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Princess of Glass (Twelve Dancing Princesses Series)

Princess of Glass (Twelve Dancing Princesses Series)

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by Jessica Day George

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Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program. She travels abroad hoping to find better political alliances and perhaps a marriage. But thanks to a vengeful fairy, Poppy's happily ever after gets complicated. This companion to Princess of the Midnight Ball will delight readers with


Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program. She travels abroad hoping to find better political alliances and perhaps a marriage. But thanks to a vengeful fairy, Poppy's happily ever after gets complicated. This companion to Princess of the Midnight Ball will delight readers with action and romance.

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Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Princess Poppy and her eleven sisters finally broke the evil King Under Stone's curse with the help of her oldest sisters' husbands and no longer danced night after night until their shoes wore out and their toes bled. Poppy vowed never to dance again. But then her father sends her to stay with the Seadowns cousins in Breton, and learn how to be a proper princess with elegant manners. Unfortunately, she keeps being taken to balls and is expected to dance. Poppy does finally attend a ball and, though refusing to dance, has a fine time beating the men at cards—much to their dismay. Prince Christian of Danelaw is at the Breton court on a goodwill mission and is smitten with Poppy. A beautiful girl about Poppy's age is also living at the Seadowns, but she lives well below her station as an inept maid, calling herself Ellen, though her real name is Eleanora. Turns out her family was cursed by the Corley who keeps trying to replace her long dead goddaughter and now befriends Ellen, who is thrilled to have a way back into society as the bewitching Lady Ella. When Poppy and her cousins and Christian realize poor Ellen is being turned to glass by the evil Corley, they rush to her aid. With the help of magic potions and Poppy masquerading as Ellen/Eleanora/Ella, the courageous bunch outwit the Corley and reinstate Eleanora to her rightful position. This was a fun read with a nice fast pace and an engaging heroine. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
VOYA - Brenna Shanks
George delivers another satisfying fairytale retelling. In this Cinderella tale, Eleanora, a rich girl of noble birth, hates working as a maid, but has no other options since her father gambled away the family money and died. When a magical godmother offers her a way to regain her status, she eagerly accepts. Princess Poppy of Westfalin, who is visiting her Breton cousins, recognizes right away that all is not right with the new maid. When the young men of her acquaintance, including her new friend Prince Christian, fall in love with a mysterious girl at a ball—a girl who looks a lot like Eleanora—Poppy begins to suspect foul play. Still haunted by her own experiences with black magic (Princess of the Midnight Ball, Bloomsbury 2009/VOYA June 2009 ), Poppy wears protective charms which allow her to see through Eleanora's glamour. Unfortunately, this means that she is the only one who realizes something is wrong. Determined to solve this mystery before anyone, including Eleanora, gets hurt, Poppy must find a way to break the enchantment and discover the true identity of Eleanora's sinister godmother. Poppy is intrepid and forthright, refreshing qualities in a fairytale princess. Christian is an affable hero who is far from perfect—and sometimes quite helpless (also a refreshing change, for a fairytale prince). George continues to develop her alternate Europe, which gives the tales a touch of political intrigue as well. As with George's other retellings, be prepared for plenty of twists, including molten glass shoes. Reviewer: Brenna Shanks
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—George continues with her novelization of fairy tales by placing Princess Poppy, one of three surviving sisters from Princess of the Midnight Ball (Bloomsbury, 2009) at the center of a Cinderella plot that includes a bewitchingly evil premise. The magic that forced all 12 princesses to dance incessantly is reversed, and Poppy is sent for a respite to Seadown House, where the last thing she wishes to do is attend parties to dance. It is there that she encounters a maid whose misfortune has landed her in her present state of servitude after losing her family, inheritance, and stature as the daughter of an Earl. Ellen is not the best maid—she's resentful, clumsy, awkward, inept, and quite useless, often causing accidents and irreparable damage. She misses her upper-class socializing, so when an important invitation to a ball arrives at Seadown, Ellen is determined to go with the aid of a nefarious godmother, "the Corley," who is also responsible for the wickedly construed misfortunes in Princess Poppy's family. George weaves in elements from the first novel in a somewhat convoluted and drawn-out narrative in which the evil magic is finally conquered through Poppy's knowledge and previous experience. This Cinderella story serves more as a subplot to the action surrounding the principal character and pales in comparison to Diane Stanley's Bella at Midnight (HarperCollins, 2006), Donna Jo Napoli's Bound (S & S, 2004), or Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted (HarperCollins, 1997).—Rita Soltan, Youth Services Consultant, West Bloomfield, MI

