Book Review: Princess of Glass

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Princess of Glass Princess of Glass by
Series: Princess #2
Published by in 2010
Pages: 257

Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other's countries in the name of better political alliances—and potential marriages. It's got the makings of a fairy tale—until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince.

My Review:

After so many heavy books it is so nice to read one where the fate of the world doesn’t hang in balance! This book is the sequel to Princess of the Midnight Ball (review here) and it follows one of the younger sisters, Poppy as she goes on exchange to repair the damage the curse on her family has done.

One of the things I thing George has done wonderfully is keeping the world consistent through both fairytales. She has a very distinctive style that comes through in both. Not only that but there is a strong sense that the stories are related. So many times in retold fairytale series’ even if all the stories are set in the same world, they are only distantly related, a character vaguely referenced from another book, or another book said to be a fairytale from 100 years ago. That’s not the case here. Princess of the Midnight Ball and Princess of Glass are very clearly related both by closeness in time and reuse of characters and themes.

Despite the closeness, I found it interesting that she chose to have the actual fairytale happen to a side character. The main characters are all observers with only minor parts to play in the fairytale portion of the story, which makes for a very interesting take on the whole thing. They’re necessary to the main plot, and sometimes the fairytale takes a side plot to their story, but in a way the main characters are all side characters at some point. This is an interesting trick, and kept the story fun and easy to read.

Overall I’d say this was a light, sweet retelling of the Cinderella story that’s definitely worth a read!

Book Review: The Faeman Quest

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The Faeman Quest The Faeman Quest by
Series: Faerie Wars #5
Published by in 2011
Genres: , ,
Pages: 368

When Mella, the daughter of King Consort Henry and Queen Holly Blue accidentally travels to the country of Haleklind, she discovers rebel forces preparing an invasion using a terrifying new magical weapon.

My Review:

I think first I need to ask has anyone heard of this series besides me? It’s one of my favorites, but every time I talk about it I get such blank stares! (Including internet *blank stares* which just makes me sad. This wonderful community should have at least one other person in it who knows the wonder of the Faerie Wars!) I’m considering a read-a-thon re-reading these, would anyone be interested in joining in?

I was a little surprised at the time skip from the end of the last book, even though I knew it had to happen. I think it was really well done though. We now get to see Henry as a grown-up – he has a 16-year-old daughter so he has to be at least 35, and is probably 40. It’s rare that we see a character (especially a main character) age that much in a YA or MG series (Faerie Wars is sorta borderline – think Harry Potter mixed with Artemis Fowl). The amazing thing is that Brennan still kept Henry the same and yet believable. He was still the Henry I loved originally but he’s become a father figure while I wasn’t looking.

I also loved the addition of Mella to the cast. She is such a mixture of Henry and Blue that she couldn’t possibly be anyone else’s daughter. She’s spunky independent and slightly quirky and completely loveable.

I’m so glad this isn’t the last book (it better not be!) and I eagerly await the next installment! (ASAP please Mr. Brennan. That wasn’t a very nice place to stop!)

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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