Book Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

Posted September 12, 2011 by Melissa in Book Review | 10 Comments


Title:  Entwined
Author:  Heather Dixon
Reading level: Young Adult
Genre:  Fantasy (Fairy tale retelling)

Size: Hard Cover, 472 pages
Release Date:  March 2011

Publisher: Greenwillow Books (Harperteen)
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone
Source: Borrowed from Library

First Line:   “An hour before Azalea’s first ball began, she paced the ballroom floor, tracing her toes in a waltz.”

Summary (from GoodReads):

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.


The girls watched from the bridge, biting their lips in anticipation, and Azalea found herself on Keeper’s hard arm as he half escorted, half dragged her to the middle of the gleaming dance floor. Azalea took the end of the long red sash with only one thought in mind: to get the dnce over with and get out of there. 

My Thoughts:

This story was enchanting from page one.  It had just the perfect blend of magic and fantasy, sadness and desperation, and familial love and romance.  The story built slowly but thoroughly…bringing the reader into the web of Azalea’s family…and into the hearts of the twelve princesses.  The family dynamic between the sisters, their estranged father (“The King” as they call him), and even the palace staff lends itself to a full reading experience. 

The romance was sweet and appropriate and developed believably and honestly over the course of the book. The villian was a perfect foil for Azalea’s innocence, family loyalty and bravery.

This is a perfect escapist read.  Quick, easy and charming.  Sure to appeal to all generations who enjoy fantasy, fairy tales, and the sweet innocence of youth.


My Rating:
4.5 Stars

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10 responses to “Book Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

  1. Anonymous

    The book sounds magical, light hearted yet suspenseful when it matters. The review is both intelligent and thoughtful filled with pertinent points that only someone who had read the book thoroughly would know.
    Well done to you both.

  2. Ooohh- this book sounds fascinating! It reminds me of and old Grimms Fairytale and instantly I want to read it. Great review!

    I found you through Book Blogs and signed up to follow you (it took awhile- when I clicked follow it kept saying there was an error on the page). When you have a chance- please stop by and follow the blog for my middle grade novel that I am hoping to get published.

    Take care-
    Jess- although I may show up as Fairday, the main character from my novel. I can’t figure
    out why that happens sometimes and I can’t fix it. 🙂

  3. @ Jack–Thanks:)

    @ emmegailsbookshelf-It’s definitely worth the read!

    @Jess aka Fairday-The book was a great Fairytale retelling! Off to visit your site:)

  4. Hi Melissa! This was a recommendation to me on Amazon. I like the cover but the synopsis is really sad that I don’t know if I want to read it. Reading your review, though, makes me think a second time. I might read this book after all! 🙂

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