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Bloomsbury USA
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Twelve Dancing Princesses Series
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12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Jessica Day George is the author of Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, Dragon Slippers, and its sequel, Dragon Flight. She had been a movie store clerk, librarian, bookseller, and school office lady before she got her big break. Jessica lives with her husband, their young son, and a five-pound Maltese named Pippin in a house that needs to be vacuumed much too often.

JESSICA DAY GEORGE is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tuesdays at the Castle series, the Twelve Dancing Princesses series, and the Dragon Slippers trilogy. Originally from Idaho, she studied at Brigham Young University and worked as a librarian and bookseller before turning to writing full-time. She now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and their three young children.

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Princess of Glass 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Poppy from PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL returns and, along with her unmarried sisters, is currently helping her father regain political alliances by participating in a royal exchange. Now she's living with her cousins, Lord and Lady Seadown, and their daughter, Marianne. She turns down invitations to balls because she refuses to dance after surviving the curse from her mother. Society soon frowns upon her absence, thus forcing Poppy to attend the balls. Instead of dancing, she joins the gentlemen and plays cards. She and Marianne become friends with the young royal prince staying with the King. When Prince Christian notices how different Poppy is from other girls, he's intrigued and happy to spend time with her. Some assume a marriage isn't far behind, but before anything transpires, a young, mysterious, beautiful woman enters the picture. Before long, all the men are falling in love with her and making absolute fools of themselves, while the women detest her. Poppy notices that something's not right. Could the magical protection she's wearing stop her from seeing an enchantment? Seeing clearly, she recognizes the mystery girl as a previously wealthy young lady fallen on hard times. Instead of dancing and enjoying frivolity, Ellen's now forced to become a maid. Can Poppy stop Ellen from making a terrible bargain with a creature who will demand something horrible in return? Just when Poppy thought she'd finished with evil, she must battle the Corley to save the lives of those she loves dearly. One can only hope that Jessica Day George will continue to write more about these charming sisters and their battles with magical, evil creatures. The friendship, sense of self, evil beings, drama, and romance make PRINCESS OF GLASS a must-read for lovers of fairytales and fantasy stories.
MSOPRxgirl More than 1 year ago
This was a very surprisingly good book! It wasn't just about Poppy, but also had a backstory of another girl in it that resembled Cinderella. At first I thought it was going to be really cliche, but the book really surprised me. It has some very original imagery and was so entertaining. If you liked Princess of Midnight Ball, then you will definitely like Princess of Glass. However, if you did not read Midnight Ball, you are still good to go in reading this, since this book has several places where it summarizes details of Midnight Ball as it relates to this story. Great Book! Read it!
bookworm-reader More than 1 year ago
Great follow up book to Princess of the Midnight Ball! I loved Poppy since I read the first book! This book makes me love her even more! I loved the whole Cinderella spin, and I would love to read more about these 12 Princesses! Jessica Day George should write more books about them! She should write about each one as they get older and have them all fall in love and put a fairy tale twist on all of them... You know, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, The Princess and the Frog, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin... (All these idea's are based on Disney Movies... Sorry, but I was a 1992 baby, so I grew up with them! They're the only fairy tale version's I know...) But she should write more about them!
The_smart_warriors_reader More than 1 year ago
