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In Wildwood Dancing, Juliet Marillier takes the Grimms' fairy tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, subtracts the father/king figure and a few princesses, adds personalities and several plot threads, stirs it up with a healthy dash of magic and drama, and serves up a truly unbelievable fairy tale that kids and adults will thoroughly na and her four sisters live in Transylvania with their loving but ill merchant father and two kind servants. As the sisters wait for their father to journey abroad possibly never to return again, they take solace in their eventful trips to the Otherworld every Full Moon to dance their shoes to scraps and their bodies halfway to exhaustion. They've traveled to Dancing Glade for years together, but soon choices must be made... Jena tries with all her might to hold the sisters together, watching while one falls into a star-crossed love affair with an other-kin, and the others crack under the pressure of growing up in a globe without their father, who may soon be replaced by their tyrant of a cousin, Cezar. Cezar and Jena share a dark past that binds them together, a small too close for comfort. Will he succeed in taking away all that Jena holds dear to her and her beloved sisters? Will they have to give up their forays from this into the Otherworld, and possibly send both to their doom?This terrific small bargain book(!) has been an absolute delight to read. The five sisters are real, distinct personalities (yay feminist fairy tales!), the plot threads that weave in and out of each other throughout the story are involving, and the villains are truly terrible! I was up a few late nights pouring through the pages, relishing Marillier's lyrical prose describing the Otherworld and its kith and kin, and the enchanting story of Jena's ups and downs in dark, mysterious Transylvania. Fantasy-lovers and other readers of all shapes and sizes, don't hesitate on this one, even if you don't particularly consider yourself an enthusiast... because a couple chapters in, you will most definitely become one.
This is such a charming story, for both young folk and adult alike. Taking the well-known fairy tales of THE FROG PRINCE and THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES, author Juliet Marilier puts her own spin on them by setting this novel in the Roumanian forest. A lighter tale than her Sevenwaters Trilogy, nevertheless her characters do not have an simple time. This coming-of-age tale reflects the heartbreak and excitement as the five sisters start to go their separate ways as they search their life partners. Both Tatiana and Jenica (the two eldest) search theirs in unlikely e only complaint I had about this novel was that some of the dialogue seemed too modern. This was especially so when Jenica was standing up for her family. For some reason the phrase "I'm not prepared to..." really jarred. I just want that the language could have sounded older and less cliched. Four stars.
My daughter and I were drawn to this book due to the artwork initially. Since reading it, Juliet Marillier has quickly become my favorite author. I have since purchased all of her works. This particular copy is to replace my daughter's copy which she loaned to a mate while in college. I highly recommend this book to lovers of Harry Potter, LOTR , Narnia and Jane Austin fans. This particular storywas intended for teen readers but it is a amazing building block to Juliet Marilier's continued works.
Predictable but okay. The antagonist is simple to hate (and, oh, did I hate him) and the main protagonist (Jena, sister #2) was likable enough; she had sense & used it more often than not, at least. Tati (sister #1) was incredibly annoying to me, though. Really?! Literally wasting away over some guy you barely know and yet swoon & sigh over constantly? Ech. Tati was like a runaway "character" from Twilight. She just couldn't LIVE without her man! Not really something I wish my daughter getting into... But, overall, the story was okay enough that I'll give it to my daughter to read (as long as she doesn't exhibit an appalling lack of sense, herself).
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier is by far one of my favorite stories of all time. As an avid reader, what most would consider a bibliophile, I have found that Wildwood Dancing is by far one of the most magical and enthralling pieces of literature in my rather extensive collection (which has grown considerable since the advent of the kindle!.Wildwood Dancing is a complete package; memorable characters, amazing challenges, romance, fairy queens, mysterious night people, a magical talking toad named Gogu, and all manner of mysterious and magical beings. Wildwood Dancing is a complete escape from our modern e best part about Wildwood Dancing is the feeling that you are actually transported to the wild-lands of Piscul Dracului right alongside Jena and her sisters. You tiptoe each night through an magical portal into the Other Kingdom and dance all night away in a the magical glade. Feasting on all the delicacies Fairy and her queen have to offer. You feel for each hero but especially for the family as a their struggles, triumphs, and as they grow, love and war for their method of life. Juliet Marillier is truly an artist.If you like novels such as The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe or The Hobbit, Wildwood Dancing falls into the same cannon, so to speak. It is appropriate for a wide range of audiences and can be appreciated by both adults and children.I could go on and into further detail, listing the a lot of more unbelievable characters and magnificent plot, but alas I cannot do the book justice.Pick it up and read it, you wont regret it...or be able to place it down!
