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There is a magical gathering inside an enchanted land, in which mystical, fantastical creatures gather and dance under the light of the full moon. There is a forbidden love between the much-beloved oldest sister and a tragic creature of the night. A clash between the two worlds that should never be. There is a quest for vengeance from a bitter, controlling, cruel young man. A cousin of the family who is determined to destroy all that is magical about the Transylvanian forest. There is a deep friendship between that young woman and her improbable pet, a magical frog. There is a young woman's quest to keep her family together, and to save the enchanted land which they love so much, while learning her own inner strength and discovering the depths of her own heart.

The Setting : I know I am being so repetitive here, but there's no other words to describe the setting of this book. It is just magical, it is wondrous, in every sense of the word. Real life takes place in a village of Transylvania. It is a small village, overlooked by a grand, decaying, crumbling castle that is no less beloved for its ancient age, and its oddity in construction. It looked as if it had grown up out of the forest, with an assortment of bits and pieces sprouting from every corner: tiny turrets, long covered walkways, squat round towers, arches, and flagpoles.

Piscul Dracului is the idyllic home of the five sisters and their loving widower father, a merchant who often travels. As children, the sisters stumbled upon a secret portal to a land of magic, the Bright Between, where festivities take place on the night of the full moon. A circle of autumn-clad trees sheltered the grassy sward, their branches hung with still more lanterns. These cast a warm light over the brightly clad revelers, whose gowns and masks, robes and jewels filled the open space with a swirling mass of color.

Above them, creatures performed aerial dances of their own, some borne on delicate, diaphanous wings, some on leathery, creaking membranes. They wear their finest dresses and their sturdiest shoes, for they will dance all night surrounded by all sorts of creatures, bizarre and beautiful and everything in between. Every girl has their place in a clique here, from witches to dwarves to flying, feathery things that they call friends.

As strange as they may seem to an observers, these odd beings are kind, friendly, welcoming. They have known these girls since some of them were little more than toddlers. Stela was with the smallest folk, down near the musicians. There was a double ring of them, weaving in and out and around about in a dance of their own. Some had wings, some horns, some feathers, and some shining, jewel-bright scales. They were chattering like a mob of little birds as they pranced to and fro, and still managing to get every step perfect.

Dancing Glade had its own set of rules. It is a joyous, festive party, a bright spot in their everyday lives. But not all is bright. We see the darkness, the growing suspicion and fears of the villagers as they grow to distrust the unseen creatures of the wild. Rest assured, the world of the village and the atmosphere is equally compelling.

The setting in its entirety is so well-described, so beautifully spun. It is a feast for the imagination. The Characters : I absolutely adored the sisters and their relationship. The five sisters within this book actually feel a lot like the five Bennet sisters, in some ways albeit rather more lively.

We have Tatiana, the eldest, the dreamy beauty whose love story is filled with obstruction; it may feel like a bit of a stretch, but I see a lot of Jane in her. Tatiana is deeply romantic, a lovely, sweet, gentle soul, easily hurt. Then there is Jenica, or Jena, our main narrator. I adored her. She is strong, she is the glue that holds the family together while their father is away. She handles a lot of the household affairs, she coordinates her sisters, she is ordinary, but wonderfully strong, rational, and above all else, loyal to her sisters.

She is a thinker, she is too much of a thinker, and too wary at times, but Jena only wants the best for her family. Though strong, Jena is not without doubt, and it is hard to earn her trust. She has a good head on her shoulders. The studious, book-smart, mentally brilliant Paula who feels like a Mary , and the youngest girl, the adorable Stela. There are many girls; I had no trouble telling them apart. I had no trouble distinguishing them from their personality, because they feel real. The dynamics between sisters are wonderful to see; they fight, they squabble, they love one another undisputedly.

