Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

ENTWINED by Heather Dixon
Pub. Date: March 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Format: Hardcover , 480pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher (ARC)
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.

Dixon submerged me into her fairy tale world of magic, mystery, and love. Fairy tale retellings are becoming very popular in YA. So, when I heard ENTWINED was a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm, I was excited to see how Dixon would put her spin on it. I don't think I could ever tire of balls, gentlemen suitors, and beautiful gowns in any novel. I love this time period and it's always been magical to me.

Azalea, eldest of twelve finally gets to go to her first ball. While everything seemed magical for Azalea, tragedy soon strikes, changing everything around her. Azalea and her sisters find themselves trapped within the rules of society for Mourning after the death of their mother. I for one am a big lover of dance in all shapes and form and I couldn't imagine it being taken away. To escape, the girls stumble into a magical realm where they can dance the night away. For a price - there's always one and Dixon created one of the creepiest villains in the Keeper. I loved Azalea's strength and how she was so protective of her sisters. Lord Bradford and Sir Teddy was also a delight. I enjoyed these characters!

Overall, ENTWINED was an enticing retelling. If you're a fan of fairy tale retellings, you should definitely give this one a try. Dixon's take on this magical setting and cast of characters kept me entwined in her writing.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

46 comments :

  1. I love the cover of this one. Although I haven't read too many retellings (they do seem popular right now!) I think I might give this one a try. Thanks for your thoughts.

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  2. Great review-I love the cover for this one and I just love fairy tale retellings in general. I'm also excited to hear about a creepy villain-I love a good villain.

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  3. Excited for this book! Twelve Dancing Princesses is one of my favorite fairy tales - and I love this cover!

    Thanks for the review - I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

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  4. Hmmm..sounds like this "remake" stayed the course (for the most part) of the original story. Interesting choice. Overall, sounds good and the cover is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I really like the idea of reading a book that takes me away, even if it is to a fairy land ;)

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  6. Nice review. I adore fairy tale retellings. I can't wait to read this one.

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  7. Oh my gosh that is my favorite fairtale!!! I can't believe it's been retold. I can't wait to read this. Thanks for the giveaway which led to my reading your review which led my knowing that this is the the 12 Dancing Princesses which has made me very happy and excited. very excited!

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  8. If I wasn't already sold on the idea of reading this book, this review would've sold me on it! Now I want to read it more than ever!

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  9. Good review. The Twelve Dancing Princesses has always been a favorite fairy tale of mine. I can't wait to read this retelling. Beautiful cover as well.

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  10. Great review! I can't wait to read this book!

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  11. Great Revew. Can't wait to read this. The cover is beautiful

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  12. I love fairy tales....sounds like a great retelling! Thanks for the review!

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  13. This book sounds fantastic! I love the re-telling of fairytales with a twist. Can't wait to read it.

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  14. This one sounds amazing (plus, I'm a sucker for fairy tale retellings). Awesome review! :D

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  15. I love love love fairy tale retelling!!!! So this one is going strait to my wishlist.

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  16. Amazing cover! I can't wait to get my hands on this one! Also, a great review!

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  17. Thanks for the review. Would love to read this.
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  18. I've been seeing this around for a while now. It looks very promising. Loved the review.

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  19. I'm glad it's March finally. This one sounds so amazing. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  20. I am loving fairytale remakes because the normal were far too boring for me!

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  21. I do love retellings. Sounds like a great read. Thank you for the review!

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  22. This book looks so great! I love the cover!

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  23. Can't wait to read this one! Love the cover too, so pretty.

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  24. Cool! I never read a 12 dancing princesses retelling before. It'll be interesting.

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  25. Hm ... sounds interesting! I, too, am liking this surge of fairy tale retells! Thanks for posting! :)

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  26. i love fairy tales and cant to read this one now!!!

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  27. I’m intrigued and I’m in love with the cover!

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  28. I am a HUGE fan of fairy tale retellings, and just explaining the book that way makes me crave this book even more! :-) It sounds like a fantastic read. And is that a stunning cover or what?!

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  29. Wow...a remake of the Twelve Dancing Princesses! I always loved that story. This sounds like a really good book. Thanks for the review!

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  30. sounds great! Would love to read it.

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  31. You had me at the cover--*sigh*

    I'm really interested to see how the dancing is described through words.

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  32. I've seen this this book around SO MUCH and since the first time I saw it, I've been drawn to the gorgeous cover. When I read the summary it seemed like something I would enjoy but your review made me want to read it even more! :)

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  33. I've been wanting to read this ever since I heard about it (12 dancing princesses is an absolute favorite)! Your review just added to that excitement! :)
    Thanks!

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  34. I didn't realize this was a retelling. I guess I was just so taken aback by that gorgeous cover.

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  35. Great review, and love the cover

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  36. I love fairy tale retellings too and this cover is perfect. Intrigued by your description of the villian, the Keeper.

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  37. Great review! I love this cover sooo much. I'm excited to read this one!

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  38. I had no idea this was a retelling of the 12 dancing princesses. Interesting. Glad the great cover is backed by a great story.

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  39. I definitely want to read this book! I also am a fan of princess tales and your review was good so I will read this when I can.

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  40. The cover is beautiful and I believe this will be a great book to get lost in for a few hours.

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  41. Ooh - creepy villain! I love villains that are portrayed to their full creepiness. It really does add a lot to the story ;)

    Great review! Azalea sounds like a great MC and I'm really excited to dive into the book. Thanks for the fantastic review!

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  42. Excellent review! I am DYING to read this book! :-)

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