Entwined by Heather Dixon

Entwined by Heather Dixon
Title: Entwined
Author: Heather Dixon
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (Imprint of HarperCollins)
Date Published: March 29th, 2011
Edition: Hardcover
Rating:

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.

My Review:

The moment I saw the cover and description for this book, I was beyond thrilled to read this. I’ve been on a bit of a fairy-tale kick as of lately so this immediately caught my attention. After a bit of searching, I learned that this is a retelling/based on the fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses; although I’ve never read or heard of it.

So this book is from Azalea’s point of view. After a tragic event happens for their family, her and her eleven sisters are forced to go into “mourning-mode”. They’re forced to wear black, they can’t go outside, and worst of all, they can’t dance — for an entire year! This tragedy, as it is for them, pushes them to do something kind of extreme. You see, the house is full of all sorts of magic. When they find what seems to be some kind of portal into a garden pavilion, they take full advantage of it and go there at every opportunity to dance. But there is a Keeper of the pavilion, and he seems to be living up to his name.

I truly enjoyed this book! It sort of has a feel of a mix between several different fantasy-type stories; such as Alice in Wonderland, Chronicles of Narnia, and even a bit of The Cat in the Hat and Jumanji.

View Spoiler »

I was totally picturing a mix between the house from The Cat in the Hat movie and the house in Jumanji when she came out of the fireplace to find the house all topsy-turvy. Great visuals! So much fun.

Honestly, the visuals in this book are truly fantastic. It’s not every book I can say this about, but I could totally see this being made into a movie. It would make for fantastic graphics and all sorts of magical goodness.

The main thing preventing me from giving this four stars is that the beginning of the book drags a little bit. It’s setting up relationships and going through literally a year’s worth of mourning, so that’s understandable. But it would have been nice if the first pages of the book could have been as fast-paced as the last 100 pages of the book.

But despite that, it is a truly fun book. Not only does it have all  kinds of magic that takes you to another place, but it has a touch of romance, and even humor! I was so pleasantly surprised by the humor in this book. Bramble and Lord Teddie are my absolute favorite characters, but I also just love the interaction between Bramble and Mr. Bradford in the beginning — so charming!

I have to say that my favorite aspect of this book though was the relationship between their father and the girls. This part of the book was so touching and real. I loved seeing the little changes here and there and the growing going on between them as a result of their circumstances.

Overall, this is a great little fairy-tale. It was really fun to read and I’d recommend it to those people who love reading fairy-tale retellings, or just fantasy in general. You’ll be mesmerized by the imagery and captured by the characters and their relationships.

3.5 Hearts More Reviews Goodreads | AmazonPurchase Links Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble

  • woman sitting on window reading book

    131 Most popular YA books of the last decade (according to Reddit)

    There are so many great YA novels to choose from, but sometimes it’s hard to pick favorites or figure out what ...
  • woman in black tank top and denim jeans reading a book

    Young adult literature: top 100 YA books of all time

    Young Adult Literature: The Best of the Best Hey fellow book nerds, if you’re looking for the best of the best ...
  • You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister

    Aisling Grey is a courier enjoying a free, work-related trip to Paris when she learns she's a Guardian. That's a keeper of the Gates of Hell, for those who don't know. She finds this out from Drake Vireo, who's scrumptiously sexy-at least in his human form. Now Drake has stolen the package Aisling was sent to deliver, and she must track him down, get the package, and try to resist the passion boiling inside her.
Load More Related Articles
  • You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister

    Aisling Grey is a courier enjoying a free, work-related trip to Paris when she learns she's a Guardian. That's a keeper of the Gates of Hell, for those who don't know. She finds this out from Drake Vireo, who's scrumptiously sexy-at least in his human form. Now Drake has stolen the package Aisling was sent to deliver, and she must track him down, get the package, and try to resist the passion boiling inside her.
  • Written in Red by Anne Bishop

    As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.
  • Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

    When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer—one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack—and the man—she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.
Load More By Sarah
  • With Just One Click by Amanda Strong

    "Reluctance was matched with a pit in my stomach; once I joined, anyone could randomly find me...did I really want to be found?" Chloe, a successful movie reviewer and serial dater, finds herself added as a friend by her first love. The one who left her at seventeen standing with a note in her hand as he simply walked away. Will she allow herself to open old wounds? Morgan, a loyal stay-at-home mom and wife, discovers one of her husband's friends is his very single and flirtatious ex-girlfriend from high school. Will obsession and jealousy tear her solid marriage apart when she hunts for the truth? Brynn, a lonely forty year-old living with her two distant teenage children and workaholic husband, fights temptation while revisiting the past with one of her friends. Will her deception destroy her family? Three lives changed forever WITH JUST ONE CLICK. Confirming a friend isn't as simple as it seems... but do these women have more in common than just Facebook?
  • The Mephisto Kiss by Trinity Faegen

    The eyes never lie. No one’s eyes are darker than Eryx. Not even the Devil’s. When Jax and Sasha first see Jordan Ellis, they know she is no ordinary teenager. She’s the daughter of the President after all, but she’s also Anabo – a descendant of Eve. What they don’t know is that Eryx plans to kidnap Jordan and force President Ellis to pledge his soul. If Eryx’s plot succeeds, the consequences would be catastrophic. But the Mephisto brothers do know about Jordan’s secret identity. And for one of them, she could be the match that leads to their soul’s salvation. Now it’s a desperate race against time to save Jordan and prevent Eryx’s haunting eyes from discovering her true identity. A thrilling story of romance, danger, and intrigue, THE MEPHISTO KISS continues the marvelous mythology that began in THE MEPHISTO COVENANT.
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass

    For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
Load More In 3.5 Hearts

Leave a Reply

Check Also

You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister

Aisling Grey is a courier enjoying a free, work-related trip to Paris when she learns she's a Guardian. That's a keeper of the Gates of Hell, for those who don't know. She finds this out from Drake Vireo, who's scrumptiously sexy-at least in his human form. Now Drake has stolen the package Aisling was sent to deliver, and she must track him down, get the package, and try to resist the passion boiling inside her.

Welcome to The YA Shelf

Helping you find the BEST young adult literature online! We're YA authors, readers and bibliophiles, who read everything and sometimes post book reviews and fandom summaries. Check out our "best books for teens" lists to see our favorites, or browse nearly 300+ book reviews!

Check out today's deals or See what's hot! Today's FREE books
Today's BestSellers


imlovingbooks

Top Posts & Pages

The Best YA Fairytales and Fairytale Retellings
The YA shelf (young adult literature reviews)
Top 50 YA Fiction Influencer Profile Interview with Blogger & BookTuber Kassidy Voinche
Sarah J Maas and YA cancel culture (what's up?)
25 best vampire books for teens to read after Vampire Diaries (beyond Buffy and Twilight)
50 YA fiction tropes and cliches we can't get enough of!
How to write a young adult novel (with writing prompts and plot outlines!)
Marie Lu and the NFT scandal (controversy and cryptocurrencies in YA publishing)

Search

Category Posts