Saturday, December 29, 2012

Princess of the Silver Woods Blog Tour Stop



Hello lovelies!  Today is my stop on the Princess of the Silver Woods Blog Tour!  Today I have an awesome review and guest post for you, so let's get started!


Princess of the Silver Woods
by Jessica Day George
Series: Princess #3
Pages: 336
Release Date: December 11, 2012
by Bloomsbury USA

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When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor's twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it's not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.


*A copy was provided by Bloomsbury USA for review purposes*
I will admit that in the beginning of this book, I was considering giving up. The first twenty pages really weren’t that great: the events were too sudden, the writing wasn’t very good, it was confusing. But after the first twenty pages it got awesome!

This is the third in a series, and I haven’t read the first two. This was a bit of a problem, but Jessica Day George did such a good job explaining it didn’t really matter. The writing was awesome, there was really good, smart staging, and the events flowed together like a stream. There was a surprising amount of action in this book for a fairy tale. And, like all fairy tale stories, there was a VERY happy ending! :)

This book has a huge cast, maybe 17 or 18 people, because there are 12 princesses. But this cast was so awesome it didn’t even matter. Each character played their part very well, and they all contributed to the story. But the real main characters were Petunia and Oliver, and they were also the love interest. Insta-love happens way too often in YA, and I’m happy to say that this book did not suffer from the deadly disease that is Insta-Love. I loved how the romance grew over time, and Petunia and Oliver are really perfect for each other.
Petunia is totally kick-butt, especially for a fairtytale princess. I loves her spunk, attitude, and her fearlessness. I also love that she can take care of herself.
Oliver I also love. He’s such a sweet guy, and he really had to deal with a lot at a young age. You go man!

Needless to say, I will soon read the first two books in this series because if they are anything like this book I will love them. Also, I kind of want to see what happened before this one! :P

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~Guest Post~


Where do you get your inspirations for your stories? How do you choose which fairytales to write about?

Oh, inspiration comes from lots of places!  I was in the shower the other day singing Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” and came up with an idea!  It just happens, and it’s exciting!
I decided to write about The Twelve Dancing Princesses (PRINCESS OF THE SILVER WOODS) because I love the story but I own three different versions, and I wanted to make them fit together.  For instance, in one the guy is a soldier, in another he’s the gardener.  In one version he marries the oldest princess, in another the youngest, and in a third he says he doesn’t need any reward and just disappears!  Which one is the “real” story?  Hmm.  Guess I need to make my own version!  I picked Cinderella for PRINCESS OF GLASS because I wanted to put one of the twelve dancing princesses into a story where she would have to dance again, just one more time.  (At the ending of all the versions of Twelve Dancing Princesses, it says, And they lived happily ever after, and they never danced again.)  And for PRINCESS OF THE SILVER WOODS, I wanted to do a Red Riding Hood story because I’ve always wondered, What if the wolf weren’t a wolf?  If he can talk to Red and pretend to be her grandma, then what is he?  Maybe “wolf” is just another word for . . . well, you’ll see!





Bio:

Jessica Day George likes chocolate, knitting, books, travel, movies, dragons, horses, dogs, and her family. These are all things to keep in mind if you ever meet her. For instance, you could bring her chocolate to make the meeting go more smoothly. You could also talk about how adorable her children are, even if you have never seen them. You could discuss dog breeds (she has a Maltese named Pippin, and grew up with a poodle mix and a Brittany Spaniel). You could talk about Norway, and how it's the Greatest Place On Earth, and Germany, The Second Greatest Place On Earth. You could ask her about yarn, and indicate a willingness to learn to knit your own socks, if you can't already do so.

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Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!  I'm sorry I couldn't find a picture of JDG!  But anyway, I hope you enjoyed!! :)

2 comments:

  1. Great review! I love that it was okay to read the books out of order -- even with so many characters in the book :) Glad it got better after the first 20! I'll have to check it out.

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  2. Enjoyed your review! Glad to hear that the large cast of characters didn't get too confusing, as that can be a problem. Really like fairy tale retellings like this, so looking forward to reading this sometime down the road. Also enjoyed the guest post! Always love learning how authors think! :)

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