Pub:Mar. 29th 2011 by Greenwillow Books
Review Copy: e-book (personal copy,Kobo Vox)
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.
I had no idea what to expect from Entwined but I really enjoyed it. Entwined is a fairy tale. It's a retelling of The 12 Dancing Princesses. I'll confess my knowledge of this tale comes from the DVD movie Barbie and the 12 Dancing Princesses. Basically, I did not know this story.
Azalea is the oldest of 12 sisters, upon the death of their mother the girls go into mourning. The combination of the death of their mother and the King being called away to war results in the girls feeling lonely, lost and isolated.
Dancing is a way for the girls, especially Azalea to feel connected to their mother, but they are forbidden to dance while in mourning. Rebellious, the girls find a hidden tunnel (the castle is magic) that leads them to a gazebo where a strange and magic man called the Keeper lets them dance each night away in secret.
The Keeper is not who he appears and Azalea finds herself struggling to protect her sisters, while fulfilling her duties as the eldest princess.
I liked Azalea and her sisters. They are named alphabetically, so it's pretty easy to keep track of who is who, and they are each well crafted as unique characters despite there being 12 of them.
Entwined was a pleasant surprise was a surprisingly sweet romance at it's heart. It was a sweet and enjoyable story that I'd recommend to fans of fairy tales.