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JESSICA DAY GEORGE is the author of Princess of Glass and Princess of the Midnight Ball as well as three novels in the Dragon Slippers series, and Tuesdays at the Castle. Originally from Idaho, she studied at Brigham Young University and was a movie store clerk, a bookseller, and a school office lady before becoming a writer.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Series: Twelve Dancing Princesses
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (December 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599906465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599906461
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's all about the books. Friends, family, school, "real jobs", they were just obstacles to be tackled so that I could return to my true love: books. All I have ever wanted in this world is to read and write books. My criteria for choosing a purse is that it must be able to fit a paperback book inside. I took books on my honeymoon, and bought more while we were there. I picked my major because it looked like I would get to read a lot of books, and also I thought it would provide me with interesting background information for my own books (which it did), so I now have a BA in Humanities -Comparative Literature with a minor in Scandinavian Studies. From the time I was twelve on up, I told people that I wanted to be a writer. When they said, "So, you'll teach and then maybe try to write a book?" I would just shake my head. No, I was a writer, and that was all I wanted to do. Over the years I have lived in Idaho, New Jersey, Delaware, and now Utah, because it doesn't matter. I can read and write anywhere. I've worked at a wedding invitation factory (Bet you didn't know they made them in big scary factories, did you?), at a video store (back at the birth of DVD), at libraries and bookstores, and even been an office lady at a school while I waited to get published. I knew that I would be published eventually, because . . . well, I just had to be.

Now, don't get me wrong, I have other interests. I took eight years of German, four of Norwegian, and even studied Old Norse so that I could read the great Viking sagas in the original language. I knit like a maniac: hats, scarves, sweaters, dog sweaters, socks, felted purses, you name it. I play the piano and viola, love to travel and to watch movies. I have a husband and three kids and a dog . . .

But mostly, it's about the books.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert on December 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the third, and final, book in the Twelve Dancing Princesses series by George. It was a well done story and did a great job of wrapping up the series.

Petunia is excited when she receives an invitation to visit a childhood friend in Westfalen. On the way though she encounters the strange two-legged wolves who are bent on distributing the wealth of the nobles to their own people. These two legged wolves end up being more earnest and handsome than dangerous. When Petunia finally arrives at Westfalen she finds that a plot is afoot that involves her old enemy the King Under Stone. It will take Petunia along with all of her sisters and their husbands to put the curse of The King Under Stone to rest once and for all.

This story was blend of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood, with some background reference to Rapunzel as well. I loved how these fairy tales were blended into Petunia's story.

Petunia was an interesting character. She's not as tough as Poppy; in fact she is kind of the baby of the family. But she is determined to make it on her own and is deadly with her pistol when the need arises.

Petunia's prince was a bit more lackluster; he just came off as your typical prince-type to me. Sure he starts off as a bandit, but his personality was much like those of the other princes we have seen in this series.

There isn't as much romance in this book as in the previous two. This book is more about the curse of the King Under Stone and combating it. For this all of Petunia's sisters are back in the story.

Much of the story involves Petunia's sisters and their husbands. It was fun to see a lot more of Rose and Galen. Additionally some of the older mystical characters from the first book are back in the story as well.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By How Roode on December 27, 2012
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As an avid consumer of novel adaptations of fairy tales and having read Jessica Day George's previous two Princess books, I was looking forward to this. Though I feel awkward criticizing her work since I've heard Day George as a guest on the popular podcast Writing Excuses (Google it!), I have to say I was very disappointed by this novel. A few specific problems:

Pacing: A detailed, minute-by-minute account would be followed by a sudden jump to several days later, during which, apparently, characters undertook an entire journey across the country. Don't get me wrong: I don't need redundant detail of every mile covered a la George RR Martin, but a paragraph or two about the weather on the trip, a horse going lame, and a gruff innkeeper would at least make it feel like distance was covered and time passed. Furthermore, if this country is small enough that the characters can get from the border to the capitol city in a DAY, how is it possible that notorious bandits have successfully remained hidden in the forest for a decade? The attempted explanations of this are flimsy.

Exposition: Character provides backstory (usually from the first two books), then someone approaches him to provide additional context (in a very straightforward, dull manner), then he recounts the full story in pretty much the exact same terms to someone else, who then relates the story to yet another person. The reader has to sit through every explanation that one character gives to another, even though we already know it, just to confirm that the information has been passed. Can I get a little less talk and a lot more action?

Dialogue: Ouch. What happened? "Princess of Glass" had much better banter, probably because Poppy was a more compelling princess than Petunia.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Cooper Writes on April 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This story took place 9 years after the end of book 1, Princess of the Midnight Ball. The youngest of the 12 sisters, Petunia, had been 7 years old. Now she's 16 and venturing out in the world. Petunia was fun to get to know. She wasn't always the loudest in a group like Poppy (love her), but she definitely had spunk. The best part of the book was when Petunia met Oliver a "wolf," so funny.

I loved hearing Oliver's POV. He was sweet, caring, a good leader, and loyal. He really was a favorite of mine. The bad guys are back with a vengeance, but the girls are not going to be taken back to the King Under Stone world without a fight.

Exciting, funny, and romantic! Princess of the Silver Woods was the perfect end to a great series.

Content Ratings:
sexual: very mild
language: mild
violence: mild
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Merle on January 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
While not without its charms or enjoyability, Princess of the Silver Woods doesn't quite live up to Princess of the Midnight Ball. It's the sort of book you need to be in a certain mood for. If you're looking for one with depth and complexity in the characters and villains, this is most definitely not it. But if you want something that'll make you nostalgic for the older works of Patricia C. Wrede, this is your book.

It was nice to catch up with the characters from the previous two books, and I liked the focus on Petunia, the youngest daughter. She started off great, pulling out a pistol on the bandits trying to rob her and unflinchingly confronting them. But then as the book went on, her continued ignorance of things that were right in front of her face got incredibly annoying.

When it's finally revealed who the "grandmother" was and what she wanted, Petunia's shock made me roll my eyes. It was right there all along and, unfortunately, the writing wasn't subtle enough to make it a surprise. You knew the grandmother was going to be a villain. The fact that Petunia didn't, even after she kept getting hit in the head with clues and being outright told by several people, was irritating to read about. There's naivete and innocence and wanting to believe the best in people, and then there's just outright stupidity for the sake of plot.

Unfortunately that is one of the weaker points of the novel. The characters are very simple: You have your good guys and then you have your bad guys. The villains are basically there just to move the plot along, and save for a few, the sisters tended to blend together. The ones who aren't really main characters are given token traits to differentiate them, but that's it.
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