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Entwined 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 841 reviews.
intothemorningJR More than 1 year ago
This was an absolutely adorable book. The Fairbanks of the 12 Dancing Princesses has been my favorite Grimm's fairytale since I was a little girl and so I gravitated toward this to see how it could be fleshed out to a full-blown book-sized story. And I was pleasantly surprised that it was something that could be done fairly easily without much pomp or circumstance. Just plain, great storytelling. As the basis for the book suggests, there are indeed 12 princesses. I was amazed at how each one had her own distinct personality from bookworm Eve to swashbuckler Bramble to headstrong Delphinium to wise beyond her years Jessamyn to ever-hungry Ivy to sweet & sensible Clover. Azalea, the eldest and narrator, was the catalyst for our clear view of her sisters with much affection for their strengths and weaknesses. Each girl is multi-layered which is a truly daunting feat with so many characters. Not to mention the fact that there were about 12 other characters as well who all had their own unique temperaments and sets of motivations. Every character stayed in character through the entire story making this probably the largest cast in a book to remain consistent I have ever read. I was very impressed. The only drawback I could see was the repetitive use of certain phrases throughout the book. It seemed that at least once ever few pages Azalea was either squeezing something so hard it imprinted into her palms or she was clenching her fists so hard her fingernails cut into her skin. I kept hoping that while she searched for the magicked sugar teeth she might come across a pair of magic nail clippers that wouldn't take no for an answer. Then there was the King who's only response to anything was either to coldly mention rules or to suck in his cheeks. And if Azalea turned up freezing outside or fell into a frozen river all for the sake of being saved by Mr. Bradford one more time I was going to stop reading. With the masterful imagination she exhibited in so many other scenes, I was disappointed that Ms. Dixon could not come up with better ways to propel the characters through disagreement, frustration, and romance. I also didn't care for the description of dance steps, but that was a personal preference and not a flaw with the book. Without a dance background I find it hard to translate words to images in my mind where dance is concerned. But that was neither here nor there with regard to my enjoyment of the book. Over all Entwined was a fun, light read that I truly enjoyed. The drawbacks were minor against the marvelous backdrop of love for family, loyalty, and magic. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves fairytales but bear in mind that there is a sweet innocence to this book that may not appeal to older teens if they are looking for the intensity of the majority of YA reads.
laura24 More than 1 year ago
I love reading this book. I was instantly immersed into this fantastic, believably written story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Magical, just magical! I just love this novel! Its beautiful cover draws you in. People say dont judge a book by it cover, but i say the cover is really an important factor. The book starts with a grand party and goes on from there. The is magic and mystery at every corner anda big suprise at the end. I love this book inside and out and would highly recommond it to preteens and teens. I really hope the author will write anothetbook!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very good. It caught my attention from the first word. I usually don't enjoy books written in the 3rd person but I really liked this one. It was extremely entertaining and had me totally consumed. The word "said" was overused in my opinion but I just replaced it every once in a while with another word while reading. Overall, a spectacular book. If you are looking for romance, magic, and mystery then you have come to the right place!
jramos More than 1 year ago
wow where to start. this book was absolutely amazing! I got drawn in from the very beginning. Ever dance and curtsy felt as if I was doing them too. Beautiful writting!!
heyyouall More than 1 year ago
A great twist on an old fairy tale. I couldn't put it down. Would recommed as a great feel good book. A great combo of magic, romance and love for family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow but really good. Worth reading
epicrat More than 1 year ago
First of all, the cover for Entwined is absolutely GORGEOUS that it takes my breath away every time. Isn't it dreamy and wondrous and exciting? A stunning how-do-you-do that will make you want to grab this book and fall in love with it! *inhales the frothy cover and sighs* Entwined takes a while to reach that familiar point where the fairy tale starts to take off, but even then it takes a bit of a stroll before both the characters and story explode into something heart-stopping. I can see how the slow pacing helps to examine the uncomfortable relationship between the King and his 12 daughters. No one seemed to be able to relay their love quite right - and they never had a moment where everything went in their favor. As an outsider looking in, I could see that the King meant well despite his stern words, many absences, and overwhelming grief. I could see that the princesses simply wanted proof of their father's love. I wanted to shake everyone as the hard feelings kept piling up and show them the bigger picture! The princesses are quite the handful - and I cannot imagine how difficult it was for Heather Dixon to keep track of who has a big stomach, who is most beautiful, who is in charge, and who might send very strongly-worded napkin notes to a dinner guest. I would say that the 3 older princess definitely stood out most, but there were endearing moments of the younger ones as they got underfoot of the eligible bachelors. The eldest princess Azalea bears a huge weight on her shoulders as she tries to keep her family together as promised to her dying mother, to prepare herself for marriage prospects, and to unravel the magic hidden within the castle walls. Entwined weaves a delicate spell around the reader, one that feels like an old friend but holds enough dash of unknown. This fairy tale is one of my favorites - Faerie Tale Theatre, anyone? Entwined was not exactly what I had hoped for, but I think it still gave a decent retelling that will appeal to fairy tale lovers.
