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Princess of Glass (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #2)

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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 godmothe
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published May 25th 2010)
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May 30, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

Basically I wanted to explore what would happen to one of the Twelve Dancing Princesses after their curse had ended. In the original story it says, And they lived happily ever after, and they never danced again. So I decided to stick one of the girls into a new fairy tale, one where she had to dance, and see what she would do. Also, I love writing Poppy's snappy dialogue and rather sarcastic outlook, so I decided to give her her own book!
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Three years after they have solved the problem of the evil underground King of Stone and his twelve sons in Princess of the Midnight Ball (or have they?), the king of Westfalin and his twelve daughters are still dealing with the aftermath. Some of the girls are suffering from PTSD, and the rulers of neighboring kingdoms are still bitter about the loss of their princes and other young men who died while trying to figure out the mystery of the danc
Scribbler King
May 07, 2011 Scribbler King rated it it was amazing
I read the prequel, PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL about two years ago and loved it. When I saw that PRINCESS OF GLASS was coming out soon, I was very excited. Then, only a few months later, I found it on the shelves of the library. It took me exactly how long it took to get back to the car to start reading.

It didn't disappoint. I was excited to read more about Poppy and loved the twists and turns that the plot took on CINDERELLA.

For those of you who read my review of PRINCESS OF GLASS before,
Jul 20, 2010 Cara rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cara by: Valerie
Shelves: fantasy, 2010, fairy-tales
When I first heard there was going to be a companion novel to Princess of the Midnight Ball I got so excited I didn't even bother to find out what the next book was going to be about. I'm glad I didn't because I might have been turned off that it's a retelling of the Cinderella story. It's hard to make this original, but the author did a good job of making sure the story stayed fresh and yet keep true to the heart of the retelling.

This time around Poppy (one of the twins from the previous novel)
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
January 2013: I enjoyed this just as much the second time around. I loved that even though Christian was under a spell he still thought of Poppy. Cute couple. A fun read.

July 2010: Loved it! This was an interesting take on the Cinderella story, told from the perspective of Poppy, Christian and Eleanora. I’m thinking Eleanora is supposed to be the “Cinderella” character, but the main characters are really Poppy and Christian. I loved both, they were fun to read and I enjoyed their relationship. P
Julia W
Jul 19, 2010 Julia W rated it it was ok
I was dissappointed by the first book - Princess of the Midnight Ball - and really hope this one would be better. The thing I have noticed so far with the author is that her books are wonderfully written and engaging up until the ending. About 50 pages - give or take - before the end I feel like the author is anxious to be done and rushes through what should be the most amazing, wonderful, and exciting part of the book. The climax comes too quickly and leaves the reader totally unsatisfied. As a ...more
Izzy Lightfleur ~ ON HIATUS
Princesses rock. And not because they have cute dresses ;)

Princess Poppy is what I call force into a program where royals go to different countries in hope of marriage. I call it, 'Go there, get married, and give us your money.' Wait no, that sounds more like a commercial, except without the married part.

Eleanor is a new servant who gets into trouble often(No! She is NOT like me). She works in what I call a castle.

Princess Poppy is one of the twelve princesses who used to be cursed until her sis
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for

Poppy from PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL returns and, along with her unmarried sisters, is currently helping her father regain political alliances by participating in a royal exchange. Now she's living with her cousins, Lord and Lady Seadown, and their daughter, Marianne.

She turns down invitations to balls because she refuses to dance after surviving the curse from her mother. Society soon frowns upon her absence, thus forcing Poppy to attend the b
Olga Godim
Sep 07, 2014 Olga Godim rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
This novel continues the tale of the 12 dancing princesses that started in Princess of the Midnight Ball. Here the protagonist is one of the younger princesses, Poppy. A few years have passed since the first novel. Poppy is sixteen and visiting her mother’s cousins in the neighboring kingdom of Breton. There is also a young Prince Christian, on a princely visit to Breton. They meet… you know that story.
There is also a maid Ella and lots of soot and cinder involved, glass slippers and an evil so
Brittany Fichter
Mar 14, 2015 Brittany Fichter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I'll admit that I was skeptical about this book when I began reading it. I'm a HUGE fan of George's original "Princess of the Midnight Ball (Princess, #1), and I wasn't sure I really wanted to read about the ongoing tales of the younger sisters. But oh my goodness, I'm so glad I didn't listen to myself!

This retelling of Cinderella was surprisingly delightful, particularly considering the main character is Poppy, one of the younger sisters I didn't like much from the first book. George developed
Jun 27, 2014 Dorian rated it liked it
Shelves: other-ebooks
Overall, I liked this better than the first book in the series. There was something just slightly flat about "Princess of the Midnight Ball", but this one was livelier.

