Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell

Reveka is an apprentice to the herbalist in a castle where 12 princesses wear holes in their shoes each night.  No one knows where the princesses go but the king has offered a reward to whomever can solve the mystery.  Those who have tried to discover where the princesses are dancing each night end up in an endless sleep.  Reveka is determined to discover the secret of the dancing princesses so that she will earn enough money to open her own herb shoppe.  When she stumbles upon a list of ways to make a person invisible Reveka is sure she will succeed.  But when she does discover the secret reason the princesses dance, she must make an offer to sacrifice herself to save those she loves.  I'm usually sucked right in by fairy tale stories but this one didn't grab me as much as many others.  It does a nice job of combining the 12 Dancing Princesses with the Persephone myth so fans of either of those stories will probably enjoy the book.