I absolutely adored this book. Ah! I loved it! I didn't at first, because it took me almost two weeks to read the first 100 pages, making me search it a small boring. But oh, I was e strongest theme in this book is love. I usually have a hard time with these books, because it never seems to me to be proper love. It's always too passionate or too lax. Wildwood Dancing mixed them together and made a love so attractive and believable, that it created my heart cry out for it. Add in some magic dances, a pig-headed cousin (that I wanted to slay throughout the entire book, honestly), and a frog, and you've got something is is certainly a book you wish in your own library.
In Wildwood Dancing, Jena and her 4 sisters, all living in a Transylvanian castle called Piscul Dracului, search a portal in their bedroom that takes them, at every full moon, to the Other Kingdom, where they dance and play android games with fairies, gnomes, and other magical creatures. Their time there is filled with magic and wonder, although also fraught with danger. This imaginative story is a delight. I actually saved the latest 15 pages to read the next day so I could savor the denouement. Creative author Juliet Marillier has authored highly recommended fantasies for adults. Wildwood Dancing, inspired by the fairytale The Twelve Dancing Princesses, is her first novel for young adults.
My girl mate (now my wife) and I drove to Detroit from Toledo to search a amazing disco,Toledo had none. It was 1978 and there was none better than Uncle Sam's on Telegraph Road. They played a lot of Chic tunes, but Dance, Dance, Dance was very popular, especially this ver (the LP version), that I immediately purchased at Peaches Records and Tapes. The floor was lit with rhythmic lighting as were the walls. Those were the days!!
A really fun movie that I found in my Maureen O'Hara TCM 4-pack that I highly recommend if you have fun movies from that era. I like the two movies I've seen so far from Arzner, who was one of the earliest and most successful of female directors and I believe the first openly lesbian one--the other work I've seen of hers is the amazing pre-Code look at alcoholism, 'Merrily We Go to Hell'. This is amazing if you either like musicals from the era, are a Maureen O'Hara or Lucille Ball enthusiast (holy, she was unbelievably a knockout in her early filmic days!) or are simply curious about the works of early female and/or lesbian directors. Arzner--at least in the two movies I have seen from her thus far--showed she truly deserved to be successful in the industry.
I bought this as a cassette at a library book sale in 1991 and have cherished this melody ever since. I was so excited when I found out that it was available on CD since my tape copy gave out a long time ago. This melody is simply unbelievable and like the reviewer above, I have no idea what is being said but I know that it's beautiful. With no disrespect to another reviewer, I cannot stand Kenny G.'s music, I really hate it!! So I see very small resemblance between Samite and Kenny G.! But to each their own. The necessary thing is to buy this melody and fall in love with it like the rest of us!
There’s a lot to like here but I think reading with a modern perspective it feels very clear that this is a book set in a non-western fantasy globe written through a white/western lens. Which felt off putting and a small problematic. Paula is very analytical and clinical which created it hard to be invested in her story. The romance/partnership between Paula and Stoyan is sweet but not quite enough to create that thread compelling. I really liked Wildwood Dancing when I read it nine years ago but I was so underwhelmed by this one that I actually wonder if I’d feel the same upon re-reading.
I didn't realize that this is actually a sequel to "Wildwood Dancing". However, although there is some mention to happenings and characters from Wildwood Dancing, this book stands up well on its own, and I enjoyed it even though I hadn't read Wildwood Dancing.I didn't really like Cybelle's Secret at first. It lacked the feeling of magic and strangeness that I have always loved about Marrilier's other works. I struggled to really become engrossed in the plot, and I didn't search the characters as interesting as I had hoped. Some of the characters I even found predictable and ever, I thought this book really began to shine by about the halfway point, and I was glad I hadn't given up on it sooner. By about the halfway point, the story becomes a lot more conflict driven and the tone and atmosphere really captures that feeling of magic and strangeness that I have come to expect from Marrilier's work.Having since read Wildwood Dancing, I would recommend this, but would warn readers that it is somewhat inferior to Wildwood Dancing. Wildwood held me entranced from the beginning. This took longer for me to warm to, and was not quite so memorable. It was a fun read though, and one I'd definitely recommend to Marillier fans. Older readers should not be deterred by its recommended age group. I am 33 years old and enjoyed this book a lot.
