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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Boook Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon


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Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (March 29, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062001035
ISBN-13: 978-0062001030
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Heather Dixon Harper Teen
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.

 


My Review

This is originally an old German tale "Twelve Dancing Princesses" written by the Brothers Grimm. See Here.

It is three o'clock in the morning and I just finished Entwined. Now, most of the time I cherish sleep over anything else. But NOT when I am reading perfection and I cannot wait to get my thoughts down. Seriously, I just cried four different times in the last three chapters.

 REALLY. I didn't cry that much during The Hunger Games or Harry Potter! Okay maybe Harry Potter. But seriously I devoured this book. It was so beyond good, I am alllllmost speechless. And believe you me, that takes a lot.

Azalea was one of the bravest, most compassionate, sympathetic, motherly, selfless,  heroic characters I ever laid eyes upon. To just write words about her doesn't do it justice. Azalea's mother dies of child birth (Lily) at the beginning of the book and she has to practically raise her eleven sisters and be their mother, protector and caretaker. She does such a fantastic job, it practically puts me to shame and I only have five children.

 I loved the close knit family of these twelve siblings. Heather Dixon Blew it out of the park when she wrote this book, for I fell in love with all of the girls... Azalea, Bramble, Clover, Delphinium, Evening Primrose (Eve), Flora, Goldenrod, Hollyhock, Ivy, Jessamine, Kale and Lily! What I LOVED, LOVED about this brilliant author is that if you look at the names of the twelve Dancing Princesses, they are all in alphabetical order. Let me just say, I can't tell you how many times I used the alphabet while reading to figure out who-was-who in the age order of sisters.

 The father grew on me like no other character. To watch him go from a hardened, mourning and bitter husband to a sweet, loving and caring father took me for a spin. Dare I say spin, for this entire book was about dancing.


Dancing. I can hear you now... how can you read an entire book about dancing?
Well let me explain...

When the girls mother was alive she danced like an angel and she taught them to dance the waltz, the Entwine and many, many other romantic dances. The girls danced so much they had to repair their dancing slippers every night before they went to bed. It was who they were, all of them. But when their mother dies, the entire castle goes into mourning for an entire year. All of them have to wear black, the curtains are drawn in the castle so no sunlight can get through and the ballroom was locked... so that means no more dancing. For an entire year! They could not stand it, so eventually they find a magical passage in Azalea's fireplace that leads them to a magical forest where they meet Keeper. They would dance in the magical forest were Keeper would watch them and encourage them to come back every night. Keeper though, was not the nice man he seemed. For he wanted a favor after allowing the twelve princesses use his ballroom. The favor was impossible for Azalea to handle on her own. And let me just say, The Keeper likes to KEEP things.


Yes, this book also has romance in it too. The King has a riddle for the men in the Kingdom to solve. So the young gentlemen come calling on Azalea and try to solve the riddle at the same time while staying at the castle. It's so funny when the younger sisters don't like a caller because they will bite, throw food at them and all sorts of stuff. The girls were just so lovable, I would adopt all of them if I lived in the magical Kingdom.

So read Entwined, I promise you, you will not be sorry. This is pretty much the first book I have read that is not paranormal or has enough action, romance or an intense plot to keep me interested. I can tell you I loved it, but I want you to see for yourself. This heartwarming magical story of this family that lost their mother/wife and against all odds kept on dancing and living happily ever after is a keeper.




I do not give six chess pieces EVER!
 

Profanity - NONE
Sexual - NONE
Violence - MILD

This book was EXTREMELY clean. For full content go to Parental Book Reviews. 





88 comments:

  1. You know, Amy, after reading this excellent review, I know I must read ENTWINED (it's on my list). But because of your masterful work on this piece, I'm going to change my name to "Amy." Oh, wait, that's already my name. OK, Azalea. Y'all can call me Azzy for short. Um, yeah....

