Author: Heather Dixon
Publication date: March 29 2011
As illness takes away their beloved mother, Azalea and her eleven sisters are left to face a year of mourning - windows draped, dresses dyed black, dancing strictly forbidden. When a magical passage in the castle wall leads them to a silver forest where Mr. Keeper lets them dance as much as they want, a sliver of joy sparks in their lives and the girls can’t resist sneaking out every night, slowly entwining themselves in a trap.
First of all, LOOK AT THE COVER. ♥ A girl in a fancy gown is frankly not the most innovative book cover idea but I have no objections as long as it is so beautifully designed.
Entwined is a re-telling of the classic fairy-tale (that I have never read) The Twelve Dancing Princesses published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812. The story is told from a third-person POV and it follows the lives of twelve princesses, named after plants in alphabetical order (!) over the course of fourteen months, starting from the death of their mother that leaves a whole in their hearts. The girls have a very remote relationship with their father, the King, who lives by a set of rules and does not accept any sort of entertainment whatsoever in the mourning period which initially made him pretty unlikable.
I had a bit of a problem with remembering the princesses’ ages but it wasn’t that important, anyway. The main heroine is the oldest princess, Azalea, who promised her mother she’d take care of her sisters no matter what. She is a young, elegant woman, yet strong and courageous able to fight for the well-being of her family. As the future queen, she fears the day the parliament choose a husband for her but keep in mind we’re in a fairy-tale here… I have to admit that my crush on the gentleman she ends up with was a little too big from the first page he appeared in the story.
If I were to choose my favorite princess, it would without a doubt be Bramble. Her name doesn’t sound as lovely as Azalea or Jessamine or Lily, but it somehow fits her very well. She’s witty and rambly and her choice of man couldn’t have been better as far as character matching goes.
Even though Entwined is a re-telling, it maintains the classic fairy tale magic. If you have a soft spot for princesses, dancing and enchanted castles, it all awaits you down the stairs, behind the shimmery branches of the silver forest!