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Monday, March 12, 2012

Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

Released: March 29, 2011
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Rated: YA
Buy: Amazon

Confined to their dreary castle while mourning their mother's death, Princess Azalea and her 11 sisters join The Keeper, who is trapped in a magic passageway, in a nightly dance that soon becomes nightmarish.

What I thought

I've heard good things about this book, and for good reason. It was more than just a fairytale of how a princess meets her prince. It has a bit of a dark twist to it that made the book almost impossible to set aside. I was really intrigued with the storyline and the characters and was glad I finally picked this one up and gave it a try.

Okay, so the plot takes a bit to unfold and at first things seem innocent enough. That was one of the things I liked best about the book. It slowly worked its way up to the climax of the book instead of starting at a sprint from the gates. We get a bit of story before anything happens to open up the real story. I liked that the author didn't make it too easy. She planned it and gave the characters a need for the room they needed, instead of letting them just stumble upon it. I didn't really suspect anything much of the Keeper at first. I actually felt bad for him. I think it unfolded perfectly.

There are a few things I need in a book to make it enjoyable. One is character growth. And I don't just mean the main character. The King didn't seem like a warm and open father. He was cold, distant and reserved. There were times that I agreed with Azalea in her assumption that the King didn't love any of his children. But as the story continues to build and things start to happen, there is this small change. Very small. And it grows, very subtly, until this new person stands in place of the old and you marvel at the change. I was glad that the author didn't let the King stay seemingly heartless through the whole thing.

I'm glad I took a chance on this. I tend to shy away from books that are historical (or a fantasy world that is set up as if a historical novel, like this) but I'm glad I read it. It's highly enjoyable and entertaining.

My Rating

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Lisa (Cold Moon Violet Books) said...

I really liked Entwined too. It was unique and interesting. I really enjoyed the relationship between Azalea and the King. It was really touching how Azalea's understanding of his feelings grew and changed. Great review.

Carina said...

This has been on my to-read list ever since I first read its summary (and saw that gorgeous cover), which is now way too long ago. I'm really glad you liked it and reading your review reminded me that I still really need to get a copy of this! :)

Fictional Distraction

Anonymous said...

I so agree with you! When I first started this book I honestly wasn't sure I'd like it, but as it went on I realized I was becoming more and more engrossed.

I never thought of the Keeper as evil until well into the story, and then he just frightened me.

Great review!

Jenny at Books to the Sky

Candace said...

I've really wanted to read this one since it came out (love the cover!) but I've heard some mixed things. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed it, I think I'll leave it on my WL.

Lisa Mandina said...

I also really enjoyed this book. I'd never heard of the fairy tale it is based on until I saw the book at the bookstore I work at. I've really started to look for books that take fairy tales and update them now. Here is my review of this same book: http://misclisa.blogspot.com/2011/04/entwined-by-heather-dixon.html

Bookworm1858 said...

I loved this book so much-it was perfect for me with its fairy tale retelling plot and sweet characters. Oh yeah and I love princesses!

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