View all 16 comments. Sep 14, JJ rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Azalea and her eleven sisters are in mourning for their mother. Their father, the king, is inexplicably cold toward them, presumably because he's got too much manpain over losing his wife to bother with anyone else's feelings.
Bereft of their father and mother both, the girls turn to dancing in an attempt to remember happier times, except dancing is forbidden when you're in mourning - so their dance teacher is sent away, their endless supply of dance-slippers dries up, and all their clothes are Azalea and her eleven sisters are in mourning for their mother. Bereft of their father and mother both, the girls turn to dancing in an attempt to remember happier times, except dancing is forbidden when you're in mourning - so their dance teacher is sent away, their endless supply of dance-slippers dries up, and all their clothes are dyed black.
Keeper maintains a magical forest beneath the castle, in which a grand pavilion stands ready to supply the princesses with music, food, and solitude. Of course, the Keeper turns out to be of the moustache-twirling variety, and it all goes south from there. There are elements to this story that positively glitter with potential: Unfortunately, these things are all largely ignored in the main plot, or else thrown around like ornamental confetti to dazzle the reader in between increasingly tedious developments.
Let's start with Azalea. She's a listless main character, and watching the story unfold through her eyes is a claustrophobic experience. She's stuck in a castle, she's stuck in mourning, she's stuck in a patriarchy, she's stuck in a co-dependent family, she's stuck in the role of default-parent to her younger siblings. I kept waiting for her to break free, but she's so perfectly groomed for her role as princess that by the time we're halfway through the book it's pretty clear she would never dream of suggesting that she could be queen without a husband, or else choose her own husband, or abdicate, or do much of anything.
Even toward the climax of the book, Azalea's father literally has to take her by the hand and thrust her "weapon" for her. She's just that ridiculously passive. All she and her sisters think about is dancing, clothes, and boys. They have a private teacher who's supposed to give them lessons every day, but they let him doze at the front of the classroom while they discuss dancing, clothes and boys some more. Presumably the younger sisters don't even know how to read, but who'll care as long as they can dance? As for the sisters, they're mostly the same character--a sort of blob of cutesy kids who never make much fuss--except for Clover and Bramble.
Bramble, I feel, would have worked a little better as the protagonist of this story. Or, better yet, Lord Teddie. Lord Teddie investigating the mystery of the twelve dancing princesses is a book I'd read and reread in a heartbeat. He's the only sane presence in the whole book, a sort of Bertie Wooster character whose reactions to all the melodrama is spot on and usually hilarious - and his attraction to Bramble is believable though I didn't care for the notion that since Bramble was too immature to accept his proposal, her father should accept for her , whereas Clover's boyfriend is a pseudo-hebephile creeper and Azalea's is so bland I kept forgetting his name.
Clover is a train wreck. She likes corsets so comfy! Aaaaand she goes into rages during which, for example, she massacres a sentient tea set and drowns the feebly struggling remains. When her love interest is sent a letter by a woman more close to his age, she goes into another fit, tears the letter up, and decides no one's going to marry him but herself.
At fifteen, she's embroiled in a secret affair with this man, who's trying to convince her to elope because that's any grown man's rational response to a young teenager throwing herself at him, apparently. I suppose we're expected to find this romantic? She has no education, she's seen nothing of the world, experienced very little, and she doesn't have any friends outside her own family And no, I don't care if "that's the way things were back then". Azalea even briefly reflects on how Clover's basically fallen for the first guy to ever show her an ounce of kindness, but then lets it go, because this isn't the kind of book where girls do anything to resist the status quo.
Stylistically, I felt like the writer was trying very hard to be Ysabeau Wilce, which, unfortunately, only works for Ysabeau Wilce. As a result, the lovely quirky bits and the sometimes absolutely brilliant descriptions loved the liquid pearls in the underground forest!
There's crying, weeping, whinging, gasping, more crying, tantrums By the time the Big Confrontation finally happens, the character's behaviour resembles nothing so much as the flailing of an old-timey silent film star, pounding her dainty fists ineffectually at the bad guy's chest until her dad and assorted boyfriends show up to save the womenfolk.
At this point, I threw up a little in my mouth. View all 5 comments. Dec 02, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: Eathesbury is a small, poor kingdom, whose royal family pour their meager funds into keeping up appearances. The eleven princesses—ranging from sixteen-year-old heir to the throne Azalea to two-year-old Kale—make do with drafty bedchambers and hand-me-down clothes.
