Title: Princess of Glass
Author: Jessica Day George
ISBN: 9781599904788
Pages: 266 pages
Publisher/Date: Bloomsbury, c2010.

“I say, Christian,” Dickon said, shaking his head in puzzlement. “Did Lady Ella seem cursed to you? I thought she was charming, but Roger’s gotten it into his head that she’s under some sort of enchantment.”
“An enchantment?” Alarm spread through Christian. “We must help her! Quickly, the palace has weapons we can use!”
“Capital!” We’ll need swords and pistols!” Dickon looked eagerly at his older brother, who was staring at both of them with consternation. “Coming, Roger?”
“You’re both acting like idiots,” Roger said, almost musingly. “This is perhaps part of it. . . .”
“Part of what?” Christian steadied his horse with one hand. Why were they all sitting on horses in the middle of the street? Had they been on their way to the park? He turned his horse in that direction and the brothers flanked him, their horses moving at an easy walk. He felt his belt for a pistol, then couldn’t remember why he would be armed.
“I believe that Lady Ella is under an enchantment,” Roger explained. “And I think it’s spreading. The two of you are not behaving as you normally would, even around a beautiful young woman.” (126-127)

Fans of Princess of the Midnight Ball will not be disappointed with this delightful sequel, which takes place three years after the previous book. To foster good feelings and possible marriage arrangements, the neighboring kings are sending their children off on a foreign exchange program of sorts. Each of the remaining unmarried princesses, ten total, get sent off to a neighboring town, with Poppy heading off to Breton where she meets Prince Christian. Still suffering nightmares from her own curse three years ago, Poppy is quick to realize that another curse is in the works against Christian and the entire court, causing the prince to fall in love with a downtrodden lady. Will Poppy be able to break this curse without her sisters’ help?

I still can’t get over how beautiful the covers are for Jessica Day George’s books. Whoever does her cover design (according to the back jacket Donna Mark, with photograph by Larry Rostant) is amazing.

In this twist on the Cinderella tale that doesn’t focus on Cinderella, Ella is tricked by her “godmother” to cast a spell over Prince Christian to marry her. The plot becomes a little convoluted towards the end in turns of motive, but I thought the twist was well-played, and the effects of the spell on everyone involved were humorous. It was an entertaining read, and I loved how unconventional and no-nonsense Poppy was as a princess. She swears, she plays cards, she knits, she isn’t all that interested in romance, and she doesn’t dance. Who could blame her for not dancing after dancing every night for all those years? And the fact that Poppy is stronger than any other character will prompt cheering from readers.

I’m curious if there are going to be more books starring¬†the family of floral-named princesses. Honestly, this could be the beginnings of a whole set of romance novels, just like adults read, with the series branching off of other characters. I did like the first one just a teensy-bit better, but it was still well-written and suspenseful.

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