Book Review: Entwined

Book Review: EntwinedEntwined by Heather Dixon
Published by HarperCollins on March 29th 2011
Pages: 480
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Come and mend your broken hearts here. In this retelling of the classic tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," the eldest princess must fight to save her family—and her heart—from an ancient dark magic within the palace walls. "Full of mystery, lush settings, and fully orbed characters, Dixon's debut is both suspenseful and rewarding."—ALA Booklist

Just when Azalea should feel that everything is before her—beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing—it's taken away. All of it. And Azalea is trapped. The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. So he extends an invitation.

Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest, but there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

Entwined is a retelling of the 12 dancing princesses and this one features the eldest sister of twelve, Azalea and on her mother’s deathbed, she promises that she will look after her sisters. The King declares a year of mourning, but the girls cannot stand the thought of not dancing for that long. When Azalea discovers a secret passage that leads to a beautiful forest with it’s own dance floor and invisible orchestra, the girls cannot resist nightly escapades.

Keeper is the name of the strangely beautiful man who seems trapped in this forest. While he invites the girls to dance every night, he soon asks for them to find what is keeping him stuck there and no longer free. There’s a darker side to the story and Azalea has to figure out who Keeper really is and why he has been imprisoned in this forest. All the while, they deal with the loss of their mother and their distant father, who for some time is off at war and when he returns, seems set on finding a husband for Azalea, but how to do so in mourning?

A riddle is leaked out and men are invited to try to find out where the princesses dance at night. A tirade of suitors, some most terrible, come and some are easily chased out by the sisters or the King himself. I grew fond of some of them, as they fall in love with not Azalea, but some of her younger sisters. I love the balance of magic, romance and darkness in this book. I could not put down Entwined for too long, because I could not wait to see what would happen next.

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19 responses to “Book Review: Entwined

  1. It was on my tbr before, but I deleted it. Well, maybe I need to return it there.:)
    This book was super hyped on blogs and booktube last year, but I couldn’t get it back then. Guess, 2014 is finally a time.:)

  2. I have this book sitting in my TBR pile and its been there for quite some time. Your review has definitely encouraged me to try and read it within the next month or two. Great review!

  3. I love fairy tale retellings and I think I own this book but just haven’t read it yet. I really liked Jessica Day George’s take on this fairy tale but I will have to make time to read Entwined soon. Thanks for your review!

  4. I have this sitting on my shelf and keep wondering if I should give it a chance. It’s one of those books I love the covers too.

  5. I love the cover! It’s pretty and magical looking. It has a very cinderella sounding feel to it. It sounded good just by the synopsis but I really enjoyed your review and it makes me want to read it even more.

  6. I have heard a lot of great things about this book on BookTube and other blog. I love the idea of retelling a somewhat unfamiliar fairy tale. The next time I see this one in the bookstore, I will definitely pick it up.

    Thanks for the review!

  7. I’ve recently bought this book but have yet to read it. After reading your review I bumped it up on my TBR list. I love books about fairy tale retelling. Very nice review.

    – Beckie

  8. Lauren

    The Twelve Dancing Princesses has been one of my all-time favorite fairy tales for many years, I’ll definitely be reading this one! What would you say the appropriate age range for it would be?

  9. This book is one of my favourites. I re-read in the same month after I got it I loved it so much. It is also very beautiful to look at on my shelf. It is one of my top favourites for sure.

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