by Heather Dixon
Published: March 29, 2011
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
Azalea and her younger sisters dance in the mysterious silver forest every night, escaping from the sadness of the palace and their father’s grief. What they don’t understand—although as time passes they begin to get an inkling of the danger they are in—is that the mysterious and dashing Keeper is tightening his snare with deadly purpose. Luckily, Azalea is brave and steadfast. Luckily, a handsome young army captain also has his eye on Azalea. . . . Lush, romantic, and compelling, this debut novel by Heather Dixon will thrill fans of Shannon Hale, Robin McKinley, and Edith Pattou.
I was confused when I started reading the book, haven't read the original book either (The Twelve Dancing Princesses) so I never thought that the setting would be a magical one. Yep, trees talking, walking china teacups and the like. This is like reading Disney.
Azalea, the eldest of the sisters, is the lead of the story. I'm not sure if I missed it but I don't know how old she is and guessing on her actions though, I think she's around 18. She may be very young but I think she carried herself and her sisters so well. I couldn't imagine going through mourning and taking your mother's place at once. And having 11 sisters, with odd but cute names, made things a little more tough. All they did was cry! And argue! And laugh! It was a whirlwind of emotions and I was dragged into it and felt every mental state they were in. It felt so dramatic and so good.
I just don't get how the Queen got pregnant when she had been sick for 2 years?! Can someone explain it to me? Or is the King that insensitive? They should have used condoms! Lol as if condoms exist during that time. But child bearing should not happen when you're sick.
I always love the scenes with the King. I think he was just clueless, he didn't know what to do with the girls. And they were all mischievous! Hilarious! "Surrender!"
"You know I know where you go, and I know you know I know of it" - Oh, the King is a very stiff and serious man but this is just funny!
It was just so gullible of Azalea to believe in everything Keeper told her! Protagonists - always have a dash of stupidity! I couldn't stop myself from thinking it was all her fault. And where were the other guys when (sorry for the spoiler) Keeper was about to shoot the King? But damn, I was fighting off tears when the girls started calling him "Papa", all my angst toward Azalea and Keeper were instantly gone.
I gotta go find my king and do the Soul's Curtsy and dance Entwine. This book is very much enthralling. You gotta read it!
About the Author
Heather Dixon grew up in a large family with four brothers and six sisters. She is a storyboard artist as well as a writer, and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Viennese waltz is her dance of choice. She is the author of the novel Entwined.