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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; First edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062001035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062001030
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* In the half-magical world of Eathesbury, Azalea is the oldest of 12 daughters and heir to her father�s throne. When the sisters� mother dies after a long illness, the siblings find a hidden passageway to an enchanted pavilion under the castle where they can dance all night, secretly breaking the rules of mourning. The mysterious and alluring Keeper makes this possible, but he also seems to have less-than-honorable plans for the girls, especially Azalea. The tale�s atmosphere becomes increasingly dark and brooding as the truth from ages past comes out, and Azalea realizes just what evil they are pitted against. With several unexpected twists, the story, based on the original Grimms� tale �The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes,� plunges toward a harrowing conclusion. This first novel is richly imagined with a gothic feel, and Dixon�s descriptions of the many dances are thrilling. Although the general story line will be familiar to readers of Jessica Day George�s Princess of the Midnight Ball (2009), this romantic fantasy is darker in tone, and the villain resembles the faeries in Nancy Werlin�s Impossible (2008) and O. R. Melling�s The Hunter�s Moon (2005). The story gracefully explores significant themes of grief and loss, mercy and love. Full of mystery, lush settings, and fully orbed characters, Dixon�s debut is both suspenseful and rewarding. Grades 7-10. --Melissa Moore

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“Full of mystery, lush settings, and fully orbed characters, Dixon’s debut is both suspenseful and rewarding.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Readers who enjoy stories of royalty, romance, and magic will delight in Dixon’s first novel.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Dixon balances the suspense with generous helpings of humor and sparkling dialogue…[A] charming, romantic story, told with a light touch.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Well written, very great story.
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I love the fairy tale of the twelve dancing princesses and was excited to read a retelling of it.
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Love how there are so many characters, and how their personalities add to the story.
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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 28, 2011
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Entwined is a delightful retelling of the Grimm's fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses. While my taste in fairy tales typically runs more to the evil witch or flesh eating ogre variety, I was quick to recognize all the basic story elements from the original. The book takes place during the year of mourning following the death of the Queen, mother to twelve daughters all named after flowers. The eldest daughter (Azalea), is the primary focus of the tale which details her efforts to take care of her sisters after their mother's death.

Azalea is a wonderful character. First seen at what is essentially her "coming out" ball, we follow her growth from a girl most concerned with balls and dancing to a girl with a strong sense of family and loyalty. All of her sisters are also well portrayed, each having characteristics that will endear them to readers and easily enable them to differentiate between each girl. Clover and Bramble, the two who are next in line following Azalea are each as well developed and eventually have their own roles to play in the story.

There are so many things going on with this story that readers will be entranced from the beginning. The dancing, balls, gentlemen suitors, and gowns will appeal to any young girl who ever fancied herself a princess. There are also elements of magic and adventure, and a villain who provides some genuinely creepy moments. The author does an excellent job creating a believable environment, and while there's not a lot of world building going on, it doesn't detract from a story that is expertly plotted and paced.

This is a great fantasy that transitions well from light moments to chilly moments of genuine peril that will keep the pages turning.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Lynn Wagner on April 21, 2011
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The Twelve Dancing Princesses has always been my favorite fairy tale. While the gorgeous cover is what initially made me see what Heather Dixon's debut novel, Entwined, was all about, the fact that it retold this tale made it a Day One Buy for me. Lush and descriptive, Entwined brings the tale to life like never before. I loved the way Dixon extracted the best parts of the story and tweaked other aspects, making the story fresh and vibrant. It manages to remain true to the original tale while still becoming its own entity, which can be hard to pull off when creating a new version.

Despite the fact that there are twelve princesses involved in this tale, Dixon uses a creative way of allowing readers to remember who's who by naming them alphabetically. Our main character, Azalea, is the crown princess, followed by her sisters, Bramble, Clover, Delphinium, Evening Primrose (Eve), Flora, Goldenrod, Hollyhock, Ivy, Jessamine, Kale, and Lily. Not only are they all named after plants and flowers, the very fact that they're named such reveals the way their father the king leads a very structured lifestyle. This trick is also good for readers. The girls are all about a year apart; Azalea is fifteen at the novel's start and baby Lily is a newborn. If readers are confused about why Ivy is acting like a child, for example, it's easy to figure out that she's one of the youngest princesses.

The book starts off with Azalea getting ready for her first yuletide ball now that she's finally of age. We immediately see how important dancing is to her. I love the way Dixon fleshes out this interest and turns it into an entity of its own. Even the novel's title, Entwined, is based on a dance called the Entwine, which is a clever twist (that taught me something new, no less!).
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amanda TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 13, 2011
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With such a gorgeous cover, it's not surprising that Entwined is a retelling of the classic fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses. It was this amazing, romantic cover that first drew me to this novel -not to mention the intriguing title. I had high hopes for Entwined. Especially after reading Princess of the Midnight Ball, I was already in full-on fairy tale retelling mode. I truly wanted Entwined to blow Princess of the Midnight Ball out of the water and be one of my favorite reads of the year. Perhaps, going in, my expectations were too high, because, while Entwined is still a good book, it's just not a great one.

Azalea and her sisters love dancing. That is, until the night of the annual royal ball at Yuletide, when her mother dies after giving birth to Azalea's twelfth and final sister. Struck by grief, the King demands that all the girls go into mourning for a full year and, most importantly, no dancing is allowed while in mourning. But, living in a castle with a dark, magical history can have its benefits...well, most of the time. Azalea finds a new place for the girls to dance, in a magnificent palace overseen by the Keeper. Of course, the Keeper is connected to the darkness, and when Azalea and her sisters try to leave, he won't let them...

Entwined had its positives and negatives for me. Overall, it's a well-paced, enjoyable read rooted in classic fairy tales with a darker edge. The mythology Dixon creates is engaging and unique, and, by far, is the best aspect of the novel. Dixon also does an amazing job of spacing out information about world mechanics and mythology throughout the novel rather than just dumping it on readers at once.

Dixon's writing is strong, but could use a little work.
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