5 yummy tagalongs.
Cover Love: Yes! It is so beautiful.
Why I Wanted to Read This:
Well, the cover was a big reason, it caught my eye very quickly! Secondly, it is a re-telling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, one of my favorite fairy tales. And I love re-tellings of most fairy tales! Here's the synopsis from Good Reads:
I Kept Reading Because: It was awesome. Easy to read and follow.
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.
What I Liked (& Didn't):
First off, it was very well written. This is a big book (480 pages) but was so smoothly written that it didn't take any time at all to read it.
I really liked Azalea. She was a strong heroine who had her moments of doubts. It made her more accessible for the reader. I didn't really like Bramble (the second sister), luckily she's not in there a ton so it didn't ruin anything for me.
I thought it was clever that the princess were named after flowers, but also alphabetically.
I love the story of The 12th Dancing Princesses. I liked that in this tale the royal family is more of a figurehead for it's country. And that the princesses were poor so dancing truly was their one escape.
Great villain also, very creepy.
I liked the King and overall he seemed to be the one that did the most growing in the book. A nice touch.
I loved that not only Azalea had a romance, but Bramble and Clover also each had one. A nice twist for this fair tale.
To Sum Up: A great main character and several romances lighten up this dark tale. One for my middle school library shelves and my personal library shelves!
Book requested and received from Greenwillow. Thanks!