I love a good retelling – and Entwined is the modern version of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm. It’s super cute and super fun! Plus, Entwined is $.99 on Kindle right now!!
Book Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon
Title & Author: Entwined by Heather Dixon
Genre: YA – Fantasy/Retelling
Release Date: March 29, 2011
Series: Stand-alone book
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
How I Got the Book: Bought (on sale!)
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.”
Entwined in the Story
I think Entwined will appeal to a wide range of ages- it’s cute and fun while still tackling deep issues like parent/child relationships and trust. I liked the way Dixon incorporated the heart of The Twelve Dancing Princesses story (which you can read HERE) yet made it her own by adding in fun details and personality.
There are so many things to love about Entwined. Some elements that I thought were particularly charming were:
- The 12 sisters are all named alphabetically (A-L) from oldest to youngest
- The spunky, hilarious personality of Bramble – my fave sister
- The Disney-esque magic the girls discover (which quickly becomes more authentic Bros. Grimm-ish)
- All the enchanting dances that are described
- The building of the relationship between the King and his daughters
Also, the romance in this book was great. It had me guessing at times, but ended in a very satisfying way. Plus, it wasn’t just on one level (i.e. one of the daughters). It was fun trying to guess how multiple romances might work out.
One Enchanted Castle, Coming Right Up
Azalea is the main character, and I particularly liked her. She has a fiery temper and doesn’t always act as the typical noble, self-sacrificing heroine. She’s selfish at times and definitely stubborn, but that served to make her more likable and fleshed out.
Plus, the sister’s camaraderie warmed me the entire story. They’re just so cute…and numerous.
I did think that Keeper’s character was a bit predictable, but I the ending of Entwined pleasantly surprised me. It didn’t end quickly or easily – instead the book ended in a very gratifying, action-packed style.
Also, for the record. I’d like a real, live enchanted castle please. One without Keeper and with that magiciked tea set (I like tea!).
I loved Entwined. Dixon kept the spirit of the original fairy-tale alive while adding her own take on the story, which involved tons of charm, sisterly affection and a healthy amount of swooning. Entwined is a super fun, quick read – just awesome!