I really, really, REALLY liked this book. Jessica Day George is on the fast track to becoming one of my absolute favorite authors! This is a retelling of Cinderella, but it may be the most original retelling I've ever read! (Though, I am planning on reading Cinder soon, so that could change.) I've never read a Cinderella tale that made me want to punch Cinderella in the face. I ended up liking Ellen, the Cindy of this story, a lot better near the end, but at the beginning I absolutely hated her. Poppy was an even better main character than Rose, the main character in Princess of the Midnight Ball. She was funny, spirited, and brave. I didn't really like Christian as much as Galen, but he was a nice character as well. I would love if Poppy was in more books as a main character. I was rushing through this; not because I wanted to get it over with, but because I couldn't wait to see what would happen next! There is just one thing that I was still wondering at the end of the book; are Poppy's dreams just dreams? Or are they the making of the next sequel, which I know there is, but have no idea what it's about? Ooh, and I have to say one thing about the Corley. Her character is like the fantasy version of an unsub on Criminal Minds! Really, her backstory and her actions were like sorceress meets psycho on a crime show. I loved it! So, I really liked this book. It was just as good as the first, if not better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will confess to not liking the Cinderella fairy tale so I bought the book on the strength of my love of the author's other work and not on the subject matter. I was very pleasantly surprised. Not only did she take the story in a direction I wasn't expecting but she made it interesting and kept the roots of the story more Grimm than Disney. Again, Jessica Day George's weakness was the main male character who was mostly forgettable to me, but the interaction of the main characters with her friends and with the maid more than made up for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a fast reader, so I want to know how many pgs are in the book. I love the Princess of the Midnight Ball, so lets see which one is more entertaining. Will you just tell me how many pgs. are in the book. Thx
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was AWESOME!!!!!!! I loved this book as well as the Princess of The Midnight Ball, and Princess of The Silver Woods. I love the whole series :D
IrishGeek More than 1 year ago
Absolutely incredible! It was such a beautiful story about Poppy, one of the 12 princesses from Princess of the Midnight Ball, and as much as I love and miss Rose and Galen (though they were included in a few small parts of the story) this sequel was SO beautifully written and had my full attention throughout the whole book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book "Princess of the midnight Ball" and this is like a second book to it!!! It has a awesome story of love and magic I LOVE it soooooooo much!!!!!!!<3:) -Sally Koebel. (P,S please read "Princess of the midnight Ball" first (if you have not already) then read this book!!!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantasy book report here i come
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is a must read. :) :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must get it rox
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the best book if you enjoy fantasy and fairy tales.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really one of my fav books!!!! It is a great sequel to princess of the midnight ball!!!!*-*
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
It helps if you had previously read Princess of the Midnight Ball. Characters from that book are featured here, and also it helps you understand, and get a better idea of characters, and the setting. I enjoyed reading about Poppy. She¿s definitely not a typical Princess, and her aversion to dancing is certainly understood. I¿m rather glad they chose this sister to feature in this story. She¿s certainly just as determined, and strong willed as her other older sisters that were mentioned in the previous book. She¿s most definitely not the needy whiny type of Princess, and one can¿t help but like her for these strong characteristics. The supporting cast around her is also well done. I liked Marianne and the two made a fine friendship pair (well, they¿re cousins too). The chemistry between Poppy and Christian was there and I liked seeing them together - although as Ella(Ellen) came into the picture you had the urge to knock Christian upside the head with a baseball bat (although it¿s perfectly understandable why he¿s acting this way!) because he just seems to be the right one for Poppy (and also he became increasingly frustrating thanks to Ella). It¿s hard to sympathize with Ella. She was hateful and typically a selfish brat. Although once you realize her background and how she came to be how she is, you might change your mind. To me, she just seemed like someone who wanted an easy way out and she just seemed a little too naive to take something without realizing it had consequences to go along with it. Again, like Princess of the Midnight Ball, the setting descriptions are magnificent and well done. Everything is clearly pictured and well described (plus there¿s plenty of gorgeous dresses everywhere! and glass shoes!!!!! oh so pretty but sounded extremely painful!). The plot itself was good, although the ending had left a lot out in the open - like the issue with the Corley...that was closed, yet it was...open (get my meaning?). Perhaps there¿s more books to come featuring these Princesses and their ways of fighting evil? let¿s hope so, as it was a pleasure reading this book. The author¿s writing style is excellent and fun to read. I definitely recommend this, especially those that enjoyed Princess of the Midnight Ball.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I apsolutly love this book!!!!!!!!
