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 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.
Heather Dixon's Entwined was one of the young adult books that I had been eagerly anticipating since I first read a description of its plot online a few months back. The cover is gorgeous, the plot sounded intriguing, and I've always had soft spot for fairy tales, so I pre-ordered a copy a couple of weeks before it was released. Upon actually receiving the book, the beauty of the cover far surpassed my wildest imagination! I only wish I could say the same about the plot...
While I enjoyed reading Entwined, it took me a long time to actually get into the book. It wasn't until around Chapter 14 that I found the plot to get a little more exciting. Despite the slow pace of the overall story, I fell in love with several of the main characters. I adored Bramble's mischievous antics, Lord Teddie's rip roaring manner of speaking, and Captain Bradford's personality, which could have been taken straight out of one of Jane Austen's novels! If anything, it was the characters who made this book the most enjoyable for me as the story went on.
Overall, I did find Entwined to be a pleasant and delightful read. While it certainly wasn't a "I Can't Put It Down Must Keep Reading Into The Early Morning" kind of book, I enjoyed Heather Dixon's reimagining of the fairytale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. I'm sure many people who read this book will adore this novel much more than I have (especially based on a lot of the 5 star reviews I've seen on Goodreads). I would still recommend reading this book, however, in my opinion it is definitely a novel to get from the library rather than the bookstore.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
(I initially had it rated as a three, but a few days of reflecting on the book has made me waver between a 3 and a 4...so I decided to be diplomatic and go with a 3.5)