Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Princess Curse Review

328 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?

This is a wonderful spin on both the Twelve Dancing Princesses and Beauty and the Beast with some Greek mythology also incorporated into this tale. Reveka is remarkably intelligent yet has to deal with the spoiled princesses that live in the castle every day. Reveka's father doesn't know her very well and thinks that she's a liar which makes her life even harder than it should be. No one in the kingdom has been able to break the curse on the twelve princesses so Reveka takes it upon herself to do so. Reveka desperately wants to become a herbalist and she needs the dowry reward that the king is offering to obtain her dream. Of course the curse ends up being far deeper than Reveka can imagine and it leads her on a journey to discover herself and the hidden qualities in others. This story has been perfectly blended together to make a thoroughly exciting and beautiful tale. I definitely recommend this if you like fairytale retellings and mythology as well.


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