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Princess of the Midnight Ball (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #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
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published January 20th 2009 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Mar 29, 2009 Amber rated it it was ok
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

The malevolent King Under Stone cuts not one deal, but two, with the queen of the country of Westfalin: first, that she will be able to have children; second, that Westfalin will be victorious in its battles against other countries. In return, the human queen agrees to spend one night per week dancing with the King Under Stone in his underground kingdom. But the once-human king has an agenda, and supernatural beings have a way of twisting their a
Jan 02, 2014 Cara rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 09, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  (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.
Jan 17, 2009 Gkeller123 rated it it was amazing
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!).
Emer (ALittleHaze)
Jun 26, 2016 Emer (ALittleHaze) rated it liked it
Shelves: 3stars, read-in-2016
“And all because of some shoes,” Galen murmured as they hurried away.
“What?” Ulrike had to trot to keep up with him.
“This all began because of their shoes being worn out night after night,” he said. He had fallen into an easy quick-march pace. He put an arm around his cousin’s waist to help her along.
“If someone could just figure out what they do every night.”

Princess of the Midnight Ball is a retelling of the old favourite fairy-tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses and it is just lovely…LOVE
Katerina Kondrenko
5 out of 10

ревью на русском/review in russian

Pianochocolate – Waltz
Cassidy Ladden – Shine
Yuriko Nakamura – Flower

Well, I don’t know what to say. I thought it would be a true retelling for young adult auditory but this is an extended version of the old Grimm’s tale for middle grade people or even children.

The plot is more than close to the original story about twelve princesses.

The book is good but the idea and its execution were shamelessly stolen. Okay, it's a retelling, us
Aug 13, 2010 Tatiana rated it liked it
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
Jul 27, 2011 Isabel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, reviewed
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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
Lola  Reviewer
A delightful retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses with charming and interesting characters and the true meaning of love.
Krista Wright
Dec 29, 2015 Krista Wright rated it really liked it
A sweet, charming, and simple fairytale retelling!
Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon

“What young girl wouldn’t love to dance away her nights in this splendid castle in the arms of a handsome suitor?”

I was hooked with the blurb of this book because I used to watch Barbie and the Twelve Dancing Princesses (don't judge, asshole).

Princess of the Midnight Ball is a fun read. I enjoyed reading it because on a scale from 1-10, the fluffiness level of this book would be 7.5.Don't expect this to be an epic read because it's not. This book is just perfect if you want to read something br
Dec 02, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
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
Apr 02, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it
I don’t give four star ratings lightly, especially to young adult retellings of classic fairy tales. The stories are relatively well known and have been reworked and rewritten… the long and the short of it is that they have been done and done to death. Finding a fresh outlook is like finding a needle in a haystack. Jessica Day George’s Princess of the Midnight Ball is that needle. George fleshes out the back story and makes a few small changes to the original telling. The result is an enchanting ...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
Jul 13, 2010 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it
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
I'm hesitant to call Princess of the Midnight Ball a retelling as it's not so much a retelling as it is a telling.
I expect any retelling to bring something new to the original story, some new layers, better understanding of the characters, more intricate backgrounds.
But this book doesn't bring anything fresh.
Princess of the Midnight Ball is your basic The Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling, and it stays pretty close to the original version.
Olga Godim
Sep 04, 2014 Olga Godim rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
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
I fell head over heels in love with George's Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, so when I saw she was doing a retelling of one of my absolute childhood favorites, the 12 Dancing Princesses, my interest was piqued, to say the least. And when I saw the gorgeous cover attached to the I really need to tell you I bought it?

Though I don't love it quiteas hardcore as I do Sun and Moon , this one's a definite keeper. The 12 Dancing Princesses can be a tricky tale to retell because there's just such
Tanya Nekrasova
Jun 28, 2015 Tanya Nekrasova rated it it was amazing
Очень наивная, добрая сказка. Прочитала с огромным удовольствием, даже не смотря на то что никогда не слышала сказки о танцующих принцессах. Может автор выдумала? Черт знает, но мне понравилось! Солдат со спицами просто звезда :D Я всегда улыбалась от уха до уха на эти сценки. Любимой будет когда они пришел во дворец и ждал короля - сел, достал спицы и стал вязать xD Правильно, нечего время зря тратить! :D
Steve Smith
Sep 04, 2011 Steve Smith rated it it was amazing
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.
Shahad takleef
Sep 23, 2016 Shahad takleef rated it liked it
in fact the actual rating is much more than 3 stars
but its just not four
its almost 3.8 or 3.9 ..

A Happily Ever After story
i am having a good number of them lately
though they dont usually work for me but seems i am really getting used to them because i found this one quite lovely .

this word " lovely " can be a general definition to this book
while reading it was always like " how lovely , the garden seems lovely , lovely pansy , lovely rose , lovely conversation , lovely letter , lovely shawl
Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
I was thrilled when I found this book because of that it's based on one of the fairy tales that I discovered reasonably late, which (in my head) means that it's less famous. But both the original and this retelling are very good :)
This retelling seems to be set in a fictional version of Europe, as countries have names that are - often - plays on the names of real countries or regions. And I also think that it draws quite a lot on the Barbie version of this tale, considering that the princesses a
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
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.
Feb 08, 2009 Candi rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 17, 2015 ☆Stephanie☆ rated it really liked it
I love fairy tale retellings. I just do. And this one was always one of my favorite fairy tales....because the original version has the princesses purposely going out and dancing all night. The boy who figures out the curse gets a reluctant bride. It is not the traditional happy ending. In one of the other retellings that I read, it is almost like that, but this story has the daughters at the mercy of their mother's curse. So a little more "innocent" than the original tale. But it is nice to rea ...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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