This is such a fun and magical read. I didn't it expect it to be a fairy tale of sorts. When I first picked it up I thought it was a fantasy book set in a dystopian reality. I was wrong, this is a fairy tale set in the past (1600? 1700?), where there's a magic castle with a magic tea set and secret passages.

This novel is the retelling of the classic "Twelve dancing princesses". Azalea and her 11 sisters, all named alphabetically by flowers (Bramble, Clover, Delphinium...) lose their mother and immediately feel abandoned by their father who goes through the 5 stages of grieving his own way.
Left completely alone -they're also poor, weirdly, considering their papa is the king, but there's a reason for this- they want to take refuge in dancing, but because they're mourning they can't dance.

They find a secret passage that leads them to a magical place with a huge dance floor, and they can dance freely there! But the Keeper, the one who guards this secret and magic place, hides more that we would think.

Azalea is the typical oldest sister, maternal, caring and selfless, who would do anything to protect her family, even confront The King.
Bramble is daring, loving with passion, insolent, groundbreaking, she's the perfect complement for her older sister, who sometimes needs to think about herself.
Clover is shy but she will have a love story as well!

There's so much on this book, love, struggles, fantasy, sadness and joy. A very good read!

Book Details (from Amazon)

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062001043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062001047

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