Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Book Review Entwined By Heather Dixon

Synopsis: 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 Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in [the] web until it is too late

Entwined is a revisionist tale of The 12 Dancing Princess.  I wasn't familiar with the fairy tale so I read the synopsis on Wikipedia to have something to base my reading on.

In the novel Dixon keeps to the basics of the classic story but fleshes it out with magical and dark details.

The novel falls somewhere between historical fiction and a fairy tale. It takes place in the fictional land of D'eathe where the twelve sisters encounter an old form of magic when they need it most. Lead by their eldest sister and our heroine, Azalea, the sisters quickly learn that there is more to magic than they thought possible. There is also a sprinkling of action, romance, and drama along for the ride.

For a novel with 12 protagonists, Dixon does a good job of giving the girls different personalities. Naming the sisters alphabetical in age order, also makes it easier to keep track of who is who!

I think this novel with be most at home with Jane Austen fans, there is a little action and a lot of talk of arranged marriages, sisterhood and true love. Despite the somewhat dark moments the book comes across with Disney-esque plotting.

This was a quick simple read that was enjoyable, overall nothing new or groundbreaking.

Dixon is also an artist and her site has some cute drawings to accompany the novel, including Princess Azalea Paper Dolls 

Currently, the Kindle edition of this book is .99 cents. You don't even need a Kindle to purchase it, you can read in The Cloud ! 


  1. Sounds like a cute story. I really enjoy retellings, so I might have to give it a try!

  2. This sounds cute, but I sort of feel like I might like the concept better than the actual book.

  3. I think I downloaded this one a week or two ago. Sounds like a cute story and it's interesting that it's based on a fairty-tale. I've never heard of that one so I'll have to go look it up.

  4. I picked this one up for my Kindle a few weeks back and am really looking forward to reading it. I am not familiar with the fairy tale it is based on so I should probably look that up before I start reading! :) I'm glad to see that you enjoyed it!

    Bonnie @ www.handsandhome.ca


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