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Entwined

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  28,451 Ratings  ·  4,313 Reviews
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

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ebook, 281 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Greenwillow Books
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Lauren DeStefano
This book was not next in my reading queue, and while I was arranging my bookshelf this afternoon, I opened it just to read the first page. I had some cleaning to do and bills to organize, so I just intended to read a few lines. Several minutes later, I was curled up on the couch and fifty pages in, with just the vague notion that I was supposed to be doing something else.
Anna Pravdica
I will begin this review the way all great reviews are begun. I will make a Mean Girls reference.

And that is to say, how do I even begin to explain Entwined?

I've grown accustomed to the constant shit storm that seems to blow my a way 90% of the time that I read a YA novel, so, suffice to say, I was more than surprised when reading Entwined.

The novel is based on the fairy tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, or, The Shoes That Were Danced To Pieces, but with, as all YA novels promise in their u
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Erica (daydreamer)
Oh, what absolute glorious beauty and fun and rapture! I’m all in a flutters, I can’t stop smiling and swooning and laughing. I had absolutely no doubt that I would love this book, and I did, oh so very much. So much more than I imagined. Immensely, completely, utterly. It captivated me from the very beginning, and kept a tight hold throughout the entire story! I’m still caught up in it! This book is without a doubt one of my new absolute favorite books ever!! And rightly earned. Just so. The da ...more
Minli
I need to re-read Wildwood Dancing to cleanse my brain of the mess that is Entwined.

This book has one really fabulous idea. That idea is the description and significance of the Entwine, a fictional court dance where the gentleman and lady begin at opposite ends of a sash. The gentleman tries to 'entwine' the lady, while the lady spends the dance avoiding such capture. It was clever and witty and I wished there was more magic integrated with dance in this book, but alas, it was not to be had.

I h
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JJ
Dec 04, 2013 JJ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Shantelle
***Beware, this is a fangirly review, so there might be some slight spoilers about.***

Entwined was a fairytale from beginning to end. Enchanting, humorous, charming, and sweet. Beauty swirled through every page. And though there were pockets of intense darkness, this book, overall, was a swoon-worthy tale with heartfelt lessons and giggles and loveliness. I was grinning like a fool as I read the final pages - torn between the desire to laugh or sob. This book, my friends, THIS BOOK! My second ti
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Lissa
I’m not really into retellings. I’m not. I’d rather an author tell me an original tale spun from their imagination. Sometimes I feel retellings are cheating.

However, I quite enjoyed Cinderby Marissa Meyer earlier this year, so I thought I’d give Entwined a shot. It has one of those generic white-girl in a pretty dress YA covers, which I must confess I do think are really gorgeous. However in this instance I'm not convinced this is the best cover for this book. I don't feel it really represents t
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Anne
Jan 23, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Entwined is a retelling of the German fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I'm gonna be honest here, it's never been one of my favorites. Shhhh!
However, this author manages to take a rather thin story about...well, twelve dancing princesses, and turn it into something really interesting! In fact, other than Bella at Midnight, this is probably my favorite retelling.

There's magic, romance, an evil villain, a cursed castle, daddy issues, sisterly love, a rug that likes to eat peopl
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Samantha
*3.5 stars*

I read this as an audiobook, and recommend that medium if you aren't sure about reading this.

There were some areas where this book shined and others where it faltered.

First off, this is great for fans of family dynamics. This focuses a lot on sisterly bonds and father/daughter bonds especially. This would also be good for fans of novels of manners and/or lesser known Fairytale retellings.

I did find that the writing was rather simple, and the book was longer than it needed to be. I
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Cara
Jan 09, 2014 Cara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story had a recipe for success in my book. It's a fairytale retelling, has an enchanting cover, siblings, magic, and dark secrets. I mean I think it would have been impossible for me not to love this story.