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  2. Best review of this one I have read and you have made me NEED to have it.
    Great job =)

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  3. Entwined was beautiful in every sense. I loved Azalea, and could relate to her so much, though I only have 3 siblings.
    I found myself thinking back to Entwined long after I flipped over the last page. Excellent review!

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  4. I absolutely LOVED this book too! I felt the same way about the King it's awesome to see you echo my thoughts.

    Gonna go add a link to your review in my "Other Reviews" section of mine. ;)

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  5. Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I had so much fun writing this review.

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  6. The NAMES! I LOVE the NAMES! *Mini-drama over*

    This book has been on my lust-list for.ever. I Love the tale of the twelve dancing princesses, I've always wanted to HAVE twelve dancing princesses, so maybe I'll pick up some tips from Azalea on how to handle that.

    Must go beg HT again!

    *MWAH!*

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  7. I just got this book, and I absolutely ADORED it!!!!! Its one of my faves now <3 I looove the twelve dancing princesses story!

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  8. Amy, what a lovely review! Your words of praise about this book have almost made me rush over to Amazon to buy it! I haven't, though, because I hope to win it! Lol. (Of course, I'll definitely buy it if I DON'T win it!)

    The book sounds so very enchanting! I'm going to not only enter the giveaway tomorrow (I'm off to bed in a few), but I will also post about it on my blog! AND I already have your button in my sidebar!

    Thanks again for such a wonderful, highly entertaining review! : )

    Maria @http://twilightandotherdreams.blogspot.com/

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  9. Just look at this cover: completely beautiful! And I also loved the girls names! :)

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  10. I've been interested in this book since I heard about it. The Twelve Dancing Princesses is a great fairy tale. I'm so happy to read such an awesome review of it!

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  11. Ooh I actually haven't heard that many good things about it. Mostly because it's "boring" or something. Still love that cover though. I'll probably pick up the paperback in future. Hardcovers are too expensive, even through TBD, to buy it all.

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  12. This cover is so beautiful. I want that dress. Lol. No...seriously I want it.

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  13. This sounds like a lovely fairy tale. Something where I'd want to be in the story itself (Inkheart ;)) Loved the review. I was unsure about this one. Well thought out, and now I'm swayed into reading it. I'll be moving this up to read sooner.

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  14. so beautiful!! okey, just read your review, and.. (Godness!! so tauching). I haven't read this book, but after I read your review, I know I MUST read this book (with preparing tissue)

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  15. I think this is probably the most positive review of a book I have read in a long time.

    And unlike some, it not just gushing adjectives but actually explains why the reviewer liked it.

    Well done !

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  16. I have to say that I was about to buy "Entwined" the other day and decided against it because the whole dancing thing did not appeal to me at all. But since I've read your review (and a couple of others) and everyone is gushing over this book! Yours, Amy, probably "did it" - I went to Amazon and bought the book. And that's what reviews ought to do, right? :)

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  17. Oh wow, I am SOLD! This sounds incredible - the fact that it induced tears four times within three chapters? Heck, that speaks volumes. I've been aware of this book and vaguely interested in it, but you've really increased my excitement to get my hands on a copy. I'm so intrigued! Fantastic review.

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  18. Wow, this book sounds really awesome! I'm definitely adding this to my wishlist! =D

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  19. I had not heard alot about this book but your review was a great insight. What a big family - I could not imagine that!

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  20. After reading your review, I really, really want to read this book. I didn't know before how good it is. I just knew I loved the cover! lol
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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  21. This book has been on my mental must read list! Now I really want to read it!!!

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  22. After reading this awesome review ,I'm sure i would love it if i would have the chance to read it.It's on my wishlist

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  23. This has been on my radar since I first became aware of it because I've always liked the tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Your review just made me want to read it even more!

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  24. We have The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Love that story! Now another to be added to my TBR pile!!

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  25. l really don't think this sounds like my sort of book BUT l have lately picked up so many books which l wouldn't usually read because of bloggers and have loved them!
    Will keep my eye out for this one =)

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  26. Anything that can make me cry goes on my must read list! Great review!

