Feb 10, 12
Read on February 09, 2012
Nooooo—I didn't want this book to end! I'm literally in tears that it finally had to. Hoping for a sequel. Or two, or three. But if not, I'll try to convince myself I'm satisfied with just one. The Princess Curse has been the most fun I've had with a book in years. I mean, yes, I loved other books. They were great in their own ways, but it's been tough finding something that's made me laugh and giggle so many times over the course of the story. The thing with Haskell's humor is that it's not the same recycled type of poo you see all the time now (probably stolen from friends and who-not, y'know, the same retold jokes you've probably heard a million times before in different contexts). Haskell has this wonderfully charming wit that constantly surprised and delighted. Same went for the story as well. And what a story! I liked the sound of the summary so I got the book a while back. I went into this book pretty much blind, didn't remember what it was supposed to be about, but boy am I glad I dived in not having very many expectations. Sadly, too many summaries disappoint nowadays. Anyway...
I'm the impatient type of person you hate to sit next to while watching a movie because I can't keep myself from guessing how things will end up. Basically, the same applies for reading books. The story ended to my satisfaction, yes, but as a whole it was completely original, taking the traditional tale and making it so much more than what it was before. Others may not agree with me but I sure am happy to see those princesses suffer. It's not that I don't have compassion for them when they do, I've just never really liked the 12 Dancing Princesses fairy tale, and I'm very happy that The Princess Curse wasn't told from their POV. (/shot) This isn't a formulaic story, where character goes from A-to-Z, and somehow everything becomes a pretty little package at the end, complete with a cover. Instead, it took me until halfway to even get a solid idea, and then the next part of the story blew whatever little idea I had away. The characters are all different, with their own personality, and their own little background. Some of the princesses not so much (there are 12 of them), but the more major ones yes, you definitely have an idea of what they're like. Even so, I still like the characterization of other minor characters as well. There are some things that I really do wish I could've gotten the full story on (zmeu's curse? *cough* but it won't detract from my ratings!)
Loved this book. Loved Reveka, the story couldn't have been what it was without her. Will definitely reread it at a later time, and hopefully it will turn out to be a forever-good story. I hope I gave this book a fair review, but I'll admit I'm biased.