Summer Reading preparation has taken so much time, we’ve neglected our poor little blog. Very sad! But worth it in the long run. Now, on to the review!
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Princess of Glass, by Jessica Day George, was another book I read on vacation. (which now seems very long ago, not just a couple weeks.) Beautiful cover (again!) wonderful story.
Princess Poppy is one of twelve royal sisters, first featured in Princess of the Midnight Ball. In that story, Poppy was the practical sister, the one who was able to keep her head no matter what. (And since “what” included a curse that kept all twelve royal sisters dancing all night long in a secret underground palace with some demonic princes, which they couldn’t talk about to anyone, Poppy’s practicality and unflappablity were truly put to the test.)
In this story, young royals all over the continent (including Poppy and nine of her sisters) have been sent to other kingdoms in an arrangement to foster relations between the royal families. Poppy is sent to the far-off kingdom of Breton, where she finds herself the guest of distant cousin Lady Margaret and her family. Breton doesn’t seem so bad, even though Poppy seems to be earning a reputation for being “odd” for refusing to dance, even at parties, preferring to play cards and gamble with the gentlemen instead.
When Prince Christian of Danelaw is also sent to Breton, he becomes fast friends with Poppy, her cousin Marianne and Marianne’s beau Dickon. That’s good, because their friendship is soon put to the test. A series of balls leads to the appearance of a mysterious and beautiful stranger–Lady Ella. Only Poppy is able to see through the magic surrounding her and recognize Eleanora, Marianne’s maid. But where are her gorgeous gowns coming from? Who is behind her transformation, and what danger does that mean for Christian, Poppy, and Marianne? Poppy is determined to find out.
Readers will recognize elements of fairy tales woven into the tapestry of this wonderful story. Poppy is a capable heroine, brave and adventurous, and quite protective of her friends. Prince Christian and Marianne are good friends, who the reader would like to know. Even Eleanora is sympathetic, once you learn her story.
You don’t have to read Princess of the Midnight Ball about Poppy and her sisters to enjoy Princess of Glass, but if you haven’t, you’ll probably want to once you finish! We have this book in both the Juvenile and Teen collections, because Jessica Day George seems to be popular with readers in fourth grade right through middle and high school. If you’re a fan of fantasy or fairy tales, or enjoy a blend of suspense, romance and adventure, touched with a little mystery, you should enjoy this book. It’s a perfect beach read, so take it on vacation! And check out other books by Jessica Day George for other exciting reads.