What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Entwined by Heather Dixon

This is a positively enchanting re-telling of the Brothers Grimm's 12 Dancing Princesses. I love fairy-tales retold, so I knew I was going to love this immediately.

Summary from Goodreads: Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it.

The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.

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 a cost.

The Keeper likes to keep things.

Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

I wasn't that familiar with the story of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, but I knew enough to know that all of the key elements are there. This book was magical, and beautifully written, and an excellent retelling of the original German story.

What I liked: 1) The girls' names. I don't know if they're original, but they seriously cracked me up. 2) The writing. It was so...refreshing to read a book with this refined language. I thought that the wording was so perfect and beautiful. 3) The symbolism. There is so much symbolism woven into this story and it works so well that I was just in awe. 4) The imagery. I keep describing this book as beautiful, but that is really what it was. I would love to live this story.

What I didn't like: Really, there was nothing I didn't like. How do you find problems with a story like the 12 Dancing Princesses by the Brothers? For the reason that I rate it the way I do, I think I'd have to say that I wasn't as emotionally connected by the characters as I generally like to be. Instead, I as entranced by the beauty of the story.

Overall thoughts: This was an enchanting retelling of a classic story. The language was so different than the books I usually read, it was elegant and refined. If you are a fan of fairy tales, I'd suggest checking this one out!

My rating: 4 shots


  1. you know ive never heard of that fairy tale but this book does look awesome and how beautiful is that cover!

  2. Love to live in the story? Wow. That must be good.

  3. sounds good. I think I will read this

  4. my sister loves this one too and has been urging me to read it. your review makes me all the more excited to get to it. love the cover!

  5. Melissa - The cover is what made me want to read it in the first place!

    Juju - lol, yeah, I spent two days reading, because I was behind on my reviews!

    Sherre - I hope you like it!!

    Chelley - I think I read Leslie's review on your site, and it made me move it up on my list!


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