This week I'm reviewing Entwined by Heather Dixon.
OVERVIEW 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.
Who doesn't love a fairy tale? Based on the Twelve Dancing Princesses, I absolutely adored all the elements of this book. It's so romantic - the setting, the characters, the descriptions. So of course I gave it five palm trees.
I admit that I'm not a huge fan of dance, but I loved how it was a constant theme and the metaphors all encompassed dance and movement. Azalea is always curling her toes against her shoes, which is an endearing movement and speaks volumes.
As the main character, I thought Azalea had great character development as she takes charge of her sisters and works toward becoming the next Queen. She stands up to the King but is extremely protective of her family.
The characters were very defined (which was tough considering there are so many girls!) I love how they were named in alphabetical order - it helped me keep them straight from the beginning. You can definitely tell that the author comes from a large family, as she's able to accurately describe all the love and angst between siblings!
The cover fits every aspect of the novel. Can someone tell me where I can pick up that dress? Because I would certainly kill to wear it to the next ball I'm invited to attend :)