The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell.
Summery: Reveka is an smart and quick, herbalists apprentice in a castle whose twelve princess are cursed. No one has been able to figure out where they disappear to. And anyone who tries to find out is in danger. They have put many to sleep in someway...and these people cannot be woken up. Reveka wants to figure some way possible, anyway to to break the strange curse. It is very important that they get married off (and who would with all the rumors and mystery) soon, because the countries all around them moving in since Prince Vasile doesn't have an heir yet. She gets even more determined when her friend falls under a deep sleep caused by the princesses, to guard their secret, whatever it is. Although she may be in danger Reveka pushed on, she wants to discover this secret!
Romance: A crush (on a servant boy), talk of betrothing, mention of young brides not being a true wife for a few years.
Violence: Yelling/arguing, poisoning, iron boots and dancing until their feet bleed, threats, threats of war.
Other: Dragons (in humanoid shape shifting), enslaving people with enchantments.
Time Period: Another world close to ours, Medieval.
My Thoughts: This is a mixture of The Twelve Dancing Princess and Beauty And The Beast. It was a very different retelling, though some of the foundation was the same. It was a quite an interesting retelling/fairy tale :) I would recommend this book to girls who love fairy tales and fantasy, possible Greek myths and that are tween aged. (11/12)
My Stars: 3.6