Princess of the Silver Woods [NOOK Book]

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Petunia is the youngest of King Gregor's twelve daughters, who together battled their way out of a curse that had plagued the family for years. But while on her way to visit an elderly neighbor, Petunia's carriage is ambushed by bandits and Petunia finds herself falling headlong into another conflict--this one between a hidden forest community and the powerful kingdom that has stripped them of their wealth. With the line between enemies and friends suddenly blurred, and a handsome young thief her only hope at ...
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Overview

Petunia is the youngest of King Gregor's twelve daughters, who together battled their way out of a curse that had plagued the family for years. But while on her way to visit an elderly neighbor, Petunia's carriage is ambushed by bandits and Petunia finds herself falling headlong into another conflict--this one between a hidden forest community and the powerful kingdom that has stripped them of their wealth. With the line between enemies and friends suddenly blurred, and a handsome young thief her only hope at escaping the clutches of the King Under Stone, it will take all of Petunia's courage, and a little help from her eleven older sisters, to put an end to the curse once and for all and restore their kingdom to right.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greta Holt
Petunia was only seven when she and her sisters were forced to dance with unwelcome suitors in the Kingdom Under Stone. Rescued from the kingdom years ago, the sisters have moved on with their lives. Petunia, the youngest sister, is sixteen, an excellent shot, and a determined girl. But she and her sisters are beginning to have terrible nightmares of the princes below the ground. In the final book of George's trilogy, the evil suitors find a portal to the real world and devise a way to try to kidnap the sisters. Petunia falls in love with a real world bandit who is an earl. Rose and Poppy, heroines of former princess books, support their husbands. Magic is brought into play, and the evil doers receive their just desserts. Petunia is spunky and positive, but the character does not focus on obvious details, such as the duchess's involvement with the prison under the ground. Her good earl Oliver is given an attractive voice, and it would be interesting for readers to spend more time with him. The book does pull all threads of the trilogy together neatly. It is difficult, though, to force one plot to do so much heavy lifting. Readers may become frustrated with explanations of the earlier relationships among people, evil spirits, and wars. Fans of George's reframing of the twelve dancing princesses fairy tale, though, will be pleased with the ending. Third in the "Twelve Dancing Princesses" series. Reviewer: Greta Holt
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599909486
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Series: Twelve Dancing Princesses Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 29,788
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jessica Day George
Jessica Day George is the author of many books for young readers, including the wonderfully whimsical Tuesdays at the Castle and three books in the Dragonskin Slippers series. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a librarian and bookseller. Jessica lives with her family in Salt Lake City, Utah.
To find out more, visit jessicadaygeorge.com.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    I fell in love with the cover of the book. It reminded me of Lit

    I fell in love with the cover of the book. It reminded me of Little Red Riding Hood wandering through the forest, which is one of the fairy tales this book recreates in a new way that and Robin Hood. Princess of the Silver Woods is the third book in the Princess series by Jessica Day George. This particular story centers on Petunia, who is the youngest out of her twelve sisters. 
    While traveling to visit the Grand Duchess Volenskaya's estate their coach is seized by the Wolves of Westfalian Woods. Petunia may be young, but she carries a gun on her for protection and uses it to gain her freedom from the bandits...for the moment. 
    In their kingdom there is a new King Under Stone. When the King's father used to reign, a curse fell upon the twelve sisters that forced them to dance for King Under Stone each night at the midnight balls.. The sisters were able to free themselves from the curse, but now the son of King Under Stone has taken the throne and is eager to prove that he is just as strong if not more than his father was. He is desperate to save his crumbling kingdom. And he believes he knows the only way to save it.

    When Petunia eventually makes it to the Grand Duchess Volenskaya's estate she realizes that things are not always what they appear to be and danger can come in many forms. 
    This was a cute story and I had fun reading it. I wasn't sure what to expect since it was a retelling of Robin Hood and Red Riding Hood, but I think Jessica Day George did a good job. I got caught up in a world filled with a rich historical setting, beautiful princesses, bad guys, good guys, and a magical curse. I liked it. Fairytales are always entertaining to read, no matter what age you are.

    ** I received this book from Bloomsbury USA Children's Books/Netgalley in exchange for nothing, but my honest review. Thank you!** 

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Anonymous

    I really enjoyed this book and I had a hard time putting it down. A very good end to a great trilogy of stories

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Great book

    I love all of Jessica's books and her Twelve Princess trilogy is by far the best I've read. I got the book yesterday and finished it already. It keeps you in supense so you have to know what happens next!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Awesome!

    I love this author, and i highly recommend the other two books of this series. This book was a very good conclusion to the series. C

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Why

    Oh my god why does it have to end!!!



    -a very concerned readee

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Great Story!

    I love the Princess of series, especially this one. Even though the story has a slow start, it gets better as it goes along. It's nice to see how everything ends with Petunia and her sisters. If you love fairytales, I recommend this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2013

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    Another great fairy tale re-telling by Jessica Day George.  I li

    Another great fairy tale re-telling by Jessica Day George.  I liked reading about these characters again and I feel it is a must for anyone who has read the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Loved this book!

    I LOVED this book!! This book and the 2nd book are tied for my favorite!! The first book was awesome and these are also awesome! This is one of my favorite series to read and i will diffinatly be re-reading these books! I read this book in less than 24hours and read the other ones in about the same amount of time. These books just make you wanna keep reading and i seriously didnt put the book down until i was done with it. Cant wait to read it again!! One of the BEST books ever in my opinion!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Love itl!!!!!

