Entwined

Author: Heather Dixon

Main Characters: Azalea, Keeper, The King, Mr. Bradford

Fave Quote: “N-dash it-O!” he said. “It’s not charity and I won’t take it back! It’s a gift! A gift, dash it all! Because I liked your mum! And I like your sisters! And you, Bramble! I love you!” ~Lord Teddie

Synopsis

Azalea and her younger sisters dance in the mysterious silver forest every night, escaping from the sadness of the palace and their father’s grief. What they don’t understand—although as time passes they begin to get an inkling of the danger they are in—is that the mysterious and dashing Keeper is tightening his snare with deadly purpose. Luckily, Azalea is brave and steadfast. Luckily, a handsome young army captain also has his eye on Azalea. . . . Lush, romantic, and compelling, this debut novel by Heather Dixon will thrill fans of Shannon Hale, Robin McKinley, and Edith Pattou.

Review

I always loved fairytales. And when I found Entwined, and learned that it’s a reimagining of the Twelve Dancing Princeses, I knew I had to read it!

The plot is almost the same with the original story. There are the twelve princesses who the danced on a pavilion, which they found through a secret passage inside the palace walls. The description was fluid, especially when the princesses start to dance. I could imagine how they moved—glided through the dance floor…It’s simply magical. That’s what I love about reading fairytales. They take you to a world where everything was perfect, and you just can’t help to let go of reality and jump into their world.

The characters were awesome, as well. I always love a strong heroine, and Azalea, the protagonist and eldest of the princesses, was strong, independent, and responsible. Though she’s not like the heroines I’ve encountered, who fight off demons, or fire guns and do magic; she was left with the responsibility to protect her eleven younger sisters—which to me is as noble as any other saving-the world stunt. And I also love how the antagonist, Keeper, is not the typical villain. Sure he’s evil, but not all villains are incredible handsome. Yup, he’s dangerously attractive. There were moments when I actually wanted him to end up with Azalea. HAHA!

I truly enjoyed reading this, since it has almost all the themes I like: family, love, mystery, and humor. Oh, and the cover is absolutely beautiful!

Rating: 4

Entwined is magical! Beautiful setting, luscious romance, and great plot! The title speaks for itself–will have you hooked from the very minute the princesses’ glide onto the dance floor. Splendid! 

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