Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: May 2010
Princess Poppy isn't too thrilled to be participating in a royal exchange program that takes her to a foreign court where she may be called upon to dance. You see, having been forced to dance for many years makes it less desirable. She manages to avoid dancing for a while, instead playing cards and meeting a handsome prince, until a young maid starts getting in the way of their budding friendship. This servant not only is showing up to balls in gorgeous gowns but all of the young men seem to be falling for her. Can Poppy figure out the mystery behind this maid before she finds herself caught in another deadly trap?
Things I Liked:
This was a fun, sweet story. I like Poppy because she isn't a good, perfect, ladylike princess - she swears, she plays cards, she has an attitude and she is also quite blunt. The story itself is very cute - I especially enjoyed the Cinderella twist that makes for a interesting new view of the original tale. Plus, it's also refreshing to have the main character not actually be Cinderella. Lots of fun for younger girls and fairy tale lovers.
"All in all a most satisfactory evening," Marianne announced.
Poppy had to laugh. "It ended with us standing in the garden, looking over an unconscious prince and a red-faced Jasper Antwhistle." She paused, making sure that Lady Margaret was asleep before continuing. "Who was attacked rather haphazardly, by Prince Christian after I slapped him for trying to kiss me and pinch my bottom at the same time." p 33
"Any girl with a dowry is told from the day she's born that she has to marry just the right person for just the right reasons at just the right time." She grimaced. "All you can hope for is that he's got teeth. And hair." p 61Things I Didn't Like:
I didn't think it had quite as much sparkle and life as Princess of the Midnight Ball, which is essentially about Poppy's older sisters. Poppy was a delightful character, but the story was almost too simple and the ending fairly obvious from the start. I liked the humor and sarcasm, but it definitely lacked the magic of the first book.
My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
though apparently Poppy can swear with the best soldiers, she never actually does so on page
Overall rating: ****
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