by Heather Dixon
Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins)
Suggested Ages: 12 + (But a younger mature reader would enjoy too, nothing offensive or too scary)
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Description: 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.
Mini Book Review: It took me a while to get into the book, but I am really glad I kept with it. It turned out to be a lovely fairy tale with magic and intrigue and sweet romance. Halfway through the book, I just didn't want to put it down and ended up finishing it at 1:00 in the morning( Miss Dixon you owe me some coffee - it has been a tough day today). It reminded me of those wonderful Grimm fairy tales that I used to read as a child, not the disneyfied ones (Not that those are bad, I loved them too) I won't lie some of the constant mentions of dancing and relating things to how you feel when you dance, sort of irritated me, but not too bad. I loved the relationship between the sisters and their father and felt it really gave the story some realism. I think those who enjoy something a little different will enjoy this. It is a lovely enchanting and truly imaginative tale for the more sophisticated YA reader. Honestly, I would not be surprised if this was made into a movie
I picked this up from the HarperCollins booth at the OLA conference and did not have to review it or nothin -- Don't you just love that
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