Book of the Week: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier


Title: Wildwood Dancing

Author: Juliet Marillier

4 out of 5

Retold Fairytale

High in the Transylvanian woods, at the castle Piscul Draculi, live five daughters and their doting father. It's an idyllic life for Jena, the second eldest, who spends her time exploring the mysterious forest with her constant companion, a most unusual frog. But best by far is the castle's hidden portal, known only to the sisters. Every Full Moon, they alone can pass through it into the enchanted world of the Other Kingdom. There they dance through the night with the fey creatures of this magical realm.

But their peace is shattered when Father falls ill and must go to the southern parts to recover, for that is when cousin Cezar arrives. Though he's there to help the girls survive the brutal winter, Jena suspects he has darker motives in store. Meanwhile, Jena's sister has fallen in love with a dangerous creature of the Other Kingdom--an impossible union it's up to Jena to stop.
When Cezar's grip of power begins to tighten, at stake is everything Jena loves: her home, her family, and the Other Kingdom she has come to cherish. To save her world, Jena will be tested in ways she can't imagine--tests of trust, strength, and true love.

Favourite Quote: “If a man has to say trust me", Gogu conveyed, "it's a sure sign you cannot. Trust him, that is. Trust is a thing you know without words.”

Thoughts: I loved all the mystery and adventure in this book. It felt like danger was around every corner. I got really caught up in the story.

My favourite character was Gogo. He has a great personality, plus he has the added bonus of being a frog. I'm not normally a huge fan of talking animals in books, but Gogo is an exception.

Having a lot of sisters myself, I loved how close all the girls in the book were. They were all different and unique. I can't help but wish there was a book for each of the sisters.

Have you read Wildwood Dancing? Do you like books about talking animals? What should I read next?

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