Book Review: "Entwined" by Heather Dixon

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.

I've always been an enormous sucker for fairy tail retellings. Call it cliché, but I just love to see what a person will do when sprinkling their own spice on a story that's already been written.

Growing up, I loved the story behind The Twelve Dancing Princesses (especially when my first experience of this story was in the form of a ballet). One faithful element of this story has always focused on the brilliance of what tempts the dozen princesses into their ostentatious snare. It's perhaps the one element all fans of this story agree upon. My mind's eye definitely pulls me back to the swirling. brilliantly colored skirts dusted with gold as the ballerinas danced about the stage every time I read this story.

Dixon doesn't disappoint on that element either. Her descriptions are lovely and dreamlike, painting gorgeous pictures of the glittering forest, the sparkling pavilion and later the dark, true nature of what the princesses have gotten themselves into.

The main character, Azalea is a charming, loving sister--a heroin readers will want to root for. Her struggle with a father who doesn't have a knack for expressing love is also an element of this story I definitely enjoyed. While many fairy tale retellings will write out a parent figure as being an unloving caricature or simply no longer living. Dixon takes to flesh out a very relatable, and sadly common issue young girls do experience with their fathers--which is important for this book's intended audience.

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