Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George #Review

Title: Princess of the Midnight Ball
Author: Jessica Day George

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 280 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens USA
Publication Date: January 20th 2009

A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn…
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.
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.

This is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses story. I have yet to read the original story so I’m not sure how it compares to that. 

I thought the characters were great and there are a lot of characters in this book (twelve princesses just to start with). In this story, we get to see more of Rose and Galen than anyone though. Rose was my favorite princess but that may have been because she was the main princess talked about. Galen was trying to rescue Rose from her curse while falling in love with her and he didn’t think there would be hope of them ever being together since he was a commoner. 

I got this book from the teen section at the library but honestly I think it would be good for any age to read. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. 

Rating: 4 stars