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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  33,934 ratings  ·  5,028 reviews
Just when Azalea should feel that everything is before her—beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing—it's taken away. All of it. And Azalea is trapped. The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. So he extends an invitation.

Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage i
Hardcover, 472 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Greenwillow Books
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Anna Jacqueline Pravdica
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 (storybookend)
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
Nov 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Eathesbury is a small, poor kingdom, whose royal family pour their meager funds into keeping up appearances. The eleven princesses—ranging from sixteen-year-old heir to the throne Azalea to two-year-old Kale—make do with drafty bedchambers and hand-me-down clothes. But thanks to their dance-obsessed mother, they know every possible way to twirl across a ballroom floor.

The King is preoccupied with war, trade, and other royal business (R.B., as the girls call it) at the expense of his daughters,
Sep 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Jul 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 peo
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
Aug 14, 2014 rated it liked it
*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
Trina (Between Chapters)
I liked Azalea and her sisters, and by the end I felt for the king as well. I hated his treatment of his daughters at the start, but the story attempts to show growth. Was it enough? I'm not sure. I liked the love interest and the romance. The villain was a good villain. The climax got a little spooky.

As for a retelling, I felt this was a pretty run of the mill fairytale world. The world and magic felt pretty generic. It stuck pretty closely to the original tale in a lot of ways, fleshing out de
Jul 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
m a r y l i z
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It took me over a week to reread this (thanks, college), but it was just like visiting an old friend.

I love this book so much.

Why I Love This Book:

- It has one of the best casts of characters. YES INDEED. The sisters are so hilarious, adorable, and real--all of them are so different from each other! You have fly-off-the-handle Bramble with her flaming temper and mischief-making ways. (She's simultaneously the best/worst. I probably couldn't stand her in real life. XD) Sweet, gentle Clover, w
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
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
" Too young to attend the annual—and only—ball the royal family hosted, Azalea and her ten younger sisters gathered all the blankets and cloaks and shawls from the palace and hid outside the ballroom windows. Azalea remembered the frigid air, how the rosebushes scratched, and how they had to huddle together for warmth. The ballroom radiated gold through the frozen panes. The girls pressed their noses on the glass and oohed at the dancers, especially Mother, who danced like an angel."

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Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book has been on my shelves for around five years and I have no idea what I was thinking not picking this up sooner.
I read "Entwined" in a matter of hours and fell head over heels in love with it.

This is a retelling of one of my favourite fairytales ever called "The Twelve Dancing Princesses". It's about twelve sisters who are forbidden from dancing so every night they sneak away to pursue their passion secretly. I remembered the bare bones of the story but was a bit murky on the details an
Anne Osterlund
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 09, 2010 rated it liked it
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
The Winter Rose
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Somehow three different novelizations of The Twelve Dancing Princesses have come my way in the last three or four months: this book, Princess of the Midnight Ball and Wildwood Dancing. (None of them is perfect, but I liked Wildwood Dancing the best.) I'm going to repeat here a lot of what I said in my review about Midnight Ball: This book will appeal mostly to girls in the 10-16 age range, I think. It was a pleasant read but nothing special. It's longer and more complex than Midnight Ball, but i ...more
Lila Kims
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know that moment when you finish a book, a huge smile on your face, and think, "This is the most perfect story ever"?

This delicious tale - full of strong sisterly bonds and magic tea sets and very creepy villains and silver handkerchiefs and dancing - made me feel the warm flickery bit inside. <3
Jan 27, 2016 marked it as eh-maybe-later
Shelves: ya-fantasy
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 rated it really liked it
Review soon! Er... eventually. Let's say that. ...more
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Azalea, is the eldest of the twelve princess, it is up to her to look after her sisters when their mothers dies. She makes this promise to her her mother, a promise on silver, an oath. After the death of her mother, her father,the king has to go off to war and they are confined in the palace for a year, in mourning. The palace, which was once owned by an evil king, had enchanted the whole place. Some things still held there magic, even after the palace was disenchanted. A tea pot and sugar tongs ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairytale, favorites

I wasn't sure about this one at first, but on a whim I checked it out from my ever
-faithful e-library.
I am so glad I did! This tale was so sumptuous and gorgeous, I couldn't help but love it from the first.
The main characters were well drawn, and I really felt a connection to them. It did seem that the author was trying to flesh out all twelve of the sisters, but only three or four are really worthy of the term main character. And I'm okay with that. Any more, and it would have been to
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