Entwined by Heather Dixon

Monday May 9, 2011

by Heather Dixon
March 29, 2011
Greenwillow Books
Goodreads summary: 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.

Pontifications... When I first received this book for review I was totally enamored by the gorgeous cover and as soon as I started reading the story I fell head over heals for it too!
The story is a retelling of "The 12 Dancing Princesses" originally published by the well known Brothers Grimm in 1812 and includes some of the dark elements Grimm stories are famous for. Luckily the author has added plenty of humor to balance it out. I so fell in love with one of the sisters, Bramble....she is hilarious..."that rotten shilling-punter nuffermonk..." the mouth on that girl!

Grieving over the death of their mother and heartbroken over the fact that their father (in devastation over his wife's death) has practically abandoned them, the twelve sisters find a magic door into another world where they can dance to their hearts desire in memory of their beloved mother.

What they don't know know is that The Keeper has alternative motives....with a chocolaty smooth voice, elegance and grace, he has captured Azaleas attention. He both thrills and frightens her but she soon realizes the dark, dark truth.

In the real world Azalea, the oldest daughter, who made a vow to her mother to watch over her eleven sisters, is ready to be engaged and must chose an appropriate suitor. She has someone in mind but she wonders if she'll ever find true love. Romance and humor round out this wonderful story and the main characters are well defined and memorable. 

Highly recommended for ages 12 and up


Tuning Into YA Books said...

I'm reading this book and loving it :)
Thanks for the review

Haleyknitz said...

I've seen this around but i had suspicions of it being corny....glad you liked it! i'll try to get my hands on it.

Library Lounge Lizard said...

Hi Haley :) This story is about as far from corny as you can get! I loved it! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!