Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Review: Entwined

Book description: 

Come and mend your broken hearts here.
Just when Azalea should feel that everything is before her—beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing—it’s taken away. All of it. And Azalea is trapped. The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. 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.


I just read Entwined by Heather Dixon and loved it. It's a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. And of course I love fairytale retellings. The characters, including all the sisters, are endearing, and the writing is excellent. I recommend it to anyone and give it a PG rating.

Princess Azalea's mother dies and the girls, who love to dance, are in mourning and not allowed to dance. Every night they sneak through a secret passage in their room to dance in an enchanted forest, but Keeper, who is trapped in the forest, wants Azalea to find and destroy a magic object in the palace that will free him from his prison and allow him to kill the king. He holds her mother's soul hostage until Azalea helps him.

This is a charming story with lots of magic, action, suspense, and romance. My favorite parts are the relationships that develop between the sisters, and between the girls and their father, and between the oldest girls and their suiters.

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