Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn… Galen is a young 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 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 conquer 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 is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above. Captivating from start to finish, Jessica Day George’s take on the Grimms’ tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses demonstrates yet again her mastery at spinning something entirely fresh out of a story you thought you knew.

The 12 Dancing Princesses has long been one of my favorite fairytales. I was raised watching Shelley Duval’s Faerie Tale Theatre. The Dancing Princesses was one of my favorite stories so I was excited to read this fairytale retelling.
I love the cover used for Princess of the Midnight Ball. It is so elegant. There are so many cheesy book covers now days I’m glad this one had such a beautiful cover.
I really enjoyed this retelling. All the classic elements of the story were there from the worn out dance slippers to the silver trees to the invisibility cloak. Jessica Day George took this classic story and gave us a reason for the dancing… The princesses are cursed. Add a hero who knits into the mix and you have an excellent book.
Content: This is a clean read. There is no objectionable content. Labeled as a young adult book this would be appropriate for ages 10+.
Rating: 4 Stars. A fun read that held my interest throughout.