Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell
This book is a delightful, intriguing, romantic novel that is just tons of fun! It combines the story of the 12 Dancing Princesses and Beauty and The Beast with Roman mythology and humor and romance. Thirteen year old Reveka is an apprentice to the herbalist and she dreams of having her own herbarary at a nunnery. She is now living and working at a castle where the princesses are cursed. Every night they go to bed and when they awaken, their shoes are worn out. Everyone who has tried to investigate their curse has wound up either in a neverending sleep that eventually ends in death, or, they just disappear. Curious Reveka starts out wanting to break the curse in order to gain the promised monetary reward, but she later wants to break it in order to save the sleepers, those who disappeared, and the princesses themselves. Her adventure takes her to the underworld where she learns the meaning of sacrifice.
Reveka is brave and spunky and fun and I totally loved this book!