Author(s): Jessica Day GeorgeDownload
Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other’s countries in the name of better political alliances–and potential marriages. It’s got the makings of a fairy tale–until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ballgowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way.
Some Reviews: 1751 in Goodreads.com
I read the prequel, PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL about two years ago and loved it. When I saw that PRINCESS OF GLASS was coming out soon, I was very excited. Then, only a few months later, I found it on the shelves of the library. It took me exactly how long it took to get back to the car to start reading.
It didn’t disappoint. I was excited to read more about Poppy and loved the twists and turns that the plot took on CINDERELLA.
For those of you who read my review of PRINCESS OF GLASS before, yes, I’ve changed it. Because I originally read the pre-reader copy, and I recently re-read it in it’s published form.
It went up a star. I still didn’t like that there was less knitting, but my other objections (the fact that she added more swear-words than in her previous books and one part where it’s so surreal it didn’t fit with the rest of the book) vanished. She changed it! Yay! Thank you, Jessica Day George–you rock.
I’m still wondering when the next book will be out.
From my experience, Jessica Day George’s books have proved to be light, fun, and inventive reads. Well, Princess of Glass definitely fit in that description.
I loved the unique way that she retold the Cinderella story. It was so much different than any other Cinderella story I’ve read/seen, and I loved that. Creativity = very epic. (Do not doubt the mathematical accuracy of this formula. XD)
The characters were loads of fun, though I have to admit, some of them acted rather ridiculous most of the book. (I suppose that wasn’t really their fault…you know what I mean if you’ve read this. ;)) OKAY, BUT POPPY. She was the best. I liked her a LOT more than Rose from the first book. She just felt a lot more fleshed-out and interesting than Rose. I loved the thoughts going through her head. *chuckles*
SO YES. It was a fun, fluffy read. I thought the resolution of conflict near the ending felt rather rushed and *cough* lame. But all in all, I heartily enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see what the author has in store in book three!
I’ll admit that I was skeptical about this book when I began reading it. I’m a HUGE fan of George’s original “Princess of the Midnight Ball (Princess, #1), and I wasn’t sure I really wanted to read about the ongoing tales of the younger sisters. But oh my goodness, I’m so glad I didn’t listen to myself!
This retelling of Cinderella was surprisingly delightful, particularly considering the main character is Poppy, one of the younger sisters I didn’t like much from the first book. George developed her character wonderfully, however, adding in maturity for the three years that take place between the two books, as well as really exploring what’s going on in the beautiful, feisty princess’s mind. Poppy is smart and tough, but we get to see a side of her that isn’t revealed in the first book.
I particularly loved that George included so much from the first book. Given, this might be a bit more difficult to understand if you haven’t read the first book. (In fact, if you haven’t read it, go read it now! That’s an order!) The magic is somewhat continued, though added to, and the characters spill over. I was quite delighted to find not only mention of Gale and Rose, the couple from the first book, but even their slight involvement in this one. The new characters are enjoyable, too. I found myself continually changing what I thought of the main characters as the story grew, finding that I liked them more and more, despite disliking some in the beginning.
As I said, this is a wonderful, clean read for any young adult or even any fairy tale-obsessed adult like me.
Princesses rock. And not because they have cute dresses 😉
Princess Poppy is what I call force into a program where royals go to different countries in hope of marriage. I call it, ‘Go there, get married, and give us your money.’ Wait no, that sounds more like a commercial, except without the married part.
Eleanor is a new servant who gets into trouble often(No! She is NOT like me). She works in what I call a castle.
Princess Poppy is one of the twelve princesses who used to be cursed until her sisters betrothed saved them. She feels something isn’t right and is getting to the bottom of it.
I liked this book. Compared to the first one, I think I liked this one better. Most likely because I like Cinderella. It’s a retelling and here’s the main conflict. Eleanor has met a fairy godmother who isn’t as she seems. The godmother causes trouble and Poppy and another are getting to the bottom of this spell.
Book had good plots and conflicts with the characters. The ending was nice, but I won’t say what.
I recommend to 11-Teenager.
Ok, so like Valerie, I wasn’t expecting too much greatness from this book pretty much for the same reason that the story of Cinderella has been done multiple times and there doesn’t seem to be much more room for anything new; and because well, Princess of the Midnight Ball was amazing and how much creativity can you have left after something so great? (This sounds pretty lame written, but it made sense in my head.) But, I was delighted to find that Jessica Day George still has lots of creative juices left and now I know never to doubt her again!
I’m feeling lazy at the moment, so if you really want to know what the book is about, read other reviews or check out the summary.
Good points: the characters were adorable and each beautifully written, and I found myself able to root for them and hope they each got their deserved happily ever after. I love reading from more than one POV when it’s done well, which can be hard to do sometimes because if the author isn’t careful, character voices can blend and they all can sound the same. Not with this story, Poppy, Christian, and Eleanora each had their own unique voice and it was wonderful to read what they each were thinking and experiencing. And of course just the plot itself! It was new, exciting, and had me wondering how exactly everything was going to work out.
My only complaint, however is that I felt the villain got away/was defeated too easily and I’m a little confused on how that exactly worked out (of course, I was finishing up late at night after a long day, so if I missed anything, that’s my excuse). I’ll also add that the ending kinda wrapped itself up a little too neatly, but hey, happy endings are great, so I shouldn’t complain.
This is definitely an amazing book that I want to add to my collection to read over and over again in the future!
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