Monday, November 8, 2010

Book Review: The Thirteenth Princess

TITLE: The Thirteenth Princess
AUTHOR: Diane Zahler
CATEGORY: childrens
GENRE: retelling, fantasy
PREMISE: See the tale of the Dancing Princess from a character who was forgotten in the legend: their thirteenth sister.
MY REVIEW: I have rather mixed feelings about this book but overall it was good. It was a unique take on the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairytale. I definitely haven't seen the idea before and Zahler makes it work. Zita was a fun heroine, even if I didn't get much from her personality, I enjoyed taking the journey with her. Even the romance aspects were cute.
My issues with it were that the writing was rather flat. It wasn't engaging in anyway and had the annoying tendency to tell and not show. The ending while surprising was also somewhat chaotic. Plus again, rather flat two-dimensional characters.
Overall though, the book was decent. I believe this is Zahler's first book and she apparently has one coming out next year which is also a princess tale. Younger girls will definitely get a kick out of this one, particularly if they're into princesses.
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five princess dancing shoes
WHO SHOULD READ: younger girls in the princess stage, you like retellings, fans of the Twelve Dancing Princesses

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