But thanks to their dance-obsessed mother, they know every possible way to twirl across a ballroom floor. The King is preoccupied with war, trade, and other royal business R. Not one of the princesses, not even the little ones, call him Papa. The warm and gracious Queen, on the other hand, is always there for the sisters, and they adore her.
But alas, Mother succumbs to one of those nameless book diseases, leaving behind a twelfth princess for the other girls to look after. Her last act before her death was to secure a promise from Azalea, that the Princess Royale would keep her younger sisters out of danger. The King marches off to war with a nearby kingdom before his wife is cold in her grave. He has forbidden all forms of merriment during the mourning period, but his daughters know their mother would want them to dance in her memory.
All the girls want to dance and laugh again, but the older ones are also drawn to the guardian of that enchanted place—a graceful, black-haired youth, who has no name except the title Keeper. What exactly does he keep? Why does he keep it? Can the sisters trust him? The answers are decidedly unpleasant. A man is fatally shot and bleeds heavily. People get their hands broken; reference to a historical figure getting hers chopped off.
People are dragged over floors or struck across the face. More under Nightmare Fuel. Keeper acts increasingly creepy with Azalea. A handsome youth morphs into a decrepit elder before turning to dust with the weight of his years and evil deeds. The abovementioned horror elements are especially jarring given the rather sugary tone of the rest of the book.
This fantasy world is a lot like nineteenth-century Europe; it even appears to be Christian. That said, a piece of silver seems to be a more effective ward against dark magic than a sacramental in this universe. Entwined is hard to put down, thanks to its detailed and charming setting, its clipped tempo, and the heartwarming scenes of sisterhood.
Dixon, now Dixon Wallwork, steals from the best when creating the Wentworth princesses. Azalea is Meg March, dignified and pretty, with a weakness for soft-spoken brown-eyed men. Bramble is Jo, melodramatic and rowdy and given to flash fires of rage. Delphinium is blonde and flouncy and whiny and likes to draw, so Amy without the tantrums. The cloud of little sisters who follow them everywhere begging for song and dance call to mind the younger von Trapps in The Sound of Music.
These are all great things to be reminded of. The scenes of the sisters being sisters are perfect. I understand that the girls wanted nothing more than to dance again, so it made sense that the first time they stumbled into the magic garden, they went straight for the pavilion. But it struck me as rather odd that they never ventured beyond it. Other retellings of the Twelve Dancing Princesses usually offer an explanation for this. In Wildwood Dancing , the girls were under the protection of the Faerie Queen, and risked being carried off by vampires if they stepped beyond the borders of her small realm.
But what excuse do the Wentworths have for not exploring? A brief guide to the main types of villains one finds in the fantasy genre I. The lack of consistency renders Keeper a bit flimsy, like Prince Hans in Frozen , who was obviously not originally conceived as an evil character. I was sure we would learn that the tale of the High King vs. Harold I had been heavily abridged, rather like in Prince Caspian , where our main character grows up being told that his ancestors brought civilization to beasts and wild men, only to learn that they were actually fantastic racists who hunted the many peoples of Narnia almost to extinction.
None of this turns out to be true. The first thing Jadis does upon meeting Edmund is almost deal him a killing blow with her wand.
She barely stops herself, and her overlay of kindness is hasty and thin. Her archetype is consistent from beginning to end. Other than Keeper, the young men in this book are pleasant but insubstantial. But it is a problem with Mr. Bradford, who is the love interest for the main character and should really have more than one personality trait in his case, being adorable.
But the love interest of the MC should really be livelier and more detailed. This guy is so agreeable and vague, he makes Raoul de Chagny look like Eugenides of Eddis. This book has delightful main characters and a perfect confection of a pseudo-Victorian setting. Recommended for fairytale fans. This does remind me, I really should reread this one. I'm so happy that my review made you want to pick this book up again; I didn't like it the first time either but I quite enjoyed it on the reread!
And I am glad you enjoyed the Narnia references, I just couldn't resist throwing them in: Nicki Chapelway Sarah wrote: I love how you compare the books you read to other literary elements: I actually really l Sarah wrote: I actually really liked the Keeper as a bad guy.
I felt like he did an excelle I always felt like the Keeper was so inconsistent on purpose, to keep the sisters guessing his personality, but never fully figuring it out. Thanks for the rec! That definitely looks like a book I would like to read: Jul 09, Anne rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm gonna be honest here, it's never been one of my favorites. However, this author manages to take a rather thin story about In fact, other than Bella at Midnight , this is probably my favorite retelling.
