This fairy tale retelling of The 12 Dancing Princesses is fantastically brilliant. Commonly classified as Y, it could, by all means, be YA, considering the age of the eldest sister, Azalea, at 16. She and her sisters are adorable, all alphabetically named after flowers. Even though told through Azalea’s perspective, each of her sister’s personalities has a moment to shine, along with discovering how deep their sisterly bond is. Mostly following the original German fairy tale, the twelve princesses find a mysterious passage in their bedroom that leads them to a silvery forest where they can dance to their heart’s content, while having to mourn their mother’s passing for a year, with the addition of the mysterious Keeper. “The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.” Full of magic, mystery, a few sweet, subtle romance(s) and strong female characters. The audiobook is wonderful as well, Mandy Williams’ Australian accent suits Azalea perfectly and really adds to the fantasy setting.
A lot of the writing, some descriptions and such, are vague for imaginative purposes, which is one of the things I love about the book, some YA authors rely heavily on character or setting description to get you into the story, which can make the story drag a bit. But the writing here is very smooth and open to interpretation, which I feel is the whole reason for books! Everyone reads it but it’s different in your mind than I would be in mine, then discussion ensues! You can watch the book trailer here, the author made it herself (having been a previous storyboard artist at Disney certainly helped):
and a Q&A she did, explaining some of the research she did for the dances. }
~As always, stay positive and visit your local library~
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