By Juliette Marillier
Blurb from Goodreads: "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."
*Runs in circles*
It's like the Frog Prince meets Twelve Dancing Princesses meets Dracula.
*Dies again from sheer awesome*
Let it first be known that I love fairy tales. LOVE THEM. I don't care where they came from, I love them all. The Irish tales of the Fae have enchanted me for years. The classics American children are raised on were my bread and butter as a child.
My WIP is set in a fairy tale! (But it's definitely not a fairy tale)
Juliet Marillier is one of my all time favorite authors ever. She won me with her novel DAUGHTERS OF THE FOREST. I love it as much as I love Harry Potter. There, I said it. For me, Marillier is right up there with Rowling.
WILDWOOD DANCING didn't disappoint either. The writing is beautiful, and Jena, the main character, is so real and so sincere. It was a little hard to get into at first just because of all the new language/ pronunciations, but it only took me about thirty pages to get used to.
It was excellent. Engrossing from the very first page. I highly recommend it.