The villains are many; there are characters from the Night People from the east. They are vampires, with plans of their own. But that's not all, there are enemies who are much closer to home, like Cezar, their cousin, who is determined to destroy the forest and the magical link in between worlds, for his own personal quest of vengeance. I will tear them apart, limb from limb, and then I will destroy their forest so that they can never return to haunt me. I will drive them even out of my dreams. Nobody is relegated to the background here, detail is paid every character, no matter how insignificant.

I may not love everyone in the book, but every single character was exquisitely written. The Romance : The romance is so subtle, so sweet, so light. There is that bitter ache of first love, but it is so much more than that. Love is portrayed in so many ways in this book. We see it as Tatiana falls for her forbidden young man, one who loves her equally in return, without hope of ever being together. We see it in other ways. It is not just romance between two people who are attracted to each other, it is love between sisters, the love of a loyal friend who has become your closest ally, your staunchest defender.

Then there is the angry sort of love, the controlling sort, of a young man determined to control and overwhelm that whom he cannot have. And then there is Jena, and her romance is the sweetest, because we have seen what she has gone through in order to achieve her happy ending. His heart and mine added a rhythm all their own. You will never regret reading this book. View all 55 comments. Nov 24, Kat Kennedy rated it it was amazing Shelves: leaves-awesomeness-behind , books-i-want-for-christmas , kat-s-book-reviews , favorites , australian-writer. The problem with this book is that it's not real.

Juliet Marillier is my arch-nemesis and main rival. We've been competing against each other for the coveted title of 1 most followed Australian for awhile now. The battle has been vicious. The competition fierce. It still counts as a c The problem with this book is that it's not real. It still counts as a competition, right? But since I've beaten her three weeks in a row, I feel confident that I can once again read her books. This was a mistake. My jealousy only makes me hate her more.

Because this book was fantastic, fantabulous, fantasmagorical. Recipe for a Juliet Marillier book: 3 parts brilliant written prose 2 parts whimsical fancy 1 awesome female protagonist 1 can of whoop-arse Available from all major grocery chains and retail outlets I doubt anybody does magical faery realms and myth retellings with the style, flair and gothic majesty of Juliet Marillier. I strongly recommend this book to anybody with an inner child and a desire to have their mind blown.

View all 19 comments. Jan 14, Lola rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , true-love , fairy-tale-retellings , witches , magical-creatures. What an enchanting story. The kind that makes your eyes sparkle with wonder. Juliet Marillier is a fine new discovery of an author for me. Her writing is tremendously elegant, soft to the ear, and flowing like a gentle but unwavering wave.

It will catch your attention but also manage into holding it. Juliet Marillier is talented, without doubt. Fairy tale retellings sweep me off my feet. I love princesses, knights, otherworldly creatures, prophecies, curses, witches, seeing true love bloom… and ev What an enchanting story. I love princesses, knights, otherworldly creatures, prophecies, curses, witches, seeing true love bloom… and everything else this genre has to offer! Wildwood Dancing is beautiful and truly magical.

A delight to the senses! The villain in the story, going by the name of Cezar, is what makes this book four-star-worthy instead of five, mainly. Being an antagonist, we can comprehend his being nasty, foul and manipulative, but is it really necessary for us to be exposed to him so much? I grew tired of him. Jena is a magnificently strong, adventurous and courageous lead heroine. Too much drama is never welcome. Also, there is a companion novel with as lead one of the young sisters, to make up for it, I like to think. I am more than glad I gave this sadly-under-the-radar book a chance. Here's hoping you will, too.

View all 16 comments. Gorgeous cover art, gorgeous story! Wildwood Dancing is mostly a loose retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" fairy tale, but this novel, set in Transylvania in about the 's, pulls in threads from various fairy tales and legends and weaves them together.

There are five sisters, ages , living in a castle on a mountain. Every full moon, the sisters go through a magical portal to the "Other Kingdom," a fairy land in kind of an alternate reality set very close to the real world. There t Gorgeous cover art, gorgeous story! There they spend the night visiting and dancing with all different types of wondrous magical creatures, some appealing, some scary.

