Monday, May 24, 2010
PRINCESS OF GLASS
by Jessica Day George
Published May 25th 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Hardcover, 288 pages
Placement in the Pile: Top Picks!
The engrossing companion novel to Princess of the Midnight Ball, with a wicked twist on Cinderella.
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 Eleanora is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ballgowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way.
First off I'd like to remind all of you that this book comes out tomorrow! Along with a bunch of other books on my much desired list! (Like the second Eyes Like Stars). So go support all of our YA faves and go buy books tomorrow! And definitely add this one to your list!
PRINCESS OF GLASS is told with that magical tone of Jessica Day George. Reading the book I can almost hear her telling it to me in my head. Her phrasing and plotting create magical words that are perfectly fitting her fairy tale worlds.
Poppy is simply a delight to read about. She is spunky and dealing with a lot of pressures since their last adventure with the King Under Stone. Rumors of her family follow her wherever she goes, and it is hard to be a Princess, attending balls and masquerades when you hate dancing.
Then there is Ellen. Ripped from her previous life and forced to be a servant, there is something not right with this girl. Honestly I didn't like her. Not at all, for most of the book.
And of course there is the Prince, and a host of other characters that you come to love. In the end each plays their role, each is needed and this new fairy tale twist on a story we all thought we knew.
My only complaint? I felt like the scene where they are trying to fight their way from the "bad guy" was a little anti-climactic. It's only 3 1/2 pages long...
Other than that this was a fabulous, fast read, and I could not put it down!
Oh, and for all of you knitters, there is a knitting pattern at the back of this one, just like PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL.