Book Review: ‘The Twelve Dancing Princesses’ by Jenni James

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‘The Twelve Dancing Princesses’ by Jenni James

Description:

“Twelve princesses, one gardener, and a mysterious secret . . .

As the castle gardener, Aleck is paid well, has his own room above the stables, and he is able to support his mother and younger brothers and sisters. Why would he risk it all for one girl?

For weeks now, Princess Cascadia and her eleven sisters have awakened each morning to swollen feet and tattered dancing slippers without any recollection of what happened. Why would someone do this to them? The king calls all the worthy men in the land to come and help solve the riddle of the twelve dancing princesses. The man who is able to sort the mystery will be allowed to choose one of the princesses to wed.

Cascadia immediately turns to Aleck for assistance. If anyone can help her, she knows it is him, and she knows of no man she would rather marry. But will Aleck be able to unravel the mysterious happenings and save the kingdom before those behind the scheme succeed?”

Rose-Worthy Features:

            Ok, for starters I LOVE the Twelve Dancing Princess! I used to watch the Barbie version everyday when I was younger! I’ve read other Twelve Dancing books and even though this book is not my favorite out of the three I read I still enjoyed it never the less.

            I liked that the plot took a different twist from the original story! The sisters didn’t even remember going out and dancing! I found that because of that little detail made the book so much more enjoyable and entertaining. It was like this big mystery that I was trying to solve while reading the book.

            It was also interesting to see how Aleck’s family played in all the events that were going on because his mom was acting very suspicious in the book and that was intriguing. 

            I thought the relationship between Aleck and Cascadia was so sweet, young and innocent. Each moment that they had together made me smile and I just loved them together.

            Cascadia was such a sweet character and I liked how even though she was a princess she was still humble and was kind to everyone. Aleck was just a really nice guy in general. 

Thorny Features

            I wish the sisters were more involved in the book! I always loved watching the scenes in the movie where the sisters were together and I wish there were more of them in the book.

Final Thoughts

            Overall I rate this book a 3 out of 5. I liked it and it was interesting but I didn’t love it. If you want to read other Twelve Dancing Princess books definitely read ‘Princess of Midnight Ball’ by Jessica Day George or ‘Entwined’ by Heather Dixon Wallwork. In the end I enjoyed reading this book and if you decided to read this book then I think you will too. This was a fast quick read and it would be perfect to read for spring break! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been  reviewed. 

Book Review: ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by Jenni James

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‘Hansel and Gretel’. by Jenni James

Description:

“Hansel’s father finds a child lost and alone during a violent thunderstorm. After bringing her in from the tempest, he and his son are startled to discover that she is Gretel, a princess of Larkein the enemy kingdom their own king has just destroyed. Fearful for her life, Hansel pleads with his father to save her. He believes they can make Gretel good by teaching her their ways. His kindhearted father agrees, but with great trepidation.”

          This book was one of the books I was most excited to read this week! When I was younger I both loved and hated Hansel and Gretel. I would watch multiple Hansel and Gretel movies and love them but hate the witch. I also have never seen a Hansel and Gretel book so I was super excited to read this one!

Rose-Worthy Features

            I loved reading the scenes where Hansel and Gretel were bickering. Hansel was definitely older and mature compared to the movies. Gretel was still the sweet character from the movies, she was nice but also a strong character.

            Surprisingly I liked reading the scenes with the witch in them! In this book the witch marries the father but for different reasons then some people may guess. She was mean and scary but overall a great witch!

            The plot was so intense and immediately gripped my attention. It was fast paced and had a lot of action and suspense. Especially towards the end of the book it became hard to put it down.

Thorny Features

            The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of in this book was that Hansel and Gretel were not brother and sister. They had a romantic relationship. I did not like that one bit. It felt a little weird to read. I mean I went my whole childhood knowing them as brother and sister and the fact that they weren’t kind of messed up the book for me.

Final Thoughts

            Overall, I rate this book a 2 out of 5. The plot was definitely interesting and had my attention the whole time but the thing that ruined the book for me was the fact that Hansel and Gretel weren’t brother and sister. I would still recommend reading this book because it was entertaining and the plot was REALLY good! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed. 

Best Fairytale Books!

Happy Monday! This week I decided to read reimagined fairytale books! This idea came about when I was scrolling on Goodreads when the book Peter Pan came up. I was immediately drawn to the beautiful cover but once I read the description of the book I was hooked! Lets just say if you always wished Wendy and Peter end up together in the end, then this book will satisfy you childhood dreams! The book was by Jenni James and I found out that she had a whole series dedicated to fairytale remakes! I picked my favorites and immediately ordered them online. Get ready because this week is all about reimagined fairy tales! The contestants this week are:

Peter Pan by Jenni James 

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“Peter Pan needs help, and he’s convinced the effervescent Wendy Darling is just the girl to champion his cause. Ever since the mischievous fairy Tinker Bell began recruiting—more like, snatching—boys from London’s orphanages to take them to a magical place called Neverland, things have gotten out of hand. Captain Hook has only become more violent and the boys more lost as their memories of life before Neverland begin to fade. Peter’s only hope is to get the boys back to England and help bring balance to Neverland before Hook’s dangerous escapades kill them all.

Wendy is not quite certain why such a handsome young man would need her—especially a lad who clearly has a touch of madness in him. What boy learns to fly? But whatever the reason, home life has become too much for her now that her parents are hoping she marries an acquaintance she can barely abide. There is something about Peter Pan that intrigues her greatly, and then there is this magical world he talks about, this Neverland . . . “

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“A young prince crippled by a witch—

When Fredrico watches his cruel family mourn his false death and announce to the kingdom their cursed prince has died, is the day he truly embraces his new life and new name Rumplestiltskin. How could he be known by anything else? —His skin is completely rumpled and stilted now. He hides away from the king and queen and grows up as a crippled servant in the castle.

Years later, his younger brother, Marcus, becomes king and humors Aubrynn’s father when he boasts that his daughter can turn straw into gold. Intrigued Marcus locks the distraught maiden in a tower and declares to the kingdom that if she can transform the straw, he will marry her, but if she cannot he will kill her father.

Rumplestiltskin is determined to help Aubrynn save her father and marry the king. Now, if only he can remember to keep his real identity a secret and not fall in love with her himself…”

The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Jenni James

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“Twelve princesses, one gardener, and a mysterious secret . . .

As the castle gardener, Aleck is paid well, has his own room above the stables, and he is able to support his mother and younger brothers and sisters. Why would he risk it all for one girl?

For weeks now, Princess Cascadia and her eleven sisters have awakened each morning to swollen feet and tattered dancing slippers without any recollection of what happened. Why would someone do this to them? The king calls all the worthy men in the land to come and help solve the riddle of the twelve dancing princesses. The man who is able to sort the mystery will be allowed to choose one of the princesses to wed.

Cascadia immediately turns to Aleck for assistance. If anyone can help her, she knows it is him, and she knows of no man she would rather marry. But will Aleck be able to unravel the mysterious happenings and save the kingdom before those behind the scheme succeed?”

Hansel and Gretel by Jenni James

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“Hansel’s father finds a child lost and alone during a violent thunderstorm. After bringing her in from the tempest, he and his son are startled to discover that she is Gretel, a princess of Larkein the enemy kingdom their own king has just destroyed. Fearful for her life, Hansel pleads with his father to save her. He believes they can make Gretel good by teaching her their ways. His kindhearted father agrees, but with great trepidation.”

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