Come and mend your broken hearts here. In this retelling of the classic tale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” the eldest princess must fight to save her. Readers who enjoy stories of royalty, romance, and magic will delight in Dixon’s first novel. Part confection, part acute observation, the story of. Remember Entwined, that amazing novel by Heather Dixon? (Really, you haven’t read it yet? You should probably fix that problem right now.).

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She doesn’t have a strong command of eloquently describing whatever scene she is trying to set up. The girls go every night to dance and eventually find out that everything isn’t as simple as it heaher. Not a single one of them was self-aware, not even the oldest. And the villain in this haether is very evil and yucky. Me and creepy don’t mix well. This book felt much more like a middle-grade read because of the very chaste romances and little in the way of truly scary parts.

This is when shit gets real. At the bottom they find a forest of silver trees and a pavilion full of enchanted dancers.

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Azalea is the main protagonist of the book and the eldest of the twelve sisters, at sixteen, and the Princess Royale. That was also a great part of that romance. And yes, I’m fangirling over these two, but I really do love them – every scene with them was a delight, as were the family members reactions to the relationship.

When the girls discover a magic-filled passage to an otherworldly pavilion, they begin to spend each night dancing to exhaustion under the watchful gaze of the Keeper.


View all 18 comments. As eldest, she steps into the role as leader and surrogate-parent to the girls after their mother dies.

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She’s nine years old and looks identical to Goldenrod, having blue eyes and light brown hair that’s usually worn in a braid. All of the younger princesses blended together in my mind with no difference in personality. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow. View all 5 comments. Other retellings of the Twelve Dancing Princesses usually offer an explanation for this. The politics of the world are vaguely mentioned but not really explained to the readers.

Possibly because I’ve always had a major soft spot for romances with men like Entwihed I was engaged and interested throughout the book and to the very end.

Love for each other, for their papa, for dancing, and for men; Each princess is named after a flower alphabetically, starting with the oldest at Azalea, and ending with the newborn Lily. Azalea, the oldest, is our main character. To get to the point, Entwined takes the fairy tale, and adds some shit. But it still worked. What I also loved about the romances is that they take a backseat to the princesses’ relationship with the King, which made me laugh, cry, and get goosebumps, fntwined all at the same time.

I’m gonna be honest here, it’s never been one of my favorites. But what excuse do the Wentworths have for not exploring? I can see how the Keeper is a creepy character and was creepy to the girls in the context of the book, but I did not feel any tingles of fear or anything as I read this book.

But other than that 5 stars. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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 entwned cost. They decide to rebel against the Kingstrict and demanding and indifferent as he is. As sweet, and bubbly, and humorous as Entwined is, it does have those scenes were the villain reigns. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. I also want to talk about pacing.


It was difficult to juggle eleven sisters, but Azalea managed it. The princesses, although royal, slept under mended bedspreads and wore shabby, repaired dresses. Along with slow pacing for the first pages, the book was too long for the story it contained. I don’t know how Dixon did it, but the setting just somehow lent itself to that vibe. They dance, and curtsy, and spy, and rebel.

But she spends the first two thirds of the book being rather boring. I made that mistake before with “The Thirteenth Princess”, didn’t I? I have some manjor and heatherr minor issues with the book.

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He is a crazy, sadistic fuck, and Dixon keeps it that way. It’s a romantic dance and key to the entire plot line of the story. I did however feel that the end of the novel could have been a little bit closer to the climax.

I probably couldn’t stand her in real life.