Book Review: The Princess Curse

Book Review: The Princess CurseThe Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell
Published by HarperCollins on September 6th 2011
Pages: 328

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!
Final Verdict:
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.
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6 responses to “Book Review: The Princess Curse

  1. Nina @ Death Books and Tea

    Never heard of this….It’s on my TBR. I love reading all fairy tale re-tellings, even if, as you say, I have no idea how much they’ll make up and how much they’ll keep. And I’ve never seen anything RE The Twelve Dancing Princesses….looks good.

  2. Bee

    WOW. The cover art is gorgeous!
    And I love how the main character wants to be self-sufficient in her world, where it’s not a common thing. I love myself some strong heroines!

    Fairy tale re-tellings are so good when done well. I’m keeping an eye out for this one.

  3. This is on my TBR, not only is the cover gorgeous (go Jason Chan!) but its a fairy tale retelling and its about a strong female lead ^_^. Can’t find anything not to love. And your review and vanished any lingering doubt that I had in my mind, I need to get this book.

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