I'll try to make the rundown quick of the premise. There are quite obviously twelve princesses who unfortunately lose their mother with the birth of the last baby girl, Lily. Before their mother dies she gives Azalea, the oldest daughter, a handkerchief embroider with silver letters. What
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Angela
Whimsical but slow fairy tale retelling, 2.5 stars

Heather Dixon’s fiction debut, ENTWINED, offers a retelling of the Grimm Brothers’ tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Following the death of their mother, Azalea and her eleven sisters are left nearly abandoned as their father, the King, goes off to war. Though they’re in mourning, the girls long to dance just like their mother had taught them. When the girls discover a magic-filled passage to an otherworldly pavilion, they begin to spend eac
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Kelly
Apr 14, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entwined is a retelling of the fairy tale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” in which the King’s twelve daughters slip away to a mysterious underground realm every night and dance their slippers to ribbons. Heather Dixon chooses to focus mainly on one sister as the heroine: Azalea, the eldest.

At the beginning of the book, the Queen dies giving birth to the twelfth princess. Azalea and her sisters are heartbroken, and to make things worse, their stiff-necked father the King pushes them away in his
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Angela
There is something extremely magical about Entwined. From the author's writing style that easily flows from the pages to the otherworldly setting that wraps itself around you, instantly the reader is transformed into another dimension where magic is real and young girls dance the night away. For all its beauty, this story does have a creepy edge to it. The main antagonist of the story is dark and deadly giving the plot a much need jolt of suspense. And while the story is slow and steady verses q ...more
Anne Osterlund
Jul 10, 2011 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before Mother died, Azalea promised she would take care of her sisters.

A promise that means standing up to the King. Demanding that he not forget them. And when he does—when he insists on going off war without even saying “goodbye”—it means something else.

Breaking the rules. Taking the girls down through the silver forest to the magic pavilion where they can dance. And forget they are wearing black and that their father doesn’t love them and that they don’t even have a decent portrait of Mother.
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Kristy
Oct 04, 2011 Kristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what my problem is with writing this review, I have been finished with the book for about 3 days and I just keep putting it off. I believe the cause to be I didn't like the book as much as I had hoped too. The cover is absolutely gorgeous, the imagery is beautiful, the writing flows; then what is the problem, why did I not enjoy it?
In part, the length. It was very time consuming, at times it felt like I could have skipped ahead 30 pages and not really missed anything important. Also
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C.B. Cook
Jun 02, 2016 C.B. Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review soon! Er... eventually. Let's say that.
Ava Oceana
I had high hopes for ENTWINED, especially since retellings are totally my thing, and I adore most fairy tales: especially The Twelve Dancing Princesses... well, not the original version, where the eldest sister marries this old solider and it's all very creepy.

Fortunately, Azalea, our main character and the eldest sister, doesn't end up marrying an elderly man. Unfortunately, the book just wasn't for me.

I did like the plot; a pretty original twist on the classic. However, it didn't keep my inter
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Hannah Rodes
Apr 19, 2016 Hannah Rodes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the moment I seen the cover, I wanted this book. I mean, look at it. It has a girl in a flowing, beautiful gown, and a castle in the background. Not to mention the leaves on the cover are shiny! It’s gorgeous!

The characters I wasn’t too crazy about at first. I liked Azalea, but her sisters frustrated me. They were…. well, disagreeable. But towards the end, I loved them. They did have their annoying moments, but they were sweet.

And can we just talk about Lord Bradford for a moment. He wa
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Laura
Jan 11, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
You guys might've figured this out already but I'm a complete sucker for fairytales/fairytale retellings . Entwined is exactly that. It's about 12 princesses who love to dance.

The story starts off with the main character and eldest princess Azalea about to go to her first ball because she is finally of age. A tragic event occurs though causing the whole palace to go into mourning. During mourning the princesses are not allowed to go outside, wear colorful clothing, or dance. The princesses are d
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Alyssa
What I thought:

I saw on GR that my author friend, Shantelle Mary Hannu, loved this book, and it had such a pretty cover, that I decided to get it and try it for myself (and it’s a Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling, which I’ve always loved the story). So I got it from Thrift Books (check it out!) for maybe $3.50 HARDBACK. STILL LOOKING NEW. Yeah.