Adri04 More than 1 year ago
This book is a masterful retelling of Cinderella. First comes Princess of the Midnight Ball. Poppy is back and has to crack a whole new curse. Something is just not right at the Breton royal court. The kingdoms are all participating in a royal exchange program. Princess Poppy and Prince Christian of Danelaw are sent to Breton. Poppy is staying with her late mother's cousin Lord and Lady Seadown an their daughter Marianne. Poppy makes friends with Marianne, Prince Christian, Dickon and Roger Thwaite. Poppy is getting used to staying in Breton when a mysterious Lady Ella comes to court. She attracts all the guys and makes the ladies despise her, but is she who she really says she is? Poppy thinks something is up and Roger shares her opinion. Can they save their friends and the kingdom before it's too late?
yearningtoread More than 1 year ago
Princess Poppy hasn't danced in three years. Since her now brother-in-law, Galen, delivered her and her eleven sisters from the King Under Stone, who had once forced the twelve princesses to dance with his twelve sons every night, Poppy has avoided dancing at all costs. Now, however, Poppy is staying with the Seadowns, her cousins, in Breton. Poppy manages to skirt the first few balls, and makes good friends with the visiting Dane prince, Christian. But when things begin to go askew at the Seadown's, with their clumsy new maid Ellen, and Christian apparently under a spell, it is up to Poppy to help her Bretoner friends out of a disastrous situation, in which dancing might be the only way. I was satisfied with this story, just as I was with the rest of George's books. If I hadn't known before I picked it up, I wouldn't have guessed it was the story of Cinderella, which makes it all the more exciting. It was fresh, clean, and well-written. I am pleased once again and look forward to more!
pinkfairytale More than 1 year ago
This book was not at all what I expected!!! From the beggining to the end this book kept me interested and a bit nervous. I expected a retelling of cinderella but boy was I in for a shock. This book was almost unrelated to cinderella except for the glass slippers and ball. It was most invintive and well written. I didn't like that Ella ( a maid in the story) was given as much, if not more, attention than Poppy. I suppose she was a main character because she was apart of the outcome and bigger picture of the story. Another thing that I didn't like were the dreams that Poppy kept having; I thought did not relate to the story at all. Although I was a bit dissapointed for not finding the traditional cinderella story in Princess of Glass I recommend it to anybody who loves a good fairytale. You may be quite surprised with the outcome!!! I suggest you read the first book first. It may help you understand some of the dreams Poppy is having. - Things that the reader or parent may want to watch out for... Poppy was taught by her male relatives to cuse and swear. We don't read exact words that she uses, we just read that she is cursing or swearing. There is also gambling and dark magic in this book. One part in the story there is a drunken man, and another part in the story a man tries to kiss and pinch Poppy's rear-end at the same time. He is slapped for his efforts. A girls belly is admired by all the men who see it at a costume ball... I suggest this book for girls 13 and up.
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It was a great and amazing book(they all are ) I highly encouage you to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Princesses Rose, Lily, Jonquil, Orchid, Violet, Daisy, Poppy, Hyacinth, Pansy, Petunia, Iris, and Lilac are back, this time, with Poppy as the star. Each of the princesses are expected to visit a neighboring kingdom. When Poppy goes to hers, she finds a dashing young prince, a maid who can not do anything right, and a new and equally terrifying creature as the King Under Stone. The maid, Ella, makes a deal with the wicked creature, and so she goes to a ball that the prince, Christian is holding. The creature pretties up Ella ,and she goes to the ball. The creature put a charm on anyone who looks on Ella. They all fall in love with her. Eventually, Ella's feet turn to glass, and she turns to Poppy for guidence. All in all, Poppy tells people, and they start to work, to free Ella from the enchantment she has woven herself into. After they complete that, Christian and Poppy fall in love, and are engaged. The end. I think this a great book, but it is my least favorite of the trio. I prefer Princess of the Midnight Ball, but to each their own. Princess of Glass is another fantastic work by George, and I highly encourage you to read this book. It is more like the Grimm's fairy tales version of Cinderella, with George's creative twist. Again, I highly recommend this book.
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