This time the base fairy tale is "Cinderella", but the author has put a rather dark twist on it, which I liked, because I've never liked the original tale; Cinders is so very wet. The Cinders character in this isn't very bright, but she isn't wet, at least. She also isn't the heroine; Poppy, one of the twelve dancing princesses fr
Jun 24, 2010 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: retellings, fantasy
I was excited to read another book from George but I was bracing myself for a little disappointment because it was a retelling of the Cinderella story and there are so many that I wondered how many takes can one fairy-tale have? But I could take pleasure in it anyways and the main character is not the 'Cinderella' it's Poppy, one of the twelve dancing princess from Princess of the Midnight Ball. Seeing the Cinderella story unfold by an outsider’s eyes was nice.

Poppy is a twin somewhere in the mi
Sep 04, 2012 Dawn rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-books, fantasy, ya
Okay, I've given Ms. George's books glowing reviews before, but this one didn't really hit the spot for me. It was again inventive and exciting, but the ending was a little too clean cut for me. I'm not sure what happened to the villain in the end that somehow made her quit her quest and even her motives for chasing the characters was a little unclear. I liked the spin on the Cinderella story and enjoyed the characters and how they related to each other, but the ending left me feeling unsatisfie ...more
Jul 05, 2010 Ginny rated it it was amazing
Ok, so like Valerie, I wasn't expecting too much greatness from this book pretty much for the same reason that the story of Cinderella has been done multiple times and there doesn't seem to be much more room for anything new; and because well, Princess of the Midnight Ball was amazing and how much creativity can you have left after something so great? (This sounds pretty lame written, but it made sense in my head.) But, I was delighted to find that Jessica Day George still has lots of creative j ...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Zzzzz. Mmmm. Wha? Sorry? Oh right, I was reading, not sleeping. It's just that this book? Bored me to death. Too simple, too easy, too predictable, too vague for any real tension, nor for any real sense of character to develop for the entire cast. An interesting idea - what happened to the Twelve Dancing Princesses after their curse is ended - but turned out to be a rather blah, and uniformly boring read.
Mar 07, 2015 Marklessgirl rated it liked it
I sort of liked this book, In this book when the main boy character was talking he sounded like a girl, in the first book the boy sounded like a boy so this is weird. there were a ton of curses spoken but not written (not spelled out), and I really did not like that I get that it is part of Poppy's Character but I still don't like it. The Cinderella retelling in the story was very original.
Jessica Stant
Oct 26, 2010 Jessica Stant rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed George's other two fairy tale retellings, but this one fell short...very short. It is a sequel to "Princess of the Midnight Ball" and it follows younger sister Poppy. It is based on the Cinderella story (as one might guess from the title). The writing is lack-luster at best and I was completely put off when the main character, who is a princess and has always been raised a princess thinks "I never turn down free food". Seriously? Why on earth would a pampered princess ever have ...more
Apr 30, 2014 Hallie rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed this one, but not as much as the first in the series, mostly because it felt a little uneven at times. I always liked Poppy, and loved the way the various elements from quite a few fairy-tales were mixed and matched and occasionally turned on their heads. It didn't seem as solidly YA as Princess of the Midnight Ball, and not intentionally MG either. Some of that came from the fact that the real villains were always solidly villainous, but the antagonistic characters (like King Rupert, ...more
Tirzah Eleora
Jul 27, 2016 Tirzah Eleora rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, fairy-tale
Interesting retelling of Cinderella, and the only one I've read not written from the Cinderella character's perspective. (Actually it's maybe the only Cinderella retelling I've read PERIOD but I'm super tired right now and can't remember.) Funnily enough, Eleanora (Cinderella) is not a likable character and I didn't even sympathize with her much at the end. But I feel like that's the fault of the author for pretty much dropping the character at the end and not really giving her a chance to redee ...more
Anne Hamilton
Jan 25, 2015 Anne Hamilton rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
At first, I was going to give it five stars.

But overnight, I began to feel more ambivalent towards it. This is a clever re-take on the Cinderella story.

The Corley (vaguely reminiscent of the Corrigan who seems, from the description in Green Suns and Faerie: Essays on J. R. R. Tolkien, to be the inspiration for the Lady of the Green Kirtle in The Silver Chair) has been plotting for a generation or so to marry off a Dane Prince to a Bretoner woman.

