Thursday, August 4, 2011

Entwined by Heather Dixon

by Heather Dixon
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."


At long last! I’ve finally got through this book. 

When I first got my copy of Entwined, I was excited to start flipping through the pages. Being a keen fan of fairy tales and retelling adding up the book trailer, the excerpt, not to mention the book cover, were all so convincing that this was a must-read. Or so I thought.

The premise was really interesting and enough to sway you to read the book and find out how it ends. Unfortunately, the book was too long for the story it put out. I liked the world Dixon has created for this novel and every detail she extolled was easy to decipher. But majority of the book talked about dancing, it would’ve been interesting if it wasn’t so repetitive. The love interests between the characters were not shaped up well enough to make you route for whomever. The princesses’ relationship with their father messily progressed from hate to love. There were too much talk and narratives that didn’t seem necessary to fill in too many chapters that it was hard to get caught up in the story.

The interesting parts came about a few chapters near the end of the book. Painstakingly long, I tell you. If this was delivered in fewer pages and focused more on the magic and developing love interests and all the parts near by the ending rather than monotonous dancing activities that were already of sort the obvious hence what the premise has explained, this would have really pleased me. 

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