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Heather Dixon
Greenwillow Books, 2011
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Azalea and her younger sisters dance in the mysterious silver forest every night, escaping from the sadness of the palace and their father’s grief. What they don’t understand—although as time passes they begin to get an inkling of the danger they are in—is that the mysterious and dashing Keeper is tightening his snare with deadly purpose. Luckily, Azalea is brave and steadfast. Luckily, a handsome young army captain also has his eye on Azalea. . . . Lush, romantic, and compelling, this debut novel by Heather Dixon will thrill fans of Shannon Hale, Robin McKinley, and Edith Pattou.

This is one of the best re-told fairy tales I have ever read. Unfortunately, it lives up to the old fairy tale gender stereotypes. That was the only downside. This book was wonderful and magical. I was surprised at how action-packed the ending was. If I would have known that, I would have held off on finishing it. I would have waited until I could have read it all at once. Unfortunately, I had to read the ending chopped up. But it was really well done.

At times, the princesses were stupid and annoying and helpless, but what true fairy tale princess wasn't? Even Belle took off in a winter forest and got attacked by wolves and had to have the Beast save her.

That's not the point, though.

The point was that you should read this book.

Hopefully Heather Dixon has something else come out soon.