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The Princess Curse

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  6,018 ratings  ·  692 reviews
Merrie Haskell’s middle-grade fantasy novel Princess Curse is an imaginative retelling of the fairy tales The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Beauty and the Beast.
In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Sylvania, the prince offers a fabulous reward to anyone who cures the curse that forces the princesses to spend each night dancing to the point of exhaustion. Everyone who tries
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by HarperCollins (first published September 1st 2011)
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Sanju Btg Same. By now, I'm reading a lot more YA and would never reread but for this book;
Same. By now, I'm reading a lot more YA and would never reread but for this book;
I'm sorry if I come off as rude- I just really want a sequel.(less)
Gabrielle Chase What happened if she just made it for high schoolers I mean what's wrong with that?…moreWhat happened if she just made it for high schoolers I mean what's wrong with that?(less)

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Rachel Reads Ravenously
DNF at page 121, no rating.

Honestly nothing wrong with the book, it just did not work for me.
Initially: I realized today at work that I wouldn't be coming home and reading this today because I finished it last night, and that made me sad. There is no surer sign of a 5-star book for me, so yeah, I friggin loved this.


I feel like I've been talking about this book non-stop for all of 2013. And really...I kind of have. Every now and then there are books that come along that you expect to like, and hope to love, and that is enough. But sometimes, you pick up a book, and you're pretty c
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes a well writen story
Recommended to Susana by: sometimes I am brilliant like that
August 2020
Loved it still and still want the sequel!

4.5 stars... that will turn into a five star rating, once I have the sequel in my hands...

That is not to say that this ends with a cliffhanger. No, the story in this book is mostly properly resolved, especially the part about "The twelve dancing Princesses" retelling.
As for "Beauty and the Beast"?
We only get about two thirds of it, and having loved this story _ and its characters _ of course I want something more.

There's not much I ca
Lerizza Mae (books&teacups)
This is book is a retelling of three fairy tales and more all bound up into one!

The author had the idea to bring not just one, but three fairy tale concepts together into one book. Add to that the element of Greek mythology, and you get this book. I don't really know how to describe it but I'll try my very best.

Fairy Tales

The Twelve Dancing Princesses. This was the first fairy tale concept that was introduced in this book. We have 12 princessses who were cursed by a magical being that makes them
Small Review
Reread 12/2017

Loved it! Full review to come.

Originally posted at Small Review

*THAT* book

I've been lusting after The Princess Curse ever since it was nothing more than a tiny little blurb with no cover and not much information. And ever since that time, I've had two warring halves living inside me.

One side smugly crossed her arms, stuck her nose in the air, and declared that NOTHING would be as amazing as Jessica Day George's 12 Dancing Princesses retelling.

The other side was a starry-eyed mess
Lisa Pickle
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing

It ends like there's gonna be a sequel and HOW DOES SHE BREAK THE CURSE I NEED TO KNOW.


sorry I literally just finished it and I can't coherent very well right now XD This was a great book and I rarely give 5 stars unless I truly loved and enjoyed a book. But you might want to save yourself from the anguish of needing a non-existent-sequel.

*crawls off into corner to coddle book and cry tears*
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book.
I picked it up expecting yet another slight and amusing riff on the theme of girl-with-21st-century-attitude-stars-in-retelling-of-classic-fairytale-set-in-unspecified-yet-still-annoyingly-historically-inaccurate-medieval-kingdom.

Instead, I was blown away by Merrie Haskell's impeccably realised and researched world - the 15th century principality of Sylvania, (a country so convincing I was quite shocked to discover in the Author's Notes that she made it up!)whose Price - lacki
Rebecca L
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A delightful and lighthearted read! My favorite line was when Reveka was talking to the old woman in the tower and the woman tells her how peaches will kill a pig dead if he eats to many of them and Reveka's like "I put that advice away in case I ever got a pig someday" I laughed so hard at that, don't know why really, just thought it was harlarious.

My only qualm about this book was it ended to soon/should of had a sequel where Dragos turns into his human form for good and Reveka and him live h

“Fate is for people who are too lazy to do anything.”

If I desperately try to stay awake to finish a book, it's usually a sign that I'm really enjoying it. If I don't manage to finish it before sleep takes me, and I go as far as to finding excuses to read those final chapters instead of doing the work I ought to be doing, it's more than likely that I really am enjoying the book in question. The Princess Curse had me doing both - I loved it and I had to know how it ended! And then came the disa
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers who like a good fairytale retelling and clever girl heroines
Recommended to Kagama-the Literaturevixen by: Susana
Reveka is a 13 year old girl who after being raised since she was very young in a convent has recently been reunited with her soldier father, who is the kings gardener to the Prince of Sylvania. Now they live at the castle and she is an herbalists apprentice.

When she is summoned to the Princess consort to explain why the 12 princesses,her stepdaughters all ended up smelling like cabbage after their bath,she confesses that she sprinkled some herbs in there hoping to break the princesses curse.
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
What’s with all the books with cliffhanger endings that don’t mention they’re the first in a series? This is the third or fourth book I’ve read in the last year that goes “oh, and, while we’re on the last page, just in case you thought everything was going to be resolved – no, here’s a bombshell!” I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: as a reader, I want to know if I’m signing up for a book or a series. It’s like Gilligan’s Island, only the Skipper and Gilligan knew it wasn’t going to be a ...more
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I picked this up expecting a quick, easy and light read. Instead, I got a surprisingly well thought out and interesting story that pulled together different fairy tales and did it very well.

