Princess of the Silver Woods (#3) by Jessica Day George
Release Date: December 11th, 2012
Date Read: 2012, Oct. 11th - Nov. 9th
Received: ARC via NetGalley
Rating: 3/5 stars
Recommended to: 11+
SUMMARY -At sixteen, Petunia is the youngest of the twelve children in her royal family: all are girls, and all have had adventures. Petunia is not expecting an adventure of her own, however, when she is attacked in the woods on the way to the Grand Duchess's estate. She thinks she has things under control, but her captor, Oliver, turns out to be more than meets the eye. When she discovers his plight, she decides to help him - and finds herself in a world where wrongs must be righted and old spells must be strengthened, before her whole world falls apart and she loses those she loves most.
MY THOUGHTS -I really wanted to love this book like the others - I really did. I went into it hoping and praying. I did enjoy it, don't get me wrong, but it was lacking in many ways. Still ultimately adorable, but not the brilliant fairytale JDG has been known to give.
CHARACTER NOTES -Petunia is one spunky girl. For the most part I really enjoyed her, although I wish there had been more development for her. Sometimes she felt like "just another sister", not an MC. In any case, I found her to be charming and adorable and, eventually, a cute match for Oliver....
....who started out fantastic and swoon-worthy, and who turned into kind of a meh love interest and an okay hero. He just didn't do enough. And when he did stuff it was mostly impulsive and illogical. However, I still enjoyed him, and I'm glad he was a part of the story.
Still, even to this day, Galen rocks my world. He and Rose are magnificent, well-defined and utterly charming. I just love them! Especially Galen. He is SUCH a man, from head to toe, and full of bravery, grand ideas, and lots of love. Basically, he's my #1.
The villains in this story, to me, were incompetent. As a personal rule, unless it is done VERY well, I HATE when dead and gone villains are brought back into the picture. The King Understone and his brothers are back for this adventure; and while I enjoyed some aspects of this, most of it wasn't done right. It felt like the same old, same old.
STORY NOTES -I wish the story had been based around a different antagonist. Something new. The King Understone was new the first time. Princess of Glass had an entirely new scenario. Silver Woods seemed like it had a new premise, but it was like Midnight Ball all over again. For that, I was seriously bummed out.
However, I did like: the wolves (I wish there had been more), Grigori, The Grand Duchess... I liked the escapes and the end scenes were marvelous! (Mainly because of Galen... *swoon*) I enjoyed the dynamic the invisibility cloak, the old crone, Walter, and the Bishop brought to the table. Overall, it was a fun story with a little something for everyone.
SUMMING IT UP -A cute story! Could have been much better, but worth a read all the same, especially if you're a die-hard JDG fan!
Nothing! Refreshingly clean children's book. Recommended 11+
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