Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other's countries in the name of better political alliances--and potential marriages. It's got the makings of a fairy tale--until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ballgowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way. (from Goodreads)
I first read Princess of the Midnight Ball, the first book in the Princess series, back in 2011. Apparently I didn’t much like it, as I rated it only two stars. What I actually remember, though, is liking it a lot! So sometimes reading journals are good, but sometimes they’re just confusing.
Anyway, I picked up the two sequels to Princess of the Midnight Ball during Kobo’s big 90% off coupon weekend, and I’m SO glad I did. And that I didn’t remember what younger me thought about PotMB! Princess of Glass was AMAZING and wonderful and omg omg omg.
Okay, so: the things I had a problem with in PotMB? The inactiveness and too many characters and so on? Are nowhere to be seen in PoG. There are less characters, for one thing, with the narrative mostly focused on Poppy and her three friends. This made it easier to keep track of each character’s individual story and get plenty of detail about their personalities and whatnot.
Poppy and her friends are also VERY active in fixing their problems; they don’t just sit around hoping for a prince to rescue them somehow. They rescue themselves! They even rescue the prince(s). Awesome!
Other things: the romance between Poppy and her prince was adorable and slow to build. I loved all the characters and how much depth they had. Even bratty Eleanor! And I particularly loved how Poppy kept having nightmares/flashbacks to the midnight balls; not because I wanted her to suffer or anything, but because it shows that things weren’t immediately, magically fixed at the end of PotMB. Happy endings don’t necessarily mean “everything is fixed! Huzzah!” and I appreciated how it gave Princess of Glass another layer of awesome.
I definitely recommend picking up Princess of Glass if you’re a fan of fantasy and/or fairy tale retellings. I don’t think you’d even have to read the first book before reading PoG, though it might help for some background context.
Read: March 1, 2014
Have you ever liked a sequel more than the first book?