Summary: 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.
Review: A fairy tale retelling of the twelve dancing princesses that has the girls taking center stage.
This book had a number of the elements of what I am assuming is the original fairy tale (which I have not read), but it focused a lot more on the twelve sisters. I had read another book that retold the same fairy tale and focused heavily on the man who eventually solved the riddle. In this book, the oldest sister, Azalea, is the one who goes a long way to solving the mystery. As some reviews have pointed out, she does seem to need male help too often and is often ineffectual. I still feel that she does play a large role in solving the mystery.
As other have pointed out, there is a whole lot of dancing for a long time. This book could have easily lost a hundred pages or so with all the descriptions of dancing. I know dancing plays a big role in the book and the fairy tale, but it gets tiring. The romance could be a bit odd or creepy at times. My favorite person was Lord Teddie and his romance was my favorite even though I wasn’t a big fan of Bramble. All in all, an enjoyable, but not great fairy tale retelling.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy fairy tale retellings or young adult fantasy stories.