Review: Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George

Princess of the Silver Woods
Author: Jessica Day George
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Age Group: Teen
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

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.

My Thoughts

Although I was very excited to read Princess of the Silver Woods, I was also nervous because I wasn’t a big fan of Princess of Glass, the second book in this series.  But I really liked this book.  I don’t think it was perfect, but it was thoroughly enjoyable, and I’m very glad I read it.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge Robin Hood fan, and I was excited to read something with a Robin Hood feel.  Although I love Robin Hood, I think it is important for any retelling to have a good reason why Robin Hood is a thief.  For example, in Pretty Crooked, there wasn’t a good reason, and I didn’t like what the Robin Hood character was doing.  But Jessica Day George provided a good reason for why the Robin Hood character (Oliver) was stealing.

Let’s talk about Oliver.  I really liked him.  He had a lot of responsibility from a very young age, but at the same time, he also felt like  a teenager.  I think that is important since this is a book for teens about teens.  Sometimes I read books where the male lead is so decisive in his decisions, and although I like that as an adult, I have never known a teen like that.

I also liked Petunia, the female lead.  She is the youngest of the twelve daughters, and she gets frustrated when all her older sisters think she needs to be taken care of, even though she is nearly an adult.  I did think that some of her decisions didn’t really work with her personality.  The whole roses in winter thing, I don’t know why she didn’t stop to think about it.  But I did like her, and I thought she was well-developed.

What I wish there was more of is interactions between Oliver and Petunia.  They seem to fall for each other rather quickly, but they are barely in each others company.  I think if I was able to see Petunia and Oliver be together more, I would have liked this book a lot more.

There were a few parts of the plot that I had a hard time believing, but overall I liked this book.  I would recommend that you read the first book in the series (Princess of the Midnight Ball) before you read this one.  I actually don’t think it is necessary to read Princess of Glass, though, to understand Princess of the Silver Woods.  Fans of fairytale retellings, don’t miss out on this one.

Life Tidbits

  • For the last few weeks I have been so busy at work.  I have to order an insane amount of books and movies for the library, so I am spending house staring at the computer.  And, of course, since it is the end of the fiscal year, I can only order things that are in stock.  And nothing is ever in stock.  It is so frustrating.
  • Because I’ve been spending so much time on the computer at work, when I get home and try to do blog stuff, I get this terrible headache.  Grr.  Things should calm down at work in early December, though.  Yay!
  • My mother’s birthday is Saturday.  She’s going to be 65!  I know, it’s crazy.
  • I’m still in a reading slump.  I’m hoping to kick this reading slump’s butt by the end of the week, though.  I’m thinking of going to trusty Meg Cabot.  She always snaps me out of it.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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6 Responses to Review: Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George

  1. April Books & Wine says:

    Oh! This is based on Robin Hood! I thought it was based on Red Riding Hood. SNAP! I need to check Princess Of The Silver Woods out.

    Happy birthday to your mom!

    And boo on reading slumps. Hope it ends soon.

    • Quinn says:

      Sorry I wasn’t clear. It actually has bits from Robin Hood and Red Riding Hood in the novel. But I like Robin Hood more, so I focused on that. Although I have never liked the color red, I have to say, I was pining for a cloak like Petunia’s.

  2. Liesel Hill says:

    Thanks for the review! Tell your mom Happy Birthday! 😀

  3. I loved the first book, I even loved the second one more (because of Poppy), so I can’t wait to try this one out! Robin Hood is awesome, add some Red Riding Hood and you got a great mix 😀 Great review.

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