Book: Entwined by Heather Dixon
Pages: 480, Hardcover
Entwined is about Azalea and her 11 sisters. Everynight, they go through a magical portal and dance the night away. They come across the Keeper, and Azalea, the oldest sister, becomes entangled in the Keeper’s web, realizing too late what she has gotten herself into.
I liked it, and it was an interesting take on the 12 Dancing Princesses. But while it was a very enjoyable read, there was something missing. There was mention of magic, but not a lot of magic, and it pretty much focused on Azalea. I know all 12 sisters couldn’t be focused on, and it would be focused on Azalea, as the oldest princess. I honestly couldn’t keep up with all 12 princesses. Both the beginning and the ending were pretty interesting, but the middle was boring, and it was the same thing every chapter. The princesses hate their father, they don’t want to be in mourning and so they go through the portal to dance every night, and very little happens. They did whine (a lot) about how they couldn’t dance, and they all seemed to be rather self-absorbed.
Most of the sisters seemed to blend together, but I found the Keeper to be interesting for most of the book. Until he got all cartoon-ish. Come to think of it, I’m not quite sure why I like the book, but the whole idea of the Entwine dance was interesting. There wasn’t a lot of description about the palace or what the girls wore, which was somewhat nice. But I think it would have added something to the book as well, just to have an idea of what the author thought the palace looked like. It wasn’t a particularly interesting re-telling of the 12 Dancing Princesses. There were a couple romances thrown in, and it felt like they were there…just to be there.
Overall, it gets a 3 out of 5. It was enjoyable, and I did like it, but there was just something missing. It’s apparently supposed to be a fantasy, but the whole fantasy element didn’t seem to be there. It was a good effort, and I did like the idea, plus the cover is really pretty. But not something I’d read again anytime soon.