I found this book at my local book fair and because I have read “Princess of the Midnight Ball” and “Princess of the Silver Wood” I decided to pick it up for a few dollars. I must mention that the beautiful cover ehm… didn’t have anything to do with it… (Just kidding) Anyways, it sat on my shelf for a while, but I’m trying really hard to get to that point where I can say that I’ve read all the books on my shelf. (I’m not sure that will ever happen, though…)
I am a huge of fairytale retellings so naturally, the storyline of this book intrigued me. It was a really neat twist to a fairytale that has been told thousands of times over. I liked how it was a Cinderella story, but Cinderella wasn’t the heroine. Which brings us to Poppy. I liked her character, she was strong, independent, and brave. She had a bit of sass to her which kept it exciting and although she had a traumatic childhood, she was surprisingly calm when it came to fighting a curse.
“Took you long enough!” she said, and planted a kiss on his lips.”
However, I did not like Christian. He just didn’t seem to do much and also seemed a little naive and like a boy still. I didn’t really get a strong sense of the relationship between Poppy and Christian because their characters seemed so unbalanced, so different. But Ella and Roger were kind of cute and I wish the book had gone a little deeper into their relationship.
Yes, a little deeper. I think the whole book lacked this deeper aspect. Maybe that’s what the author was going for, a light, easy read. And it was a good storyline and there were interesting subplots, but I would have enjoyed more depth.
Now, the writing style… Same thing. It wasn’t super detailed and there wasn’t very much figurative language so I did get a little bored at times. And I’ll confess, I skimmed a bit sometimes.
All that said, though, it is quite a good book. It’s clean and fun – I definitely recommend it for teenage girls.