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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
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Published April 12th 2011 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published March 29th 2011)
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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
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
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
***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
Sep 14, 2012 JJ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 09, 2010 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
*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
Jul 25, 2010 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
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
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
Jan 31, 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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Jul 03, 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.
Oct 09, 2010 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
Sep 17, 2011 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
Jan 27, 2016 ☆☽Erica☾☆ marked it as eh-maybe-later  ·  review of another edition
Omg I loved this tale when I was younger! I've never seen a retelling of it. ahhhhhh i want thissss

C.B. Cook
May 15, 2015 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
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
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
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
Jul 22, 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
Liv Fisher
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*Entwined* was... okay. It had its fun moments, but, like many books, it had its dull ones, as well. For me, Azalea was a bit flawless, so I had a pretty hard time connecting with her, and the only character I could really relate to was the king. The writing style was not my favourite, and the action scenes were kind of hard to follow.

I WOULD recommend this to tween girls (and a little bit younger), though! *Entwined* had its d
Apr 17, 2012 Marla rated it really liked it
This was a lot better than I thought it would be. It took me a little bit to get into the story but once I did I loved the antics of the sisters. The men that were trying to court them were funny and Mr. Keeper was scary. I found myself tearing up at times, laughing out loud and gasping. I listened to the audiobook, which I think it made the story more dramatic as the narrator did a great job bringing the characters to life. I have already recommended this book to a friend.
Aug 11, 2016 snowplum rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is… weird. Not good weird, mostly. I didn’t realize until halfway through that it was written by the author of Illusionarium – a fact which hit me upside the head the first time a rather horrific element was introduced, and I was like “Gah! That’s sort of disgusting/gross/horrific like Illusionarium when it gets disgusting/gross…” and lo and behold, there is a reason for that: the disturbed mind of Heather Dixon. So that is admittedly a matter of taste, but emphatically not a trait tha ...more
The Winter Rose
Between the beautiful cover and the fact that I knew it was a retelling of one of my favorite fairy tales (The Twelve Dancing Princess), I thought I was set. But ah! I made that mistake before with "The Thirteenth Princess", didn't I? Okay, to be fair, it's not as bas as "The Thirteenth Princess" but it is by no means as good as Jessica Day George's "Princess of the Midnight Ball".

The setup is as follows: Twelve princesses are forbidden to dance because they are to spend the year in mourning for
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
I LOVED this book! Where to begin? This was just an incredibly delightful read, from beginning to end. The narration, the dialogue, and the characters made this so enjoyable, and I found that I was giggling to myself over the quirkiness and charm of the story throughout.

Azalea ("Lea" for short-- how cool to read a book with my name in it!) is the oldest of eleven sisters who live in an old castle with their father, the King of Eathesbury. Even though Azalea and her sisters are princesses, the ki
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
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
4.5 stars

I absolutely love a well written retelling of a classic fairy tale, and Heather Dixon has done a wonderful job with her retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Entwined isn't just a book with a lust worthy cover (I would love to try that dress on), it's a clean cut intriguing story with bits of romance, action and a charming mystery.

Entwined has a cast of wonderful characters, and I really liked how close Azalea and her sisters are. I adored the King. Though he's often times viewed
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Heather Dixon has been a story artist for Disney, a writer for HarperCollins, and currently works as an animation director in Salt Lake City. She is the author of the books "Entwined" and "Illusionarium". You can find more of her stories and comics at
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“He's around the twist,' said Azalea. 'Breaking all the windows? He's mad.'
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