There's magic, romance, an evil villain, a cursed castle, daddy issues, sisterly love, a rug that likes to eat peopl 4. There's magic, romance, an evil villain, a cursed castle, daddy issues, sisterly love, a rug that likes to eat people, and yes This story has it all! As an added bonus, the author doesn't bore you to death describing scenery! View all 14 comments. Mar 13, Lissa added it Shelves: Sometimes I feel retellings are cheating. It has one of those generic white-girl in a pretty dress YA covers, which I must confess I do think are really gorgeous.
However in this instance I'm not convinced this is the best cover for this book. I don't feel it really represents the book, explains what the book is about nor even represents any of the scenes. I would even go so far as to say that this cover put me off reading this book sooner because of its generic-ness. I was terribly excited about this book only a few pages in, but this cover did not elicit the excitement I should have felt.
Once I opened the book, I was blown away. I did not expect this calibre, wit, and execution. The characters were simply gorgeous. The writing was incredible. The witty comebacks and fantastic situations! It was just amazing. I have a firm idea how Dixon managed to write twelve sisters so masterfully. Apparently she has a lot of siblings herself. Although Azalea was our main character, I fell in love with Bramble just as prickly and defensive as her name and adorable little Ivy.
I actually re-read that part just for the sheer enjoyment of it. I just adored the greedy little mite. And yes, some of the sisters are not as well developed as the others. Some of them you see so little of that they blend with one another Hollyhock, for one. She tended to fade into the background. But all of them, from mothering, leadership-material future queen Azalea all the way down to tiny little Lily, stole my heart.
I'll spoil tag it so those of you who haven't read this can discover the princesses on your own. Caring and protective, and very, very brave. Defensive and boisterous, with a mouth to match any wit. One of my favourites, it was always a pleasure to watch her on the page. She was possibly the most witty. Soft-spoken and with a stutter, she eventually overcomes this and turns into a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. Kind of bossy and a bit of a know it all, but still loyal to her sisters. Also a drama queen, and pretty damned funny as well.
She and Bramble bounced off each other really well! Wears glasses and was caught reading once or twice, but is one of the ones who blended, along with Hollyhock. Closer than your average sisters. Goldenrod tends to be quieter than Flora, but they share a special bond.
From memory, kind of bland. Not quite sure what makes her stand out. Five year old Ivy was a greedy girl who loved to eat: Ivy's weakness was the cause of a few ratehr awesome situations. Too young to really have much character, Kale tended to be the whinging, crying child when one of the sisters needed to wail. I also get the feeling she was kind of favoured by the king, which is weird, because he has so many daughters to choose from. He picked her from the bunch a few times. Each of these characters were lovingly developed and had their own quirks and speech patterns.
If there were no tags, you could easily decipher who was speaking. Azalea was a great heroine to read about. I am also wary that lesser writers tend to headhop without even realising it. In this book, third person perspective worked really well. There was no headhopping or changing POV. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Azalea was brave, caring, and loved her sisters. She would bully them to make sure they were safe. It was difficult to juggle eleven sisters, but Azalea managed it.
She also managed to grow from the princess who had just lost her mother into the future leader of her tiny, impoverished nation. And the king was another character that developed really well. You understand, even if the princesses don't, why he is so stern and strong. The princesses, although royal, slept under mended bedspreads and wore shabby, repaired dresses. It made sense for their famous dancing slippers to fall apart. Speaking of which, I loved all the dancing terminology. I also feel that Dixon really managed to get inside the head of a dancer and convey how it feels to dance.
But I loved reading about it. I also want to talk about pacing. I did however feel that the end of the novel could have been a little bit closer to the climax.
I know that to wrap up everything in a stand-alone novel as good as this takes time, so I was happy to read on. However, the anti-climax stood true to its name. He was totally seductive. In the beginning he was everything I wanted for Azalea. Then, as the story unravelled, I realised what Keeper was. I even liked his description — I like guys with ponytails! Although I never really wanted Azalea to get romantic with him, I saw the appeal. Another character I want to mention is Lord Teddie, because he was just so damn funny.
I loved reading about him and his interactions with the many girls around him, demanding his attention. I kept imagining this as a movie and trying to cast the twelve princesses. The writing was so cinematic that I often felt like I was reading a grown-up slightly gothic Disney princess film.
