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Entwined

by Heather Dixon

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | March 21, 2011 | Hardcover

Entwined is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 8.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 480 pages, 8.53 × 5.83 × 1.52 in

Published: March 21, 2011

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062001035

ISBN - 13: 9780062001030

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great rendition of Twelve Dancing Princesses It’s very well written, and although the plot is a little slow to start off, I think it’s essential for it to go at that pace. It introduces the reader to a detailed world with a good amount of characters to read about. The sisters in the book are distinct enough so the reader can figure out who is who. Some of their personalities are stronger and more memorable than others (Bramble comes to mind). There’s real well placed moments of humor throughout the book and you do find yourself laughing here and there. The more fantastical and magical elements of the book are also well done, especially towards the ending where the pace of the book goes at whirlwind speed and keeps the reader engaged well until the last pages. The character of the Keeper is also well written. As the book progresses his sinister side comes out and it does get a little, well creepy. It suits the story and the setting (where the Princesses go to dance). The setting itself does seem marvelous and beautiful but there’s a coldness and detachment to it - which is a very likely home for the Keeper himself as his personality also is a reflection to the setting. The ‘couples’ of the book are well done and they suited each other. It’s another retelling of Twelve Dancing Princesses but I feel that it’s much more than that. It’s well detailed, and despite it’s length, it’s a beautifully written story where when you’re done with the book, you feel satisfied, and complete. Definitely recommended for those in love with young adult books, fairy tales and the retelling of them, but also those that like fantasy stories without intense descriptions of magic.
Date published: 2013-04-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from nothing great here.... it was so repetitive and boring. i tried to finish twice and could not. the first time i wanted to give up at page 112 but i pushed on. i just stopped at pg 289. no thanks. i found it did not really move and was a tedious read. any time when the story began to move it went back to be slow. i liked the sisters they were great. loved their names too. story was bad!!!
Date published: 2013-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical, Enchanting and Beautifully Written! This 2011 debut totally knocked my socks off. I thought it was fantastic! The way Heather Dixon made it feel as though it was a REAL fairytale blew me away. For me, the story really came to life; it felt real and very magical. I really loved the characters and the whole concept. Heather Dixon takes the existing story, Twelve Dancing Princesses, and puts her own spin on it to create the amazing story of Entwined. In this story, out main character is Azalea. She is the oldest of twelve daughters, so Azalea is the big sister to eleven younger sisters. Their mother named them alphabetically so that each of their names went from A-L. I loved how Heather Dixon managed to incorporate some dialogue from each sister, so that we got to learn a little bit about each sister. Next to Azalea, we follow the next two oldest girls who are Bramble and Clover. They have there own little stories incorporated as well. Entwined takes place in the Victorian Era where Azalea and her eleven other sisters are princesses. Their mother and father are King and Queen. Azalea being the oldest will lead to her eventual role as Queen once her mother is no longer alive. These girls have a life of dancing, ballgowns, royalty and fine dining. You have to be fifteen to attend the balls, but that doesn't stop all of the sisters from dancing and expressing themselves. When tragedy strikes the family, their regular lives are taken away. They no longer live how they used to and have to endure this new lifestyle for a new period of time. Dancing is no longer allowed, leaving the girls very sad and feeling hopeless. Then, they discover this alternate world that changes everything. There's magic, dancing and a keeper. The keeper is the one who rules the alternate world. But the girls must beware . . . the keeper is more than meets the eye. Aside from the beautiful setting, I loved the development of the characters. We get to see the sister's relationship grow and develop. It added a great element to the story and added depth and sincerity to the plot. This was a beautiful and enchanting story that I would recommend to anyone who loves magical, breathtaking stories that will bring your imagination to life. 5/5 2011-039
Date published: 2012-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but... I found this to be a nice light read. I enjoyed it but I found there were parts that dragged a little. Over all a good book.
Date published: 2012-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really liked it. Review First Published At: http://unautrehistoire.blogspot.com/ Believe it or not, but I don't know the fairy tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. So when word of Entwined got out, and people were saying it was a retelling of the fable, I was like great. I did like the sound of it, and I was curious about the story, never mind the beautiful cover. I grabbed this book from the library a few months ago, and tried to read it, but I wasn't really in the mood for it, so I gave up, but I knew I was going to try again. I wanted to know what this book was all about. I picked it again a couple of days ago, and boy am I ever glad I did not give up on this book. I really enjoyed it. It was funny, and sweet, and sometimes it freaked me out (Keeper on the ceiling, anyone?), other times it made me tear up. It really was a pleasure for me to read. We have Azalea the eldest daughter of the Royal Family, who has just lost her mother in child birth. So, unexpectedly her and her 11 sisters are forced into mourning. Mourning means the curtains are drawn, the girls are not allowed outside, there are no visitors, and absolutely NO dancing for one