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Princess of the Midnight Ball (Princess #1)

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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 k
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published January 20th 2009 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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This story was lacking in too many elements to be enjoyable for me. The characters were so underdeveloped that the weren't likable- the writing didn't make me love the hero or hate the villain. The romance lacked passion and believability. I couldn't ever figure out what the hero and heroine saw in each other, and why the hero would go to such lengths to save the heroine. And the plot was so predicable- I never wondered whether or not the princesses would be saved in the end, and the ending wasn ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Cara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cara by: Ash
I couldn't fall asleep one night and without even realizing it I was so caught up and enchanted by the story it was six in the morning when I finished the book.

This is a retelling but I'm not familiar with the original tale, so I can't say how close it is to the original. It stands on it's own though and you don't need any prior knowledge of the story to enjoy it.

The story starts out with our hero Galen (great name by the way) coming back from a war that he and his fellow soldiers have been figh
I bought this book yesterday at work, and was excited to start it. I had some time in the evening and read a few pages. When I woke early this morning and couldn't get back to sleep, I decided to read for a while. I couldn't stop until I had finished the WHOLE THING! I loved it. I have read other variations on the 12 dancing princesses, but this one had different twist and turns that made it so much different (and better!).
Apr 09, 2011 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Reread this April 2011, as I get ready to write the third book. Kinda impressed with myself . . . fun characters, and I'm excited to get back into their heads.
Aug 13, 2010 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Shannon Hale
Princess of the Midnight Ball is an utterly inoffensive retelling of Brothers Grimm's fairy tale Twelve Dancing Princesses. No gore, no violence here, suitable for pretty much any age.

The premise is straight forward - the King of Westfalin's 12 daughters nightly wear out their dancing slippers. Several princes attempt to uncover the princesses' secret for a reward of inheriting the Kingdom, but fail. Only 19-year old Galen - an ex-soldier/now gardener - succeeds in finding out the truth with the
So, unfortunately I promised a few people that I would write a review on this book (I mean, maybe one... or two...) so here's my best attempt at writing one: (note: I am not particularly good at writing thoughtful, lengthy reviews)

To be quite frank, upon finishing Princess of the Midnight Ball I felt deeply annoyed at myself for ever having picked up this book -- and having it sit in the corner of my room, making me feel guilty, for almost eight months. At times this book showed some potential (
Dec 02, 2011 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Katie by: Faye
While I wouldn't normally pick up a fantasy/fairytale book (as fantasy isn't my favorite genre), Princess of the Midnight Ball was highly recommended to my by a friend. After reading the book, I am glad I took her advice to get a copy!

I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet fairytale! It made for a very easy read and the story plot captivated me. Galen was easy to grow to like as the hero of this tale. I was surprised that most often the story was written from his POV (point of view) and not Princess R
Rashika (is tired)
This is going to be a real quick overview since I don't have much time right now but I cannot hold in all my feels for this book.

This is a dark re-telling but at the same time it's kind of fluffy. It has that fairy tale feel to it (since well it is a re-telling) so not everything will always line up but somehow this story still charmed me to no ends.

The romance could be seen as insta, no doubt, but it didn't bother me. I enjoyed it if only I wished there was a little more development going on b
Princess of the Midnight Ball is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses story. Maybe I haven't looked closely enough, but one rarely sees this particular story get retold. Probably because it requires a big cast of characters. Yes, there are indeed twelve dancing princesses here, and George tries valiantly to give them all personality, but there's only so much an author can do in 270 pages. That said, the featured princesses were all interesting enough that it didn't bother me that some (D ...more
As in Sun and Moon Ice and Snow, George starts with a familiar fairy tale; this time, it's "The Twelve Dancing Princesses". Rose is the eldest princess, cursed along with her eleven sisters (all named after flowers) to dance every night at the ball of the King Under Stone. Galen is an soldier returned from war, now an undergardener with some unusual skills. Now they must work together to free Rose and her sisters from the dreadful bargain made long ago between the King Under Stone and the queen, ...more
Anne Osterlund
Galen is a soldier, who knits his own socks, has lost his entire family in the Analousian War, and has survived to begin a new life. He follows the tales of his dead mother to find her living sister. And his uncle, who happens to be the head gardener for the king. Thus Galen becomes an undergardener.

