Book Review: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): 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.

My Review: The first chapter or two of this book nearly made me put it down. It was just... bleh. The writing didn't catch me, I didn't really like the characters, there were weird Russian words and a pet frog that could possibly talk... But then it got interesting.

After the first chapter, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. If you've been here for a while, you may have picked up on how much I love fairytales. This had plenty of fairytale references, each with a little bit of a unique new twist.

There was such a wide variety of characters in this book! It was actually pretty awesome! There was the strong heroine, the bookish sister, the love-struck older sister, the adorable little sister, the sister who wants to be grown up, the overbearing cousin, the doting father... It made for an intricate story (but not at all complicated).

This is definitely a good one for your fairytale shelf :). I highly suggest this one for anyone looking for a quick enjoyable read, and for anyone who loves their fairytales.

Thanks for reading!


  1. This has a fantastic cover. It sounds like something I would enjoy too.. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

    1. I hope you get to read it! Thanks for stopping by!


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