    I loved this book sooooooo much, it reminded me of the maximum tride series by James Patterson in a way. Immeadeatly when i read it i fell in love with it. The suspense keeps you on you toes and the story is unforgettable. I am notgoing to narrorate the whole story like some other people do, but i am going to say i looooooooooooooooooooooooooved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -dance on

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Pgs.

    How many pgs are in pgs book?

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    I thought this book was okay. It wasn't terrible and I fairly en

    I thought this book was okay. It wasn't terrible and I fairly enjoyed it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Highly recommended!!!!

    Loved the other 2 books in the series and this one was not a disappointment!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

    I liked this book. But not as much as I liked the other two. Thi

    I liked this book. But not as much as I liked the other two. This one was good but I found Petunia to be kind of
    annoying in that she wouldn't believe anything bad about anyone. Hello!? Petunia you do remember The King Under Stone, right? He is not the only Bad Guy here. That is pretty much the big thing that got to me, that I could not get passed. Oliver for his part was good at first and then turned in to a fool.. not being able to speak right and not really helping all that much at the end.. I mean really she could have had a better love intrest. If you are going to retell Robin Hood why not write a more "Robin Hood and Maid Marian" love story... More fighting with arrows and swords to save the love of your life? Just a thought. Though I didn't like this book as much as I liked the first two doesn't mean I didn't like it! I would have to say though that Poppy's story is my number one, then Rose's, then Petunia's. All in all good Twelve Princess trilogy and I WILL be re-reading all three in the furture!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

    I didn't know Princess of the Silver Woods was actually the thir

    I didn't know Princess of the Silver Woods was actually the third book until I heard about it on another blog, which was a HUGE relief (I know that doesn't right, but just bear with me). I felt like I was missing out on something and it was starting to get really weird. Then I realized that this was the third installation. Well... that explained a lot.
    And yet, even though I hadn't read the first two books (but I definitely will now) I was completely engaged with this one. Besides, 'Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist'? Did I ever mention that I was a Robin Hood junkie? My self-control flew out the window when I read that in the summary.
    And in the end, I liked it. It's not a 'Wow! I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!' read. It's pretty much like any fairy-tale. It's got the usual hero/heroine, the evil villain, the damsel in distress, the beautiful castle, magic, and (of course) the happy ending.

    Characters.
    Petunia is the youngest of the twelve sisters. She's the sort of princess that wears secondhand clothes and spends her day gardening. But she's adorably fierce for such a small thing, especially when she's pointing a gun at someone's head (Poor Oliver). I really like her attitude throughout the book. She doesn't waver and she doesn't become one of those unbearable protagonists that whines every ten seconds. But compared to her other sisters, Petunia acts like the oldest. Her character dulled a lot because of it.
    Oliver, the thief/earl, started off as the swoon-worthy 'bad boy' who didn't flinch in the face of death (well, more like a gun), then he turned into the adorable 'good guy' that did the right thing and accepted the consequences... and then he turned into a fool. He didn't take control of the situation, he was a really poor help, and he needed saving more than the princesses did. I got tired of him before I was even halfway through the book.
    The villains in the story were really weak. It was a disappointment really. They had the potential and they had me captivated in the beginning... but their villainy was short-lived.


    Plot.
    The story line isn't original, actually it's very  much cliched, but the mix of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Robin Hood, and Red Riding Hood helps overcome that sense of boredom when you read something overused.
    The writing is splendid. I didn't even have to try to get myself engaged with the story. It's fluid and picturesque and her pacing is thoroughly consistent. There's nothing I can complain about when it comes down to the writing.
    The scenes are very nice. Yeah, it's the usual sort: forest, castle, lost kingdom, yadda yadda yadda, but it was very beautifully portrayed.


    Overall.
    Princess of the Silver Woods is a cute read. It's a fun, adventurous book for those that like fairy tales.
    It's more like a bedtime story that'll have you fall asleep with a smile on your face rather than squealing at every little noise. I'd give it a PG-rating at most... since Petunia shoots someone in the face in one of her dreams (fierce ain't she?).
    I highly recommend this one to middle/elementary-grade girls and boys. It's a perfect AR book to read that won't bore them to death.
    Thank you Bloomsbury for giving me the chance to read this one!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Awesome!!!!!!!

    IT IS AWESOME I HAVE READ ALL OF THE BOOKS EXCEPT FOR THIS ONE I CNAT WAIT TO READ IT!!!!!!
    :-) :-) :-)
    PS. SORRY ONE OF MY KEYS IS STUCK ON CAPITAL


    ~~~~~~~PEACE VOILET OUT

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Sabrina

    Happy cinco de mayo! *tosses everyone a chip bag an puts out a salsa bowl*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    Pepper POST

    *walks in putting suitcase on the bed beside Sage's and sits on Sage's bed with a giant grin* Hi. What's going on?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    Jazmynn

    Turns over... hey ill tell yahh in the mornin im tired.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    Sage

    Walks in and waves at everyone. Hiya.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    Maria

    Hey Sibs. She says and says I miss Jason!!! And she creats a thunder bolt and zaps Nico. Oops sorry!! Nico: ouch!! And rubs his back and smiles like Percy jakson and sleeps

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