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  27. Oh my God, I had no idea that it was such an amazing book!
    Now I really HAVE to read it! I hope somebody publish´s it soon in my country or I'll start killing people! hahhaha xD

    Thank you very much for your review!

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  28. This one looks so good! I keep seeing great reviews for it!

    Lane

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  29. My first thought was : 'what a beautiful cover'. Then I read the synopsis... fairy tale? Huh.. >.>' Okay, I admit I was a bit disappointed. Then I got to your review! O.O WOW. Not to mention I'm part german, so it hit a bit close to home. LOL
    I totally can't wait to read it. ;)

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  30. I've heard a lot of great things about this book. Heather Dixon was at the Decatur Book Festival last year, and I really wanted to see her but couldn't. :/

    Glad you enjoyed it and looking forward to reading it myself! :)

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  31. I've actually just bought this book, so now I definitely have to read it, heartwarming and magical sounds like the perfect book to cuddle up with.

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  32. I really tried to read this book. By page 100 I wanted to kill Azaleia and her 11 sisters, and blow up the dance floor! SORRY!

    Well, who do I have to kill this time to win the Second Hand Saturday! I want Demonglass!!!!!!!
    I can kill one of Azaleia's sisters, if you'd like... =P

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  33. i've heard awesome things about Entwined and your review doesn't disappoint! thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

    Diana
    ps. please enter me for the giveaway :) thanks for hosting

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  34. Entwined is def on my TBR pile now! Please enter me for the second hand saturday giveawy!

    chelle2006(at)aol(dot)com

    -Michelle

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  35. I definitely want to read this book and can't wait to! Please enter me in the second-hand book giveaway for this week. :)

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  36. Wow. This book sounds pretty awesome. I love to watch dancing but I don't think I've ever read a book about dancing. I loved that the characters were all named after flowers. My grandmother's full name is all flowers too. :)

    Thanks for the excellent review. This one would have scooted by me otherwise. Please enter me into the Secondhand Saturday giveaway.

    ash at smashattackreads.com

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  37. Thank your for the wonderful review. Sounds like one I would love to read.
    Sue B
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  38. I've actually never read "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" before, but now I really want to read Entwined. I want to see how powerful the book is, since I only cried twice during the whole Hunger Games trilogy. Your review was awesome and really convinced me to read Entwined!

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  39. Have been wanting to read this, looks really good! The gorgeous cover of course was the first thing to attract me to it! =]

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  40. This sounds reallyy good, and I've been meaning to pick this up! And, of course, I LOVE the cover!

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  41. Wow, this isn't the first review that I have read over this book recently but it is defintely the best. I had reservations about the plot given all the dancing but after reading this review, how could I NOT read it...give it the chance!? It will also have been the first time in a long time I will have read a clean book and I think it will be a nice break...nice and much needed!

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  42. Loved the review. I saw a few posts about Entwined a few weeks ago and wasn't sure if I would like it or not. I knew it was based on the Brothers grimm story and it didn't sound like the sort of book I usually go for. But from reading your review I have to admit I was wrong and that I might actuali enjoy it. Just added it to my TRL :)

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  43. Lovely review! I have a hold on this one and I am really looking forward to reading it. :)

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  44. I've wanted to read this book for a while now. And let me say, your review doesn't make it any easier to wait to read it. Thanks for this, I can't wait to read it :)

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  45. What a stunning cover and your review has intrigued me. I have all the original Brothers Grimm stories so I will have to reread that one.

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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  46. Wow, great review! I'm really wanting that book now. :)

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  47. If I am not mistaken you guys have posted this review of this book in Spot light session right?

    I have read various review about this book. I am glad Amy loved it. It seems that Entwined is not only give you a great cover but also an amazing story

    I hope I get the chance to read it :)

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  48. Fantastic review! I love reading books based on fairy tales, and I remember enjoying "The Twelve Dancing Princesses", so this is definitely on my to-read list.

