13 May 2014

Book Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: Greenwillow Books
Published: 27th March 2012
Pages: 472
Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, re-telling
Main Characters: Azalea
Date Read: 1st May - 10th May 2014
Rating Given:
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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
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. "Readers who enjoy stories of royalty, romance, and magic will delight in Dixon's first novel."—Publishers Weekly

“You cannot dance up there," he said, quietly. "I can see you are in mourning. But you are welcome to dance here, among the magic. Please. Come and mend you broken hearts here. Come back, every night.”

I have had Entwined on my bookshelf for awhile now but I have only just gotten around to reading it, I just didn't enjoy it as much as what I thought I would...

For me this was very much book cover lust and as soon as I saw it I just had to have it which I should really try and not do that as in some cases the story isn't as stunning as the cover which was the case for this book. I love everything about this cover from the beautiful dress to the flowers around the edging and don't forget the beautiful font for the title.

When I first started Entwined I just couldn't get into it and it took awhile as well. There was moments in the beginning when things would pick up but then it would be uninteresting again, I would say it wasn't until closer to the end when I really got into this book. I think maybe at a different time this would have been amazing for me but I have read so many better re-tellings that this one just doesn't live up to them. The little touches of magic was what had me enjoying parts of the book as it was the most interesting thing to happen in the book also some of the household appliance was very much like Beauty and the Beast except in this book they didn't talk. Even though there was a lot of sadness there was also some very funny and sweet moments. The romance in this book for me was a little forced and in most part unbelievable as to me it seemed like some of the men where just that men and it felt like they where a lot older than the girls. I kind of liked the ending as it was really sweet with everything cleared up which is always a plus for me.

There was so many characters which I felt there was just too much as for me I didn't feel like we got to know all the characters if there was less people but we did get to know more about the 12 daughters. We did get more of an idea of who Azalea was as the book was from her point of view. She was a really good character for the most part and she was fiercely protective of her sisters but there was times when she was a bit selfish but for the most part I understood where she was coming from.

Overall it was an ok read I just didn't feel like it was for me even if it was a re-telling which I always thought I would love but not in this case.

"When are you going to kiss her?"
They pulled away.In the ballroom windows, noses and hands pressed against te glass, were the girls. They stood among the prickly rosebushes, beaming wicked little grins. Delphinium and Eve whispered and giggled to each other;Bramble wore a magnificent grin on her face and a spark of light in her yellow-green eyes.
Another figure stood among them.This one had his arms folded across his chest, stiff and firm and formal...
...Yet he did not look displeased.
"Those rotten little spies!" said Azalea.”