5 out of 5 stars on GoodReads
Zita is the thirteenth daughter of a king who only wanted sons, and when her mother dies during childbirth, the king banishes Zita to be raised as a servant in the castle. Zita steals little moments with her twelve sisters, but must sneak around the castle to keep it a secret, terrified of her father’s anger. When the twelve princesses fall ill and their shoes are worn through every morning, only Zita knows the secrets ways to sneak into their bedrooms and watch where they go at night. The princesses are trapped in an evil enchantment that forces them to dance until dawn, but Zita can’t find a prince who is willing to save them!
I loved this book from start to finish! Every chapter is wonderful!Zita is a fantastic main character, and I was pulled along with all her emotional family experiences. She longs for her father’s love, and there are so many ups and downs on that journey. She tries to please him, she thinks maybe he notices her, then she does something to make him angry, and all her hopes are dashed. She just wants to belong and feel safe in her own family, and it’s heartbreaking and beautiful to read about.
I love the magic! I was in complete suspense the whole time about the nature of the enchantment, and who cast it, and how Zita could possibly break the spell. The plot really moves along with not one boring moment.
I loved the little bit of romance in this book, sweet and innocent and delightful, with ordinary fellows turned into dashing heroes, and little stolen glances and blushing remarks.
Excellent writing, complex main characters and interesting supporting characters, an energetic plot, and magic bursting out all over everywhere! I love fairy tale retellings!