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This was an amazing book! I liked the first one (Princess of the Midnight Ball) but I couldn't put this one down! I just got the books yesterday and I've already finished both of them. Does anyone know if there's another? Anyway, all in all, an excellent read. Jessica Day George provides an excellent twist on the traditional fairytales, and I love everything about her books. I love the kingdoms, I love the Westfalian princesses, I love Marianne and Dickon and Roger and Christian (although Ellen made me so frustrated I wanted to strangle her). I'd definitely recommend this.
I thought this book was awesome no matter what others say. I was reading some of the coments and i love prince christian so I have to defend him, the only reason christian was falling for lady Ella was because he was under a spell like everyone else at the ball so I don't think he was dumb at all. Dickon and Roger were my fav characters also poppy, read the book it's amazing
I felt that this was a very good sequel to the previous book, but I expected a little bit more then I actually got. Although I love this book because characters are more explained and defined then the first (I got confused in the first book about the order of the sisters from oldest to youngest, mainly the younger ones), the book could have been better. I know that if Poppy had had a fiery, strong-willed prince they'd both probably be screaming their heads off at each other within a week of their marriage. But, honestly, I didn't really like Prince Christian. If I had to choose between the three eligible males in this book, I'd have to go with Roger. Christian is made out to be kind of a dumb (sorry to offend anyone) character when he starts falling for Lady Ella. But, for those fans who like him and would marry him in a heart-beat (or who just don’t think it’s fair for me to call him dumb), I will say this. When you read this, you read it from three different perspectives: Poppy’s, Christian’s, and Eleanora’s (or Lady Ella). So, because we can see the story from Poppy’s and Eleanora’s perspective as well as Prince Christian’s, we begin to wonder how on earth he could get duped so easily. Maybe that’s why I don’t like Christian that much. Also, the traditional end to the story (Prince, glass slipper, etc.) is weak and I expected more. I think that if the author had taken more time to write this, it could have been more polished. But, to be fair, in this book the characters are better and I loved seeing Poppy as the heroine. This is an excellent continuation to the trilogy. I can’t wait to read Princess of the Silver Woods. And you have a good point, KeziahTodd.
Not nearly as good as Princess of the Midnight Ball. I found the plot to be confusing (not just complicated, which is obviously good), and the ending disappointed me. LOVED that it was connected to the first book, though, rather than being a stand-alone!
i loved this book soo much that the people who gave it to me where in london on my world trip that was so nice of them
wow! I usually don't enjoy fantasy books about princes and princesses, but this book is great! i really enjoyed reading it a lot. I thought it was perfectly paced, with a nice level of suspense and adventure. I am definitely going to read the retelling of the twelve dancing princesses by the same author. i read this book in one day and LOVED it!
i love this book!!! i am kind of in the middle and it's going great until now!!! Poppy had always been my favorite character in the first book!!! i like how she is feisty and a tomboy and girly at the same time!! I would recommend it to the fairy tale lovers!Rate 9/10.(I hope she does a retellling of beauty and the beast) Belle my fave princess!!
I love this book! It is just as good as the first one, and poppy is just as feisty as ever! She really deserved a book just for her. I would reccomend this book to anyone who loves fairytale/princessey novels. All that's left to say is: YOU RULE JESSICA!
I enjoyed Princess of Glass a lot more that it's predecessor, Princess of the Midnight Ball, in that the villian is less typical and the main characters have more depth with better developed personalities. Poppy is vivacious, spirited, and firey, and a bit more forgiving than I would have been in her place. Sometimes the characters approach a problem with a bit too much panache and a little less common sense, which I found annoying but factored as only a minor hindrance. I liked that it showed the classic tale of Cinderella from the point of view of Cinderella's rivals AND suitors, who are literally enchanted by a pair of hand-made glass dancing slippers that cause a good deal more trouble than sore heels, and a series of elaborate copied dresses and thwacks on the arm with an ivory fan. Eleanora (Cinderella) has a questioningly intricate and ever-changing personality, but her sly plans involving guest-room fireplaces and unnatural clumsiness could have been quelled simply by making sure she didn't leave her room at night (I apolagise for being a spoiler if you haven't read it yet). Anyone from the age of 9 onward could probably read this with ease, but of course it depends on personal reading level. 3 1/2 stars out of 5.
