4 Twelve Dancing Princesses Retellings

As a child, the Twelve Dancing Princesses always captivated me. I remember getting a beautifully illustrated picture book from the library and pouring over the pages each day. My love for the story has continued, and I am always thrilled to find a retelling. Here are some of my favorites for #fairytalefridays. 

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig: When her sisters start dying in tragic accidents, Annaleigh questions her involvement with a mysterious stranger and wonders if she’ll be next in this gothic retelling.

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George: A vibrantly told, romantic story set in 19th century Europe, following twelve princesses cursed to dance each night until their shoes are worn ragged and a soldier working to break their curse.

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine: Set in the dazzling world of New York City in the 1920s, this retelling follows a family of women who break free of their controlling father at night to dance in speakeasies.

The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell: Reveka attempts to break the mysterious curse on the princesses of Sylvania and instead discovers a door to the Underworld in this suspenseful, plot-driven story.

What’s your favorite Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling? What fairytale should we do next?

Published by Kristi

Hi there! I am Kristi, a book obsessed human with strong opinions. Join me as I read across genres and do the work to find you the best of the best books.

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