Midnight Ball Princess of the Midnight Ball by
Series: Princess #1
Published by in 2009
Genres: ,
Pages: 280

Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above.

My Review:

This book was recommended to me by one of my IRL book buddies. I love fairytale re-tellings, and this is one of the less common ones so I was excited to see how she dealt with it.

This book is based on the premise that the girls are being forced to dance, and they cannot speak of it because they are enchanted. It’s a good way to deal with the story, especially in a modern day society which wouldn’t condone a novel where the girls are portrayed as helpless and lacking in willpower to stop themselves from doing something dangerous. The portrayal of the King Under Stone is very good as well, rooted both in the tradition of the fairytale and the tradition of fairy stories – we all know the one about dancing in a fairy ring.

I think my favorite character, though, is Galen. He is a real person, and he doesn’t even turn out to be some king’s son, which is happening more and more in literature (I think that’s a great thing!). He’s funny, but awkward and his feelings for Rose are, while a little infatuated, pretty much real. I was rooting for him from the very beginning.

I don’t really have anything negative to say about this book, other than it’s not my absolute favorite book ever. Sure, I couldn’t put it down (much to my chagrin when I woke up with a book-reading hangover this morning =/) and it was a lovely retelling. I can’t even say why it wasn’t a favorite for me. But it’s very good, and I definitely plan on buying it someday and reading other books by George.

Hopefully, I will be finishing the second Harry Potter book next. I knew it was dangerous going to the library!

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  1. Amelia says:

    Hey Anne, great review! I get book-reading hangovers all the time 😀 I felt the same way about this book: liked it, enjoyed it, but ultimately not one my absolute favorites. It was cute, and I'm glad you liked it as well!

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