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Wildwood Dancing | [Juliet Marillier]

Wildwood Dancing

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2008 Juliet Marillier; (P)2008 Listening Library

What the Critics Say

"Strong characters, two fully realized settings, and a fast-moving plot guarantee that readers will be spellbound by this page turner." (School Library Journal)

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    Lessa 07-11-12
    Lessa 07-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "romantic fantasy with a bit of a dark twist"
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    I enjoyed this book, but I had a couple of issues with it. I listened to the audio version, and the narrator did an excellent job. The story just dragged for me for awhile in the 2nd half, but I really did care about what happened to the characters, particularly the main character Jena and her endearing pet frog. So I stuck it out and I'm glad I did. The other issue I had was that although Jena had some strength and a mind of her own there were times when she was indecisive, too passive, slow to figure things out that should have been fairly obvious, and it caused the romantic angst, as well as the frustration and uncertainty of their problems, to drag on to the point that it was almost unbearable. I prefer female protagonists with a bit more spunk than Jenna had when things got tough. I kept wanting to shout at her to do "such and so" already! And several times was tempted to skip ahead, but didn't. If it weren't for that I would have given it four stars.

    Overall an enjoyable read for a romantic fantasy with a bit of a dark twist. Teen and tween girls who like romance and fairy tales should like this one, and it's clean enough for particular parents.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Margit D. Morawietz Albuquerque, NM United States 11-01-11
    Margit D. Morawietz Albuquerque, NM United States 11-01-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Enchanting"

    Juliet Marillier is the most superb story teller. "Wildwood Dancing", is inspired by a different mythology and culture than most of her other books, which take place in a celtic environment. Like her other stories this is full of colorful & engaging characters, great descriptions and an intricate story line. This one has a little more tongue-in-cheek humor and a slightly less on the edge of your seat, finger chewing tension as some of her other, longer books in series, like the Breidei books, or the "Seven Waters" series, which has not been published in english audio yet. - So,even be "Wildwood Dancing" a tad less painfully suspenseful - it still offers plenty of surprises and entertainment. It was deliciously fun and hard to pause. The narrator did an excellent job too. This one is highly recommended. I am also waiting for the next installment of the Breidei series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Meyers 07-11-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Wide audiences would like this."

    I loved it (them) and I'm not a young reader.
    My younger nieces would really like these I think.
    A teeny bit dark for under about 13 or 14.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Claire Wofford Edgerton, OH 02-24-11
    Claire Wofford Edgerton, OH 02-24-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Fairy Tale for Fairy Tale Lovers"

    I couldn't stop listening to this book. I love the characters, the setting, the plot. I even love the narrator, Kim Mai Guest. She did a beautiful job at bringing the characters to life. It was easy to tell who she was portraying in the book, so you never got lost as to who was saying what. This book is great for those who love fairy tales, at least 13 yrs of age. You will NOT be disappointed by this book at all!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary S Virginia Beach, VA, USA 07-21-10
    Mary S Virginia Beach, VA, USA 07-21-10
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    "Wildwood Dancing"

    Half of the first chapter was slow and hard to grasp. Once the engine got warmed up there was no stopping it. The characters really came together. Great imaginaation and very well written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 10-12-09
    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 10-12-09 Member Since 2009
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    "A fairytale in the best sense."

    I really loved this book, including the perfect narration by Kim Mai Guest. She really did a beautiful job with the accent, pronunciations and the various characters. But it is the story that will haunt you, and bring back memories of childhood stories -- scary and compelling -- long after you've turned it off. It's so lovely that I'm looking forward to beginning the next book, "Cybele's Secret." I found it well worth the time and credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maarya Minneapolis, MN, United States 06-27-09
    Maarya Minneapolis, MN, United States 06-27-09
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    "delightful."

    I must say I enjoyed Wildwood Dancing very much. I liked that the characters were all built up and portrayed very well and that the plot stayed consistent and didn't wander aimlessly. The narrator did a perfect job of this book and I can't wait for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jillian Epping, North Dakota, United States 03-20-14
    Jillian Epping, North Dakota, United States 03-20-14
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    "Amazing, Timeless Fiction"
    Would you listen to Wildwood Dancing again? Why?

    Yes! Definitely! I didn't want this book to end. It is a great story - I laughed, I cried, I hoped, I despaired. You really get to know the characters; they become your friends, they become your enemies.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really don't know what I liked best about this story... maybe the fantastical side to it. It has elements of Celtic legend, fairytales, and a fantasy staple: vampires. I loved it!


    Have you listened to any of Kim Mai Guest’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any other Kim Mai Guest performances, but this one was amazing. Some might find her voice kind of annoying, but I really liked her performance. She voiced different characters differently so you always knew who was talking even if their name wasn't mentioned.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh AND cry! I'm probably really sensitive and easily teary-eyed, but I loved how you feel like you grow with the characters. Amazing. Loved it. I wish there was more to this story!


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this! If you can handle Kim's higher-pitched voice, you'll love it. I wasn't bothered by her voice, but it is higher than most other female narraters I've heard. Also, she added accents and that made it awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doha New York, NY, United States 10-31-13
    Doha New York, NY, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2010

    I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now

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    "A refreshing Fairy tale"
    What made the experience of listening to Wildwood Dancing the most enjoyable?

    The story itself was so good and I enjoyed it for the most part


    What did you like best about this story?

    the relationship between Jenna and her frog .. It was interesting and I liked it .. also how the story took a spin into most of the fairy tales ( princess and the frog , twelve dancing princesses and Alice in wonderland )


    What does Kim Mai Guest bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    her accent .. I really did believe her performance it was very good


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yeah .. I laughed and melted down at the last scene of the story


    Any additional comments?

    the story was good and all but what really annoyed me is the eldest sister Tati .. she was a pain on the back through out the story and I wished if she just died LOL
    I recommend this story for fairy tale lovers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsea Alberta, Canada 01-02-13
    Chelsea Alberta, Canada 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent and imaginative."
    Where does Wildwood Dancing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high. Loved all the accents and enjoyed the narrators voic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wildwood Dancing?

    When the main Character finally realizes she is in love.


    What about Kim Mai Guest’s performance did you like?

    The way she was able to give everyone a different voice and great accents.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the frog turned back into a man.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, GREAT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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