And privy to the most dramatic mystery in the kingdom.

For no one, especially the daughters of the king, can tell where they disappear each night. And why their slippers are always worn through. And w
Olga Godim
A retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, this charming novel for early teens is also good for a grownup reader. Unlike the original fairy tale, in this story, the princesses don’t want to dance at the Midnight Ball every night but they have no choice: they are under a curse by an evil sorcerer. Moreover, the curse makes it impossible for them to tell anyone or to ask for help.
The heroes of this story, the eldest princess, eighteen-year-old Rose, and a former soldier, nineteen-year-old Gale
Steve Smith
I love all of Jessica's books. They are fantasic reads. Her creative story lines and well developed characters are always a joy. I can never put her books down. I'm always so sad when I finish reading one because I want the next one immediatly. If you haven't read Jessica's books you need to. They are all fantasic.
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
POTMB was just a fun, relaxing and highly enjoyable read. It was the perfect addition to the Thanksgiving holidays - didn't require a whole lot of analysis, wasn't written in a lofty, convoluted style, and (best of all), the characters were well-rounded but didn't drive me nuts! Hey, I had some weird family for the holidays, I don't think I could've handled weird characters! It was just a feel-good book, you know? Every once in awhile, you just need to get lost in a fairytale.
If you can't tell f
This is a great re-telling of the 12 dancing princesses with true love, mystery, knitting, and a really good bad guy. I already like Jessica Day George and my favorite novel of hers has been "Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow," but I think this book is my new favorite. Ordinarily I have a hard time with 12 dancing princess stories because it is hard to keep track of that many characters that are very similar by nature, all pretty girls, princesses, etc., but this story does a very good job of giving ev ...more
The title lets us know that we are in for a retelling of the 12 dancing princesses. Jessica Day George provides back story, the girls mother, desperate for an heir, makes a deal with the evil King Under Stone, who was banished by 12 magicians eons ago. She will dance with him periodically for a favor. The wily King entraps Queen Maude, she dies and her daughters are doomed to pay her debt nightly to the King and his pallid sons. Enter good hearted, wise (yet still young, handsome, strong and luc ...more
I really loved this book! I'd only heard good reviews about it, so when I read met my expectations of being great. I wanted to keep reading. The storyline was appealing and the characters were well done. I loved the sisters relationships with one another as well, it was perfect. I could totally see myself as a sister and joining in on the teasing yet caring atmosphere. It was a bit hard though to keep track of them all. But when there's twelve of anything in a book, it's going to be hard ...more
This is my favorite retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses. Jessica Day George stays true to the original fairy tale and explains parts that have never made sense to me before. For instance, why did the silly girls go down the magical stairs in the first place? Did they want to stay up all night ruining their shoes and worrying their parents? What compelled them to keep visiting the underground island? I loved Princess of the Midnight Ball! Go Jessica!

*A side note... my husband saw the book at t
Delightful and enchanting. I really enjoyed it. There is not a lot of development of the characters in the story but if there was it would probably not appeal to the younger crowd it was written for. Its been a long time since I've read the original fairy tale but I think it remained true to the story. I would definitely recommend this to young people of all ages.
This is a retelling of the fairy-tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses". The author keeps all of the traditional elements - the twelve princesses, their dancing shoes worn out every night, the offer of his choice of princess and eventual kingship to the man who can solve the mystery, the princes who all fail in the task, and the old soldier who - having helped an old lady on the road - is given the tools to succeed.

There is, of course, more to this version than those basic elements. The reasons fo
A delightful retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses with charming and interesting characters and the true meaning of love.
Perfection. A wonderful story with wonderful characters, traditional with great twists.
Sierra Abrams
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.
Oh. My. Heck.

