Princess of the Midnight Ball (Twelve Dancing Princesses Series)

Princess of the Midnight Ball (Twelve Dancing Princesses Series)

by Jessica Day George


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Rose is one of twelve princesses forced to dance through the night in an underground palace. The key to breaking the spell lies in magic knitting needles, an invisibility cloak, and-of course-true love. Inspired by "The Twelve Dancing Princesses,"this novel is as captivating as it is fresh. Enchanted readers are sure to clamor for the new companion, Princess of Glass, also publishing this season.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599904559
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Series: Twelve Dancing Princesses Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 140,229
Product dimensions: 5.53(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jessica Day George is the author of Sun and Moon,
Ice and Snow, Dragon Slippers, and its sequel, Dragon Flight. Originally from Idaho, she studied at Brigham Young University and lived in Delaware and New Jersey before settling down in Salt Lake City, Utah. She had been a movie store clerk, librarian, bookseller, and school office lady before she got her big break. Jessica lives with her husband, their young son, and a five-pound Maltese named Pippin in a house that needs to be vacuumed much too often.

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Princess of the Midnight Ball 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 276 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very entertaining. Each character is developed in a short space of time, but with out sacrificing depth. Even with so many characters to keep track of, each has a distinct and unique personality that add color and vividness to the plot. The plot is also well developed, the characters are supremely likable (or loathsome depending), and there are plenty of surprises to keep things interesting. All around two thumbs up!!!
bookfan13 More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a good, get-yourself-lost-in-it book, you've found it. The story is well developed with amazing characters and a plot that's creative. Based on a fairy tale, Rose and her eleven sisters are doomed to dance for the dreaded King Understone. All hope seems lost--until Galen, the soldier-turned-gardner shows up. Jessica Day George mixes romance, imagination, and magic (both in the literal and figerative meaning of the word) in this book that now has a permanent space on my shelf.
yearningtoread More than 1 year ago
There's something going on in the royal Westfalian family, and no one can figure out what it is. The twelve princesses of all different ages haven't been to a ball in years - and yet every morning the maids wake from a deep sleep to find that the girls' dancing slippers have been worn through. And while the king puts up with this for a very long time, he soon comes to the end of his rope and says his throne (when he dies) and one of his daughters belongs to the man who can solve this mystery. Galen, a former soldier working with his uncle as one of the king's undergardners, watches the progress as nine princes come and go with no luck in solving the mystery. Having met the princesses, Galen is concerned for their safety and decides to play his own hand, hoping that a few unexpected gifts and talents may help him along the way. The Twelve Dancing Princesses has always been a favorite story of mine, ever since I read the Disney version in the Disney Fairytale Book. For a few years now I've been wanting to find a book that holds the same wonderful story I read all that time ago, but revised and for an older audience. After a little research I came across an author by the name of Jessica Day George, who had written exactly what I was looking for. I had never heard of George, but was willing to give this book a try for the sake of my love for the story. I'm SOOOO glad I read this book! It was well told and easy to follow, but with some great twists that are George's original addition to the story - her signature print. The princesses are easy to like, as is Galen, the wonderful hero of this story. Since this book I've read George's Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow (post coming soon!) and am currently reading her newest novel, Princess of Glass. I can officially say that I love this author. And while she's not the next J. K. Rowling, her stories deliver, they're fun, they're adventurous, and they're clean, which I've found can be a big problem in modern literature. All those things, and more, make George's works so enjoyable that you'll want to come back for more.
FairytaleKP More than 1 year ago
I must say that Princess of the Midnight Ball is one of the best retellings of the Twelve Dancing Princesses I have ever read. It was definitely a joy to read, because I have read so many unoriginal fairy-tale retelling recently. I loved the unique quality that Jessica Day George gave to this story. The characters were believable and I must say that I wish more men would knit like Galen! I wish that the story would never have ended. The only problem was the ending was a wee bit too overly happy ending, but overall the book was so splendid to read that I did not mind a bit. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good fairy-tale retelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely not just for YA. George reminds me a lot of Robin McKinley. I loved the characters, especially Galen, and I'm already reading the next story in this series. Truly wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing!!! Jessica Day George writes the best fantay/romance books. The book was very charming, with romance, magic, and humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Jessica that I have read and it is amazing! All the characters are so funny! I have Dragon Slippers, it's two sequels, Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, and really want to read the other books connected to this one. Read this book and you won't regret it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books. Galen is to DIE for! It has evrything a good fairy tale needs. Action, romance (clean), mystery, and happily ever after. This is a great book for ANY age group. Please read this book and check out the sequel Princess of Glass. You won't regret it!!!!!
