The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler
Publication date: February 2010
Source: Review copy sent by publisher
Things I Liked:
This is a sweet and original retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale. I liked how the first half of the book was focused more on introducing us to Zita her life than the usual story line. It gave us some nice background information on the family and on her personality before we even got to that familiar story of enchantment. It had a lot of fun details from the castle on the lake to the stable boy. This is a nice introduction for tweens and younger girls to fairy tales. I was also really impressed with how unflinching she was in her ending. Not everything is happily ever after.
Things I Didn't Like:
Because here was so much introductory material, I got somewhat bored with the first half of the book. I kept wondering when the exciting stuff would happen. But, it picked up and proved that it will definitely entertain younger readers.
Reminded me a bit of Tuesdays at the Castle and Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
Overall rating: ***
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