The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell (Published by HarperCollins, September 6, 2011)
Twelve princesses suffer from a puzzling—and downright silly—curse. Ridiculous though the curse may be, whoever breaks it will win a handsome reward.
Sharp-witted Reveka, an herbalist’s apprentice, has little use for princesses, with their snooty attitudes and impractical clothing. She does, however, have use for the reward money that could buy her a position as a master herbalist.
But curses don’t like to be broken, and Reveka’s efforts lead her to deeper mysteries. As she struggles to understand the curse, she meets a shadowy stranger (as charming as he is unsettling) and discovers a blighted land in desperate need of healing. Soon the irreverent apprentice is faced with a daunting choice. Will she break the curse at the peril of her own soul?
Enchanting and funny, Merrie Haskell’s debut novel is part “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” part “Beauty and the Beast,” part “Persephone,” and wholly original.
This book looks like it will be a really good fairy tale retelling and I love the cover.