The scary ones include vampires, and Jena, the second sister who is the narrator of the story, is afraid that her older sister Tatiana has fallen in love with a young vampire. There are so many layers and elements to this story: a jealous cousin who tries to take control of Jena's family. A talking frog who is Jena's closest friend. Sibling rivalry. Powerful and remote faeries.

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Being sent on a quest for love. And looking back on it, I'm amazed at how wonderfully all of these complex themes and elements are woven together. And the underworld society of fairies and other fantastical, magical creatures is so vivid and imaginative. My only beef is that the villain in the story is a little over the top.

This one is enjoyable by young readers as well as adults. In fact, I think I need to go find it and read it again. When I first read this fairy tale novel I rated it four stars, but the more I think about this book and compare it to others I've read in the genre lately, the more I'm impressed with it. So it's belatedly getting all five stars.

View all 9 comments. Dec 13, Navessa rated it it was ok Shelves: insufferable-heroine , fairy-tale-retelling , books-everyone-loves-but-i-hate. Utterly underwhelming. Filled with contrivances, plot holes, and rampant stupidity on the part of the MC. I spent the entirety of this book PISSED, mostly at the weakness of our supposedly headstrong, intelligent, and capable heroine, because while I was told that she was all of these things, I was never shown that she was any of these things.

All I saw of her was a weak-willed doormat of an MC, so spineless that I'm surprised she was able to stand upright. An equal measure of my rage was directed at her sullen, selfish ingrate of an older sister. Also, one dimensional villain is one dimensional. He's a bully, got it. Got it the first time, actually. Telling me for the 1,, time that he was a bully was just overkill. Patronizing, even. Entwined is a much better example of this retelling. Better paced, filled with compelling female characters and their believable relationships as sisters, entertaining, poetic, and with an ending that didn't make me want to curse the gods of deus ex machina.

This review can also be found at The Book Eaters. View all 11 comments. Shelves: favorite-books-ever. I don't recall the last time I've read a fiction book based on classic fairy tales that was this excellent, and I've read many. The tone of this book does indeed feel a lot like the recent works of Patricia McKillip, but Marillier manages to make you care about the characters more and this is coming from a huge McKillip fan. I don't cry easily at books, but I found myself moved to tears at several points. The book takes the fairy tale of the 12 Dancing Princesses and sets it in Romania, telling I don't recall the last time I've read a fiction book based on classic fairy tales that was this excellent, and I've read many.

The book takes the fairy tale of the 12 Dancing Princesses and sets it in Romania, telling of 5 sisters who journey through a secret portal at Full Moon each month to dance in the Realm of Faerie. Things start to turn when their father has to go away for the winter because of illness, and the oldest daughter falls in love with one of the Night People vampires, more successfully incorporated into Faerie context than anything else I've read. Add a plot with an outstandingly rendered true soulmate friendship between the lead character and her pet frog, who communicates to her in her mind, and this book was the first book in literally YEARS that I truly couldn't put down at night, and stayed up late to finish.

The "villain" of the book as well is a brilliantly rendered character, who you both loathe and feel sorry for at the same time. I'd love to see Juliet Marillier do more books along the line of classic fairy tale retellings. It suits her so very well. I've heard that she is currently working on the sequel to this book, and I'm elated to hear this news!!! Even though this book is technically a young adult novel, it is one of the most fascinating and maturely written plots I've read in years, and can be appreciated by fairy tale lovers of all ages.

View 1 comment. There was so much potential and it was soooo obviously wasted. It was a contradictory mess with plotholes bigger than Transylvania. Maybe because I am not so young any more. I probably would have enjoyed it at 13, but I just cannot buy into this tale 3 decades later. It probably also did not help that the narrator had such a whiny and saccharine voice that it gave me a permanent toothache. And yet, she was beyond hope, really. And all because of LUV as we are told.

