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My sister first told me about this book when, she was reading the second book, Princess of Glass, at Olive Garden with our family.
I got the book at my school library at lunch time and then, finished
it at about 5 o'clock at night.
When I finished the book, I felt like crying. Because, the book was accusually over and it was SUCH a good book!
It is toatally my favorite book in the world. Jessica Day George really did a fantastic job with this book. :)
 

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This is my FAVORITE book ever! I would definitely recommend it to any girl who loves brilliant, exciting stories (especially about princesses). Finished it within two days of checking it out!!!! I got in trouble a few times because I wasn't doing anything else but reading... such a great addicting story. Totally 5 star book!!!!!! 

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i like this book!!!!!!!!

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I was not familiar with this particular fairy tale. So I quickly had to read a condensed version of it somewhere on the web. The book is fairly close to the fairy tale, with some changes to enhance the story. The changes do well for the story and fleshes it out so the characters have more life to them.
It’s odd but neat how Galen likes to knit so much - however there is an author’s note at the end which explains this a bit (and it’s quite interesting). Galen is your classic fairy tale hero, and an overall nice guy. I like his character and between his perspective and Rose, the novel is a nice read.
The twelve sisters are unique in their own way. It’s a little silly they’re named after flowers (but perhaps they were named like that in the fairy tale? not sure) but I suppose it’s so the reader can identify them more easily. They each have their own distinct personality which is also very useful in identifying them. Rose, the eldest, is a good character and well written. Although I liked Lily more. (She had a very sweet ending to her side of the story).
What I liked were the descriptions of the King Under Stone’s Realm. It was an eerie dark setting, yet beautiful in a way. It certainly had an ethereal sense to it. I liked the idea of the twelve dancing Princes, some did seem nice, while others didn’t. Everything had a very ‘cold beauty’ feeling to it, and I loved this setting. It really enhanced the fairy tale even more.
The plot itself was good. I enjoyed the way Galen tried to get to the bottom of the mystery of the Princesses’ worn out slippers. The magic and fantastical elements of the story were not over the top, I really enjoyed the use of different magic items and charms which help Galen in his quest. I also enjoyed the writing style and had a few moments where I was laughing to myself. It was overall, a lovely fairy tale read with, of course, a wonderful happy ending. (Actually, one of the best endings I have ever read).
It’s a beautiful retelling of a fairy tale, with wonderful descriptive settings, easy to identify characters, and great writing, it’s a great read. Even if you’re not into fairy tales, I still say pick this one up and enjoy.
 

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a nearly perfect retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Sweet, with danger that includes more than one bad guy which requires a hero or two, it's also delightfully romantic. A lovely book.

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awesome book. it's so mysterious you never know what might happen next. great romance novel. romantic but not inappropriate romantic. for kids 10 and up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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This is a very good book. Even as an adaptation of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses", I find it better than the original itself. And, more interestingly, in the original the princesses loved to dance, and in this book, they were actually forced to dance! Also, I have never read of a hero who knitted in his free time and I must admit, other than being an excellent new idea, the knitting turned out to play quite an important part in the book and the way things are linked to one another is an example of an exceptional masterpiece of a book. Jessica Day George certainly handled the plot well. However, I think that the characterization can be improved on, and that Rose's sisters should have more lines, not just Rose herself and of course, Galen. Bishop Angier and Bishop Schelker, not the major characters but more of the "minor" characters, exceeded my expectations. Overall, I think this book still deserves a five-star rating and is truly worth reading if you're a reader looking for fun, romance, and a touch of magic.  

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Good rewrite of a Fairy tale with action, adventure, and romance as well as some mystery. I'd give it a 7 out of 10

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