The Princess Curse
by Merrie Haskell Published by HarperCollins
on September 6th 2011 Pages:
Twelve princesses suffer from a puzzling (if silly) curse, and anyone who ends it will win a reward. Reveka, a sharp-witted and irreverent apprentice herbalist, wants that reward. But her investigations lead to deeper mysteries and a daunting choice—will she break the curse at the peril of her own soul?
The Twelve Dancing Princesses tale has always been a favorite of mine. And look at that cover! So pretty.
With fairy tale retellings, I am always a little wary. How much will it be like a previous retelling? Is there going to be that WOW factor that will keep me reading? Questions like this are always in the back of my mind prior to starting a retelling.
The Princess Curse was definitely not what I was expecting. The typical tale revolves around 12 young princesses who under a curse must dance and dance every night, wearing out their shoes. The princesses are usually saved by a man who figures out the curse and marries one the girls… living happily ever after.
Unlike the traditional telling, our hero(ine) is Reveka. A young girl who longs to be self-supporting. Living with her father, she knows that her future is pretty bleak unless she can find a future for herself. And there is the wow factor I was looking for. I love stories that break out of the norm. A young girl, in a time when women depended on men for their livelihood, taking her life in her own hands. Loved it!
Although The Princess Curse is written geared toward younger readers a bit, I still found myself falling in love with it. Reveka is a fascinating character. Loved her spirit. Loved her drive to make a special place for herself in the world. Haskell kept me on my toes throughout in her clever retelling. Definitely an author to look out for.