Saturday, December 22, 2012

Book Review: Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George

Princess of the Silver Woods  is the third and last book in the Twelve Dancing Princesses series by Jessica Day George that began with Princess of the Midnight Ball and Princess of Glass.

      When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor's twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. 
       But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it's not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.

      To start with, I loved that Princess Petunia was short. Yay for kickbutt, short heroines! Despite how kick-butt she is, she is only sixteen, and Jessica Day George did a very good job of showing her youth while still keeping her mature enough to deal with the circumstances. I did feel that most of the other sisters blurred together, but it was fun to see them again after getting to know them so well in the other books. Oliver (head of the bandits) didn't seem as much of a romantic hero as he could have been, but I really liked how straight his priorities were.
Characters: 3.5 Stars
      I have such a soft spot for fairy tale retellings, and this book was no exception. Throughout the series there has been one overarching evil that was never quite defeated. The plot only thickened in the Princess of the Silver Woods, as the new King Under Stone returned to haunt the princesses. I must admit that at some points the story felt very repetitive, but overall, the new version of Robin Hood and Little Red Riding Hood kept things interesting.
Plot: 3.5 Stars
      This book was a nice mix between romance and action. Each moved at its own pace, and neither overpowered the other. I appreciated the lack of excessive angst that infects so many romances and enjoyed reading a story where dangerous choices to protect those you love were a part of everyday life.
Style: 4 Stars  

Rating: 3.7 Stars
Source: Amazon
Genre: Fantasy
YA Fiction

Note: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow is my absolute favorite of Jessica Day George's books. Seriously, guys, check it out. So good!

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