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The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell
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Mar 13, 12

bookshelves: fantasy, historical-fiction, retellings, teen-ya-books, ya-fiction, j-fiction
Read in March, 2012

Maybe not the best book ever, but a nice retelling and from a Michigan author, too! This started off as a straight-up retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" but by the end had developed into a bit of Hades-and-Persephone myth, the Grimm retelling, and a twist of Romanian history, and all the elements flowed together nicely. Reveka, age 13, is an apprentice herbalist who longs to be rich enough to join a convent and set up her own herbary. One way to do that would be to break the curse on the twelve princesses of Sylvania, but the problem is actually twofold. Everyone who has tried to break the curse lies comatose in a remote tower, so for the curse to be fully broken, the sleepers must also be woken. This was a quick, fun read and a solid debut.
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