Saturday, February 14, 2015

"Entwined" by Heather Dixon

Entwined"Entwined" by Heather Dixon

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Published: March 29, 2011
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 472
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought

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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. "Readers who enjoy stories of royalty, romance, and magic will delight in Dixon's first novel."—Publishers Weekly
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I think that this was probably one of the first retellings that I have read. But I'm not totally sure, as I read this almost three years ago. However, I do remember that I thought that it was amazing and didn't want it to stop. And when it ended, I wanted more.

I loved that this book wasn't totally fluffy like many retellings seem to be. This one had some creepiness to it and with that creepiness, it seemed to give it more depth. The background was created beautifully. You could tell that Ms. Dixon really put a lot of work into crafting an amazing setting and story.

I loved the relationship between Azalea and her sisters. They had a lot of love for each other, and there was the typical fighting between the siblings, especially when there's twelve. Even though I've known this story for most of my life and know that there are twelve daughters, it still kind of terrifies me.

I can barely handle one sister. I would die with eleven. Plus what if they all had their period at the same time?

As a girl, I know that that is not how it works, but still, it would probably be insane.

I don't think that I can say too much more because I honestly don't remember too much.

Overall, this was an amazing retelling and I think it is what got me hooked on them in the first place, other than my love for fairytales. I really wish that she would write a sequel, or maybe even a different story with a different fairytale. I'll cross my fingers!

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