Review 24. Jessica Day George – Princess of the Midnight Ball.

Princess of the Midnight Ball (Princess #1)Title: Princess of the Midnight Ball.
Author: Jessica Day George.
Pages: 288.
Published: January 20th 2009.
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA.
Sort: Part one of ‘Princess.’
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.

What a cute story. It’s a retelling about the twelve dancing princesses and I love the twist in this one. Jessica has a captivating writing style and all the characters in her book are unbelievable cute. I especially liked Galen. He was a soldier and he has returned from the war. On his way to his uncle and aunt – the rest of his family died – he meets an old lady. He offers her some food and wine and she gives him an invisibility cloak and a special black wool.

When he arrives at his uncles house, he finds out that his uncle is the head gardener in the Palace and he also gets a job there as gardener. He meets Rose, but she becomes very sick and her other eleven sisters too. Still, they keep dancing on a place nobody knows and they are becoming sicker every morning. Their father is so worried, he decides to make a plan. The princesses can’t tell him where they go, because of the curse, so he invites princes through whole the country to help. If they find out where the princesses are going, they can marry one of the princesses. Unfortunately, no one is able to find out and every prince dies in a strange accident.

Galen sounds like someone everybody wants as a boyfriend. I think it’s so cool that he can knit. I loved how every princess got their own character. Most of the story is fixed on Rose, but you have the brave Poppy and her twin Daisy and the very religious Hyacint. The next book, which I’m reading right now, is about Poppy. If you love fairytales and retellings, you should take a look at this one! It’s really good and I had a lot of fun reading it.



  1. I've seen this book around, but I didn't think I would like it since I'm not the biggest fan of retellings. After reading your review though and seeing it has a happy ending with a great guy, I might have to give it a chance. Thanks for the review! :)

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  2. Wow! this cover is absolutely awesome.
    I love the dress!!
    And super great review.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Ooh, I love retellings! I've only read one retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses (Entwined), but that was extremely loose. This one sounds like it's closer to the original tale. I'm glad you liked this book! Rose and Galen sound adorable together and the curse is such a great twist. Lovely review, Mel!

    1. Me too! Entwined was very good, but you're right, it was really lose.

  4. Great review! I want to read this now, if only so that I can read about a male character knitting lol. Very cool. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I think I requested this book from the library and now I'm even more excited to read this book after reading your review!

    Awesome review, Mel! ♥ So glad you enjoyed it!

  6. I've seen this book around. Sounds pretty cool. Great review!

  7. The 12 dancing princesses is a story that I actually don't know very well at all, but I know there are a few YA re-tellings out there. I'm glad you liked this one!

  8. I like that Galen can knit too! I loved this story– it's a great retelling! Great review and I'm a new follower :) I'm currently running a giveaway on my blog if you'd like to check it out!

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  9. This book sounds great! I can't wait to get my hands on it!

  10. This book is by one of my favorite authors! Awesome review.
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  11. I've had my eye on this one for ages. I really want to read it and I'm glad to hear you liked it :)

  12. I really want to read this! The storyline sounds amazing and I'm glad you enjoyed this so much. Great review :)


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