Thursday, December 27, 2012

Princess of the Silver Woods Blog Tour: Review + GIVEAWAY of Princess of the Silver Woods (Princess #3) by Jessica Day George

Goodreads rating: 4.10
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Series: Princess #3
Source: For review from publisher via Netgalley

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.

I love fairy-tale retellings, and I loved even more how the author mixed together two different fairy tales. The main focus is the story of the Twelve Princesses, who went to bed within a locked door and when they came out of their room in the morning, their shoes were completely worn. They traveled to a "magical" land with a silver woods (hence the name) and danced with the princes that lived there. But one of the princesses had fallen in love with a boy that eventually saved the princesses and locked the evil princes inside their horrible kingdom. This story takes place many years later, and centers on Petunia, the youngest sister. I loved the relationship between the sisters. They're always there for each other, and even their husbands were so much a part of the family. The other fairytale that sort of comes in is Red Riding Hood. Petunia has a cloak that she made from one of her sisters old dresses. Also, the book starts off with Petunia nearly being robbed, and then most definitely being kidnapped, by a man in a wolf mask. He takes her to a supposedly abandoned estate where one of her mother's old friends and what's left of her people reside. Also, there is a grandmother, though it's not Petunia's, and she's much more dangerous than the wolf.

This book is a dual POV, between Oliver and Petunia. The book starts out from the King and Princes of Under Stone, but it pretty much goes between the to-be couple. The romance was perfect for this kind of book. Oliver and Petunia find that they are attracted to each other, but they have very little chance to get to know each other. It becomes obvious to Oliver that Petunia is in some kind of trouble, but he has the problem of being wanted for stealing from carriages (though it was so that his people could survive). Eventually, he realizes that he has to do something, so he gets himself caught by Petunia's father (the king, of course), and faces the consequences. Luckily, Oliver has some help. But will it be in time to save Petunia and now her sisters from the King and Princes Under Stone? Meanwhile, the grandmother's place that Petunia was invited to hasn't been very, well, inviting. The King Under Stone and his brothers have plagued the sisters dreams every night since they left, but they've been getting worse recently. Somehow, they have found a way past the imprisonment that Galen had originally put on them. And it's up to Oliver and the other men to save their princesses from a horrible fate in Under Stone.

This was like a sequel to the book Entwined by Heather Dixon. There were a lot of returning characters from that book, so I felt like I knew them already. And since there are so many sisters to keep track of and other characters from before this book, it really helped having read a book about the fairytale. If anything, you should at least read the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairytale before reading this book, because it's not as well known as the others. There wasn't as much mystery as to who the bad guys were, but it was interesting to find out who was involved and how. There's the mystery of the grand duchess (the grandmother) and her nephew (who's had his eye on Petunia). And then there's the mystery of how the King and Princes Under Stone are able to leave Under Stone, not in full form, but definitely able to do some damage. I read this book in one day, so it really kept me on the edge of my seat. If it wasn't the romance and Oliver's protectiveness, then it was the horidness of the King and Princes Under Stone, and me wondering how the Twelve Princesses were going to get out of this one. I actually haven't read the other companion books in this series, but I'm definitely considering it! A fun, exciting, and romantic retelling of The Twelve Princesses, with a sprinkling of Red Riding Hood and even Robin Hood, Princess of the Silver Woods is a must-read.



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2 comments:

  1. I love refashioned fairy tales too! My favorite fairy tale is Sleeping Beauty.

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  2. My favorite is Princess and the Pea.

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