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Ah well, I guess it is all right then. View all 17 comments. But honestly, I am not. Naturally, Wildwood Dancing is a reimagining of several fairy tales and other stories inspired by folklore. Only the five girls know how to get to this enchanted kingdom through the mysterious portal hidden deep in their home of Piscul Draculi, their castle nestled in the woods of the Transylvanian highlands. The story is told through the eyes of Jena, the second eldest, who assumes the responsibility of looking after her sisters and running the family business after their father is taken to the southlands to recover from a grave illness.

As trouble descends on all sides, Jena struggles to keep her family together and maintain her control over Piscul Draculi, even while Cezar tightens his grip around them all and Tatiana continues to slip away. The moment Cezar sweeps in, you could tell he was the evil, evil bad guy, pumped up on his own self-importance and never misses a moment to tell Jena what a silly and improper girl she is for daring to think for herself. There is really nothing more to his character than being teeth grindingly obnoxious and soul-crushing. As the main character, Jena is not immune from criticism either; where her emotions are concerned, she has more blind spots than a drunk bat and I frequently found her stubbornness maddening.

For a female protag who is supposed to be strong and independent, she can be stunningly ineffectual. Happily, predictable or not, I was really interested in the story, and that kept me turning the pages. The Transylvanian setting was intriguing, along with all that it implies. I also liked how snippets of multiple fairy tales were woven into the plot, and the way Marillier somehow made it all work. Ever since I read my first Juliet Marillier novel and she became one of my favorite authors, I have been meaning to go back to read more of her work.

Still, Wildwood Dancing was a delightful read and it is impressive for YA. Fans of Marillier owe it to themselves to check this one out. They live in a castle, deep in the forests of Transylvania, sometime during the Renaissance. They have little company except their father, two loyal servants, and occasional visits from their relatives.

The fae are ruled by a mostly gracious but hot-tempered queen—but even Queen Ileana must answer to the mysterious witch Draguta, whom our five heroines have never seen.

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This routine has been going on for years, resulting in many wonderful friendships between the girls and the benevolent wood-people—especially between Jena and her constant companion, the frog Gogu, with whom she has established a telepathic bond. But this year, change is on the wind—and Jena, our narrator, does not like it. You can tell from the concreteness of her descriptions that she has walked in these places, or at least places very much like them. This solidness makes the story—which is, like any good fairytale, full of metamorphoses and plot twists—seemed grounded, when it could easily become far-flung and flimsy in the hands of a less-skilled writer.

The Wildwood has many personalities. The sad, dead patch of forest ruled by the Night People tells you almost everything you need to know about them. Their leader, the charismatic and sardonic Tadeusz, has an uneasy peace with Ileana, but she and her creatures are repulsed by the rumors of bloodshed hovering over him and his, which they do nothing to dispel.

Sorrow instantly becomes enamored of the kind and beautiful Tatiana, who, much to the alarm of sensible Jena, soon returns his affections. Tati insists that Sorrow is not one of the Night People, despite all appearances. Jena is not convinced. They are looked after by their kindly Uncle Nicholae, fussy Aunt Bogdana, and cousin Cezar, who is becoming increasingly difficult. Everyone knows Cezar has had an unpleasant youth—when he was eight, he witnessed his older brother drown, and even now it seems his parents value dead Costi more than him. Now a young man, he is prone to outbursts of rage and fears of the forest, and is especially unkind to Jena.

They are quickly running out of money with no way to replenish it, and winter is coming. This brings us back to the Wildwood. Jena is sure the Night People will eventually start taking victims among the villagers. She fears not only for the villagers, but that hot-tempered Cezar and his accomplices might retaliate, catching her innocent faerie friends in the crossfire and probably doing little damage to the perpetrators.