Reads_a_lot More than 1 year ago
This book was way better than I expected it to be, and I expected it to be pretty good! Jessica Day George is a great author, and this book is proof.
I defineitely recommend it!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book. I finished it in 2 days, I couldn't put it down!! Rose is my favorite sister, with Lily and Pansy at a close second. Galen is super gallant and charming, and the perfect prince. This is a great retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses that you won't want to miss!! Five stars!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books! I can't wait for the other ones to come out, if they ever do!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such an amazing book. I also love how its not just romance but it has a little action and suspense i guess you can sy. Any one who likes a fairy tale would definately like this book. I also LOVED the ending. :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book, along with Princess of the Silver Woods and Princess of Glass, for my granddaughter. She has said that she is loving them and is extremely happy with the gift. I think they are a good read for the age group.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just to get peoples attention;is this the first book? Or the second? Me confused!
Jacque87 More than 1 year ago
The overall story was good, but I thought there we be more romance.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun reselling of the 12 dancing princesses, a young man returns orphaned from a war and works with his uncle in the palace gardens. The princesses accused of plotting the death of the princes that try to solve the mystery of their slippers.Not as lush as Entwine or Wildwood Dancing.
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was not familiar with this particular fairy tale. So I quickly had to read a condensed version of it somewhere on the web. The book is fairly close to the fairy tale, with some changes to enhance the story. The changes do well for the story and fleshes it out so the characters have more life to them. It¿s odd but neat how Galen likes to knit so much - however there is an author¿s note at the end which explains this a bit (and it¿s quite interesting). Galen is your classic fairy tale hero, and an overall nice guy. I like his character and between his perspective and Rose, the novel is a nice read. The twelve sisters are unique in their own way. It¿s a little silly they¿re named after flowers (but perhaps they were named like that in the fairy tale? not sure) but I suppose it¿s so the reader can identify them more easily. They each have their own distinct personality which is also very useful in identifying them. Rose, the eldest, is a good character and well written. Although I liked Lily more. (She had a very sweet ending to her side of the story).What I liked were the descriptions of the King Under Stone¿s Realm. It was an eerie dark setting, yet beautiful in a way. It certainly had an ethereal sense to it. I liked the idea of the twelve dancing Princes, some did seem nice, while others didn¿t. Everything had a very `cold beauty¿ feeling to it, and I loved this setting. It really enhanced the fairy tale even more. The plot itself was good. I enjoyed the way Galen tried to get to the bottom of the mystery of the Princesses¿ worn out slippers. The magic and fantastical elements of the story were not over the top, I really enjoyed the use of different magic items and charms which help Galen in his quest. I also enjoyed the writing style and had a few moments where I was laughing to myself. It was overall, a lovely fairy tale read with, of course, a wonderful happy ending. (Actually, one of the best endings I have ever read).It¿s a beautiful retelling of a fairy tale, with wonderful descriptive settings, easy to identify characters, and great writing, it¿s a great read. Even if you¿re not into fairy tales, I still say pick this one up and enjoy.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Princess of the Midnight Ball is a retelling of the well-known fairy tale of the twelve dancing princesses. This time, the stakes are higher, the world is more vibrant, and the bargains are darker. Though there seems to be interesting niche out there for fairy tale retellings or expanded retellings (typically of the darker shade), I haven't read any of them, typically because I have other things on list and well, it always bugged me that I would know basically the entire plot of the book before even opening it. After mountains of recommendations, I thought I'd give Jessica Day George's Princess of the Midnight Ball a try.Set in a 15 century German-type country, readers meet young Galen, a solider returning from war who becomes a gardener for the royal family. But there's something strange about the king's twelve daughters -so strange that it becomes a scandal. Every third morning, the slippers of all the princesses are found in shreds, having been danced apart. No one seems to know what nighttime activities the girls may be engaging in, since they refuse to speak about it. Not only that, but the king locks them into their rooms every night with guards and even princes keeping a close eye on them. But still, no answer to the mystery. Meanwhile, Galen has fallen in love with the oldest princess, Rose, who seems to return his affections. But him being a soldier and gardener, rather than a prince, makes a future with Rose impossible. That is, unless he can solve the mystery of the dancing slippers...If you're in the mood for something simple and magical, easy and quick to read but still well-written, Princess of the Midnight Ball is a delightful read. Though, yes it's predictable and short, it's well-crafted, lightening-paced and enchanting. Sometimes, I just need something simple, and Princess of the Midnight Ball satisfies that need. The world is beautifully crafted, with just enough of a dark edge to make it more adult, and George makes a pointed effort to give adequate explanations to things that, in the original, were given no explanation because of the fairy tale nature of the story.Probably the only small issues with the story were the high predictability of the plot and the lack of characterization for the majority of the characters. Galen and Rose, the two romantic leads, were given good characterization along with the villain, but virtually of all the other characters: King Gregor,his advisors and many of the other princesses (okay, it's hard to balance twelve characters on the page at once).It's a little tough for me to admit that I like something so predictable and simple, but sometimes you just need that in a book and I'll admit -George does it exquisitely. Princess of the Midnight Ball is an enchanting, delightful read that will keep readers flipping pages and demanding more.
