My daughter recommended this book, and what drew me to it was its imaginative retelling of the fairy tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," and also its incorporation of a mental disorder, bipolar disorder, and in engaging and believable way. The Princesses each had a different quirky personality. That she felt for someone else is not entirely her fault. But on one fateful day, she finds herself transported into the body of a woman named Feng Wu – who lives in a fantasy land where magic and martial arts rule the world. The queen blames the royal shoemaker for this. I really liked that fact that this was from the perspective of a bipolar/manic-depressive young girl. Dia Calhoun does it again... she is rapidly becoming one of my most respected authors for her excellent writing, the fantastic societies she describes, and her realistic heroines she uses! This book is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses with a focus on mental diseases - Bipolar II Disorder in particular. This is a great book for kids diagnosed with bipolar disorder and struggling with taking the medication, but I found it overloaded with the bipolar story--it eclipses the fairy tale almost completely. If you love the fantasy genre, this is the season for you! A nice story for the YA group, but not so much for adults. I mean, she is ignored the whole time in that family. I love the 12 Dancing Princesses and so wanted to love this book. The Phoenix Dance takes place in the same city as Aria of the Sea, years later; several of the characters from the first book appear, but not as main characters. Please use proper spacing and paragraphs. When they dance at night they are in their high or mania, in the morning they are tired, worn out and in their depressed stage. So Phoenix follows the princesses at night and discovers a magical place where the princesses dance and destroy their shoes. As we follow Pheonix through her quest to solve the mystery of the twelve princesses, we also experie. And her aunts did seem to have realized her symptoms so they could kind of gauge when one mood was going to hit, but still. This is an interesting adaptation of The Dancing Princesses. 3.5 I first learned about this book when I saw the author speak and talk about how she decided to write a fantasy book (based on the fairy tale, the 12 Dancing Princesses) about bipolar disorder , since she personally had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flight of the Dragon, Dance of the Phoenix 替身娘子 龙飞凤舞. Could she learn to love her new life – and her new husband, too? Welcome back. When the 12 princesses keep wearing out their shoes each night, the shoemaker is blamed for making lousy shoes. ~~ Adapted from the novel "Godly Empress Doctor" written by Su Xiao Nuan. Courage on the part of the author! Phoenix takes on this challenge, while also facing her own internal problems- the Illness of Two Kingdoms, or as we call it in our world- bipolar disorder. Related Series Three Marriages (Sequel) Recommendations A Tale of Two Phoenixes (1) Jiang Hu’s Road is Curved (1) Song in the Clouds (1) Gratifying the Royal Family (1) Clear and Muddy Loss of Love (1) Female General And Eldest Princess (1) Recommendation Lists . The author take bipolar. Before this book, I did not really know about bipolar disorder. Sad to see this hasn't been picked up again. Phoenix is the shoemaker suffering from bipolar or the curse of the two kingdoms light and darkness. And Meng Yuan soon discovers that if she is to make her life as Feng Wu a success, she will have to learn how to defend herself against danger and make powerful friends. In it, the main character Phoenix is a shoemaker's apprentice who also has bipolar disorder, which is described very poetically. The description of Phoenix's feelings when she is depressed or high was captivating, and it really made me sympathize with Phoenix. And instead of a Prince discovering their secret, a young girl, Phoenix Dance, who had an extraordinary gift helps the Princesses. The mystery and secret behind her loss of memory, the honest girl fights for the truth, the charming, unconventional and gentle husband wags his tail to invite the wife home. Three years! As we follow Pheonix through her quest to solve the mystery of the twelve princesses, we also experience her battle between two emotional realms. Medication is available, but is being "normal" worth losing her periods of intense energy and creativity? Still, for me, the novel became a vehicle for the description of bipolar disorder, and lost a star from me because of it. I believe we need more visibility on what it's like to live with a disorder or disability, and this book was a refreshing take on that. The ML is okay. You read books like this to be transported to worlds where amazing things happen, not to be reminded of real world issues. This series was based on a hit novel by fantasy fiction author Su Xiao Nuan. The ML and FL were cute together, and their feelings were developed nicely every chapter. She then goes through a hard battle, through magic spells and an evil wizard. I like to see childern's and middle grade books that give perspective on life problems in a kid-friendly style. Without giving too much away, when fairy tale writers take a wonderfully magical, creative story, and then end it by introducing some real world circumstance that just feels li. Also, none of the characters were particularly memorable or likable, and the story ended rather quickly with the Twelve Dan. The Twelve Dancing Princesses is one of my favorite fairy tales, and Dia Calhoun writes a neat treatment of the familiar story. Even if a person looses their memories, they should still have the same characteristics of the past to some degree. She feels like she can't get out of bed and that she just wants to close her eyes to the world. When the shoemaker gets blamed for making bad shoes that the princesses destroy every night, Phoenix gets a job at the shoemakers to help out the overwhelming need for shoes. Calhoun pours one of the most difficult aspects her life into the character of Pheonix Dance. SPOILER SPOILER. And instead of a Prince discovering their secret, a young girl, Phoenix Dance, who had an extraordinary gift helps the Princesses. What did she do in the past to deserve this? I understand that the story was mainly about Phoenix learning to live with her disease, but in the end I felt there were to many descriptions about it and not enough of Phoenix truly learning to live with it. She dreams of becoming an apprentice to the royal shoemaker. Some of her designs were really intriguing and part of me kind of wished there'd been like an index of illustrations or something. I did think it was interesting as things evolved and she realized what caused her flighty moods and everything. The story is told from the perspective of the princesses' unexpected hero. I liked how the author realistically portrayed that Phoenix not only had a fear of what would happen if her disease progressed, but also the fear of losing a part of herself if she took the medicine. This was an ok book, but I felt it spent to much time on Phoenix's illness, "The Two Kingdoms" (aka Bipolor Disorder) and not enough on the fairy tale it was based on. Can Phoenix solve the royal mystery, as well as the one that seems to be affecting her? They are possessed by a magician who Phoenix destroys in an epic battle of sorts. This one would get three and a half stars if Goodreads allowed for half stars. Her teacher expends all energy to save Feng Wu and falls into a state of slumber. This is a quirky take on the twelve dancing princesses tale. Phoenix always wanted to design shoes, and she has plenty ideas. The Kingdom of Darkness (madness), and the Kingdom of Brilliance (mania). Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Calhoun did her worldbuilding quite thoroughly, but she's very heavy-handed with the bipolar metaphor. As a young adult novel, it holds up pretty well; I found myself skimming much of the book because it didn't really hold my. But in this case, the MC is completely at the other end of the personality spectrum. What I did not like about this story was the resolution of Phoenix's story. In our world, this is known as bipolar disorder. Her dreams finally came true. The only downside was that the tranlation stopped during a cliffhanger uwuwuuu. Reviewing Calhoun’s most recent book, After the River the Sun School Library Journal wrote—“Love. Sadly, it hasn't been updated for quite a while. [ Cerinthe, Elliana, and the Princess-now Queen- Zandara, [ both the mania and depressive halves of it, I loved Phoenix's desire to be a shoemaker. In most cases stories like this goes like this he used his godly martial arts skills that were super high level to defeat the enemy in the flash.

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