The Princess Curse

The Princess Curse

Book - 2011
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Thirteen-year-old Reveka, an herbalist's apprentice in the Middle Ages, attempts to break the mysterious curse on the princesses of Sylvania and instead discovers a door to the Underworld. Based on The Twelve Dancing Princesses.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062008138
0062008137
9780062008145
0062008145
Branch Call Number: T Fiction
Characteristics: 327 p. ; 22 cm

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Beatricksy Aug 29, 2017

Delightful. It’s got a real sense of place with its blend of Medieval Eastern European and fairy tale magic. It takes familiar elements of all its fairy tale pieces and then twists them ever so slightly to get new and interesting results. It feels familiar, and while you can probably guess where it’s going to go, I, at least, didn’t mind the journey there. It’s not really a romance. It’s a love for the earth and the people that inhabit it.

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Kendra_V
Aug 16, 2017

This book was just the best. I loved the female centered hero and the mythological back ground. I had read Handbook For Dragon Slayers before but I think I like this one a little better. They were both perfect to get lost in and helped me cope with my sibblings.

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1iesha
Apr 19, 2017

Great book!

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maddie_grace3
Aug 16, 2016

This book was interesting, but I found that often it was predictable. I enjoyed the mythology and herbology, and the heroine was a character within herself, but sometimes I was confused and lost. However, I loved the use of characters and plotlines. Overall, I enjoyed the book!

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littlechicklet
May 04, 2016

This book was OK. a bit dark and scary but OK. this book is probably better for older readers
4 stars

This was a REALLY good book. I'd recommend it for ages 9-13. The writing is very smooth and complex, and there is some mythology blended in.The ties to the 12 dancing princesses are prominent. The setting and time is pretty unusual, which helps make it even MORE interesting. The first time, I read it in 3rd grade, and it felt a little advanced, but I loved it. My sister read it too and she really liked it.

SPL_Childrens Feb 04, 2015

In this retelling of The Thirteen Dancing Princesses (complete with a dash of Beauty and the Beast), set in the Middle Ages, thirteen-year-old Reveka is an herbalist’s apprentice in the palace of Sylvania.

The unfortunate princesses of Sylvania are under the spell of a mysterious curse which causes them to dance each night until they are exhausted. The prince offers a large reward to anyone who can break the curse.

Wishing to purchase a position as a master herbalist, sharp-witted Reveka tries her luck at winning the reward. Instead, she discovers a door to the Underworld. There she discovers a world of magic, danger and intrigue – and a second terrible curse. Soon Reveka is faced with the formidable choice of turning back or risking everything to break the curses.

Combining adventure, suspense, magic, myth and humour, this thoughtful and enjoyable fairy tale features another smart, courageous heroine.

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Nicolet14
Aug 07, 2014

This is an INCREDIBLY WELL DONE BOOK. The main character, Reveka, is refreshing, hilarious, witty, and much braver and interesting that you'd expect. It's a spin on the 12 dancing princesses and Beauty & the Beast layered with dark magic, mystery, great characters, romance, and it leaves you wanting more. I can't even fathom how to describe this book, just that you need to read it.

5 stars.

crystal_dark Jun 17, 2014

This book was great! Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorites so reading a fairy tale retelling that combined it with another was really fun. This book had intriguing characters and an interesting plot that kept you guessing what would happen next.

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llws
Jan 03, 2013

Herbalist apprentice Reveka, anxious to have enough money to enter a convent and start her own herbary, dreams of freeing 12 largely ungrateful Romanian princesses from their curse. A mysterious prince in shadows, a mouthbreathing cowherd, a faithful herbwife, and a witchy bath attendant round out this retelling first of the 12 dancing princesses then beauty and the beast.

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SPL_Childrens Feb 04, 2015

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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Jul 07, 2014

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crystal_dark Jun 08, 2012

Twelve princesses suffer from a puzzling (if silly) curse, and anyone who ends it will win a reward. Reveka, a sharp-witted and irreverent apprentice herbalist, wants that reward. But her investigations lead to deeper mysteries and a daunting choice—will she break the curse at the peril of her own soul?

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crystal_dark Jun 11, 2012

“Stay in the boat, I told myself, watching them walk up to the pavilion. I'll just stay in the boat. I won't go anywhere near that creature.
But in spite of that wise warning, I climbed out of the boat.
Fine, stretch your legs, I told myself. Just don't follow them.
But of course, I followed them.
You are without question your own worst enemy, I scolded myself, even as I tiptoed after them.”
― Merrie Haskell, The Princess Curse

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