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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Princess of the Silver Woods (Princess, #3)
Jessica Day George
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Source: Publisher
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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.
CATCHALL
I love, love, love Jessica Day George. Her entire Princess trilogy has been fantastic, and this book was no exception. It was romantic and sweet but also a bit daring and dangerous, and overall fabulous. Though I didn't love this one as much as the previous two and it is my least favorite book in the trilogy, I still absolutely loved it. It was a fantastic conclusion and it excited me to my very bones. Every danger was very real, and the mystery was intense. I fell in love with the story and didn't want it to end.

THE HEROINE
PETUNIA
Petunia is again, probably my least favorite of the three princesses featured in this series, but I still adored her. She was brave, and although she could be impulsive and a bit dense, she still was fun to be around. She was far from perfect, although I still had a difficult time connecting to her for whatever reason. She wasn't entirely relatable. Even so, she never whined, which was a relief. There wasn't one defining thing about her that I disliked, and overall she was a well-developed character.

THE LOVE INTEREST
OLIVER
Oliver is introduced as somewhat of a bandit. Cheated by the war with Analousia, his land has been taken away and in order to feed his people and survive, he's had to steal and trespass. Even so, he's far from bad-hearted. He only does this for survival. He's angry, but he still doesn't take hard vengeance where he could, not when he knows it's better not to. And he's fiercely loyal. He'll do anything for Petunia, take any risk, if it means keeping her safe. He puts others before himself no matter what.

THE PLOT
Oh my, the plot. Fantastic, of course. When I first read about it, I feared that it might be too similar to the others. I could not be more pleased to be wrong. It was definitely a unique tale in its own right and a pleasure to read. I loved the fairytale aspect and the way it was woven into the story, all while remaining true to itself.

It's a retelling of Red Riding Hood, but there were some other fantastic things mixed in. The King Under Stone is back, and he'll do anything to get Rose and his sisters trapped in his realm. There's an elderly grandmother whose plans may not be all innocence, and a handsome prince who might only be in this for his own gain. There are also wolves, but they may not be the enemy.

There was mystery, which was awesome. Gotta love mystery. You don't really know who is on what side until the end, or where everything is going.

There are appearances by several older and much-loved characters who end up having surprisingly major roles. Everyone is important in this story.

More than that, though, is that there is tragedy, and that's what really opened up this book for me. I cried. I cried my eyes out. For while there was happiness and love, there was also great sacrifice. And that sacrifice broke my heart. I love that it wasn't all simple, and that there was pain.

THE ROMANCE
So, the romance. Eee! Well, to be honest, it was a tad instalovey. Even so, it wasn't horribly instalovey and I did like it. For the longest time I had a difficult time seeing what they loved about each other, but eventually it really did become apparent. It wasn't perfect, but it could have been worse. I also think that a different path in the romance might have been interesting, but it was barely explored. Even so, I do like Oliver and Petunia together. I like the bond they share. We also get glimpses at the other princess' romances and I adored that too.

THE WRITING
Jess' writing is fantastic. It really is. It uses alternate POV from Petunia and Oliver. It's third person, and yet we still get very deep insights into the person. It's awesome being inside their heads and amazing how she manages to give each character such a unique voice. I could always tell who was speaking. Also, the description was marvelous. I love the way she describes the different worlds and places. It's like they literally come to life, real places that truly exist.

THE ENDING
The ending was marvelous. For the longest I was worried, wondering how she was going to make it into a happy ending. There as so much trouble and drama that it seemed like things could never be resolved. But of course, they were! There was happy fairy tale magic that thrilled me and was absolutely perfect. There was so much sweetness and happiness I thought that I would burst (in a good way!). There were other characters too who finally get their own happy endings, and it was basically just perfection.

WRAPUP
So, did I absolutely love Princess of the Silver Woods? Um, heck yes! I'll definitely be rereading it in the future, as well as whatever Jessica decides to publish. I am totally a fan for life. I also wholeheartedly recommend this book. It's a sweet, cute fantastical romance with a bit of mystery and a dash of magic, making it fun and gorgeous. It is a truly enjoyable read that I think will find its way into many reader's hearts. I absolutely adored it, and I think if you give it a try you will, too. You can also read any of these three books without reading the others, but it's preferable to read all three!

