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The Princess Curse por Merrie Haskell
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The Princess Curse (original 2011; edição 2011)

por Merrie Haskell

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Thirteen-year-old Reveka, an herbalist's apprentice in the Middle Ages, attempts to break the mysterious curse on the princesses of Sylvania and instead discovers a door to the Underworld. Based on The Twelve Dancing Princesses.
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Título:The Princess Curse
Autores:Merrie Haskell
Informação:HarperCollins (2011), Hardcover, 336 pages
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Curious mix of Beauty and the Beast, Greek Legends, and Fairy Tales. The voice is original and I'm curious as to a sequel... ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
Read this one for work. It's a lovely fairy tale fanfic, perfect for young readers who still like their fairy tales sincere. ( )
  linepainter | Aug 15, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this! I had a few somewhat jarring "I see what you did there" moments, but maybe I'm just turning into a jaded children's librarian. My kid-self would have been obsessed with this book, and I could see it becoming a new go-to comfort read on the rare occasions that I'm tired of YA. ( )
  AnnaWaffles | Aug 28, 2020 |
This is a retelling of the 12 princesses who are cursed to dance every night. I had all but abandoned this book, when I decided to stick it out. I figured there must be a reason for the high ratings and I just hadn't gotten there yet. Sorry to say that my first instinct was correct. Now I will say that there is definitely a story here, but in my opinion it's poorly developed.

I enjoyed the beginning when Reveka, an herbalist, gets scolded for putting cabbage juice in the princesses bathwater. Then the mystery of the princesses and their bloody feet is revealed. I'm with it and enjoying it up to this point, but then it starts to drag. All I'm thinking is when are we going to see more of the princesses? When will the dance festivities begin? The mystery grows when it's revealed that there are also some missing persons and sleeping servants who won't wake up. I know it's all connected, but I don't like waiting while the story stagnates. For a good chunk of the story Reveka is trying to figure out how to make herself invisible using herbs so she can follow the princesses and find out what they are up to every night.

Once I finally understood what was going on with the princesses every night, it picked up again, but it was still a little sloppy, then it became hokey. I didn't buy the ending. It was weird. I was on board in the beginning and at the big dance reveal, but other than that it was weak in my opinion. ( )
  valorrmac | Sep 21, 2018 |
The cover is a bit unfortunate, as it implies something lighter and cuter than what is between the covers. ?Yes, the mc is thirteen. ?áAnd, yes, there's not much of the romance one expects in YA. ?áBut this is a better fit?áfor readers at least 11 years old, not for the 8 year-old girls likely to be attracted to the cover.

Anyway, the first half or so seemed plodding to me. ?áAnd there was some political intrigue (though fortunately I didn't have to understand it clearly). ?áI almost put it down, but I did want to learn where the author was taking all these ideas. ?áAnd then things started happening, and actions were having consequences, and secrets were being exposed, and it got *very* engaging. ?áUnfortunately, many of the exposed secrets weren't explained, so I hope the implied sequel has been published...

I really liked all the herb lore, like 'invisible' fern seeds. ?áI liked how the author included real history, like Romanian culture, and Hildegard of Bingen, and the hennin headdress, along with the magic and the made-up little kingdom of Sylvania (adjacent Transylvania, you see). ?áAnd I appreciate the author's note to help us sort out the invented from the documented....

Rating this is a little difficult for me. ?áI'm rounding up to four stars because the author has a terrific imagination and created a world I really want to spend more time in. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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