Bonnie_Morley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a 2012 YRCA nominee, and a Bank Street Children's Book of the Year winner, Jessica day George's book "Princess of the Midnight Ball" will keep you entertained.A soldier looking for work after a long and viscious war, lands a job working as a gardener for the king. Unbeknownst to the soldier, there is trouble in the castle; the tweleve daughters of the king are keeping a secret that is putting the kingdom and thier health in jeapordy. The king offers marriage to one of his daughters and his kingdom for anyone who can discover where his daughters go every night and why they always need new shoes. This is a retelling of the fairy tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses". I enjoyed the fact that Jesica day George was able to take a fairy tale and give it a sense of realism. I felt that this story could have been in a distinct time and place and not just another kingdom that is far, far away. Young readers will appreciate the humerous moments and the romantic episodes. I recommend this book for readers who love fairy tales and would like to take them to another level.
SimplyGrace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me just start out by saying how much I adore fairy tales! This is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses and it was done beautifully. It was an old story made fresh and I enjoyed every minute of it. Princesses in distress, held captive by an evil king, throw in a handsome and brave hero(a soldier no less) and some magic wool and invisibility cape, you have the ingredients for one damn fine fairy tale! As a child, and teenager too, I devoured stories like these, so it was nice to read a gripping tale of captivity and despair and have everyone live happily ever after in the end. So, if you are in the mood for the good guy to get the girl, the bad guy to get what he deserves, and the dead come back to life- grab this one and enjoy!
8f_starrynight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book based on the story of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses", only with a lot of different perspectives from a lot of people. There is the opinion of the eldest princess, Rose, the soldier Galen, the king, and even the princes. This kind of book is only exciting if you don't know the fairytale at all, but I knew how the story goes, so it wasn't as exciting as it should be. But because of the new twists added to the story, it was more interesting to read in more detail, a slightly modern version of the old fairytale. It was very good to read, because it had a bit of the history, like how the princesses got the curse, and the part about the evil king. This book is recommended for people who like fairytales with a new twist!
lyricaltwin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A perfect fairy-tale rendition that is both cleverly and expertly spun, Princess of the Midnight Ball is perfect for a sophisticated fairy-tale. The antagonist is perfectly imagined and the main characters are perfectly made. The story will draw you in and capture your heart.
MrsBoswellBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Princess of the Midnight Ball is a retelling of the Grimm's fairytale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Galen is a young soldier returning from war, where he lost his father, mother and sister. At the age of eighteen, he has seen more tragedy and bloodshed than most have in their entire lives. Galen takes up residence with his mother's relatives and begins working on the palace grounds. There he meets Rose, the eldest of the twelve princesses, and begins hearing about a mystery surrounding them. Rose and her eleven sisters (Lily, Jonquil, Hyacinth, Violet, Poppy, Daisy, Lilac, Iris, Orchid, Pansy and Petunia) wear their dancing slippers out every third night. What is it that they do? No one has any idea. No one knows that they are cursed by King Under Stone, to travel to his hidden kingdom and dance until dawn. No one knows they are cursed with silence, unable to tell anyone of what they are subject to. No one knows that they will eventually become the brides of King Under Stone's twelve sons, blessing them with half-mortal children able to wander the living realm. King Gregor invites royalty from surrounding kingdoms to solve the puzzle, offering a marriage to one of his daughters as a prize. Princes travel from kingdoms near and far and attempt to discover the princesses' mystery. When none succeed in solving the riddle, and ultimately losing their lives, Galen steps up to the plate to save the princesses. All that he'll need is an invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and of course... true love. Simple enough...This book, more geared towards younger teens, was a delightful read. I've never actually read The Twelve Dancing Princesses so, while the title kind of gave you a glimpse, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I would put this book up there with one of my favorites, Ella Enchanted.
Annesanse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book and a fast read! A cute version of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale. I especially liked reading from Galen's point of view. This is the second Twelve Dancing Princesses book I've read in the past month or two, and I think I liked the other one slightly better. (Entwined by Heather Dixon) However, I really enjoyed this one in different ways. The romance was really sweet. Good book.
joyleppin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed every moment of this book! It was interesting to me that the hero was an active knitter. At the end of the book, a footnote revealed that at time this story takes place women were not taught how to knit because it was thought knitting would be too complex for them to understand!