For those of you who love a good fantasy book, Wildwood Dancing is one worth checking out. I first read it when I was 14 years old, and to this day it’s still one of my favorite books. Wildwood Dancing is based on the story of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm. If you are not familiar with that fairy tale, you can check it out here. It also incorporates elements of The Princess and the Frog, which I thought was really cool! Wildwood Dancing is a beautiful book, filled with descriptive imagery, magic, and heartfelt moments.It does have some adult themes, but nothing vulgar. Here is a summary of the book:
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.
If you want a magical book that will captivate you, and a protagonist who you can relate to, Wildwood Dancing is the book for you! I give it 5 out of 5 talking frogs. 😉