Entwined by Heather DixonEntwined by Heather Dixon


byHeather Dixon

Paperback | March 27, 2012

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Come and mend your broken hearts here. In this retelling of the classic tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," the eldest princess must fight to save her family—and her heart—from an ancient dark magic within the palace walls. "Full of mystery, lush settings, and fully orbed characters, Dixon's debut is both suspenseful and rewarding."—ALA Booklist

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. "Readers who enjoy stories of royalty, romance, and magic will delight in Dixon's first novel."—Publishers Weekly

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Heather Dixon is the author of the acclaimedEntwined. By day, she is a storyboard animator and artist. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Title:EntwinedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.08 inPublished:March 27, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062001043

ISBN - 13:9780062001047


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic, Beautiful and Dark I LOVED this novel. I've worn my copy's spine out and have it completely sticky noted. Sometimes I just reread my favourite sections because I love it THAT much. Being one of the first YA novels I've ever read, I think I've reread this at LEAST 6 times. I adore fantasy, especially tales based on classic stories (this one being the 12 Dancing Princesses) with a dark twist. It's so magical, romantic and heroic. The dynamic between the sisters is beautiful and equally hilarious with all their contrasting personalities. They still love and support each other regardless of their differences. (And not to nerd out, but the fact that all the sister are named in alphabetical order and are named after FLOWERS is just so lovely.) Highly recommend. Can't wait to read her other novels in the future.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entwined This was a great book and I enjoyed reading it very much. The only part that I found really hard was all of the names of the sisters was slightly confusing, rembering who was who and what they were doing. It didn't really seem like a much different retelling of the twelve dancing princesses, but still very enjoyable to read. I can't get over the dance that the author created either, the entwine dance. This would be something that I would love to learn to do and couldn't believe it wasn't real!
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sloooowwwww So I read this years a go but... I thought the setting was bland. It was just some generic European country during some medieval time period. There was nothing special about it. But what really bogged down the story was the villain. He was not scary. He didn't do much at all and I have a very vivid memory of a teenaged version of me sighing, flipping through the book to see if he did anything, and then trudging through it anyway. The villain didn't even do anything until the very end and even then it wasn't that exciting because it wasn't worth the 300-something pages of build-up that led to it. And I know this is based on the 12 Dancing Princesses fairy tale but 12 main characters is too much to focus on.
Date published: 2018-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my new favs I love any and all fairytale retellings, but I've gotten much more critical in recent years, so I wasn't sure what to expect...I'm so glad to say this book blew me away! I couldn't read it fast enough! One of the best fairytale retellings I've ever read.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay.... While I did like the concept of the twelve dancing princesses, I felt like the book was rather bland. First off, it was pretty lengthy and took a while for things to get moving. The father's coldness towards the daughters didn't really make sense to me and sometimes I just completely had no idea what the plot was about. I don't recommend it if you're looking for a book with more adventure; this book is pretty laid-back and mellow.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from didn't quite capture my attention I couldn't decide whether I liked the book or not even when I got to the end. It was an interesting spin on the original story, but didn't quite capture my attention. I think younger readers will enjoy it though, and I'm going to give it to my pre-teens to read .
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Story I did like this book a lot. It very much has the fairytale aspect in it but it also has mystery and suspense. Overall, I think it's a pretty good read.
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nostolgic I remember reading this in the seventh grade and being reminded of the 12 Dancing Princesses fairy tale from when I was a kid. Cute read for a rainy day!
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! This is a spin off of 12 dancing princesses and it was so good! I love all the development of all the characters and the keeper, well there isn't much more to say than handsome!
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This is a spin off of 12 dancing princesses and it was so good! I love all the development of all the characters and the keeper, well there isn't much more to say than handsome!
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! This is a spin off of 12 dancing princesses and it was so good! I love all the development of all the characters and the keeper, well there isn't much more to say than handsome!
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enchanted Magically written with such feeling and charm, Entwined will have young book lovers unable to put it down as they fall madly in love with Azalea's enchanted but darkening world! Entwined also has one of my favorite novel villains of all time!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Magically written with such feeling and charm, Entwined will have young book lovers unable to put it down as they fall madly in love with Azalea's enchanted but darkening world! Entwined also has one of my favorite novel villains of all time!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful story! A wonderful and magical story! A great retelling of the twelve dancing princesses that is enchanting and romantic. A must read for anybody who loves fairy tales
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outstanding One of my favorite books of all time, Entwined was full of complicated and charming characters with a story I couldn't stop reading and rereading!
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Novel I've read this book at least 5 times and I fall even more in love with the characters and the plot each time. Heather Dixon turned the 12 dancing princesses into a mysterious story with a hint of romance.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I acctually really enjoyed reading this book. I think it's safe to say it's my favourite book
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Magical I found this novel to be fantastical
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fairy Tale Goodness Fairy tale goodness, wrapped up with witty characters, a wonderful growing father-daughter relationship, romance, action, magic, and dancing! Overall a great book which I enjoyed enormously! Highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! A truly wonderful story by Dixon
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Personal Favorite! I first read this book years ago in grade six and it remains a personal favorite! No matter how many times I've read it, it never ceases to make me laugh, cry and smile.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking, beautiful fairytale retelling What a gem this book is. I picked this up in a used bookstore and it sat on my shelf until I took a peak one day and ended up caught in a beautifully written fantasy world. I loved this retelling of a fairytale. It surprised me how much I loved this book. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Riveting A wonderful story line that is riveting and spellbinding. Unforgettable characters and plots twists will keep you wanting more. Complete with romance and intrigue, this book is bound to keep you turning pages until the end.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New rendition of a classic fairytale Fairytales have always held a special place in my heart, and to read the Twelve Dancing Princesses told in this new, different approach was pleasantly surprising. Would definetly recommend this to anyone.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this! I hold a special place in my heart for the tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. It was a childhood favourite of mine, so when I found this, I had to read it. I love this adaptation of the story. You remember every princess as they're all very distinct, and it's dark but also has quite a bit of humour. I took off a star because it does drag at places, and some of the book is quite cheesy. However, I loved it enough that I will definitely reread in the future!
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED So wonderful and fairy-tale-esque and cinematic and dark and magical and romantic and heart-warming and I could keep gushing about this book.
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting to the very last page! I loved this novel. So often the dark aspects of fairy tales are taken and used to remake the story into something gritty, causing the tale itself to lose the warmth that makes it so great. This novel, however, manages to hold onto that dark edge, and balance it perfectly with the warm characters and lessons, creating what in my mind is a perfect re-imagining of a fairy tale.
Date published: 2015-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome book i loved this book a lot
Date published: 2014-01-23
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

Editorial Reviews

“Dixon balances the suspense with generous helpings of humor and sparkling dialogue…[A] charming, romantic story, told with a light touch.”