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Entwined Hardcover – March 29, 2011
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“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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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.Read more ›
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!).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I picked this book at random to read and it ended up being really good. Great story without anything immoral! Read morePublished 20 days ago by Ms. Red
My best friend suggested i read this and as she knows me very well i was not disappointed. Great character development and clear plot line which didnt get lost among all the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anna
Entwined is a teen/YA novel by Heather Dixon, based off of the Grimm Fairy Tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C.K. Brooke, Author of The Red Pearl
Flimsy YA/tween girl story, not really anything unusually good or bad.Published 3 months ago by Melissa Dillier
Enjoyed the story and it definitely took some turns that I didn't anticipate.Published 5 months ago by D. Turner
I was complete taken with this novel! It might have gotten a tad tedious in the middle as the characters developed and I waited for something to happen, but I barely noticed, so... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Danielle Stockdale
An interesting take on a fairy tale. Loved the strength of the characters. Definitely recommend it as a good read/listenPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Enchanting retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Beautifully constructed story with intriguing characters and rich setting. Wonderful tale for middle grades and older.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Entwined is a YA fantasy retelling of The 12 Dancing Princesses. It's basically set in a magical kingdom with shades of Victoriana, and centers around Azalea (the eldest of the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Beth Wade