Lots of green sorcery and glass - and her plans a
Sara Grochowski
Jul 05, 2010 Sara Grochowski rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
As a fan of fairy tale retellings, I'm always excited to hear that Jessica Day George is releasing a new novel. Her retellings always offer a unique twist, while incorporating small details that allow the reader to clearly identify the original tale.

With PRINCESS OF GLASS, George retells the classic tale of Cinderella in a way readers have never seen before. George's version features a dark love triangle and a not-so-nice fairy godmother, causing my childhood perceptions of Cinderella's story to
Aug 11, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it
I was less than impressed with Princess of the Midnight Ball - I thought it was flat and didn't add much to the original tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I was going to ignore this one, but I kept hearing people rave about it, and Cinderella is one of my favorite fairy tales, so I eventually gave in.

Maybe I just had low expectations, but I ended up really enjoying this one! After so many versions of Cinderella have been told and re-told, this one still managed to find ways to keep the stor
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

The twelve princesses of Westfalin have finally been freed of the curse that caused them to dance every night in the realm of the King-Under-Stone, but tensions in the neighboring kingdoms run high. Many eligible young princes fell prey trying to break the curse on the young princesses, and in order to make amends, the King sends his unmarried daughters accross the continent in a show of good will. Princess Poppy - impetuous, beautiful, and outspoken - dr
Aug 21, 2013 Michaela rated it really liked it
A creative and interesting version of Cinderella. I loved both the incorporation of cinders and glass (two central elements of the classic fairytale), as well as the fact that Poppy, though the heroine of the novel, was not actually "Cinderella." Unfortunately, the actual Cinderella - Eleanora - I found very annoying, and had a hard time seeing her as anything but a stuck up brat not worthy of the guy she ends up with. Poppy, though, was a total boss. Roger too. The other characters were all lik ...more
Jun 14, 2010 Taffy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-ya
How does Jessica Day George write great stories over and over again? True, she's writing stories that all children know and are told as fairy tales, but Ms. George does it with great imagination and carefully plotted twists. Her characters jump off the page as real people and their lives are believable even if fantasy.
Princess in Glass is no exception.
Poppy is a princess that lived through a terrible fate of dancing every night in an enchanted castle. After a servant set her and her sisters free
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Mar 09, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it it was amazing


Princess of Glass is a fairytale retelling mash up where Twelve Dancing Princesses meets Cinderella.

Princess Poppy is one of the twelve sisters from Jessica Day George’s book, Princess of the Midnight Ball. Poppy is not a typical princess. Although she dances beautifully, she refuses to go to balls. She is feisty, speaks her mind, and knows what she wants. Poppy has a vulnerable side too. The perfect heroine.

Cinderella enters the story in the form of Eleanor. With a royal past, Eleanor is
After reading Princess of the Midnight Ball I was anxious to read this one to see where it would go. The name itself gave me the hint that it may be a Cinderella story and it was. With a big twist, of course. Princess Poppy came to Breton on some kind of exchange program to unite the kingdoms. She has swore never to dance again and finds herself at a few balls. Prince Christian is also there to find him a bride. Then, there is Ellen or was it Ella or Eleanora or.... Well, she wants Prince Christ ...more
Anne Osterlund
Jun 11, 2011 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it
Princess Poppy grew up under a curse. In which she was forced to dance every night.

And while the enchantment no longer holds sway, even the well-meaning Prince Christian can’t persuade her to whirl across the floor. But when a mysterious servant girl named Ella forgoes breaking things in exchange for stealing all the hearts in Breton, Poppy’s knowledge of curses becomes vital.

Though it may not be enough to save Christian. At least not unless Poppy is prepared to re-enter her own nightmares. With
Jun 28, 2016 Lori rated it it was amazing
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Jan 17, 2011 Aapree rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It's the sequel to Princess at the Midnight Ball and I enjoyed it even more than the first. I read it in just a matter of hours. It's a fascinating retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella and it follows one of the sisters from the previous book. I liked the new characters introduced and I really liked the storyline. Again, an easy read but something you can just sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy.
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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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The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy (3 books)
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“Took you long enough!,' she said, and planted a kiss on his lips.” 53 likes
“Dancing? You, Poppy?" Marianne shook her head slowly. I never thought..."
Rose looked concerned. She even felt Poppy's head for fever, but Poppy shook her off.
"I don't know about you, Rose, but I'm done letting creatures like Under Stone and the Corley dictate my life. I enjoy dancing, and I will blasted well dance at my wedding!"
"Poppy! Language!"
Poppy didn't answer; she just threw her arms around Christian and kissed him soundly.”
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