The Princess Curse

The Princess Curse

by Merrie Haskell

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ISBN-13: 9780062008152
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Pages: 327
Sales rank: 526,139
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Merrie Haskell was born in Michigan and grew up in North Carolina. She wrote her first story at the age of seven, and she walked dogs after school in order to buy her first typewriter.

Merrie returned north to attend the Residential College of the University of Michigan, where she earned a BA in biological anthropology. Her fiction has appeared in Nature, Asimov's Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Unplugged: The Web's Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy: 2008 Download. She now lives in Saline, Michigan, with her husband and stepdaughter. Merrie works in a library with over seven million books, and she finds this to be just about the right number. She is also the author of The Princess Curse and Handbook for Dragon Slayers.

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Princess Curse 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Bonnie_W More than 1 year ago
The novel centers around a girl named Reveka who is an apprentice to the castle's herbalist. The castle where she works harbors twelve princesses who dance their shoes to pieces each night. There is a huge reward for anyone who can solve the mystery of where they go, but anyone caught spying on the princesses at night either "disappears" or falls into a sleep from which they never awaken. Reveka is desperate to find out where the princesses go so that she can win the dowry and go off to a nunnery to be a herbalist. For all that the book immediately sounds like a new version of THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES, this story only encompasses half the book. For once Reveka manages to follow the princesses and find out what is happening, something HORRIBLE happens.something that changes her life forever. THE PRINCESS CURSE shifts gears and delves deeper, following Reveka on a dangerous journey of her own that I don't really want to spoil for you. I adored Reveka and think Haskell is a brilliant new writer. I want more books by her and would love to see more stories set in this world (but the publisher will only request more if THE PRINCESS CURSE sells well, hint hint HINT). I wasn't ready to leave when the last page was turned. It's funny; when I first heard about THE PRINCESS CURSE and saw the book's awesome cover, it was an instant must-read. When I found out that the book would be middle-grade, I decided to borrow it rather than buy it, thinking it might be like other middle-grade fairy tale re-tellings where I'd rather own them in paperback and not pay the hardcover price. As soon as I finished reading this, however, I knew that I needed a copy of my own and had to buy it right away! The novel is middle-grade due to the fact that Reveka is only thirteen. It has a hint of teen in it, though, touching on one word in particular that a child won't understand.and hopefully won't look up in the dictionary. Because the book skews younger, there isn't as much of a romantic element as I like in my fairy tales, but it's open-ended enough that we might get a lot more in a sequel.which I want to read right NOW
lilberry More than 1 year ago
In the land of Sylvania there is a... unique curse that falls upon the twelve princesses of that kingdom, every morning the princesses wake up tired and they have their shoes in tatters as if they where dancing all night, but they never left their room. There is a reward for anyone who can break the curse and this is where Reveka comes in, she is the child of a soldier and an herbalist apprentice how fights not only to break the curse in hopes of gaining the money to get into a convent and be an herbalist there. But much awaits little Reveka in her journey to save the princesses for not everyone is playing a fair game. When I started to read this book my thoughts where this is a child's book so it's just an easy read and a quick way to pass time, but boy was i wrong this book is really something, it has a touch of the grim brother, a dash of Greek mythology and a pinch of the beauty and the beast. And for a book that is bound to end up in the childrens section of all library's and bookstores please don't be afraid to give it a go, it's worth your time. Reveka is a wonderful heroine smart, talented and well intended thirteen year old girl; and even thought the story moves fast it doesn't really make you loose interest for when one mystery is solve there is another coming right at you. Warning: As it's been mentioned this is a children's book and the only thing I would like to warn the parents is that in this book they make reference twice to the feared question of "where do baby's come from?".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book and hope there is a sequel
Purple_Grandma More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it but it really needs a sequel and was clearly written with that in mind.
MysteryLover98 More than 1 year ago
A great all around book! I enjoyed every bit of it. It kept changing to a very unexpected ending. Will please just about any young reader who is enterested in great literiture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a great twist on the twelve dancing princesses. I've never read a version told from such a unique perspective. My only struggle with the book was that it left so many unanswered questions. I hope the author is planning on a follow up book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A crossover with the 12 dancing princesses and Beautty and the Beast, taking place in post midealil times in a small european country. Echos romanian words and Pagan and Christian beliefs, thus making it relatable. The 'beast' in B& the B is really charming after a while...enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it. Totally awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books! Buy it u will love it!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is soooo good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, because it has the feel of 12 dancing princesses d like entwined it has many twists and turns LOVED IT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entwined is just 12 dancing princess's with an evil mix. This is beauty and the beast with 12 dancing princess's with a greek mytgology mix! This is great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
herdingcats on LibraryThing 11 months ago
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!
allureofbooks on LibraryThing 11 months ago
The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell retells the story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses from a different point of view ¿ an onlooker. A young herbalist apprentice named Reveka. Her devotion to herb lore makes her certain that there is something she can do to help end the curse, so she throws herself into the task with no concern for herself. What follows brings the best of fairy tale lore alive with fantasy and determination. I absolutely couldn¿t get enough of the story!This is one stand-alone I would give anything to see made into a series. Reveka is such a strong heroine ¿ she is incredibly brave and plenty smart¿but is also not without her faults. Part of it is that she is so young. But, in fact ¿ one of the best things about the book is her age. We get to focus on the world and the story instead of getting tangled up with a bunch of romance and teenage angst. That right there is the best part about reading middle grade!Of course, that isn¿t to say that the story doesn¿t contain a few men, y¿all. What would be the fun in that? But the simple fact that Reveka is too young to prioritize romance keeps anything from really developing. However, she does come to imagine a future with someone, so we do get a glimpse into what her happily ever after might be! I¿d hate to have left the book without a look into how Reveka¿s life might turn out.We don¿t get to know most of the princesses on any level at all ¿ this is definitely not (directly) their story. The consequences of their actions and the lengths they go to in order to keep others free of the curse definitely make for some intrigue though. I really appreciate the fact that the story has so many layers.I always love reading about court politics ¿ since Reveka is a part of it all as a herbalist, we get looks into several different interesting areas. From the gossipy servant in charge of bathing to her fellow herbalists to the princesses themselves, Reveka is constantly observing and obtaining as much information as she can! The things she ends up learning definitely cause her to make some crazy decisions¿I¿m always up to read anything in the fantasy genre, especially when it comes complete with a worthy heroine and a complex world to discover¿if you¿re anything like me, this is definitely a book worth picking up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! I couldn't set it down. Bravo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i would nit just recommend it to a young reader but also adults who enjoy this type of fantisy . I do wonder if the writer ment fir it to be a series because of the way the book is written but i do love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hope you read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book like 2 or 3 times and every time i read it i love it even more! Its really entertaining ad yiu can always relate tobat least one of the characters. READ AND YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!!!!
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