Entwined, by Heather Dixon, is a lush retelling of the classic fairy tale, the Twelve Dancing Princesses, that hits all the right marks. The story is about twelve princesses, focusing on the eldest, crown princess Azalea. The story takes place in the year of mourning after their mother, the queen, dies. When the girls discover a secret passage that leads to a magical silver forest, they are thrilled and come to dance there every night. But they slowly realize that the mysterious Keeper who lives in the silver forest means deadly harm.
I really liked the descriptions in this book. They were rich and vivid, and I could picture every gorgeous setting. Azalea, the main character, is the kind of heroine I like. Smart, resourceful, and fiercely loyal to her sisters. All of the princess's had distinct and endearing personalities, making it easy to tell them apart. Though the tone in this book was fairly light, there were darker moments of real peril mixed in to keep the pages turning. There were lots of funny characters for comic relief (like Lord Teddy) and a sweet romance that will leave you with a big smile on your face. In short, Entwined is a beautiful fairy tale filled with rustling skirts, magic gone wrong, and delightful characters. Read it!