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Princess of the Midnight Ball

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And all because of some shoes Galen murmured as they hurried away What Ulrike had to trot to keep up with him This all began because of their shoes being worn out night after night he said He had fallen into an easy uick march pace He put an arm around his cousin s waist to help her along If someone could just figure out what they do every night Princess of the Midnight Ball is a retelling of the old favourite fairy tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses and it is just lovelyLOVELY A book that makes ou happy holds Unequally Yoked your hand offersou a warm smile and a friendly embrace I made a lot of contented sighing noises while reading this It is a nice easy read It is not too taxing on the mind not too heavy on the heart everything just happens at a gentle pace The retelling focuses on Galen a soldier that has just returned from war and is offered a position working in the ueen s garden with his only living relative Here Galen meets the twelve princesses and in particular the story focuses on Rose the eldest princess Galen and Rose have a really sweet relationship They instantly like each other and there follows some gentle flirting and teasingand cue much girlish sighing on my part Well Your Highness I know that I am indeed handsome but I can hardly be blamed if my good looks overcame Black Women's Activism: Reading African American Women's Historical Romances (African American Literature and Culture: Expanding and Exploding the Boundaries, 5) you so strongly thatou fainted he said striking a pose He had butterflies in his stomach wondering if he was taking the teasing too far However there is mystery in the palace New dancing slippers are reuired each day keeping the King s cobbler very busy and tongues wagging in the kingdom Despite being locked into their rooms at night with maids and guards keeping vigil each of the twelve princesses appear each morning with worn out dancing slippers where do the girls go to The princesses become weaker and sickly Sensemaking yet still each morning they appear with worn out slippers Who is forcing them to dance against their will What witchcraft could it be Are they all cursed Or are they the ones doing the cursingNoble princes are sent to find out and are promised hands in marriage and kingship if they solve the mystery but to no avail and mysteriously each of these princes soon die after returning to their own landsIt is up to our brave soldier cum gardener Galen to figure out the mystery break the spell and banish the evil doers He was the stuff of nightmares the stuff of campfire tales A magician so steeped in evil that he had ceased to be human transforming himself and his most devout followers into something other immortal and monstrous According to legend centuries ago every country on the continent of Ionia had risen up against him and cast him into an underground prison He was too powerful to be destroyed completely and trapping him in a sunless realm with only his followers to rule over had been the only solution An army of white witches had been gathered to do the deed and the effort had cost many of them their lives Don tou love a good fairy tale This was just so cute SO CUTE Ok so there wasn t exactly great character development outside of Galen and Rose It was like Princess Rose and eleven other florally named princesses who all merged together into one character but I did not mind I enjoyed the named princesses who all merged together into one character but I did not mind I enjoyed the pacing I enjoyed the romance the intrigue the mystery Sometimes we need life to go at a slower pace We need to escape the harshness of the real world and I found my escape here in the pages of this book Did it change my lifeBlow me away Make me feel all the feels No it didn t But some times that is not the point This book made me smile It made me happy It gave me good feelings It left me with a sense of contentment And sometimes all we want from life is that happily ever after Read this if The New Art and Science of Teaching you want something gentle ifou are tired if Crafting with Alcohol Inks you are ill It will restoreour soul and gently cradle ou between its loving pagesThree stars Their fingers touched when she took it from him and they stayed that way for a moment hands together the rose cradled between them they stayed that way for a moment hands together the rose cradled between them just like the fairytales I grew up on Maybe not my favorite book as far as YA or romance but it was still spellbinding from first page to last there s just something special about the storytelling that made me feel as if I were reliving the old illustrated collection I grew up on I would get this book for anyone that loves fairytales in a heartbeat The Ionian continent has been devastated by the ten ear war between the kingdoms of Westfalin and Analousia which ended with Westfalin barely victorious famine a depressed economy and thousands upon untold thousands of deathsGalen is a The Intelligent Web young veteran who lost his father mother and little sister during the war He finds employment at the royal residence in Westfalin s capitol one of many men tending the late ueen s massive impractical flower garden There he meets the twelve princesses secretive girls suffering under a curseor are they the ones doing the cursingRose the King s eldest daughter likes Galen right away But when he offers to solve her mystery she s dismayed Manyoung men before him have tried to solve the curse They were all princes and all of them met wretched fatesThere s an evil underground just waiting until its descendants are human enough to w princess of the midnight ball is a classic take on the well known fairy tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses but decidedly much darker this version of the story involves an ancient curse passed down to the princesses from their foolish mother and the mysterious deaths of the several princes who try to solve the mystery its. A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn Galen is a oung 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. ,
