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Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
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Jan 15, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fairy-tales, fantasy, 2012
Read on January 15, 2012

This book has many things I love: fairy tale retellings, strong and interesting female main character(s), vibrant and delicious Otherworld/Faery realms, and well-researched culture-building. Setting The Twelve Dancing Princesses in pre-Bram Stoker Transylvania (with a wild wood and haunted lake out the castle door) was a stroke of brilliance.

I liked the main character Jena and her special little frog quite a bit. Of course, I couldn't stand the fellow encroaching maddeningly on her independence and the fact that she didn't have the power to set things right. I loved the reveal about childhood wishes and how the puzzle pieces came together at the end.

I've read some other works by this author before, some of which I loved, but but much of which really got lost in sappy love stories and started to feel quite derivative. I am happy to say this was not the case with this one. Entertaining and recommended.

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