But he tells her upfront that he will demand compensation for his kindness, and she knows the price will be terrible. In addition to all these problems, which will affect many lives, Jena grapples with one that at the moment seems very small though it turns out to be as big as any of the others : her dear little frog, her best friend since she was little, Gogu, has suddenly become moody and secretive.

Suffice that poor Jena has more responsibilities riding on her than a fifteen-year-old should. Who will help her? Ileana and her husband, Marin? Draguta, who has never shown herself at a Full Moon dance and may have no sympathy for a human? Or Tadeusz, who clearly acts upon his own ulterior motives? Lively and a bit sarcastic, she thinks she knows more than her gentle, romantic older sister, and is the boss in the absence of parents. I appreciated that she starts the book with frizzy hair and a flat chest, and she ends the book with frizzy hair and a flat chest, and plenty of men are still attracted to her.

Of the other four sisters, Tati is the most developed. She thinks the best of others even when she has every reason to be suspicious of them. Her soft heart immediately gives itself to Sorrow, a captive of the Night People. She has a close, tight relationship with Jena and is a good influence on her.

The younger girls are not as fleshed out, but their personalities are still distinct and bounce off each other nicely. Iulia is a Kitty Bennet or a less-obnoxious Amy March—she just wants a social life, some pretty dresses, and in time a handful of suitors. Think Mary Bennet, only useful and without the tone-deaf singing. Stela is the only sister without an obvious Austen or Alcott analogue. As a frog, he can be snide and funny, or mysteriously sad. He redeems himself a thousand times over for any superficial resemblance he may bear to Edward Cullen.

Also, he is not actually a vampire. Tadeusz is a perfect vampire—proud, secretive, sultry, cool-headed, and Machiavellian. His wooing of Jena is portrayed exactly how it should be: intriguing, but never safe or good. Suffice that he works as either a pure villain or a tortured soul who yearns for goodness and light but is afraid to accept them.

Cezar starts out an insecure boy in a desperate rage to prove himself a man, and over the course of the novel it consumes him. Draguta, the witch of the wood, is a laugh riot while at the same time being quite spooky. More than anyone else, she personifies the whimsy, both light and dark, that characterizes this novel. He bleeds out on Cezar, who in his daze of grief leaves a trail of blood dripping from his garments all over the house. When Tadeusz and his friends help Jena by mending the manor fence even though she told them it was unnecessary , they compensate themselves by draining the blood from a village girl, who does not survive the ordeal.

Her death is not shown. This motivates Cezar and the other men of the village to scour the woods for the Night People, but Tadeusz and company are far too crafty for them. The Night People enjoy torturing those who wander into their realm uninvited. A drunken Cezar hits Jena when she rejects his advances. When sober, he threatens her, her sisters, and their servants.

He tries to throttle Costi. Sex: Tadeusz is a sensual creature, and though his interactions with Jena are chaste, it is clear that he would like that to change eventually. He runs a fingertip down her neck at one point, causing Gogu to hop on him. Cezar gets drunk at a party and pins Jena against the wall, forcing a kiss on her and attempting to molest her. Disgusted, she fights him off, and he strikes her.

Before Jena can loan her a shawl or scarf, Cezar yells at Iulia, humiliating her in front of everyone. Costi is nearly naked when he is unexpectedly returned to his human form. Substance Abuse: People drink at a party—none of the main characters to the point of drunkenness save Cezar. This story takes place long before age limits were extant or needed on alcohol. However, Jena never witnesses this for herself, and Tadeusz may well have been bluffing. Yet the Church isn't portrayed as useless here.

He tutors a girl at a time when that was considered foolish at best and possibly subversive. Cezar stupidly banishes him from the village after the vampire attack, after which the situation gets steadily worse. Language: None. Finally, I hope they never change the cover art for this one. Nov 09, Tatiana rated it liked it Shelves: ya , , fairy-tales , aus-nz. Not sure how to rate this. Somewhere around 3. I really do like Juliet Marillier 's writing, even though it always takes me a while to get into any of her books. I like how descriptive and atmospheric her stories are. The characters are likable - the heroines are strong and resourceful, the heroes valian Not sure how to rate this.