The sequel to WILDWOOD DANCING, this novel is in a very various key. While WILDWOOD concerned the retelling of a couple of fairy tales, CYBELE'S SECRET was more like a complex puzzle that the protagonist, Paula had to solve. Although there were supernatural elements show in both novels, in CYBELE'S SECRET, that aspect seemed to be much more contained, while the focus was on a murder mystery/detective type of story, this time set in Turkey. (One amazing thing about being a novelist is the excuse to visit a lot of exotic and lovely places).I enjoyed getting to know Paula, one of the younger sisters in WILDWOOD DANCING, and I enjoyed her adventures in Istanboul. I did think that the end was not as well resolved as it could have been. The shocking discovery concerning the scholarly Irene was not set up well, and hit the reader like a two by four out of the blue. And I wasn't convinced that Paula's choice of life partner was going to bring her much satisfaction. But aside from these qualms, this novel is a charming and engrossing read for both adolescents and adults alike. Four stars.
I picked up Cybele's Secret, and I read. And read. And read.If I had any subconscious fears that Cybele's Secret would not live up to Wildwood Dancing, I was happily mistaken. Although this companion novel is set in a completely various part of the world, following the story of a completely various sister with a completely various personality, this story has equal heart, wisdom, and t six years after Wildwood Dancing, Cybele's Secret tells the story of Paula, know as the scholarly sister in the family, as she sets out on a journey that takes her from her home in Transylvania to the far off and intriguing culture of Istanbul. If able to get the highly mysterious ancient artifact known as Cybele's Gift, Paula's entire family will be set for life, and her dream of becoming a trader of books and manuscripts, despite being a young woman in the early 1500s, might become a reality. When it becomes clear that familiar magical forces are at work, Paula sets out on a quest to help them in the hope of ensuring her family's fortune and her own rong female leads and love triangles are cliches that crop up so often I am embarrassed to admit they are tending to peeve me a bit these days, but Juliet Marillier knows how to write both with the depth and purpose that makes me remember the power behind those two themes, the oomph that inspires such repetition.I think one of the largest strengths of the writing is its subtlety. You never feel like the themes are punching you in the face, yelling for your attention as if you never would have noticed without such harassment. As in true life, realization dawns slowly, naturally, and with the pure delight of discovery. As Paula's eyes open, we see and learn alongside her. And what she sees is amazing.A well written romance is attractive and triumphant. It reminds us that real love requires sacrifices and selflessness but gives us a globe greater than we could have ever imagined. Amazing romances counteract the messages of the crappy romances and give us hope if we haven't found it or remind us of how blessed we are if we have found needless to say, I highly recommend Cybele's Secret, of course after you've finished Wildwood Dancing. If I have done a not good job making the books sound incredible, just take a closer look at their covers! Kinuko Y. Craft's stunning artwork is not only breathtakingly gorgeous, but the detail is mindboggling. After finishing the books, I can't stop peeking over at them and noticing more little and yet brilliantly accurate details. I have never seen a set of covers that seemed more like an author's excellent dream. I would love to hang these on my walls.
Although a lot of people are indignant about this book, I actually enjoyed it. It was a unbelievable sequel to “Wildwood Dancing”. There characters are memorable and lovable in their own ways, there is plenty of mystery as to the involvement of the other kingdom and the acquisition of what our characters seek, and a unbelievable descriptions of the sights and sounds.I felt as if I had been transported to another globe as I followed the main hero to the shop and to the scholar’s house. It was a lovely book, and a unbelievable story. Although I could place it down every once in a while, I always found myself drifting back. I wanted to know what happened next, but at the same time I didn't wish the story to end.