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  49. This must be a book of my soul because I LOVE DANCING and you rated with 6!!!! And it's clean... which book in these days is clean?! I totally love it. I have to read it... I have to!

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  50. What a great review! oh my, I think I wanna read it right now!

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  51. This is already on my TR list, after reading your review I will put it on top of my TR list. I love the cover also.

    Judy
    magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

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  52. Sounds like an awesome book! Must add it to list!!!!

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  53. *Sigh* Oh, Amy. After reading your (positive) reviews, I'm always so pumped and excited for books. THANK you!

    This book sounds fabulous :) How pretty is the name Azalea? I love how the names of the sisters are in alphabetical order! That should definitely help with identification. Seriously, sometimes I feel like I should write down who everyone is as I'm reading so I won't get confused. Anyways, great review - thanks so much!

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  54. I want this one so bad. I have a little money on an Amazon GC and I'm pretty sure I'm going to use it on this. I just finished up a fairy tale themed event, and we interviewed Heather, and everyone's enthusiasm for the book is just making me want it even more. And I LOVE the 12 Dancing Princesses!

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  55. That cover just draws you in, doesn't it? It'd definitely on my to-read list!

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  56. The Twelve Dancing Princesses is one of my favorite stories, so I was a bit worried when I heard about Entwined. Although I am now really looking forward to eventually reading it.

    Thanks for the great review. ^_^

    Orchid
    The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

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  57. I love the book's cover. And I must admit I was a bit doubtful of the book, but it sounds great!

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  58. I LOVE The Twelve Dancing Princesses and I am dying to read this book!

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  59. I love books that make me cry! I can't imagine crying more than I did in Harry Potter or the Hunger Games tough! I can't wait to read this.

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  60. I've always loved this fairy tale and I'm dying to read this retelling. Great review! :)
    Plus the cover = GORGEOUS!! <3

    Please enter me for this week's Secondhand Saturday. :)

    theatredreamer08(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  61. Omg,This book was already on my wishlist. But now I just want it even more.. :) Thanks for awesome review.

    Please count me in for second hand giveaway
    line_boegh@hotmail.com

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  62. Firstly I love the cover and the name. and after read your review, i want this book even badly!!! :D

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  63. Okay after that review I am now VERY excited to read this book! I LOVE books that bring out emotions like you said this one does, so there is not a doubt in my mind that I'll fall in love with this book! Thanks for the awesome review! :)

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  64. I used to looooove dancing when I was little, so it'd be cool to see it incorporated to something I currently looooove (books)

    It's been a long time since I last entered the secondhand giveaway and man! why did I ever stopped? you guys have GREAT books

    lovebug(dot)mel(at)gmail(dot)com

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  65. I saw this book listed on goodreads a few months ago, and tought its storyline sounded so intriguing. Plus, Entwined's cover is just sweet art.
    Now, having read you review makes me want to get ahold of this book even more.

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  66. sounds a lot like that movie 12 dancing princesses :P

    might get lucky this second hand sat.
    :P
    kads(dot)bahl(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. Ever since I heard that this book was a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, I have wanted to read it. Your review makes it sound even more amazing. Now it's a must read!

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  68. I can't remember reading the original tale, so I guess this book would be a surprise for me.
    Twelve girls.. That's a big too much, especially if they have the same mother.
    And the cover is one of my favorites.

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  69. Wow! I'm glad to see you enjoyed it so much. The sisters all sound really sweet. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the review!

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  70. I love your reviews Amy, my to read pile gets bigger and bigger after reading your reviews! I can't wait to read entwined!

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  71. You've got me even more excited to read this book now. I love nothing more than a great heroine and you make Azalea sound amazing beyond words.
    Can't wait to read it!

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  72. My list of books to read is just getting bigger and bigger. Love it! This review made me put this book at the top of my list! Thank you!

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  73. I love the cover, it's beautiful. After read your review, i want this book more than before. Great review !!!

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