Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George
The Skinny: Princess Petunia, the youngest of the 12 sisters in Jessica Day George’s series, is sent to visit an elderly friend of her family’s. But in order to get to her friend’s, she must pass through the dangerous woods where a band of thieves dressed as wolves are known to rob passers through. When Petunia’s carriage is attacked, she is “kidnapped” by one of the wolves, who just so happens to be handsome and devilishly cute. But when Petunia reaches her final destination, she soon realizes that old curses aren’t so easily broken and her elderly friend isn’t all that she seems. Princess of the Silver Woods combines the stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood, mixing in nicely with the previous stories of the 12 princesses.
BFF?: The last time I saw Petunia she was, no joke, like 6. My how she has grown into quite the little lady, with just as much gumption as she ever had! It’s really got to be hard to be the youngest, especially when you’re the youngest of TWELVE sisters. Petunia is tired of being babied, tired of being overshadowed by her sisters, so traveling to Westfalin to visit her elderly friend (who has a handsome grandson, BTW) seems like the perfect escape from her older sisters. From the get-go I loved Petunia – any princess that aims her gun at a team of bandits without fear earns major points in my book!
Readability: This one goes back and forth between Petunia and Oliver, but not in a confusing way. I loved getting to know them both and I think they balanced each other out nicely. We also get to see all the other sisters and their husbands, so the majority of the book is this conglomerate of family members – one you want to be a part of. There’s also beautiful storytelling; from the settings to the characters to the hints of romance everything was just wonderful.
Crush Level: 6
Oliver was, don’t get me wrong, very cute and I loved him as a romantic character, but with the combination of all the other husbands/fiances around, it made me realize just how young he was compared to them. So I couldn’t really swoon over him because it was like “Oh, he’s my LITTLE sister’s boyfriend.”
So Petunia wears this riding hood, as you can see from the cover, and it’s supposed to be super gorgeous. For several, several years I’ve wanted to dress as Red Riding Hood for Halloween (which I totally did this year!) so I loved the fact that this fairy tale was featured!