Title: Princess of the Midnight Ball
Author: Jessica Day George
OK, this is a good one. I should start by saying that I really like fairy tales. REALLY A LOT. So whenever I see a fairy tale adaptation, I have both a strong urge to READ IT NOW and an inner voice telling the author DON’T FUCK IT UP. Nothing worse than having something you love made into shit. (Unless we are talking about cake or cookies.Then it is ok.)
This is an adaptation of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, one of the few fairy tales without a real fucking downer of an ending. And, happily, the author DIDN’T FUCK IT UP! The story is very close to the fairy tale, but has some depth and good character development. I particularly liked that she was able to give the 12 princesses individual personalities. Not an easy thing to do with so many characters, all with flower names. The tone was just right for me. Not too modern in the language, not too dark or too fluffy in the mood.
Highly recommended! Also, it has some interesting bits about knitting, something I know nothing about.
I got this book out of the library, then got the two sequels out and read them fast. I will likely buy these books, even though I am cheap.