Thirteen year old Reveka is a herbalist apprentice who has set herself the task of curing the silly curse on the twelve princesses. Every morning, the princesses wake up exhausted, shoes in tatters yet seeming not to have left their room. No one can figure out why this happens and though many have tried to fi
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure what to think of this book. First, I am shocked that it is labeled as Juvenile Fiction. There are some very adult topics in it. One being the subject of heirs and consumating marriages. Um, I don't want my 9 year old reading about that.

The book starts with 13 yr old Reveka, she is a herbal apprentice at the castle of the 12 dancing princesses. Only two of those princesses are legitimate. The other are the king's daughter's from women he found around the city. (Nice huh?)

Jun 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Full review:

I promised myself I'd never one-star a book again. Wanna know why? Because I'd never, ever read a book bad enough for that again!

Well. I was wrong.

The Princess Curse was a big fat liar. This middle grade book promised it was a retelling of Twelve Dancing Princesses, one of my favorite stories! But the actual Twelve Dancing Princesses was over by the halfway mark, where it immediately morphed into a Hades and Persephone retelling.

Yes. You read that right.

Hades and Persephone. For 8-ye
The Princess Curse is a sort of retelling of "The twelve dancing princesses", told from the point of view of Reveka, a young apprentice herbalist. I seem to be reading a lot of versions of this story lately, and this one has enough original elements to stand out.
I always love stories where the main character has a particular area of expertise or a hobby they love that makes them special, and I'm always frustrated when that hobby is only mentioned in passing and doesn't play any important part in
I was not expecting such a masterful weaving of two wonderful tales, The Princess Curse took me completely by surprise. A lovely conglomeration of historical fiction, Eastern European folklore, and fairy tales that we all know and love with a wonderful lead to boot. Loved this so much.
Ashes H.
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
there had better be a sequel to this. XD
Anna T
Jun 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book!

My brain is too wrapped up in my first animation final to write a proper comprehensive review, so here's some bullet points!

🌿This is the second novel I've read that takes a fantastical approach to Eastern European, specifically Romanian, history. (The other one, Wildwood Dancing, is also inspired by the Twelve Dancing Princesses, but more loosely.) Although I can't say I know much about Eastern European culture/history, as far as I know the author handled it respectiv
This creative and original retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" is set in Sylvania, a fictional region of Romania, in the fifteenth century. Thirteen-year-old Reveka has recently arrived at Castle Sylvian, where she is an apprentice to the castle's herbalist. Because her mother died when she was a baby and her father was a soldier, Reveka grew up in a convent until her father retired from the army, and it was there that she was first trained in herbalism. Unlike most girls, Reveka hopes ...more
This is an extremely well done mix-up of “Beauty and the Beast” meets “12 Dancing Princesses” which then collides with the Greek tale of Hades and Persephone. Plus, a few more references that sound very familiar, but I can’t put my finger on. (I.e. - Dragos’s hinted at tale.)

The characters didn’t blend. The dialogue, while tasting almost too modern, was quick and easy to get sucked into. The writing style didn’t embellish, but felt comfortable in its own skin (if that makes sense) which made the
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've only just started this book, but I am absolutely loving it.

I have a few pet peeves about fantasy books set in a medieval world. Authors often puts modern attitudes about women's roles (and men's roles) in the mouths of protagonists who could have no concept of such things given the society in which they were raised. Also, novels are often set in a generically medieval frame, where clothing, technology, and politics that existed hundreds of years apart in the real world are presented as if
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses with a few other tales sprinkled in. Reveka a herbalist's apprentice is determined to solve the silly curse of the castle that makes the princesses ruin their dancing slippers nightly. Revka wants the prize money from solving the mystery so that she can buy herself a place in a convent so she can become a herbalist. Revka soon finds that the curse is not as silly as she once thought and is swept into a world she ...more
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
To tell you the truth I loved it. It was really amaizing, great plot. It obsorbed me till the end. But I wasnt too fond of the way it ended... Dont get me wrong, it was a good way to end it, I mean normally these kind of books end with "... and they lived happily ever after". or something similar. But I thought it ended too abruptly, many things that were introduced in the book either, just dissapered without explanation or do not finish their story. For example: After Reveka found out that King ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. It's written in language that's evocative and layered, and not least among the things I appreciated about it is that there was no villain. Of course, villains are beautifully conveyed in some of my favourite novels, but I do get tired of villains sometimes and it's a pleasure to read a book where the central conflict doesn't depend on one. Here the conflict centres on the choices that its narrator, Reveka, has to make.

I also like the way the ending doesn't tie everything u
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Merrie and I have known each other for a while, and I LOVE her short stories, so when she sold her MG novel The Princess Curse, I was thrilled for her - and also incredibly impatient to read it!

Luckily, I enjoyed it every bit as much as I'd hoped. It's a retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" with a strong, smart (non-princess) heroine who has big (but totally plausible and intelligent) dreams and is willing to do whatever she has to to achieve them. I love girls like that, in fiction and
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Hmm this was a decent story but the ending wasn’t right. It feels like it’s a setup for a sequel but I’m guessing that will never come. So with the ending as is it feels unfinished. This could’ve easily worked as a standalone with a proper ending if some of the beginning was edited down to add more room for a proper complete ending.
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Intisar Khanani
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairy-tales
My only pet peeve is...why can't the heroine (or hero) ever come from a happy family? ...more
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have too much joy to formulate a real review at this time. This book is everything I ever wanted.
I'm hesitating between giving this book 4.5 or 5 stars. Hmmmmmmm.....

I have to say that I was not expecting to like that book as much as I did. Holy fuck, this was good! The writing style was very good, the flow of the plot was really nice, and the characters were really interesting to learn about!

The Princess Curse is about Reveka, who is the herbalist's apprentice at the Prince's castle. There's a curse affecting the 12 princesses, and whoever lifts it will be rewarded. Of course, our main cha
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