Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George

Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other’s countries in the name of better political alliances—and potential marriages. It’s got the makings of a fairy tale—until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ballgowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way.

Princess of Glass is a very original retelling of Cinderella. Just the bare basics of the Cinderella story were there: a prince, a ball, soot, a glass slipper, a Godmother. Jessica Day George took those basic elements and created a very unique retelling of Cinderella. 2 princesses, a curse, glass feet, and a witch combined with characters from Day’s novel Princess of the Midnight Ball made this a darker version of the classic Cinderella story.

Although the ultimate outcome was predictable there were lots of twists and turns along the way. For me the ending wrapped up way too quickly leaving me feeling a little cheated.

Content: This is a clean read with nothing objectionable.

Rating: 4 Stars – I debated between giving this 3.5 or 4 stars but decided to go with 4 stars for originality. It was a good book, but not quite as good as Princess of the Midnight Ball.