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June 24, 2011

PRINCESS OF GLASS by Jessica Day George, 2010

Princess of GlassHoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program. She travels abroad hoping to find better political alliances and perhaps a marriage. But thanks to a vengeful fairy, Poppy's happily ever after gets complicated. This companion to Princess of the Midnight Ball will delight readers with action and romance. (Amazon)

Reviewed by Shelby N, bookworm extraordinaire

This is a beautiful book! Roughly based on 'Cinderella', the main character of this book is a secondary character in one of the Authors previous books. Princess Poppy of Westfalin is sent away to Breton as a part of royal exchange program (for the royals of marrying age). There she meets the Danelaw Prince, Christian. With an enchanted Prince, a to-good-to-be-true Godmother, a soot-covered maid, and, yes, glass slippers, will Poppy ever have her happily ever after?

I love this book because it has something for everyone. Into magic? There is a Fairy Godmother. Is action your thing? There are plenty of action scenes. Do you want romance? There is just enough romance so that those who crave it will be happy, and little enough that those who don't won't be bogged down. You can also relate to the characters, which I believe creates a strong and captivating plot. The author did a wonderful job of creating scenes and locations that the reader can see, but also does not spend so much time in this that the reader becomes bored.

This book is a must on my bookshelf, and one I have read over and over again. The author has written many other YA books, and all of them are wonderful. Although this book is marketed under YA, it could be read by middle school children. It beautiful, easy to read, and portrays strong characters and plot. Not to mention the cover art is gorgeous! That is why I can firmly say that Jessica Day George is one of my favorite authors.

Market: (Young Adult Fiction)
Language: (Mild)
Sensuality: (Mild)
Violence: (Mild)
Mature Themes: (Love, death)

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Shelby said...

Yay! I love this book! Thank you so much for posting my review!

MKHutchins said...

I loved this book! My only disappointment was that I'd listened to the author talk on Writing Excuses beforehand and I thought there was going to be a scene of life-and-death poker at the end of the book (she said it would have been cool; I agree). Still a great read -- I'm looking forward to the next one.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful review of a wonderful book! I love fairy tale retellings, and this is one of my favorites to date. Poppy is such a great character. I love all the surprises in this story, as well as the ties to the traditional story of Cinderella that we all know. Awesome book! Thanks, Shelby, for this terrific review!