Book: Entwined by Heather Dixon
Genre: YA Fantasy
For: Supporting Local Authors
From: Bought it at Costco
Turns out this book is a 12 dancing princesses retelling and I just barely read one of those! But hey, it was totally okay because this retelling was wonderful! Much of the same elements are here (the girls go dancing during the night, they wear out their shoes, they can't tell anyone why, their dad has princes come to try and figure it out, etc.)
But there are also differences. They WANT to go dancing, they love it. There's only one underworldly prince and he is eerily gothic and awesomely creepy. There are several different love stories going on, not just the main one. The dad/king is a complicated dynamic character, which is a first. All the girls, all 12, have very unique and fun and feisty personalities. The princes that come to the palace are fun and different and interesting too.
Yes, I guess you'd say I especially loved the characterization in this book. The story, though familiar, was also done in such a way that made it fresh and fun too. And I loved that not only was it fun, but a bit spooky and scary and intense.
I don't really know what else to say except that when you are in the mood for a fairy tale re-telling, you've gotta read this one.
Bottom line: I loved it!
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