I also love the title of the novel. Then I read the background story, and fell in love with it. I borrowed this from my library, but I will be adding a hardcover version to my personal library. I just want to hug this book to me. One of my all-time favourites. View all 6 comments. Aug 14, Samantha rated it liked it Shelves: There were some areas where this book shined and others where it faltered. First off, this is great for fans of family dynamics. I did find that the writing was rather simple, and the book was longer than it needed to be.
I find that Heather Dixon's YA leans more towards the middle grade side of the spectrum, so it and her characters tend to be a bit more immature than I like. Overall, an enjoyable audiobook but not something I would have picked up in physical form anytime soon. Jul 21, Trina Between Chapters rated it liked it Shelves: I liked Azalea and her sisters, and by the end I felt for the king as well.
I hated his treatment of his daughters at the start, but the story attempts to show growth. I liked the love interest and the romance. The villain was a good villain. The climax got a little spooky. As for a retelling, I felt this was a pretty run of the mill fairytale world. The world and magic felt pretty generic. It stuck pretty closely to the original tale in a lot of ways, fleshing out de I liked Azalea and her sisters, and by the end I felt for the king as well. It stuck pretty closely to the original tale in a lot of ways, fleshing out descriptions and characters, and adding a backstory and source of conflict.
I think if you like 'close' retellings and fairytale worlds, you would enjoy this! Pervy old man suitors, view spoiler [death of mother. Jul 25, Cara rated it it was amazing Shelves: This story had a recipe for success in my book. It's a fairytale retelling, has an enchanting cover, siblings, magic, and dark secrets.
I mean I think it would have been impossible for me not to love this story. I'll try to make the rundown quick of the premise. There are quite obviously twelve princesses who unfortunately lose their mother with the birth of the last baby girl, Lily. Before their mother dies she gives Azalea, the oldest daughter, a handkerchief embroider with silver letters. What This story had a recipe for success in my book.
What can that mean? But Azalea does know is that she promised to take care of her sisters and she will do that at all cost. The king is notably upset but he demands that anything that brings any joy is shut out from the castle. To make matters worse the king goes off to war right after their mother's death. As much as the girls mourn for their mother they all loved to dance, and one night they find a way so they can dance all the nights they want. But of course it comes at a price; they meet a mysterious man called the Keeper.
Soon enough the girls find out that they are in a tangled mess they must unravel, but how? This book may seem slow in the beginning but I can vouch that it does pick up pace and it gets pretty nail biting at the end. I loved all the girls: Since Azalea is the narrator of the story we get to know her the best, and feel the weight of bitterness and anger she has towards her father.
That anger affects her judgment, and gets the sisters into trouble. She knows in her gut that her father should do better to be there for them, but she learns that compassion goes both ways. There are some sweet romances that bloom for the oldest sisters, but the story centers around the sisters and their struggle to cope after their mother's death.
Anyways, there is a nice touch of mystery to the story and how the bits and pieces come together is pretty fantastic. The best setting is where the sisters dance. It has that eerie but gorgeous feel to it. I didn't even get into the other adorable and strong characters in this book, but I assure they are there.
Ok ok so I'll say the guys are sweet and Oh you guys will just have to read it and discover them for yourselves! I have read other retellings of this tale: A Retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" but this one is the best retelling of the twelve princesses that I have read. So I urge other fairytale junkies like me to pick it up and get entwined. View all 19 comments. Dec 21, Angela rated it it was ok Shelves: Whimsical but slow fairy tale retelling, 2. Following the death of their mother, Azalea and her eleven sisters are left nearly abandoned as their father, the King, goes off to war.
When the girls discover a magic-filled passage to an otherworldly pavilion, they begin to spend eac Whimsical but slow fairy tale retelling, 2. When the girls discover a magic-filled passage to an otherworldly pavilion, they begin to spend each night dancing to exhaustion under the watchful gaze of the Keeper. Though he appears kindly at first, the Keeper soon becomes a frightening presence that may endanger the girls and the kingdom itself.
This story offers its own whimsical touches like a magical tea set with a spunky attitude, girls named alphabetically after different plants, and a focus on the intricacies of dance steps and curtsies. Azalea comes across as a likable protagonist, and the story touches on the complexity of father-daughter relationships and how different people grieve. Even with dark notes, including a villain who is truly creepy at times, the story is also very clean and appropriate for younger readers.
Along with slow pacing for the first pages, the book was too long for the story it contained. This book felt much more like a middle-grade read because of the very chaste romances and little in the way of truly scary parts. In future books, I hope that Dixon provides tighter pacing, more character development, and a bit more passion and danger.