year. For these girls this is tragic. Dancing was the one thing they had that could connect them to their mother. On top of that, their somewhat strained relationship with their father is further damaged by his own grief, and sudden departure from the girls' life. So these 12 girls are lonely, suffering with the death of their dearest mother. But, somehow they found refuge with a secret passage that leads from their room to a grand pavilion where they are given the opportunity to dance, and dance they do. However, it's not for free. The thing that I loved the very most about this story was the family dynamics. The relationship between the sisters and all their varying personalities. They were a lot of fun to read about, and I'd imagine a lot of fun to write. I really enjoyed their father, The King. In the beginning he grieved the loss of his queen, and did not know how to deal with his sorrow, nor the sorrow of his daughters. This was very sad. The family needed each other, and they couldn't be there for one another. The family needed to heal, and they needed each other to heal, and that's partially what this story was about. It really was a great story. The characters that Heather Dixon created were very well rounded, and very well developed. I thought Keeper was one creepy dude, and I loved that. He would do the weirdest things, that would royally weird me out. I did not trust him from the very beginning, but I was not expecting what I got. Lord Teddy was one of my favourite characters. He was really funny. I laughed at everything he did, and when it came to Bramble, well that was a lot of fun. There were a lot of different elements in this story, and I loved that. It meant that I was never bored, and I always had something to look forward to. So many different things happened, and I really enjoyed that. I would recommend that everyone read Entwined. It is worth the time
Date published: 2011-08-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Kind of Fell Flat First off, I think this bookw as longer than necessary. I have heard of the story of the twelve dancing princesses, but I've never read the full story. From Entwined all I can say is that it's an okay story. Much like the Entwine, I found this book would almost catch me within its words, but I found I would easily slip out again from finding it somewhat jumpy and . . . not necessarily uneventful, but more like not exciting, if that makes sense :S What I was expecting from this book and what I got from it are two completly different things. I was expecting it to be great, because, lets face it. It sounded great and the cover is beautiful :) but it just goes to show that you can't judge a book by it's cover. Unfortunately, what I got from this book was dissapointment since it didn't quite live up to my expectations. Overall, it was an okay book but I wouldn't recrommend it just because I find it pointless to recrommend something that would take a while to read for just an okay story.
Date published: 2011-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review (May contain spoilers) Before reading Entwined I didn’t know the story of the Twelve Dancing Princess so I did what most people would do and did a search for it to learn more about this fairy tale. I thought the author did a good job of putting her own twist on the story but kept a lot of the original plot elements too. There were a lot of characters what with twelve princess it sometimes got chaotic. Its hard to have that many characters and try to give them all distinct personalities and have them all stand out so a lot of the times the younger sisters got lost in the shuffle. Plus the princesses were together all the time so it does get annoying and long winded with everyone taking part in a conversation. The story is told from Azalea’s point of view but Bramble and Clover, the second and third eldest princesses also had side stories of their own. Romance wise, there were three suitors for the three oldest princess. The romances lacked depth and spark and in the end fell flat for me. Out of the three suitors my favourite would have to be Lord Teddy because he brought a bit of humour to the story and is overall a very jovial person to have around. Entwined had a lot of things that attracted me to the book including a gorgeous cover, fairytale retelling, princesses and balls. I really thought I would like it more but I found the story to be slow going and too long. I guess Entwined just wasn’t my cup of tea but I have seen some positive reviews for it. So just because I didn’t like doesn’t mean that you won’t too.
Date published: 2011-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Classic Retold with Memorable Characters Entwined tells the story of Azalea, the eldest of 12 sisters living in a castle still housing old magic from the time of a mad king. Desperate to dance again after the death of their beloved mother, but forbidden to because they are in a year of mourning, the sisters discover an enchanted passageway to a beautiful pavilion. But the price of their dancing unravels a dangerous mystery that Azalea must riddle away with bravery, determination and the greatest magic of all, the magic that has no name. The princesses quirky personalities, the story's unexpected theme of family and the truly delightful romantic heroes sketched out in this tale made it a charming and involving read. Definitely recommended to anyone ready to sink into a classic updated with some lovely touches.
Date published: 2011-04-05

– More About This Product –

Entwined

by Heather Dixon

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 480 pages, 8.53 × 5.83 × 1.52 in

Published: March 21, 2011

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062001035

ISBN - 13: 9780062001030

About the Book

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.

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Heather Dixon grew up in a large family with four brothers and six sisters. She is a storyboard artist as well as a writer, and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Viennese waltz is her dance of choice.

Editorial Reviews

?Dixon balances the suspense with generous helpings of humor and sparkling dialogue?[A] charming, romantic story, told with a light touch.? (Kirkus Reviews)

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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