The Princess Curse

The princess Curse

I seem to be trending toward books with “Princess” in the title recently.  The Princess Curse, by Merrie Haskell is a delightful retelling of the story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, entwined with the Myth of Hades & Persephone, with a slight nod toward Beauty and the Beast.  I LOVED it.   Reveka is a clever young herbalist apprentice in a castle faced with a curse.  Every night, the twelve princesses are locked up in their tower, and every morning their shoes are in tatters.  Reveka is determined to break the curse – to win the dowry promised to the girl who breaks the curse. (If a boy would break it, he would marry one of the princesses).  Reveka dreams of becoming a master herbalist.  Its a delightful twist on the twelve princesses story, and Reveka makes for an excellent heroine.  Once she discovers the Princesses’ secret, the story takes a fun and unexpected twist, aligning more with the Greek myths.   Reveka must make a choice – one that will risk her soul and change her fate forever.

So, in summary:

– Strong female character?  Check.

– Excellent re-telling of a fairy tale?  Check

– Character development? Check.

– Feel-good ending?  Check.

Downsides?

– Umm….. I can’t think of anything I disliked  or that bothered me about this book. Maybe that it was sort of leaning towards a Beauty and The Beast type of thing, but then it didn’t really.  It hinted at Beauty and the Beast but turned in favour of Peresphone.  But I liked where it went…

All in all, I think this book deserves a 5 / 5!

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Filed under Tween Fiction, Young Adult Books

One response to “The Princess Curse

  1. This book looks really interesting. I’ve been on a bit of a princess kick myself, so I might need to pick this one up soon. Thanks for sharing!

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