Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Entwined by Heather Dixon


Page Count: 472
Expected Published: March 29, 2011

Published by:  Greenwillow Books
Genre(s): YA, Romance, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, 
Source: Paperback
Age Rating: PG-13

Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon

Author Profile: [click here]

My Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

    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.


Hey guys!

      I first read this book when I was about 14, and in 8th grade. It was one of my all time favorites, and I had never forgotten about it after I graduated from middle school. I received a paperback copy this year for Christmas, and I decided to randomly pick it up after I read The Siren by Kiera Cass {click here for the review}, and I'm so glad that I did! I had forgotten almost all of the little details from Entwined, and reading it again this past month was like reading it for the first time...again...

      Heather Dixon is such a fantastic and skilled writer. Her characters are so beautifully written, and the plot was so intriguing and chilling. The way that Heather Dixon dealt with family, mourning, broken families, and friendship. The relationships between Azalea and her sisters are so heartwarming, and each of their personalities are so different and fun. Though there are 12 sisters, and first time readers would assume that the girls would be hard to tell them apart, but Dixon has made it so that each princesses' name is alphabetical according to their births. The eldest being Azalea, and the youngest being baby Lily. Their relationship is really sweet, and really raw and real. The added magical and fantastical aspects to this novel is absolutely mystifying as well. The magic is simple, yet complex. It reminds me of the stories that were read to me when I was young, and the stories that I continue to read as an (almost) adult.

      The creepy and mysterious Keeper creeped me out from the beginning, and I wondered throughtout the book why the girls did not suspect his motives. His motives are ancient and revolves around the country's history. As the story progresses you, the reader, learns more of their history and it's just wonderfully written. This is one of my all time favorite retellings, and I know that I'll read it again and again and again.

More Awesome Retellings:.

Above are some of my all time favorite fairy-tale retellings. I've read 4/6 of the list, and you can check them out if you search them up in the index on the home page or above. I hope you all enjoyed this review!

Happy Reading!

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