Author: Heather Dixon
Release Date: March 29, 2011
Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it’s taken away. All of it.
The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.
But there is a cost.
The Keeper likes to keep things.
Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.
This retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses is amazing. Azalea, despite being lost and confused, betrayed and lied to, is still strong, independent, and caring to her sisters. She’s a leader, and even when she doesn’t really know what’s going on, she fakes it so well for her sisters’ sake. It is actions like those that showed her love for her family. And what a family. In the beginning, it seemed as though Azalea was the only parent, because the King was not a very parental figure. But then there were rare moments when he would hold a daughter’s shoulder or gentle his tone briefly. And the things that are revealed later in the book create a true family dynamic.
The romance aspect was great, too. Even though it was a little predictable, there was one couple that I just didn’t see coming, and all the matches were totally sweet. The incredibly diverse temperaments of each person created unique couples. I loved the chemistry between all of them, and the boys? Cuties! Even though they were a lot more formal back in that time period, I would have loved to be there – Lord Bradford? Yes please!!!
And of course, the plotline was pretty perfect. It was very close to the fairy tale, but I really felt close to the characters, got to know each sister, and best of all I got to hear a story I haven’t heard in a long time. The twist with the specific dances, especially the Entwine, was entertaining. There was a little insinuation, but nothing unsavory, etc.
I highly recommend this book to kids ages 12 and up, or if you enjoy fairy tales!