Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
Princess of Glass (Princess 2)
By: Jessica Day George
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Rating: 4 stars
|Summary: Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other’s countries in the name of better political alliances–and potential marriages. It’s got the makings of a fairy tale–until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ballgowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way.|
The first part was rather slow for me and I would rate the first half of the book 3 stars. It took me a while to get into the story and I expected a bit more spunk and attitude from Poppy. And although the story itself was rather slow, the relationships between Poppy-Christian-Marianne were going really fast. After 5 seconds I already had the feeling they were best friends. Sometimes this can feel natural but it didn’t feel for me that way in Princess of Glass. I also didn’t get Ellen’s part in the story right away but after getting to know her better she grew on me. Well, I guess I mostly felt pity.
I liked the second part more (apart from the ending). The pace was faster and I liked the twist towards the end. What I didn’t like so much was the rushed ending. I expected that the evil Godmother had planned something to make the end game more difficult and tricky. Not really… Everything went really smoothly and it was over before I could blink my eyes. I wouldn’t have mind it if the ending had been worked out more.
Nevertheless, I liked Princess of Glass slightly better than Princess of the Midnight Ball. The re-telling of Cinderella and the way the author included the well-known aspects like the mice, carriage, the beautiful gown every girl dreams of (and probably once wore during carnival), and the lost slipper was nicely done.