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Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George
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Aug 31, 2012

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Read from October 04 to 05, 2012

Princess of the Silver Woods is a delightful ending to Jessica Day George's fairytale re-tellings. Combining elements of Little Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood, and of course the Twelve Dancing princesses that started the whole series, this third and final volume weaves together the last pieces of these sisters' tale.

Petunia, the youngest of the sisters in Princess of the Midnight Ball, is now grown at 16 and ready to make her own mark on the world. Shipped off for years to visit with the Russaka aristocracy, she now travels to visit a friend from her travels: the Grand Duchess of ?. But on the way she must travel through a forest hounded by wolves--but these ones walk on two legs. Oliver is the son of an Earl, his family's lands divided and given away at the end of the last war. Now he lives with his mother and the remains of his people in the wilds, stealing from rich carriages to keep them in food. He knows one day he'll rob the wrong carriage--he just doesn't expect it to be the carriage carrying Petunia. After meeting the two are soon set on a course for disaster, for the princes of Under Stone have found a way to haunt the dreams of their would-be brides, and neither Petunia nor Oliver can ignore the immense challenge that faces them and their friends and family: sealing the princes in the underworld forever.

Neither Princess of Glass nor this recent installment are as good as the first book, Princess of the Midnight Ball, but they are charming, adventurous, and fun books. George takes pieces of classic tales we all know so well and weaves them into new stories, with new characters, new risks, and new happy endings. While we get to meet Petunia again, see her as more than a little girl now, and watch her fall in love with Oliver, we also see again Rose and Galen, and Poppy and Christian. In fact all the characters from the first two books assemble for the final battle, making it a true finale for the series.

The attraction between Petunia and Oliver was genuine and adorable. Even though when they meet Petunia is holding a pistol to his face, their personalities match in ways neither ever expected. Its not insta-love, but they certainly don't take forever to admit their feelings for one another (a nice fairy tale addition). The relative ease of their romance plays well against the trials and travails of her two older sisters. Petunia's stubbornness and bravery make her a wonderful heroine, and it was a delight to watch her fall in love and fight to save her family.

Full of adventure and danger, romance and friendship, Princess of the Silver Woods is a truly fun read.
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Angela good review. but how did you read the story, if it comes out in December?

Erin I'm a bookseller so I got access to an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy).

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