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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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Hardcover, 472 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
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...more
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...more
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...more
JJ
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Cara
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...more
Kelly
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...more
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
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...more
Oceana Fern
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...more
Kristy
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...more
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...more
Anne Osterlund
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....more
Laura
Jan 11, 2014 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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
Sara
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
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Dixon submerged me into her fairy tale world of magic, mystery, and love. Fairy tale retellings are becoming very popular in YA. So, when I heard ENTWINED was a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm, I was excited to see how Dixon would put her spin on it. I don't think I could ever tire of balls, gentlemen suitors, and beautiful gowns in any novel. I love this time period and it's always been magical to me.

Azalea, eldest of twelve finally gets to go to her first ball....more
Donna
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...more
Stephanie
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...more
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...more
Jennifer
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
Lindsay
I honestly thought I would love this book more than I did. The plot was original, the characters were somewhat enjoyable, but other than that...I found myself bored and forcing myself through. To be honest, I've never really been into the whole historical genre but then again, I thought this book would be different.

I did think the cover was gorgeous. That was what really attracted me to this book in the first place, sad but true, the covers are always important to me. The plot was also based on...more
Chibineko
I'm a big fan of anything that adapts fairy tales. You name it, I'll probably like it. From novels such as Robin McKinley's Beauty to the fanservice filled Grimm Fairy Tales, I like them all. That's why it's no surprise that I liked Entwined.

I liked what Dixon did here with the story of the twelve dancing princesses. It's a pretty fun story in its own so adding sinister magicians, father/daughter strife, & romance were sort of bonuses here. I loved Dixon's descriptions of the lush & beje...more
Cindy
I LOVED,LOVED,LOVED "Entwined"! It has so many wonderful qualities to it. I could hardly put it down. I have read other versions told of the twelve dancing princesses, but this tops them all. I just wanted and did curl up in bed and read, read, read every chance I could! The writing was wonderful,the words on the pages just flowed so gracefully and beautifully. It's a book that is just as pretty on the inside as it is the outside! The characters were amazing, I was so drawn into what was happeni...more
Kristen
So this one is based on the fairy tale the 'twelve dancing princesses' which I am not familiar. As Impoverished royalty with a dead mother and distant father, the girls are very dependant on each other.
The writing was ok, the plot compelling. The casual acceptance of 'magic' I found very appealing, 'No shit we have an enchanted tea set, you don't?'
And then there is The Dancing, I mean I know there is little else for entertainment in this story but did you know there was a dance for every occati...more
Reader
A creative re-imaging of "12 dancing princesses", Dixon has so much of it right. There's an epic world, full of intrigue. There's family tension, and an enchanted castle full of secret passageways. And for the first half, this works well. Unfortunately, the silver polished narrative turns on readers as suddenly as the sugar teeth (would it be too difficult to call then sugar tongs, like the rest of the world). The princesses, who were decent to begin with become these cawing harpy characters, en...more
April
When I had first heard about Entwined by Heather Dixon, I was super excited to request and read it, as it has a gorgeous cover and takes on one of my favorite fairy tales, the Twelve Dancing Princesses. However, this excitement soon turned to trepidation as a few of my blogger buddies had read Entwined and did not love/enjoy it. Plus, it’s really long. As Entwined was one of my books to read before BEA, and me being a free thinker, I picked it up a week or two ago not sure what to expect. Would...more
Crystal
Absolutely fantastic and breathtaking. Entwined is a remarkable debut, twisting together wonderful humor, believable magic, realistic romance, and so many more spectacular things. Beautifully written with fun, relatable characters, Entwined was a novel that had me tied up early and wouldn't let go until the very last page. It kept me guessing the whole time but the ending settled everything into place like a well choreographed finale. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole of the book- especially the se...more
Krystle
I’ve read Juliet Marillier’s Wildwood Dancing and Jessica Day George’s Princess of the Midnight Ball before this so I pretty much know what to expect in regards to plot. But as an actual comparison status, Entwined fails to match up to them.

Entwined lacks the beautiful lyrical quality of Juliet Marillier’s prose and the fast-paced, light-hearted and easy to glide through plot of the latter. On the plus side, this book does have a beautiful cover. Maybe it’s a requirement for this tale? No idea.

T...more
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Heather Dixon grew up in a large family with four brothers and six sisters. She is a storyboard artist as well as a writer, and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Viennese waltz is her dance of choice. She is the author of the novel Entwined.
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