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“This was a sweet story with a wonderful blend of magic, fantasy, forbidden love and suspense. I really like how Marillier can take a child's fairytale and re-tell it to suit an adult audience.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Jena and her sister have discovered a portal into another world, a world of magic and Faeries. They know the rules and only travel to the safe bright world of the good varies, what will happen when Jena travels to the night world and what or who is the young man? ”Phlossie wrote this review Saturday, September 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The author surprises me by writing yet another book in a different world. I got totally drawn in. You will be as well. No spoilers here. Just read it!”dreamer wrote this review Wednesday, September 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I absolutely adored this book! It is everything I hope to find in a Faerie novel. As a Faerie lover, it really pisses me off when books portray all/most Faeries as evil, sinister beings who delight in tormenting humans. At the same time, I also can't stand books which lean more towards the typical kiddy Tinkerbell, Tra la la, all faeries are tiny pretty winged beings stereotype either. When a book demonstrates that there are all different types of faeries, light and dark, courtly and wild, big and small, ugly and beautiful - and that their world/existence/culture is quite complex - THAT is the backbone of a good faerie novel. Then if the plot, character development, romance (if any) and nature of human interaction are all really good on top of that, that makes for a brilliant faerie novel. This book had all those things plus a bit of mystery Crone/Witch of the Wildwood action in there which always draws me in.
My favourite of the five sisters were Jena (main character) and Paula - the smart one. My two favourite characters overall were Gogu the talking frog and Dragutsa.
I honestly thought I had Gogu all figured out but the author cleverly tricks you into thinking you know exactly what he is, only to completely shock you towards the end.
I can't rave about this book enough. It has definitely become one of my favourites. I simply had to start the next book straight away ! ”
“I liked the combination of the classic fairytales”Sami Alyx wrote this review Monday, June 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So far it is awesome. The cover caught my eye and I'm glad it did.”Cassidy Z wrote this review Tuesday, November 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The beginning of this book felt like oh so many fairy tales smashed together, towards the middle and end it became more unique. Not sure if I will read the next one...”Nicole H wrote this review Wednesday, August 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The first book in the Wildwood series. A magnificent fairy tale based on the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Set in the woods of Transylvania five daughters live in a castle with their merchant father. The five girls alone can pass from their world to the world of the fey every full moon for a night of dancing and fun. When their father becomes ill and leaves for the sea shore to recover, their cousin Cezar begins to take over their lives. Cezar wants to find the portal and destroy the denizens of the Other Kingdom. It is up to Jena and her unusual frog to save the Other Kingdom from Cezar and her sister from the Night People. A wonderful tale of love, trust, and forgiveness. ”Iceangel9 wrote this review Tuesday, July 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When I first saw this at the library, I was instantly intrigued by the cover, since I tend to gravitate towards fairytales. I didn't think I would like it considering it's a young adult novel, but I fell in love. Marillier writes intricate details that transport you through all the magic of this novel. Great read. ”H.L.P. Ms Nose In A Book wrote this review Friday, July 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Bleck! The idea is very good, but Marillier over writes. It drove me crazy. The cliches, the need to explain the obvious in great detail. Bleck.”Marsha H wrote this review Tuesday, May 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No