Book Review: ‘The Twelve Dancing Princesses’ by Jenni James

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‘The Twelve Dancing Princesses’ by Jenni James


“Twelve princesses, one gardener, and a mysterious secret . . .

As the castle gardener, Aleck is paid well, has his own room above the stables, and he is able to support his mother and younger brothers and sisters. Why would he risk it all for one girl?

For weeks now, Princess Cascadia and her eleven sisters have awakened each morning to swollen feet and tattered dancing slippers without any recollection of what happened. Why would someone do this to them? The king calls all the worthy men in the land to come and help solve the riddle of the twelve dancing princesses. The man who is able to sort the mystery will be allowed to choose one of the princesses to wed.

Cascadia immediately turns to Aleck for assistance. If anyone can help her, she knows it is him, and she knows of no man she would rather marry. But will Aleck be able to unravel the mysterious happenings and save the kingdom before those behind the scheme succeed?”

Rose-Worthy Features:

            Ok, for starters I LOVE the Twelve Dancing Princess! I used to watch the Barbie version everyday when I was younger! I’ve read other Twelve Dancing books and even though this book is not my favorite out of the three I read I still enjoyed it never the less.

            I liked that the plot took a different twist from the original story! The sisters didn’t even remember going out and dancing! I found that because of that little detail made the book so much more enjoyable and entertaining. It was like this big mystery that I was trying to solve while reading the book.

            It was also interesting to see how Aleck’s family played in all the events that were going on because his mom was acting very suspicious in the book and that was intriguing. 

            I thought the relationship between Aleck and Cascadia was so sweet, young and innocent. Each moment that they had together made me smile and I just loved them together.

            Cascadia was such a sweet character and I liked how even though she was a princess she was still humble and was kind to everyone. Aleck was just a really nice guy in general. 

Thorny Features

            I wish the sisters were more involved in the book! I always loved watching the scenes in the movie where the sisters were together and I wish there were more of them in the book.

Final Thoughts

            Overall I rate this book a 3 out of 5. I liked it and it was interesting but I didn’t love it. If you want to read other Twelve Dancing Princess books definitely read ‘Princess of Midnight Ball’ by Jessica Day George or ‘Entwined’ by Heather Dixon Wallwork. In the end I enjoyed reading this book and if you decided to read this book then I think you will too. This was a fast quick read and it would be perfect to read for spring break! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been  reviewed. 

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