Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Book Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

Tuesday Book Review and today's book is:

Entwined by Heather Dixon

I gotta admit I fell in love with this book because of the cover, look at it; it's just Beautiful.  And then I heard it was a fairy tale retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses and of course I had to read it.  But let me tell you this book is a lot more than that.  Yes, there are princesses and dancing and magic and castle and princes but there is also mourning and family and did I say magic?  Yes, that was pretty cool.

Azalea is the oldest of 12 girls, all princess, she is just at age to attend balls and start getting court and getting to meet guys and pick her husband; who will become the next King and her the next Queen.  But the same night that Azalea attends her first ball, everything is taken from her as her mother dies and the mourning begins.  This book is set centuries ago, and mourning is nothing like it is now, curtains are closed shut, not visitors allowed, black clothes, you were not allowed to go outside at all unless it was to go to church and to visit the dead on Sunday, no music, no dancing in the house and no boys were allowed to court you, and all of that was for a whole entire year; no questions asked.

Azaela and her sisters shared a passion for dancing together with their mother and with her passing they were all devastated they couldn't dance anymore. However while Azaela was sad, she found a magic, secret passage that lead to a secret dancing ballroom with a very weird man (The Keeper) who promises her a safe place for her to come back every night with her sister so they can dance.  Azaela believes him and so she and her sisters start going every night to dance there, but what started as something innocent becomes something dangerous.

The Keeper has been kept prisoner within the walls of the castle for centuries and now he finds a way to get free, by making Azaela find magic objects to free him.

I loved that you don't only get to know Azaela, but every single one of her sisters, you really get to connect with all of them.  And her dad; the King?  OMG, you hate him at the beginning of the book, but as the book progresses you start to understand him and actually felt bad for him.  He truly loved the Queen, and you realized how hard it was to lose her and keep going; but I'm so happy that he did it at the end.

You get so much from this book, suffering, loss, regret, love, sister bonding, mourning, family, friendship, magic and so much more.  This is not a small book, it was about 500 pages, but once you start reading you just can't stop and when you reach the end you kind of want more.

Loved this book, 5 out of 5 stars for sure.