Book Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

Entwined PicTitle: Entwined

Author: Heather Dixon

Genre: Fantasy/Fairy Tale

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I’m not familiar with the fairy tale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Entwined . Overall, I liked it, but there were a few negatives for me.

I liked the overall old-fashioned feel of Entwined . The writing had a light, almost whimsical atmosphere to it. Even the magic seemed more “fairy tale” and less “witchcraft” (but the magic was also a negative; I’ll explain later). The romance was sweet, and the humor was a bit goofy, which made for an all-around “traditional” feel to the book. I liked it.

I loved, loved the emphasis on family in Entwined . Azalea’s relationships with her mother, her father, and her sisters were very fleshed out and played a big role in the story. Romances and friendships are common in YA novels, but family is often forgotten about. So I appreciated reading a book that dealt with familial relationships. And like I mentioned before, the romance was so cute and innocent!

I liked that Entwined didn’t rely on violence to be entertaining. White it was a bit slow in places, the lack of unrealistic, over-the-top action was nice.


Like I mentioned in above, I liked the “fairy tale” feel to the magic. But some of the dark magic aspects were a little…disturbing. Like references to how a certain character is “undead” or a legend about a king who captured human souls via dark magic.

Despite the sweet, old-fashioned tone to Entwined , some parts were pretty creepy! The villain was super twisted and creepy. Some visuals I could have done without. So, on one hand Entwined was cute and fun, and on the other it was weird and unsettling?

I can see why people like this book so much! It was cute, well-written, and had a strong emphasis on family. My main complaint is that some parts were a little unsettling, and I think the villain in this book gets an award for One of the Creepiest Bad Guys Ever. I did appreciate that it was cleaner than the average YA novel, but I wouldn’t recommend to readers who aren’t a fan of creepy elements. So I would say “I liked it, but I didn’t love it” on this one.

Have you read Entwined?

What are your thoughts on fairy tale retellings? Do you enjoy reading them?

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  1. First, I did not read the book—-and probably will not soon. The villain as you described is probably disgusting. I think that when people—young or old, allow their minds to be filled with violence, it is long lasting—-maybe indelibly imprinted. Visuals—-whether word or actual—-affect thinking and influence outcomes. I suspect much of the distorted thinking out there today is a result of what we are feeding our spirits. And it does not look good!!

    1. I agree wholeheartedly–we have to be careful about the things we fill our heads with. It seems to me like books/movies are becoming more and more violent/creepy. I find it disappointing, because, like with this book, I would have enjoyed it much more if some of the creepier elements had been left out.

  2. Twelve dancing princesses…
    Hmm, sounds like all of the Disney princesses in one big movie. ?
    The magic is the main reason I don’t read any fantasy|fairy tail books. It’d be awesome if that wasn’t the case, especially with dragons, but alas, magic is in just about every fantasy book I can think of. ?
    And in the words of our dear friend Eugene:
    “Garbage in, garbage out.”

  3. That really is a beautiful cover, and the book sounds interesting to me. I don’t like twisted or creepy elements, but can usually skim past them as long as they’re only a small part of the book. I don’t mind fairy tale retellings, but I don’t intentionally seek them out either. In most cases, I’m unfamiliar with whatever fairy tale they were based on anyhow.

    1. That’s how Entwined was for me! I’ve never read/seen any other version of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, so I had no idea what to expect.

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