blo Teens Read and Write: Book Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

Friday, February 3, 2012

Book Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

by Heather Dixon

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

Finally got to finish this! So happy! It lived up to everything I hoped for before the library - with it's stupid rules about "deadlines for return" took it away from me.

Azalea was a wonderful character. She went from worrying about balls and dresses to becoming all about courage, understanding and family. And you all know how I love family! While I was at first confused by all the other eleven sisters, by the end I knew each of them inside and out.

The love interests for Azalea and the girls were fabulously fleshed out. Some totally surprised me. Each had their quirks and personalities which meshed so nicely with a particular sister. And while they weren't Superheros, they certainly proved their metal as heroes in the end, bringing their individual strengths and bravery to battle to protect the ladies they loved.

And there was no instant love. Yay! Another reason I’m smitten with Entwined. 

Keeper was fabulous! Why is it the clever, sexy ones are secretly evil?

The development of the father/king's relationship with his daughters was adorable. And the sisters' connection to each other warmed my heart. Very genuine.

I admit it started slow for me, but Azalea and her sisters were entertaining enough to keep me going.

Once Keeper showed the first hint of his true colors, things really picked up speed and I locked myself in my room until I finished.

Oh the twists and turns Azalea had to go through! So much fun!

An entertaining retelling of Grimm’s Twelve Dancing Princesses provides a fresh twist on a classic. Great humor. Loved the lively personality of the sugar tongs - a little bit Beauty and Beast movie-esque. All in all, it was a blast!


Danny said...

Oh Pushy (who blogs with me) also loved this one but I have to confess that her's was the only review I read so far. I loved your review and I guess I have to read it at some point. I'm so happy to hear that there is no instant I found my soulmate kinda love. I enjoy it so much better when love grows!

Wonder_ said...

I really need this Book *-*

Blodeuedd said...

I adore re-tellings :D It's so fun to see what they come up with

Laurie T said...

So glad you liked it! It was one of my favorite reads from last year.


Jen (@ Jens Book Closet) said...

I know you don't know this (because that'd be random), but the 12 dancing princesses is my favorite fairy tale. I LOVE all the retellings and I'm SO excited to pick this one up. Especially since you loved it so much. It sounds like the characters were fun and well developed.

Wendy Darling said...

This sounds really lovely. :) Nicely reviewed!

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Natalie said...

Sounds fantastic! I picked this up for my Nook because I saw it for under a buck. Glad I got it! :)

Giselle @ Book Nerd Canada said...

I have been eyeing this book at the store and I must say I'm glad you enjoyed it! Don't you hate it when books start slow at first? Then once it starts to pick up you can't stop reading? I also like how the characters don't fall in love at first sight! How cliche! It was a great review and now I can't wait to get my own copy.

Unknown said...

Well. I'll be adding this too my list!
Great review!

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A Canadian Girl said...

I love fairytale re-tellings and have this one in my TBR pile. I'm really happy that you get to know all of the sisters individually because with eleven of them, it can get confusing fast. And yay for no instant love; I'm looking forward to meeting all of the suitors.

Small Review said...

I'm glad you liked it! I think I set my expectations too high, so I was a little disappointed, but I liked it enough to want to keep my copy :) You have to get "in" with your librarians. We can work the system to make your fixed due dates...a little less fixed :P

Hyacinth Marius said...

I absolutely loved this book. I read it in my school's library, but i had to read it again, so I bought it on my Kendall. "Entwined" broke my heart and yet made me blush at times. All Young adults even, not necessarily teens, will love this book. It has senses of mystery and fantasy. There is no provocative parts, and an absolute must read. Well done, Heather.
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Irene Jennings said...

This book was not next in my reading queue, and while I was arranging my bookshelf this afternoon, I opened it just to read the first page. I had some cleaning to do and bills to organize, so I just intended to read a few lines. Several minutes later, I was curled up on the couch and fifty pages in, with just the vague notion that I was supposed to be doing something else.
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Marlene Detierro said...

I love the way Dixon kept to the traditional tale while still giving us something new and unique. Entwined is almost five hundred pages, and when I first picked it up, I wondered how it could take so long to tell the story. The pacing remained even and never dragged. Once the story sucked me in, it was impossible to put down. The Twelve Dancing Princesses is still a favorite of mine, especially this version of the classic tale.

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