Plot however doesn t really veer into unexpected territory which meant that it was mostly just a very fleshed out version of the original fairy tale albeit with some minor twiststhe characters were extremely underdeveloped and therefore a huge meh for me the romance lacked passion and believability i couldn t keep track of the princesses and their names couldn t care less about Galen on that later or Rose or their romance and basically i think the only character in this story i remotely cared about was Gregor the princesses father in the prologue the villain of this book a powerful dark magician described him as fat and foolish and horrible but he ISN T he tries his best to be a good father and he actually would die for his daughters in an instant and he protects them at all costs and that s beautiful dadgoals okay anyway moving on Galen actually put me off because he s obviously the white knight of the story and he s too perfect and never makes a single mistake idk i mean somehow when problems occur he thinks of a solution in like three minutes and also he s supposed to be a Gentleman who is Gallant and Chivalrous blah blah but i think this just made his character really bland and boring it s probably a personal preference so take this with a pinch of salti don t really have much to say in this review because i don t really care about the book like it made me feel absolutely nothing and i skimmed at some points however i will admit that jessica day george has much talent in writing her settings were descriptive and the fairytale backdrop felt almost magical to me i did like another book of hers called Sun and Moon Ice and Snow so maybe it s just that i couldn t connect to the characters in this one one thing worth mentioning is Galen s unusual aptitude for knitting and knitting plays uite an important role in this book also the author wrote this with influences from German language etc and i found that uite interesting because i didn t associate Germany with the original fairy tale Just ou remember when ou make a deal with them as lives below there s always a hidden price I bought this book esterday at work and was excited to start it I had some time in the evening and read a few pages When I woke early this morning and couldn t get back to sleep I decided to read for a while I couldn t stop until I had finished the WHOLE THING I loved it I have read other variations on the 12 dancing princesses but this one had different twist and turns that made it so much different and better He smiled his cold smile Keeping one s hands clean maintaining one s innocence Is that not the human way Jessica Day George Princess of the Midnight BallDNFI gave it a three even though I did not read to the end My issue is I had thought it would be a darker little tale then it wasSo I had an interest in this story I read two books about it This and one called EntwinedMy issue with this one is it is really slow moving and felt very YA Plus I read A Good Deal In And good deal in and much had happened I found there was not really alot going on not at least when I stopped reading which was over 50 pages inNot having read the book in its entirety I do not know whether it picked up but I got a bit impatient with this one I really wanted a dark adult book that retold this story and this was a slow moving YA that may have become darker but I just lacked the determination top keep goingI did enjoy the other one a bit My feeling is the story in and of itself is so fascinating but it IS dark and I thought it might be fun reading a few remakesI have found though that the remakes I read the less I like I read a remake of Rebeccaa YA version and did not really love that one either so I suppose I may just not be the target audienceCheck out the cover art on this one thoughawesome I couldn t fall asleep one night and without even realizing it I was so caught up and enchanted by the story it was six in the morning when I finished the bookThis is a retelling but I M Not Familiar With not familiar with original tale so I can t say how close it is to the original It stands on it s own though and Music as Alchemy you don t need any prior knowledge of the story to enjoy itThe story starts out with our hero Galen great name by the way coming back from a war that he and his fellow soldiers have been fighting in for twelveears At eighteen he has seen tragedy and bloodshed than most have in their lives Despite and because of all this he is such a lovable character I won t go into detail is such a lovable character I won t go into detail eventually his path crosses with the beloved twelve princesses of Westfalin what would be considered Germany today most probablyThere is a mystery surrounding the twelve princesses for some reason their dancing slippers our all worn through every third night No one sees where they go and can t seem to explain why this happens The princesses Rose Lily Jonuil Hyacinth Violet Poppy Daisy Lilac Iris Orchid Pansy and Petunia all named after flowers obviously have to dance to serve a debt but they can t tell anybody I did have trouble keeping up with which sister was which but other than that the story flowed well My sister who recommended it to me said that the beginning was slow going to her but I thought the story had enough going on to keep the reader engaged I can t say how much I loved the Galen character too bad he isn t real and in reality I don t think there could be but a girl can dream This enchanting romantic adventurous tale of Rose and Galen is a must read Final review first posted on Fantasy Literature The malevolent King Under Stone cuts. 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 conuer 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 ,