Sunday, September 16, 2012
The title: Entwined
The author: Heather Dixon
Publication: Greenwillow Books, 2011
Got it from: The library
This YA story is based on one of my favourite childhood fairy tales, The Twelve Dancing Princesses. It takes the theme of the story about twelve princesses who disappear into a magic realm under the castle each night to dance, and adds new twists.
I have been putting off writing a review of this book, I think because I had mixed feelings about it. Some parts were clever, like the part about the enchanted sugar teeth and the young men who attempt to solve the riddle (thankfully in this version they are not executed by the king if they fail). But the book took me such a long, long time to get into. And I'm not sure if they payoff was worth it. I felt like there was a lot of unnecessary exposition (Princess A did this, Princess B said that, etc.) that the book could have been cut in half and still retained its essence. I never really got a feel for the characters of the princesses, especially the eldest daughter Azalea, who is the heroine of the story. Ultimately I finished this book feeling unsatisfied.