Paperback - 2012
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Confined to their dreary castle while mourning their mother's death, Princess Azalea and her eleven sisters join The Keeper, who is trapped in a magic passageway, in a nightly dance that soon becomes nightmarish.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scholastic, 2012, c2011.
ISBN: 9780545427616
Characteristics: 472 pages ;,21 cm.


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May 25, 2019

This book was entertaining and pretty good for a fairy tale twist. However, some of the creepy atmosphere was lost to cheesiness.

Feb 21, 2019

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those who love a fairy tale with a twist! It had a good mix of magic, romance, and evil throughout the story. I found the plot to be interesting, the story progressed at a good pace, and I loved the diverse personalities of the various sisters and suitors. The only downside is that the book felt a bit juvenile for me, in the way it was written and the age of the characters (I am 30 years old, the main character is 16). However I would still recommend it to anyone at any age who loves these type of magical stories!

Mar 06, 2018

I read this book for the "A Book Chosen Solely By It's Cover" part of my 2018 reading challenge. Now that I know it is a retelling of the Brother's Grimm "The Twelve Dancing Princesses", the plot makes a lot more sense. I still felt that the plot was a little weak in spots, but it was interesting enough that I read it in one day.

Oct 06, 2017

I loved this book! It was so sweet and romantic, it blended well together.
i really enjoyed it.

Jun 24, 2017

Honestly, I think this book is scary! I'm just a kid!!! Good book, though!

Mar 09, 2017

Entwined by Heather Dixon is a reimagining of the story “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” and I found it very enjoyable and not too difficult to read. The story revolves mainly around Azalea, as well as her 11 younger sisters, who are all great characters. The story was really interesting and exciting right from the start and I really enjoyed reading it. I found parts of the story kind of repetitive at times, which is one thing I disliked about this book. Overall, Entwined was far from perfect but entertaining regardless. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it mostly for teens. I’d give this book a rating of 8/10 stars.
@bookaholic of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

My first impression of this book was "gosh its gorgeous!" I know you aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover but the inside was just as promising as the outside. For any fans of classical fairytales and folktales this should be a top priority because it is so beautifully elaborate. The plot doesn't stray far from the original to give readers an annoyed feel that the author was giving her own voice, but there were also certain parts that were mysterious and compelling. The Keeper is a rather deep persona that gets expanded on more and more, leaving readers pondering his true intentions. Azalea is a flawed but amazing protagonist to follow, and this book is truly a heart-warmer. 4.5/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 18, 2016

This book is one of my favorites! I give it 5 stars! If you haven't read it you should!

Jan 30, 2016

I absolutely loved this book. The twelve dancing princesses, with a twist. My heart was broken, mended and focused on this story. While a certain plot twist didn't catch me much by surprise, I was blindsided by another (which I love when reading books, that feeling of astonishment even though looking back you realize just how easily you were fooled). I would recommend this book to many people and thought it captured the trials of abandonment, desires, sorrow, and duty very well.

Azalea and her 11 sisters are trapped inside the castle for a year, only allowed to wear black and unable to not only join in any festivities, but also to see sunlight, and most important of all, to dance. That is what they love to do best and a year without it seems like it will be unbearable, even if they are supposed to be mourning. Luck would just so happen to have it that when the King leaves for a war, the girls find one of the left-over magic enchantments from when the terrible High King ruled in the castle; and it's in their fireplace. With a touch of silver, the girls are transported to a magical silver forest, beautiful beyond belief, where there lies at the end of a bridge and in the middle of a small lake, a marvelous pavilion; watched over by a very handsome young man. Keeper, he is called, and he offers to let the girls dance there every night that they are in mourning, so that no one will see them and because he can't leave and misses the company. The girls take up the offer with over-eager excitement, thrilled at the opportunity even if it means putting in extra work each day to mend old, worn-out shoes. But something is amiss in the pavilion, and a nefarious secret begins to curdle the air, leaving the reader to wonder, will the girls find out what is truly going on before it's too late, or will they be entwined in the mysteries of Mr. Keeper.

Jan 07, 2016

So wonderful and fairy-tale-esque and cinematic and dark and magical and romantic and heart-warming and I could keep gushing about this book.

Jul 31, 2015

Entwined is a YA fantasy retelling of The 12 Dancing Princesses. It's basically set in a magical kingdom with shades of Victoriana, and centers around Azalea (the eldest of the 12).

There's not much to say about this one- it didn't surprise me, but neither was it poorly written. It's on the youthful side of YA, that is to say it's not very introspective or deep and the characters act as expected. My favorite part of the story was actually Bramble, the second-eldest sister.

I recommend it for fans of straightforward fairytale retellings, YA and middle grade books, and general youthful fantasy settings.

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Jul 31, 2013

Azalea is the daughter of a king queen. She has eleven sisters, with alphabetical names: Bramble, Clover, Delphinium, Evening Primrose, Flora, Goldenrod, H, Ivy, Jessamine, Kale, and Lily. They each share the same passion: dancing. Their mother teaches all of them. But their mother is sick, and getting worse. On the night of Azalea's first ball, she births Lily and dies. The rules of mourning mean that the windows of the castle are covered, the sisters' dresses are dyed black, and there will be no dancing. But the castle still has magic left from when the tyrannical, magical king ruled. There is a magic passageway in the girls' room that leads to a beautiful pavilion where the sisters can dance freely. Keeper, the keeper of the pavilion, welcomes them. But he also keeps things they leave behind. Meanwhile, the king knows the girls are dancing because their slippers are worn. He offers a prize to the man who can figure out where the princesses are dancing at night. This plan was also intended to bring possible suitors to Azalea into the castle without breaking the rules of mourning. Keeper continues to get creepier and creepier...


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Jul 31, 2013

“Down with tyranny!' Bramble cried. 'Aristocracy! Autocracy! Monocracy! Other ocracy things! You are outnumbered, sir! Surrender!”


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