Gia Swipes More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! If you are like me and love magic, adventure, mystery and romance then this is the book for you!
FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
I wasn't that familiar with the story of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, but I knew enough to know that all of the key elements are there. This book was magical, and beautifully written, and an excellent retelling of the original German story. What I liked: 1) The girls' names. I don't know if they're original, but they seriously cracked me up. 2) The writing. It was so...refreshing to read a book with this refined language. I thought that the wording was so perfect and beautiful. 3) The symbolism. There is so much symbolism woven into this story and it works so well that I was just in awe. 4) The imagery. I keep describing this book as beautiful, but that is really what it was. I would love to live this story. What I didn't like: Really, there was nothing I didn't like. How do you find problems with a story like the 12 Dancing Princesses by the Brothers? For the reason that I rate it the way I do, I think I'd have to say that I wasn't as emotionally connected by the characters as I generally like to be. Instead, I was entranced by the beauty of the story. Overall thoughts: This was an enchanting retelling of a classic story. The language was so different than the books I usually read, it was elegant and refined. If you are a fan of fairy tales, I'd suggest checking this one out!
RoseG More than 1 year ago
Oh, I really enjoyed this book! I've read other retellings of the Twelve Dancing Princesses (and liked the others as well)--and this one is quite unique. Twelve sisters who love dancing are plunged into mourning for a year when their mother dies. They were close to their mother. Their father, well. He's the King, not their father. They basically have no relationship with him. He's certainly not there to comfort them in their mother's death. And so, it's in direct defiance to him that they find a magic passageway in the castle and a strange man named Keeper who allows them to dance and ease the pain in their hearts. But--all is not as it seems. I loved particularly the development of relationships in this book. They change, in real, complete, and sometimes surprising ways. Considering all the characters, it was easy to keep them straight because they are all different, and because the lines of their relationships keep things clear. There was one relationship in particular that is not often found in YA books that was excellently done, and changed my opinion of a certain character completely from the beginning to the end. I would recommend this as a fun read to anyone who likes well-done retellings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully told! And such a great deal! This book is easily worth 10 times the 99¿ that I paid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book. I love fantasy and harry potter is my favorite series of all time. This is one of my new favorites! I look forward to reading more from heather dixon!
pinkfairytale More than 1 year ago
Entwined is the most beautiful, interesting, and heartpounding retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses I have ever read. The cover picture is as beautiful as the story itself! Unlike other retellings, Entwined brings new and exciting elements to the beloved story of the 12 Dancing Princesses. The plot has to be one of the most interesting and well thought out plots that I have ever read. There is so much going on in the story - mystery, romance, daring, and adventure.The characters are very well developed. Each brings their own element to the story. Although there are 12 princesses, I felt as if I knew each one by the end of the story. None of them got left out. Also, unlike other retellings, this story had humor twined into it, making it much more enjoyable to read and making the characters feel even more real. The description was also beautiful. I felt as if the characters were dancing right off the page. Although I loved this retelling, I suggest it for girls 12 and up. Some parts in the book where quite creepy and heartpounding. Although I was on the edge of my seat, younger girls might be bothered by the vivid descriptions and terrible villain. This book, I believe, will be cherished by any teen girl who still believes in the magic of a beautiful princess story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best fantasy/romance books. Fantastic plot, with a lot of suspence, romance, and fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It starts of slow then more and more crazy things happin. Then somethin huge happens tht changes the whole book the endins charming too.