This is without a doubt the most creative retelling of Cinderella I've ever read. The "fairy godmother" is evil, "Cinderella" isn't the main character... It's an amazingly reworked story that I absolutely loved!
i really liked this book. i read it twice and recommend it to all fairytale lovers.
Princess Poppy along with her twelve sisters were once condemned to dance every night for the evil King Under Stone, but now that the spell has been broken, attempts are being made to mend relations between various kingdoms. As part of a royal exchange program, Poppy has been sent to Breton where she meets Prince Christian of Danelaw who is promising as friend or possibly something more. At the same time, Eleanora, who fell in society when her father lost his wealth and she was forced to become a maid, also has wishes of marrying the handsome Christian. When a mysterious godmother appears offering Eleanora gowns, jewels, and glass slippers to help her snare the prince, only Poppy recognizes the dark consequences that comes from apparently easy magical solutions. A sequel to Princess of the Midnight Ball, this novel is just as charming. George takes the more familiar story of Cinderella and makes the world of magic much darker and more frightening, which contrasts nicely with the lovely lightness of the narrative. Poppy is a wonderful character and apart from her eleven sisters, really has the chance to come into her own as a character. Surprisingly, Eleanora, as the Cinderella figure, is not immediately sympathetic but takes some warming up to. Christian has more character than a typical Prince Charming but isn't very deep. Nevertheless, he makes an excellent partner for Poppy. A fun and darker retelling of Cinderella with tremendous appeal.
I loved this book. I didn't get the whole Cinderella thing, until near the end. The characters in this book were charming, funny, witty, and real. Some parts in the this book made me want to laugh out loud. Especially the ending, which I loved. My favourite part of the book was the last two chapters. Where Christian collects everyone and tries the glass slipper on the ladies. The way it was written was beautiful.
Beautiful book just like the first but you could tell what the end was from the start.
There was quite a bit of magic involved, but it was certainly original. I can't call this my favorite book by any means, but it is most definitely a fun read. I did think it lacked a bit of something at the end, but that's just my opinion.
Wonderful, wonderful book!!!!!!! This is one of the favorites on my bookshelf. Anyone who is a fan of fantasy, magic, adventure, and romance should read it! Seriously, I can not express how much I LOVE this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jessica Day George writes the best books. Dragon Slippers, Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow. Love them all. I think this sequel loses something from Princess of the Midnight Ball, but is still enchanting. LOVE the knitting patterns in the back, I hope she keeps doing that.
Dragon Slippers is better but this one's good too. I LOVE all her books. They're awesome
When I first picked up this book, I hadn't read the first one or realized the knitting patterns in the back. Not only did I spend all day reading this, I also spent all day knitting the pattern in the back. A REALLY good book, but it had a bit too much magic for me.
The sequel to Princess of the Midnight Ball follows Princess Poppy as she spends a season in the neighbouring kingdom of Breton trying to avoid dancing of any kind. She and her cousin Marianne make friends with the visiting Prince Christian and all seems to be going well until the maid Ellen (formerly the lady Eleanora) falls for the tricks of an evil fairygodmother. The Corley sets Ellen up as the mysterious Lady Ella who vies for Christian’s hand in marriage. The enchantment is so strong that it’s making everyone in the kingdom crazy – the men all love Lady Ella and all the women hate her. Only Poppy and Richard (the brother of Marianne’s betrothed) seem unaffected. It’s up to them to figure out what is going on and to try to protect those affected. Poppy knits protective bracelets and Richard brews strange potions as they race to disenchant the kingdom before Christian marries Ellen.
A great book even if you haven't read the first one. A bonus for knitters - there are patterns in the back of the book for Poppy's shawl and the bracelets she makes too.
Interesting variation of the Cinderella story. I liked how a princess from the story of the twelve dancing princesses was involved.