My Thoughts: This is a sweet retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. This first half of the book dragged a little for me, with Evony spending a lot of time "revealing" information to Stavos. Once she was through with that though, the speed picked up a bit. Stavos was awesome and heroic. It was a really good, quick read and I was happy for Evony.
Note: Marcia McClure is 'the Queen of Kissing', which means she writes adult romance with descriptive kissing, but no sex. The age group of some of my readers lets me know that some may wish to be aware of this.
Midnight Masquerade: Stavos Voronin was not as blind-eyed as many nobles and royals. Evony’s physical gestures—even the simplest movement of her hands—revealed that she had not always been destitute. The same was true of the children—of their polished manners and the boy’s knowledge of horses and tendency to be bold and fearless of strangers. Ah yes, Stavos enjoyed a good mystery. After all, interest in the inexplicable circumstances surrounding the royals of Abawyth was the very thing that had lured him to the kingdom—the enigma of Abawyth’s twelve sleepy princesses. And yet now—now his mind was all the more intrigued. Not only was the obscurity of what had caused the profound and baffling torpidity of Abawyth’s princesses laid out before him, but also he found his curiosity intensely piqued over the riddle surrounding the very lovely Evony and her siblings. As Stavos strode through the village resting on the outskirts of Abawyth Castle, his mind reeled with possibilities. His musings were drawn back to why he had come to Abawyth at all—to solve the conundrum surrounding the twelve beautiful princesses of Abawyth kingdom—to solve the seemingly impenetrable crux and thereby win the hand of one of Abawyth’s princesses, as his father, King Letholdus of Ethiarien, had commanded.
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