I don't even have words for how much I love this book!

First off, the plot was unbelievably original -- how she managed that while at the same time echoing a fairytale is beyond me. She added twists and turns to the plot of a (somewhat boring) fairytale, (in my opinion) and I thought it was unpredictable. It kept me on the edge of my seat.

Second, most books I read don't leave me asking any questions. This book did. My brain was at war with itself trying to figure out what may or ma
Sara Grochowski
Title: Princess of the Midnight Ball
Author: Jessica Day George
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date Published: 2009
Genre: Young Adult
Main Themes: Enchantment, Love, Fairy tales
Pages: 280
From inside book jacket: "Princess Rose is the eldest of twelve sisters condemned to dance each night for the wicked King Under Stone in his palace deep within the earth. It is a curse that has huanted the girls since their birth - and only death will set them free.

Then Rose meets Galen, a young soldier-turned-gardener
Rose and her eleven sisters are cursed. For every night she, along with her sisters, must venture underground and are forced to dance through early morning for King Under Land and his Court. Rose's mother made a pact with King Under Land and since she is now deceased the girls must hold true to their mother's bargain.

Galen has known nothing but loss most of his life. He has been a soldier in the war from a very young age. And now that the war is finally over, he has no one left. Both of his pare
The lesson I learned from this book: Twelve dancing princesses is about ten too many for any serious character development.

This book is nice. It's pleasant. If you've never heard the story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, the plot could be interesting. If you have heard it, this book has nothing new to say to you. It's just the fairy tale, extended and fleshed out. I'd love to see what it could have been in different hands, say those of Donna Jo Napoli.

The hero is a sweet boy who knits. The her
Hazel West
Thoughts on the Overall Book: I have always been a fan of fairy tale re-tellings, and some I have read have been good and others not so much, but this one was fantastic! I'm not quite as familiar with the Twelve Dancing Princesses as some of the others, but I dearly loved this version of the story, mainly for the characters, and that was the huge deal maker with me and this book, but besides that, the story and writing were very good as well.

Cover--Yea or Nay: I'm a little divided. I almost thin
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What a cute story. It’s a retelling about the twelve dancing princesses and I love the twist in this one. Jessica has a captivating writing style and all the characters in her book are unbelievable cute. I especially liked Galen. He was a soldier and he has returned from the war. On his way to his uncle and aunt – the rest of his family died – he meets an old lady. He offers her some food and wine and she gives him an invisibility cloak and a special b
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Jessica Day George likes chocolate, knitting, books, travel, movies, dragons, horses, dogs, and her family. These are all things to keep in mind if you ever meet her. For instance, you could bring her chocolate to make the meeting go more smoothly. You could also talk about how adorable her children are, even if you have never seen them. You could discuss dog breeds (she had a Maltese named Pippin ...more
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“Galen Werner, you may choose one of my daughters to be your bride, and when I die, you shall sit beside her as co-ruler of Westfallin."
"Your Majesty.... I - I don't know - "
Rose felt her knees shaking. Did he not love her after all?
"Psst, Galen?" Pansy tugged on his arm. Galen leaned down. "If Rose doesn't want you," the little girl whispered loudly, "you can marry me."
Galen laughed shakily. "Thanks, Pansy."
"Oh, Rose! Don't just stand there like a lump," Poppy said, poking her in the back. "If he's too embarrased, you should be the one to say something."
"Poppy!" Daisy looked scandalized. "It's not Rose's place to - "
Under cover of their squabbling, Rose took Galen's hand and moved closer to him. "Do you want to marry me?" she whispered in a much quieter tone than Pansy had used.
"Yes," he said.
"If neither of you is going to speak up," King Gregor said, "I shall simply have to decide it for myself!"
"Father," Rose protested, "that won't be necessary!"
"I choose Rose," Galen blurted out at the same time.
"There. Done. Easy." King Gregor clapped his hands.”
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