Author: Heather Dixon
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 472 pages
Format: Nook Book
Hey everyone! I'm back to do another review, and this time its on Entwined by Heather Dixon. It is a fairy tale retelling of the story of the twelve dancing princesses.
Azalea and her younger sisters dance in the mysterious silver forest every night, escaping from the sadness of the palace and their father’s grief. What they don’t understand—although as time passes they begin to get an inkling of the danger they are in—is that the mysterious and dashing Keeper is tightening his snare with deadly purpose. Luckily, Azalea is brave and steadfast. Luckily, a handsome young army captain also has his eye on Azalea. . . . Lush, romantic, and compelling, this debut novel by Heather Dixon will thrill fans of Shannon Hale, Robin McKinley, and Edith Pattou.
I loved how poetic the story was. It was beautifully written, filled to the brim with beautiful imagery and wonderful metaphors that within the first chapter I fell instantly. The aspect of mourning someones death for a year was such an amazing idea that came along with such exaggerated and dire circumstances such as black clothes, covered windows, and, much to the girls chagrin, no dancing. It was a great idea that was well done and it worked so well for this story.
I also loved the gradual antithesis of the pavilion. It started out as a sort of getaway and it turned out becoming the cause of their pain. It was so gradual that i could barely see it coming, but as soon as it hit, i was dumbfounded on how well it was written into the book. I also loved how well the family aspect of the book worked out. The sisters really acted like sisters, and their romances didn't overshadow the relationship of the sisters, which made a great balance.
This book was a fun, dark, intense read, and it won me over because fairy tale retelling are always fun. I love modern retelling's, and now this is one of my new favorites!
A book worthy of 5/5 stars!