Entwined is a classic retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, which I actually didn't know about until I was somewhere in the middle of this book. So I don't know how much is it similar to the original story. But all I could say is that this book was enchanting. I loved how this book was written. The author did a fantastic job writing this book. Everything could be easily visualized.
The novel follows the events of the lives of those twelve sisters and it opens with Azalea attending her first ball. While her mother was pregnant and sick, she makes her promise to take of her sisters. Her mother soon after dies after giving birth to their twelve sister, which casts a pall over the palace and the palace becomes in mourning which means staying indoors, no light, no music, no gardens and most importantly no dancing. Life wasn't all happy for them, more specifically Azalea whom had to marry whoever the Parliament chooses and even worst they, the royal family, were bankrupt.
Azalea and her eleven sisters. Well, they had some interesting names, such as Bramble for example. I mean if you knew the character, the name suits her. Azalea itself is a cute name. And the cutest thing ever is that those eleven sisters are named in an alphabetical order. So it's like, their oldest sister Azalea, then Bramble, then Clover and so on. And all of them are sweet, especially the younger ones. However, between them you could feel a real sisters bond. They seemed like a little folk of sheep together. I couldn't say enough about them. Even the King, their father, I, at some point liked him.
All the characters are genuine and realistic, considering that it is a story that took place in the old time. Sweet gentlemen like Mr Bradford, he was such a sweetheart. It had some action but not the action like in our real world, if even considered action. It was rather to be referred to as super intense incidents. I was never bored while reading this book.
All in all, I absolutely recommend reading this book. Such a page-turner and a miraculous story. Well-written and descriptive in a good and moderate way. And yet, it is a fairytale and I believe that not everybody likes fairy tales. But this novel, in my opinion, could be read by readers of various ages.
Author: Heather Dixon
And Happy Reading Everyone :)