Monday, April 22, 2013

Entwined

EntwinedToday’s post is on ‘Entwined’ by Heather Dixon. It is 472 pages long and is published by Greenwillow books. The cover has a young woman moving always from the reader with her back turned to the camera, she is dressed in a beautiful full ball gown with silver ivy all around the cover of the book. The intended reader is a YA but anyone who likes retelling of fairy tales should love this one. There is no sex, no language but there is some fantasy volience just to warn you. Thhe story is told from third person close point-of-view with the focus on Azalea. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dusk jacket- 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.
Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

Review- The twelve dancing princess is one of my favorite fairy tales and this retelling is very interesting and well done. She is the eldest of the all the princesses; she is a likable character. She has faults and flaws but they can be forgiven because she is only eighteen and with the death of her mother she is the primary caregiver for her sisters. She the one who deal with the King or Sir as they all call him. She is the one who is trying to help them handle their grief and she is one who is teaching them to dance like their mother did for her before her death. The story takes place over a year with the royal family in mourning but that does not stop the older sisters from falling in love or getting little problems. The villain is scary and very powerful. In the end the only thing that the girls have is there love for each other and their unwillingness to abandon each other for any reason. It is a heartwarming story about family love and forgiveness. This story is easy to read, easy to enjoy, and I personally am hoping that Dixon writes more retellings. The only problem I had was it seems to lag at times and I think that it took too long for Azalea to figure out who the bad guy is when she is shown to be intelligent.

I give this Four and half stars out of Five. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.