Yoruichi More than 1 year ago
Over all a magical and entertaining read! Perfect for days filled with lazy reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always loved this story, my mother told me this one all the time. I love this book very much something I would let my children read if I had them!
phantomphanatic31 More than 1 year ago
I loved it so much that I could not put it down!!!! I loved the magic and storyline and romance. It was especially nice that all the different dances were explained. I'm the oldest of my brothers and I. This is exactly how an oldest sibling feels. It was so nice to read about the sisters being there and taking care of each other. Highly recommend this book to everyone that loves a good fantasy. Very clean and leaves you believing in happily ever after stories no matter what the story is.
BookNerd1440 More than 1 year ago
This book was astounding..profusely amazing! This was PHENOMENAL! The 12 dancing princesses find a secret passage in their bedroom to a beautiful silver pavillion, and they dance their hearts out. The Keeper is happy to see them there, and welcomes them.. But as the book description says.. the Keeper likes to keep things. As more and more of the Keeper ['s personality] unravels, the girls find themselves stuck in a magicked stalemate. This book? Well, I would - no, I WILL - recommend it to anyone! It's fantastic fantasy with royalty, romance, slight mystery, and more, all tied up into an excellent book. The characters are wonderfully portrayed, and I felt every single emotion they felt. My heart was pounding and my whole self was submerged (is that the right word?) in the words. I may have flown through the end, but I did actually read it. *SPOILER* This book, as I SINCERELY, sincerely, sincerely hoped, ended with a happy ever after. I like happy ever afters. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great spin in the old classic good clean writing
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
In a tiny kingdom there were twelve princesses. On the night of the smallest princess' birth, their hearts were broken and their mother taken too soon. After years of dancing and laughter, their castle is thrust into mourning--the once happy home darkened by black clothes and their father's grief. One day the princesses found a magical land of silver and music. A mysterious and dashing stranger known only as Keeper presides over this strange landscape where the girls can dance every night until the slippers on their feet wear thin. But nothing lasts forever and, when magic is involved, nothing is as it seems in Entwined (2011) by Heather Dixon. Entwined is essentially a retelling of the fairy tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" which was originally published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812.* In this version the princesses are more proactive. The actual discovery of where the princesses dance also takes a slightly less prominent role to make way for the more sinister plot involving Keeper and his own agenda. This is a fun book ideal for anyone who enjoys reading about princesses and castles. Azalea, the eldest, is an endearing heroine as are her sisters. While Bramble's blunt nature and rash temper can wear thin the girls are all, really, very charming characters. Each princess is named after a flower (alphabetical order no less) which actually works quite well with the story and makes for a cute touch. With so many characters some do get lost in the shuffle or boil down to broad characterizations but again with so many characters at the center of a story that might be inevitable. The story is original but by the end a lot of things are happening to Azalea instead of her being proactive. The lack of communication between the sisters toward the end of the story also felt unconvincing when they all appeared in every scene. (And some aspects of the love story angle felt thin.) Dixon's world building is solid. The castle with its dingy appearance and lackluster furnishings comes to life with her descriptions. The history behind the castle and the monarchy is well-presented and even the country's relationship with other nations is mentioned although not in great detail. As with the characters I had this nagging feeling that while I loved what was on the page, I also wanted more. One of the things I really liked about this story was the focus on family. As much as the dancing is a part of the story this is really a book about a father reconnecting with his daughters and a family moving on after a terrible loss. Being able to get that kind of book wrapped up in a fantasy makes this book something special. Entwined is an entertaining fantasy that will draw readers in with a familiar premise only to deliver a story that is ultimately surprising and appealing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The twist on the fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses is really cool. I fell in love with the wonderful characters! I hope Heather Dixon writes more books :)
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becky84065 More than 1 year ago
This was a good book- very fairy tale, which is not something I usually read. It was hard to follow all of the dancing steps because I don't dance at all, but it was still fun to read. This book would be absolutely perfect for teenagers who love to dance, but that doesn't describe me at all and I still liked it, so I would also recommend it to moms who just like a good story :)