Come and mend your broken hearts here.
Just when Azalea should feel that everything is before her — beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing — it’s taken away. All of it. And Azalea is trapped. The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. 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. (GoodReads description)
ISBN: 0062001035 , hd, 472pp, 2011 by GreenWillow Books, YA, Fairy Tale Retelling, Romance
There is so much humor in this book, I love it. This is one of my favorite moments, near the beginning of the book (so not spoiling anything):
“[…] Azalea looked down to see a pudgy little hand reaching out from beneath the tree, grabbing at his trouser ankle. Azalea cringed. “Not there, Ivy, you great idiot,” came a whispered voice from among the boughs. “Left — left — no, left is this way–” The hands peeking from beneath the tree skirts felt around, grabbed the ends of the platter, and slowly, with clinks and clatters, dragged the plate in.”
Azalea is one of several sisters who are forbidden to dance after their mother passes. When Azalea discovers a secret passage that leads her to a magical, silver forest, there is all the dancing they could desire. But slowly, things go missing: a handkerchief, a brooch, etc.
The Keeper is an enigmatic feature, the mysterious type women are drawn to, but you never really can tell what his secrets are, or his motivations.
There is some great character development with Azalea’s sisters, particularly Bramble and Clover, who each have their romances in the book. Azalea is perhaps more in tune than her sisters into recognizing danger, but as she tries to break away, a treasured artifact goes missing and she is drawn in deeper.
This is one of the best revisionist fairy tales I’ve read recently and it’s very well done. I can’t wait to re-read Entwined again and this is one of those titles that is going in my permanent collection. Take a look and tell me if you agree.