This review refers to an advance reader's copy. View all 12 comments. Oct 14, angela rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is something extremely magical about Entwined. From the author's writing style that easily flows from the pages to the otherworldly setting that wraps itself around you, instantly the reader is transformed into another dimension where magic is real and young girls dance the night away.
For all its beauty, this story does have a creepy edge to it. The main antagonist of the story is dark and deadly giving the plot a much need jolt of suspense. And while the story is slow and steady verses q There is something extremely magical about Entwined. And while the story is slow and steady verses quick and fast-paced, I felt it was just right. Entwined is the type of novel you curl up with a cup of tea and immerse yourself in. It's the type of book that pulls you in with its rich characters, extensive back story, and beautiful setting.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. I loved it for being a stand-alone. I adored it for its brilliant plot. And I embraced Azalea and her eleven dancing sisters. Combining fantasy with mystery, suspense with romance, and extensive back story with a hint of comedy, Entwined is a gorgeous spin on the Grimm Brothers' timeless classic The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Aug 02, Sylvie rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 31, Kelly rated it really liked it.
Heather Dixon chooses to focus mainly on one sister as the heroine: At the beginning of the book, the Queen dies giving birth to the twelfth princess. Azalea and her sisters are heartbroken, and to make things worse, their stiff-necked father the King pushes them away in his own grief. He also decrees that the entire family will be in mourning for a year, which means no dancing. Then the girls discover a magical secret passage that leads to a beautiful place where they can dance every night… for a price.
The theme of grief is threaded throughout the novel, and the villain and his realm will send a chill down your spine, but Entwined is not relentlessly grim. Dixon fills the tale with enough warmth, whimsy, and humor that I think it would make a good Disney movie. The bad-tempered tea set and helpful candleholder are just begging to be animated! The greatest strength of Entwined is the characterization. I am not surprised to learn from Goodreads that Dixon comes from a large family, because She.
The love… the occasional annoyances… siblings being mistaken for one another… and the noise! Azalea is seldom far from the sound of sisterly chatter. Then there are the love interests; each of the three oldest princesses has one. Dixon does a great job of giving the girls an obsession with dance without making them seem frivolous. Dancing is both a coping mechanism and a discipline for these girls.
The climax in which the good guys face the villain may actually be the weakest part of the novel. It feels like she is asked to shoulder too much of the blame for the estrangement between father and daughters. Yes, she lashed out in pain, but the King made plenty of mistakes too. These scenes occur close enough to the end that I finished Entwined in a critical mood, but when I awoke the next morning, the aspects I found myself still thinking about were the characterizations and the wonderful relationships between the girls and their father, between the girls and their gentlemen, and among the girls themselves.
The more I thought about these, the more the book began to impress me in retrospect. Entwined is worth reading by any lover of retold fairy tales. View all 8 comments. Jul 03, Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it. Before Mother died, Azalea promised she would take care of her sisters. A promise that means standing up to the King. Demanding that he not forget them. Taking the girls down through the silver forest to the magic pavilion where they can dance. But in the attempt to save her sisters, Azalea may have destroyed them all. As well as the atrocious Lord Teddie, the detestable Fairweller, and poor mistaken Mr.
Oct 09, Kristy rated it liked it. I don't know what my problem is with writing this review, I have been finished with the book for about 3 days and I just keep putting it off. I believe the cause to be I didn't like the book as much as I had hoped too. The cover is absolutely gorgeous, the imagery is beautiful, the writing flows; then what is the problem, why did I not enjoy it?
In part, the length. It was very time consuming, at times it felt like I could have skipped ahead 30 pages and not really missed anything important. Also I don't know what my problem is with writing this review, I have been finished with the book for about 3 days and I just keep putting it off.
Also, it lacked originality to a point. Yes, it's a retelling, but I didn't feel like there was anything amazingly new here. It was more an interpretation. I feel like it just lacked a certain wow factor, that bit of pizzaz to really hook you in and keep you interested. And, their names were cutish, but mostly distracting, i. It was beautiful in it's own slow way. It is the story of the 12 sisters who dance at night as part of a curse. They are in mourning of their passing Mother, so dancing is forbidden.
They love to dance so naturally they find a magical portal to a special place, gaurded by Keeper to dance the night away and keep it a secret. Spoken Oaths are formed to make their whereabouts secret. The King their father knows something is going on. He calls a quest of sorts to the gentlemen of the area, to find out where these girls are wandering off to dance.
