Aug 13, 12
Read in August, 2012
I read two other versions of The Twelve Dancing Princess in the past year. Being as I am over 50 years old and my brain is too full to hold much new information,I kept getting them mixed up. When my girls asked if I had read this book, I said,"Oh, is that the one where they live in Transylvania? Or is that the one where the old soldier saves them by knitting?" Kate was so frustrated that she gave me this version to read. Please don't ever ask me to keep them straight. They were all entertaining escape and better than watching a mediocre movie.
Of the three, it wasn't my favorite. The magical castle was imaginative, but the Mother and Father just didn't ring true to me. Also the dialogue was oftentimes fractured and silly. Bramble was positively obnoxious. Azalea was at times too timid and then at other times too brave. Her character lacked cohesion. Still what can you expect from the retelling of a fairy tell yet again. "Beauty" by Robin McKinley remains my favorite of the genre.