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.
– 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!