Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Pub.Date: Jan 20th 2009
Age Range: 12 and up
Source Of Copy: from fellow blogger - Lenore.
A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn… Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above. Captivating from start to finish, Jessica Day George’s take on the Grimms’ tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses demonstrates yet again her mastery at spinning something entirely fresh out of a story you thought you knew.
A very elegant and beautifully written fairy tale retelling. It has quite a lot of changes and more sensible details - like why the twelve princesses have to leave to dance at night and how they react to such strange happenings. The characters are genuinely nice, especially Galen. However, I wish to see more actions in their fight to free themselves. Also, the story is different, but if you expect a wow factor, there's unfortunately none.
Publisher: Putnam - Penguin USA
Pub.Date: March 5th 2009
Age Range: Young Adult
Source Of Copy: from publisher - Penguin USA
Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman knows about the power of positive thinking. With a little brother who has cancer, it’s all she ever hears about. And in order to help Jeremy, she will go to the ends of the earth (or at least as far as Hollywood) to help him believe he can survive his upcoming surgery.
But Annika’s plan to convince Jeremy that a magic genie will grant him any wish throws her a curveball when he unexpectedly wishes that his television idol would visit him. Annika suddenly fi nds herself in the desperate predicament of getting access to a hunky star actor and convincing him to come home with her. Piece of cake, right?
A cute read for middle grade and young adult audience. It's light-hearted, hopefully and warm. A journey to of a big sister to complete her brother's biggest wish of all. It's so cute you'll keep smiling the whole time you're reading the book. Having said that, unlike all those cute stories, Just One Wish doesn't have a happy ending, but a realistic one. My only problem with the book? Annika's relationship with the actor (what's his name? I totally forgot =.=) is too fast I cannot understand. Falling in love with some girl you've just known for a few hours? Doesn't make much sense to me.