Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marilliar

* Picture from Amazon*

Format read: Paperback

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 6 out of 10

Plot: For years, Jena and her sisters travel each Full Moon through a portal in their castle to a magical land of fairies and other magical creatures.  When their father becomes ill, their domineering cousin takes over their lives determined to destroy the enchanted forest that he believes is responsible for his brother’s death.

Opinion: The Twelve Dancing Princesses was my favorite fairy tale growing up, so any retelling of this tale had high standards to live up to.  While I was initially drawn into the story, I thought that the plot slowed down in the middle and by the end, I was just ready for the story to be finished.  I had a hard time relating to the main character, who just seemed two dimensional at best.  Plus, I really thought the ending was a cop-out; it seemed like the author was in a hurry to give a happy ending to all of her characters and it just didn’t seem like a satisfying ending to me.

Next book: The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

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