The characters are likable - the heroines are strong and resourceful, the heroes valiant and loving, the villains sufficiently despicable. And of course, there is always LOVE , a sweet and touching type of love. I am starting to see a bit of a pattern in Marillier's books though. The story here is basically the same as I've read in her first 2 Sevenwaters books - the same cast of characters - a self-sufficient heroine, a suddenly weakened father, loving siblings, fairies, a family member villain, etc.

The main conflict always has something to do with fairy games and the human villain trying to force himself on the heroine. This particular story is also a little bit convoluted and muddy. I never got the clear picture what happened and why. Jena and her sisters, when her father is absent, start experiencing troubles in both fairy realm and real world.

Then these difficulties are all resolves, but interestingly enough, without any kind of effort on the sisters' part. Basically, a witch messed with them all and then all her spells are gone. All that the sisters need to do is endure and wait for changes to come.

It's just weird. And then some actions by the main character - Jena - are strange too. I often didn't understand why exactly she did certain things. For example, her sexist pig cousin tries to take away the authority Jena has over her household and her father's business' finances, and all she does is argue with him without actually exercising the power she has to stop him. And it happens on several occasions. So, you see, she is pretty much all talk no game. It is frustrating. And then the way she reacts to her best friend's transformation doesn't make sense either.

Now, looking over my review, I think I am going to downgrade my rating to 3 stars. I am, however, still very much interested in reading the sequel - Cybele's Secret. View all 15 comments. Oct 05, Samantha rated it really liked it. Such a fun and magical read! The half star is knocked off for insta-love Luckily not the main character. Hate that trope. But other than that, a beautiful book! This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. I can't say I really liked it, it's more of a 2,5 stars situation. I had some issues with the characters. To be honest, I can't say there was a single one that I actually liked.


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First off: Cezar, the main antagonist. He seems like a mere checklist of odious qualities, with no personality to back him up. An odious villain is a thing of beauty, but it needs a little something to give him substance instead of just "because of evilness".

For example, Ken Follet's World Without End has an antagonist with the same characteristics: power-hungry, petty, jealous, and a bully. However, he he has a personality to define him, and a purpose to his existence. Whenever a villain like that shows up on a page, you eagerly read what evil shanenigans he is up to. When Cezar showed up, I just groaned. On an additional note: if your character acts as a bully, we get it that he is a bully. There is no need for the other characters to remark on it constantly. Or maybe find another adjective, because between that and this review, I'm officially saturated of the word "bully".

Next: the hero and protagonist, Jena. Oh, Jena. So here's a very capable young woman who is educated and has harnassed the power of math as we are told and then is made powerless by Cezar forcefully takes off with control of her house's finances and the only thing she does is meekly protest and mope and drop the issue? How about if you went immediatly to his mother, your aunt, to complain, you twit? Make a scene as he is trying to leave the house with your family's money? Scream at him, do the Kermit arm flail, just geez, lady, anything would be better than just watching him leave.

Where's your supposed chutzpah? Jena is also a very caring person, and worries that her elderly caretaker, Petru, his having a very hard time fixing a fence all by himself when she can't afford to hire him some help. Gee, I don't know, help him, maybe? You were progressively educated, he's an old man, maybe you could pick up a hammer? Hand him the freaking boards? Fetch him some wire? Take him lunch while he's out in the cold of winter? Goddammit Jena.

Also: sister Tati. Who stops eating because She doesn't eat because she can only see her loved one once a month or something; why doesn't anyone tell her that if she dies she won't see him at all? There are some side comments, but nobody actually tells her "you know, you should eat something, you ninny. So much for the supposed close-knit sisterhood. The only thing anyone does about it is organizing a ball to Goddammit Jena, you and your stupid ideas again. While we're on the subject of her eating disorder, how is it that someone who is already thin can go by for months with just a few "nibbles of food and morsels of bread" and the only consequence is getting emanciated?