FINE.


*****FINAL RATING:  4.65 RED ROSES*****

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23 comments:

  1. How have I not heard of this series yet?! Must be the cave that I am living in or something... I am in complete need of these now. I think it was the sacrifice part that hooked me 100%. Awesome review, I will be trying to get my hands on these soon!

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  2. I've been waiting for the longest time to read Princess of the Silver Woods for the longest time to end off the Princess trilogy! I absolutely loved the previous two books, and am so glad you enjoyed it! Though I'm a bit worried that I might want to tear Petunia's character to pieces, I'm going to head into this book with positivity c:

    Lust For Stories

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  3. Ah, cool trilogy! I haven't heard of it, so definitely have to add it to my "must reads." I love the term "instalovey..." it made me laugh! But, I totally get it, and that's great. Thanks for the review! :)

    Best,
    Danielle
    http://thereaderscommute.blogspot.com

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  4. I just love love fairy tale retellings and have been dying to get my hands on this for a long time. Thanks for the great review!

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  5. Ive had my eye on this series for a while and I think Ill definitely have to add it to my wishlist!! My BFF was on to me for ages telling me to get them :)

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  6. I just finished this last night! I loved it so much! I can definitely see your points, but I think I'm just so in love with Jessica's books that I quickly overlooked those. Anyway, great review!

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  7. nice review :) I love books like this

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  8. I love Jessica Day George I have read every book she has written and they are all amazing. I cant wait to read this one it looks great. Thanks tor the great review!!!

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  9. Hmmm. Maybe I should check out Jessica Day George's books...

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  10. I'm ashamed to say I've never read any book in Jessica Day George's Princess series. Not sure why I haven't done so because I LOVED her Dragon Slippers trilogy! A combination Red Riding Hood + Robin Hood retelling sounds amazing and I'll try to check the previous books out when I'm at the library.

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  11. I think this is one of those series that I judged based on the covers the books (shame on me!), I thought they were geared towards a younger crowd so I over looked them. Hopefully I will rectify this when I make my weekly trip to the library because this series looks like an incredible read and a nice break to take from dystopians and paranormals like I have been reading lately. Retellings of classic fairy tales are favorite of my mine and strong female leads are always a must. Thanks for the honest review!! :)

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  12. I love this series and really enjoyed this last one, I just wish there were more Petunia/Oliver scenes together! It was nice to have grab up with the King Understone though.
    Glad you really enjoyed this!

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  13. This is the first time I've heard of this series.. looks cool. Love the cover and I 'll have my eye out for this one.

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  14. I soooo want to read this trilogy! I s2 fairy tales retellings and this one seems so awesome!!!!!!!

    It's also good to know that the books is nice, despite the instalove lol

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  15. I have not read any fairytale retellings yet.
    This sounds like an amazing trilogy, I have followed the reviews of the previous books as well.
    Thanks for the great review!

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  16. I love Red Riding Hood stories any and all of them! I don't know why I love red riding hood? I just do! This sounds like such an interesting take on the story! I love finding stories retelling my favorite fairy tales!

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  17. To be honest, this book always caught my attention, but sadly, the only book store that ships to my country doesn't have it. I guess one day I'll end up buying the ebook, coz this really really sounds good.
    So glad that you loved it!

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  18. Looks like a good series. Thanks for the introduction to it. I'll be adding it to my to-read list.

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  20. I have not read this trilogy yet, but I love fairy tale retellings and this book alone makes me want to read the trilogy. I love the idea of the Robin Hood story and Red Riding Hood story together in this one!

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  21. Ah it seems that Princess of the Silver Woods is wonderful! I loved Princess of the Midnight Ball! Not so much for Princess of Glass but Im definitely looking forward to the third book! Wonderful plot, from your review!

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  22. Ever since this book came under my radar, I've been in love with it. Loved the review and now I'm defo getting it ASAP!

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