Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (January 20th 2009—Bloomsbury)
Grade: 3 stars out of 5
Summary: “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.”
Review: If Princess of the Midnight Ball were to ever turn into a movie, my inner ten year old would be squealing in delight. The princesses, the evil villain trying to rule the world, and the sword fighting, actually twig stabbing [and gun shooting] but I’ll take what I can, gave life to a enthralling fairy tale.
I thought the most interesting aspect to the characters were the names of the princesses. Ordinarily I hated the name Rose but combined with the other eleven flowers, Poppy, Hyacinth, Orchid, it created a vast sensational appeal. I love each of the sister’s traits—the dancer, the musician—and the careful tease and squabbles from sister to sister. It gave a much needed realistic approach to the family dynamics.
I thought the relationship between Rose and Galen was rushed somewhat in the beginning but evened out in the end. His bold flirtation smoothed into gentle courting—as well as charming the very so important sisters.
The main plot itself was nicely planned out and was executed in an almost flawless manner. Despite losing myself here and then under the many names, I found myself strangely captivated in the underground world of the King Under Stone as well as the world above.
What I found the most creative was the instructions on the back instructing the reader how to knit the white shawl, and the black chain. Now that was something extra special.
Overall: Princess of the Midnight Ball was a fun and mystical tale.
The cover makes me swoon. I adore those type of dresses with the detailed embellishments