Retold fairytales have a difficult approach for readers: a well-known and beloved fairytale that has been rewritten has the power to entice readers or turn them away completely. Readers will either be bored by its predictability or love that the retelling stayed faithful to the original story. Jessica Day George finds a sweet spot in between with her retelling. It is a satisfying story that is simple and uncluttered in its writing which makes this novel a great read that is easy to understand. As such, Princess of the Midnight Ball is a great starting off point for readers who are just beginning to become interested in fairytale retellings. However, if you are a seasoned reader looking for an exciting and innovative look at the fairytale narrative, this reader would suggest you look elsewhere.
Also, the author missed the opportunity to expand on some of the characters. In particular, the histories of Walter and the old woman on the road had the potential to be very interesting but they were not explored very deeply. It is left to the reader’s imagination to connect the details. However, Princess of the Midnight Ball is only book one in the three-part series which follows the other sisters on retold fairytale journeys of their own. The series has potential to expand upon these forgotten characters and further enhance the personalities of the central characters. This reader can only hope that the rest of the series redeems and enhances the positives of Princess of the Midnight Ball while supporting what promises to be a fascinating series for fairytale lovers.
Does it have a Young Adult Label?: No.
Recommended if you like: Series, Retold fairytales, Dancing, Evil kings, Rival kingdoms, Magic, Curses, Secrets, Flowers, Romance, Adventure