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Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
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Jul 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, young-adult
Read from July 02 to 04, 2011

In my (rather biased) opinion, this was a better story than Princess of the Midnight Ball (Book #1). But that could be because I adore Cinderella stories (and apparently, their spin-offs). Princess of Glass is not a typical retelling of the traditional Cinderella story, although there is a young lady (Eleanora) that has become destitute and is now working as a maid. As the "cinderella", one would expect the story to revolve around her.

And it does - partly. It revolves around her naivety in believing that her "Fairy Godmother" means well and wants her to live happily ever after with the Prince. Enters Poppy. Poppy is of the Westfalin Princesses, who had been cursed to dance in an underground world from dusk till dawn, until they finally marry the twelve sons of the Lord Under Stone. Ever since Lord Under Stone's defeat by her brother in law Gaelen, Princess Poppy has worn charmed undergarters to prevent her from falling prey to enchantment. This enables her to see through the glamour worn by the charming lady who instantly enchants every single male at the ball and capture the Prince's attention away from Poppy. When she realizes that one of the young men also recognizes the magicked young lady as his old friend Eleanora, now known as maid Ellen, the two of them join forces in order to rescue Eleanora from the clutches of her Fairy Godmother (who turns out to be a crazed, insane, batty old lady) and smooth the path of true love.

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