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.
AND I LOVE THE COVER.
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?