Book Title: Entwined
Book Author: Heather Dixon
Genre: YA Fantasy/ Faerie Tale Retelling
Publishing Date: March 29th, 2011
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Date Read: September 28th, 2018
Synopsis: 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 in their room to dance in his silver forest, but there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.
Original Faerie Tale:
The Twelve Dancing Princesses was originally published in 1812 by the Brothers Grimm. The Scottish version involved a prince that had to dance every night. There is also a French version, Contes du Roi Cambrinus, and a Russian version, The Night Dances.
The original story involved 12 beautiful princesses that were locked in their room each night, and upon each morning, were found to have mysteriously worn out their dancing shoes. The perplexed King asks the men of the kingdom to investigate the mystery, and offers the hand of any of his daughters to the suitor who solves it, but death to those who can’t.
You can read the original tale here.
Entwined is beautiful, atmospheric, and nostalgic. It has elegant writing and vivid details. Anyone who loves the original faerie tale will fall in love with this one.
I absolutely adored this retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. It was very beautifully told and felt very close to the original tale. It was full of emotion and enchantment.
The writing was very elegantly prosed. It was very vivid and felt like a dream. There were so many details in the story that flowed like a dance.
I enjoyed the theme of the story signifying the importance of sisters and family. I loved the reason behind the princesses wanting to dance every night. I loved the story behind The Keeper and the enchanted passage that the princesses passed through each night, and I adored the ending.
I also really loved the characters and how the sisters were so different from each other. I loved Azalea and her strength and determination. My favorite sister was Bramble, though. She was so fun and spunky and she brought laughter to the story.
Though the story tended to drag a little at times, it was still very enjoyable. It was exquisite in detail and gave me many feels. It had magic, adventure, humor, and happiness. It was such a beautiful faerie tale retelling and it was definitely very close to the original.
Since dancing was a big theme in this book, and since all the princesses were pretty wild and unruly (they reminded me a bit of Merida and her spirit in Brave) I decided this instrumental song by Nightwish fit the story. It just makes you want to get up, throw your arms in the air, and spin and dance!
I think this mischievous little faerie by Miss Fluff fits the story quite well.
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