If you need a back and forth, detailed comparative analysis, stop right here. I am an unconditional admirer of Juliet Marillier. I can't support feeling drawn into the rich tapestry of attractive detail she weaves her stories from. Her characters and the happenings they search themselves in, always touch the mythic and they are as real and meaningful as you want them to bele's Secret is an perfect example of the skill of Juliet Marillier. It could not have been more various an adventure than the first of the series Wildwood Dancing. In all of her series, I search the stories to be like special facets of one whole land. Characters begin themselves to you naturally, at a pace that draws one in. I savor my time reading a book by this author, and usually I read the book twice. You may like a more skeptical approach to your folk and fantasy reading, but what is not to like about the fey worlds of Magic, demanding devotion and risky loyalties? All her stories are filled with riveting situations that she takes her time in the telling of. I ended Cybele's Secret, satisfied, wishing it could go on a small ere's a lot that's special to enjoy, in Cybele's Secret, too, including Paula's challenge as a woman in the Muslim environment of Constantinople, the mysterious cult of Cybele and her bonus of goddess power, and the well-drawn in words, environment of old Istanbul. It's another amazing book by an author who comes up with amazing ones in series.
I was not impressed with Cybele's Secret. I couldn't actually read it through cover to cover (it was that uninspiring) so I read most of it, then skipped to the latest two chapters. Honestly, for what it's worth, I LOVE Juliet Marillier. However, this book does not in any method give a clear indication of the real depth and richness of her talents as an author. I didn't like the method Paula turned out, even though I liked her hero well enough in Wildwood Dancing- which was FANTASTIC by the way. It was my first introduction to this author, and it was the reason I started to read her other work in the first place. Thus, I was doubly disappointed by this particular story. The characters are glaringly obvious in all their actions, the plot is strange and convoluted, with a distinct departure in style from her previous works. The only parts of the story that I enjoyed were the parts that referenced Wildwood Dancing- with one exception. It might be a bit of a "SPOILER" so be warned: I did not like Tati's involvement in the story. That said, I enjoyed seeing the other sisters married and growing up, and would have loved a small more detail on their lives after the happenings of the first book.I suppose Cybele's Secret fell short because it was just so chop and dry- a bit like the Harry Potter Epilogue. Everything seemed to just be exactly as one might expect having read the previous book. And Paula is unfortunately snotty, obnoxious at times, and wholly annoying as a hero throughout. If I hear one more word about a "woman's intelligence" or "what women should/shouldn't do" I really will scream.
It's hard to describe this book in a method that truly does it justice. The backdrop for the story steals the present from almost the first page, with vivid descriptions of the sights and sounds of Istanbul and the customs of the city. Characters felt natural and real, and with a scholarly, insightful lady like Paula at the helm of the reader's perspective, rest assured that the journey is delightful. The story itself struck just the right balance of charm, whit, action and complexity, while maintaining the characters in their elements. Somehow, I managed to miss that this was actually a sequel to 'Wildwood Dancing' which I had not read, but I had no problem keeping up with the characters and the plot. The story itself felt self-contained, with all of the back story explained briefly and adequately so that a reader like me didn't obtain lost. It is simply a attractive story, told in the rich imagination and voice of Juliet Marillier. If you are a fan of historical fiction, with a small magic sprinkled in for additional flavor, please don't miss this book.
This book is a follow up to Wildwood Dancing by the same author. It is not as lightly written and quick paced as it's predecessor so if you are expecting the magic or the previous novel to be replicated you will be disappointed. ON the other hand, Ms. Marillier is an exceptionally amazing storyteller and this book does not e studious Paula from Wildwood Dancing accompanies her father on a business trip and becomes involved in a quest for a mysterious artifact and an unusual love triangle in the East. The novel is obviously a bridge between the first in this series and, hopefully, the novel that will follow and resolve the fate of Tati, one of the main characters from Wildwood Dancing that also appears in this always, the author delivers an interesting and very readable story that any reader who enjoys this genre will appreciate.
The first and only one of Marillier's books that I can say did not thrill me. It was by no means a 'bad' book. It just didn't have the same depth and profundity that I so have fun in her other works. It was all right, and I would not recommend that anyone stay away from it, but it's not a book that I'd highly recommend. I had hoped that Paula -- being a scholar -- would resonate with me, but I found her hard to connect with. Her choices and motivations were foreign to me.
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I would give five stars but when it's getting to the end of the second club, the price of the clubbers are so high that it gets a small tedious saving for them, but it's still an REALLY amazing game, I adore the concept and it's so well done. I love reading about the clubbers personalities. You can tell a lot of love and care went into the game. Amazing job!!