The twelve dancing princesses has been a favorite fairy tale of mine ever since I saw the animated Grimm's Fairytale version on Nickelodeon (anyone else remember that show?). So of course I wanted to read this book when I found out about it.The first few pages had me hooked as we were introduced to the princesses mother and began to find out exactly how the girls started dancing. It steadily went down hill from there.Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the book, but it could have been so much better. George did not tap into the wealth of a story that she began. I was glad to learn about the history of the royal family and the country they ruled. George put a great amount of thought and detail into these things, but forgot to develop her characters around them. Rose and Galen were flat, uninteresting lead characters. While I'm all for lust/attraction at first sight, something else has to happen for it to develop into love or I'm not convinced. If you enjoy the original fairy tale this book will add a little more dimension to the background of the world it takes place in, but don't expect it to flesh out those mysterious princesses or their hero out much more.