It took me a week or two to get around to reading it. But we’re moving into a fixer-uper and went there to work, and, in procrastination, I finished Ni
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MissHavoc {Cry Havoc! Reviews}
lovely. not my usual cup of tea, but beautiful all the same. review to come but I must say,
magic + period piece + dancing + 12 sisters = a very awesome fantasy.

Update: I'm not really sure what to say about Entwined. It was definitely like nothing I've ever read before.

I guess if I had to describe it I would call it more of a historical fantasy. I mean there's a castle and some princesses, and lets not forget about the crazy, evil king with actual magic. It's essentially a re-telling of The Twel
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☆☽Erica☾☆
Omg I loved this tale when I was younger! I've never seen a retelling of it. ahhhhhh i want thissss

Sara
Feb 06, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entwined by Heather Dixon is a retelling of the fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses. The story is told from the point of view of the oldest princess Azalea. When Azalea's mother dies and her father the king leaves and goes off to war Azalea and her sisters are in morning and while in morning they are not allowed to dance. The girls find a secret passageway and make their way to a dance floor where they can dance unseen. The girls go every night to dance and eventually find out that everythi ...more
Donna
Aug 16, 2011 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I often end up with mixed feelings about novels based on fairy tales, and this retelling of one my old favorites, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, is no exception.

I liked Azalea's interactions with her sisters, and I especially liked that she seemed to mature as the story went on. Unfortunately the story was so packed with princesses and suitors that only the heroine got much attention. One of the secondary relationships was adorable, but the main romance felt tacked on.

The princesses got caught
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Jessica
I was excited to find a new adaptation of The Twelve Dancing Princesses and the cover absolutely made me salivate, but I'm afraid I just couldn't love this as much as I wanted to. Some of her writing is very lush, and the magic system and history of their country is fascinating, but it took me a long time to get into, and I never cared as much for the sisters as I did for some of the menfolk in the story. I know people are loving this book, but it just didn't click for me.
Sarah
Apr 21, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites!! Re-read! 5 stars. Incredible as ever!
Stephanie
Dec 11, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely enchanting! Entwined is unlike anything I've ever read before. I could hardly put the book down.

The writing isn't anything spectacular but somehow, I managed to feel like I was reading one of the most graceful pieces of writing on earth. I can only describe it like a dance. This is a wonderful book!

The characters are so fun and easy to love. I'm not sure which one was my favorite. There was hardly ever a dull part. And the author produced moments where you absolutely had to smile or l
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Alyssa hoffmaster
I absolutely adored Entwined, I’m not a fairytale type of girl but this book had me turning the pages wanting more. First off, I would just like to say that I love the cover; it’s so beautiful, I’m sure most of us have fantasized about wearing a beautiful gown like this. I feel this cover really represents the book well.

For the first quarter of the book I was enraged about how their dad was treating them. He was so distant, not communicating with the girls, all twelve of the girls felt that thei
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Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
The Twelve Dancing Princesses has always been my favorite fairy tale. While the gorgeous cover is what initially made me see what Heather Dixon's debut novel, Entwined, was all about, the fact that it retold this tale made it a Day One Buy for me. Lush and descriptive, Entwined brings the tale to life like never before. I loved the way Dixon extracted the best parts of the story and tweaked other aspects, making the story fresh and vibrant. It manages to remain true to the original tale while st ...more
Jennifer
Oct 03, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was cute. Not the type of book I usually read and I won't be reading tons more like it but it was a nice change. Definitely something different. Kept me intrigued and read the whole thing in 3 sittings. It was really long and dragged a little bit so I took a bit of a break between the second and last sitting. Takes place in a kind of "olden days" magical setting. Azalea is one of 12 daughters. When her mom dies she must go into mourning for one year which means all black, closed windows, and ...more
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Heather Dixon grew up in a large family and currently works as a story artist for Disney Interactive in Salt Lake City. She has a passion for the movie "Mary Poppins", and her dream is to write a book of twisted nursery rhymes. She is the author of the books "Illusionarium" and "Entwined".
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