Wednesday, July 4, 2012
The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell
Her meddling brings her to the attention of the queen, who encourages her to keep trying. As Reveka learns more about the history of the curse and the affect it's had on the entire kingdom, her worry increases, and she's drawn more and more intimately into the princesses' lives.
The story evolves about midway through to become a more recognizably Beauty and the Beast adaptation, with a strong flavor of Persephone thrown into the mix. I loved the blend and the reasoning and the way the two tied together to make a strange underworld for Reveka to explore.
I think I would have liked more detail about the kingdom and its neighbors, and some more of the complexity of the political situation to come through in the story -- but I do think the book is suitable for younger readers and as such, readers who are (old) like me will find it a pretty quick read.
Definitely a delightful take on two of my favorite fairy tales.