It all is very dramatic and twisted when the boys come-a-calling and start falling in love. They find out who keeper really is and what his curse truely is and Lives are in danger as these sisters cross from real world to magic world making reality somewhere in between. Jun 13, m a r y l i z rated it it was amazing Shelves: It took me over a week to reread this thanks, college , but it was just like visiting an old friend. I love this book so much. Why I Love This Book: The sisters are so hilarious, adorable, and real--all of them are so different from each other!
You have fly-off-the-handle Bramble with her flaming temper and mischief-making ways. I probably couldn't stand her in real life. XD Sweet, gentle Clover, wit It took me over a week to reread this thanks, college , but it was just like visiting an old friend. XD Sweet, gentle Clover, with her endearing stutter. I just love stuttering characters; don't ask me why.
The oldest sister Azalea--the main character--with her hilariously awkward encounters with Lord Bradford, streak of impulsiveness, and motherly instinct towards her sisters. Be still my heart! I would marry him. This book is funny! Heather Dixon has such a unique sense of humor, and it's always "clicked" with me. Doesn't feel forced or unnatural at all. Since I love the humor, so much, I can't pass on sharing some quotes. Azalea grinned, deciding not to remind him that the last times he has seen her, she had been soaked, frozen, unconscious, and a torn mess of the undead.
Pudding was their Royal Steward. If you want to break all the windows in the house and drown yourself in a bucket but don't actually do it, well, that's love. It's full of magic and balls and old castles and alllllll the fairytale things. This is arguably one of my favorite parts of this book. It's got wonderful family dynamics, and their family just feels so real. Not perfect, by any means. But exactly how I picture real families.
All the romance s in this book are superb! It's very light and adorable, and I maaaaaay be a little obsessed with One Couple in Particular. I can't think of a thing I disliked about this book! It's one of my all-time favorites. This is a very clean book. No cursing or excessive romance. One no-good character attempts to force a kiss, and there are a few brief kisses that are not forced or described much.
The magic might be too creepy or weird for some people, as well. I would probably steer clear of this is if you aren't a fan of magic in general. Sep 17, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: Entwined is exactly that. It's about 12 princesses who love to dance. The story starts off with the main character and eldest princess Azalea about to go to her first ball because she is finally of age.
A tragic event occurs though causing the whole palace to go into mourning. During mourning the princesses are not allowed to go outside, wear colorful clothing, or dance. The princesses are devastated about not being able to dance, until they find a magic passage way in their room leading to a pavilion, where they dance every night. There they meet the Keeper, a dashing, young man dressed in all black. Keeper is beyond what I could've asked for as an antagonist and super seductive. For those of you who have already read Entwined you probably think I'm crazy.
But what can say? Sadism, to a certain extent, is a turn on. He was dressed in all black. Not boring black, but dashing black. One so smooth that stars would have gotten lost in it. He wore a costume of a long waistcoat and a sweeping cloak that brushed the edge of the marble.
It complemented his face, a specter of high cheekbones with hints of long dimples. His midnight hair had been pulled back into a ponytail, and his eyes-even across the distance-blazed pure black. Azalea had never seen anyone so If he kissed as well as he danced I found each one of their relationships heartwarming and fully entertaining.
I also loved the fact that Dixon put in the time and effort to make each individual character so distinct. I could easily tell apart the 12 princesses throughout the story. The character development also made the story feel more realistic. What amazed me the most though was how Dixon was able to progressively improve the King and his daughters relationship. The flow was so smooth, it intertwined perfectly with the timeline. Lastly, the book is called Entwined because Dixon creates a fictional dance called the Entwine.
The Entwine has the couple hold opposite ends of a sash. The man tries to capture his partner in a series of quick steps while the female tries to evade being caught in the sash. It's a romantic dance and key to the entire plot line of the story. If I had to make one complaint it would be that some of the dialogue felt out of place with the time period.
Sometimes it would be too modern. But other than that 5 stars. Fortunately, Azalea, our main character and the eldest sister, doesn't end up marrying an elderly man. Unfortunately, the book just wasn't for me. I did like the plot; a pretty original twist on the classic. Once united, the two souls will transform into a magnificent soaring dragon.
The player is tasked with guiding the two souls simultaneously, one with each analog stick, to bring them together over the course of many lifetimes. Entwined received mixed reviews. It received a score of From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the novel by Heather Dixon, see Entwined novel. June 9,  PAL: June 10,  JP: July 22, PAL: July 23, JP: Retrieved June 11, Retrieved December 30,