This girl lives in a castle, has chores and goes up and down staircases, shouldn't she have a few fainting spells? But no, she only faints once, two months into her anorexia, at the most dramatically convenient occasion. Of course. And I can't get over the fact that everyone has perfectly reasonable eastern-european names and then there's a guy named Sorrow. With a sister named Silence.

I mean, for crying out loud, even the vampires have normal names, why do these two are named after frontmen of some horrible screamo band? The rest is just ok. I did like the mixing of fairytales and romanian folklore, and I just wish that the plot was more focused on that and the Other World than on this group of twits. Gogu the pet frog was cool though. But that's only because frogs are awesome. Oh, and Stella, because she's five and makes flower chains with faery people. She's cool too. View all 6 comments. Aug 12, Phrynne rated it liked it. This was my second try at reading a book by this author and again I was only moderately impressed.

She does write well but this particular book seemed repetitive and went on a bit too long. I did enjoy the characters especially the frog which will sound strange if you haven't read the book yet and the sisters although Tati was seriously disturbed. The story was very predictable especially the frog. Three stars because I did read the book to the end so I must have enjoyed some of it.

May 29, Cristin rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , childrens-or-young-adult. This is another pleasant book for young adult readers who are interested in fantasy I also disliked the fact that it was nearly impossible to become attached to any of the sisters besides Jena, who is the main character though such an attachment or personal investment on the reader's par This is another pleasant book for young adult readers who are interested in fantasy I also disliked the fact that it was nearly impossible to become attached to any of the sisters besides Jena, who is the main character though such an attachment or personal investment on the reader's part is the effect the author wanted to produce.

There just didn't seem to be enough time to create substantial character development for each sister They were merely good spices thrown into the pot; they added flavor to the meat that was Jena's story Like so many of this genre, I'm sure it would have been best enjoyed prior to entering this callous, skeptical world of pseudo-adulthood.

I suppose I've become a cantankerous, all-too-serious old woman, despite the fact that I'm still in my early twenties I'm reading about fairies, for chrissake!


  1. Charlie Hooper, Detective: The Case of the School Phantoms.
  2. Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1) by Juliet Marillier?
  3. Dance of Desire.
  4. The Enquiring Tutor (RLE Edu O): Exploring The Process of Professional Learning (Routledge Library Editions: Education).
  5. Bretagne Nord 2 - La baie du Mont-Saint-Michel (French Edition).
  6. What do I expect? I'm being unnecessarily critical; it was a charming, young story--I liked Gogu's character very much and Jena did make an interesting main character; I wished the utmost happiness for her while I read her story, and will remember her fondly. This book is excellent for a couple of stormy summer nights--it's a fast and easy, enjoyable read. Feb 14, A.

    Howard rated it it was amazing. I want to live in all of Ms. Marillier's worlds. Feb 07, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: fairytales. This was an amazing book. She weaves together several classical stories: the Twelve Dancing Princesses, Transylvanian vampire lore, and others I wouldn't want to give any twists away by saying which ones , and does so seamlessly and without a feeling that she's cramming it all in. The characters were great, and I truly enjoyed seeing what twists and turns the story took.

    There were villains both in the "ordinary" world, and in the fairy kingdom, but also champions and sympathizers, often from u This was an amazing book. There were villains both in the "ordinary" world, and in the fairy kingdom, but also champions and sympathizers, often from unexpected places. I really liked that. The only reason why this doesn't get five stars is because I wanted a big showdown with the real world villain, and while he was confronted, I kept waiting for Jena to give him a piece of her mind and she never did.

    In fact, for a clever, opinionated girl, she was frustratingly lacking in good comebacks for this guy. I had a million and one things I wanted to shout at him, but she apparently didn't.