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Entwined by Heather Dixon Wallwork Wither by Lauren DeStefano Unearthly by Cynthia Hand Across the Universe by Beth Revis Darkest Mercy by Melissa. Book "Entwined by Heather Dixon" description: Come and mend your broken hearts here. In this retelling of the classic tale "The Twelve. Entwined may refer to. Entwined (novel), a fairytale fantasy novel by Heather Dixon Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version.

Not one of the princesses, not even the little ones, call him Papa. The warm and gracious Queen, on the other hand, is always there for the sisters, and they adore her.

But alas, Mother succumbs to one of those nameless book diseases, leaving behind a twelfth princess for the other girls to look after. Her last act before her death was to secure a promise from Azalea, that the Princess Royale would keep her younger sisters out of danger.

The King marches off to war with a nearby kingdom before his wife is cold in her grave. He has forbidden all forms of merriment during the mourning period, but his daughters know their mother would want them to dance in her memory. All the girls want to dance and laugh again, but the older ones are also drawn to the guardian of that enchanted place—a graceful, black-haired youth, who has no name except the title Keeper.

What exactly does he keep? Why does he keep it? Can the sisters trust him? The answers are decidedly unpleasant. Content Advisory Violence: A man is fatally shot and bleeds heavily. People get their hands broken; reference to a historical figure getting hers chopped off. People are dragged over floors or struck across the face.

More under Nightmare Fuel. Keeper acts increasingly creepy with Azalea. Substance Abuse: Nightmare Fuel: A handsome youth morphs into a decrepit elder before turning to dust with the weight of his years and evil deeds. The abovementioned horror elements are especially jarring given the rather sugary tone of the rest of the book.

This fantasy world is a lot like nineteenth-century Europe; it even appears to be Christian. That said, a piece of silver seems to be a more effective ward against dark magic than a sacramental in this universe. Entwined is hard to put down, thanks to its detailed and charming setting, its clipped tempo, and the heartwarming scenes of sisterhood. Dixon, now Dixon Wallwork, steals from the best when creating the Wentworth princesses. Azalea is Meg March, dignified and pretty, with a weakness for soft-spoken brown-eyed men.

Bramble is Jo, melodramatic and rowdy and given to flash fires of rage. Delphinium is blonde and flouncy and whiny and likes to draw, so Amy without the tantrums.

The cloud of little sisters who follow them everywhere begging for song and dance call to mind the younger von Trapps in The Sound of Music. These are all great things to be reminded of. The scenes of the sisters being sisters are perfect. I understand that the girls wanted nothing more than to dance again, so it made sense that the first time they stumbled into the magic garden, they went straight for the pavilion.

But it struck me as rather odd that they never ventured beyond it. Other retellings of the Twelve Dancing Princesses usually offer an explanation for this. In Wildwood Dancing , the girls were under the protection of the Faerie Queen, and risked being carried off by vampires if they stepped beyond the borders of her small realm.

But what excuse do the Wentworths have for not exploring? A brief guide to the main types of villains one finds in the fantasy genre I.

The lack of consistency renders Keeper a bit flimsy, like Prince Hans in Frozen , who was obviously not originally conceived as an evil character. I was sure we would learn that the tale of the High King vs. Harold I had been heavily abridged, rather like in Prince Caspian , where our main character grows up being told that his ancestors brought civilization to beasts and wild men, only to learn that they were actually fantastic racists who hunted the many peoples of Narnia almost to extinction.

None of this turns out to be true. The first thing Jadis does upon meeting Edmund is almost deal him a killing blow with her wand. She barely stops herself, and her overlay of kindness is hasty and thin. Her archetype is consistent from beginning to end. Other than Keeper, the young men in this book are pleasant but insubstantial.

But it is a problem with Mr. Bradford, who is the love interest for the main character and should really have more than one personality trait in his case, being adorable. But the love interest of the MC should really be livelier and more detailed. This guy is so agreeable and vague, he makes Raoul de Chagny look like Eugenides of Eddis. This book has delightful main characters and a perfect confection of a pseudo-Victorian setting. Recommended for fairytale fans.

Jul 09, Anne rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm gonna be honest here, it's never been one of my favorites. However, this author manages to take a rather thin story about In fact, other than Bella at Midnight , this is probably my favorite retelling. There's magic, romance, an evil villain, a cursed castle, daddy issues, sisterly love, a rug that likes to eat peopl 4.

There's magic, romance, an evil villain, a cursed castle, daddy issues, sisterly love, a rug that likes to eat people, and yes This story has it all! As an added bonus, the author doesn't bore you to death describing scenery! View all 14 comments. Mar 13, Lissa added it Shelves: Sometimes I feel retellings are cheating.

It has one of those generic white-girl in a pretty dress YA covers, which I must confess I do think are really gorgeous. However in this instance I'm not convinced this is the best cover for this book.

I don't feel it really represents the book, explains what the book is about nor even represents any of the scenes. I would even go so far as to say that this cover put me off reading this book sooner because of its generic-ness. I was terribly excited about this book only a few pages in, but this cover did not elicit the excitement I should have felt. Once I opened the book, I was blown away. Just blown away. I did not expect this calibre, wit, and execution.

The characters were simply gorgeous. The writing was incredible. And the humour! The fluff! The witty comebacks and fantastic situations! It was just amazing. I have a firm idea how Dixon managed to write twelve sisters so masterfully. Apparently she has a lot of siblings herself. Although Azalea was our main character, I fell in love with Bramble just as prickly and defensive as her name and adorable little Ivy.

I actually re-read that part just for the sheer enjoyment of it. I just adored the greedy little mite. I want one! And yes, some of the sisters are not as well developed as the others. Some of them you see so little of that they blend with one another Hollyhock, for one. She tended to fade into the background. But all of them, from mothering, leadership-material future queen Azalea all the way down to tiny little Lily, stole my heart.

I'll spoil tag it so those of you who haven't read this can discover the princesses on your own. Caring and protective, and very, very brave. Defensive and boisterous, with a mouth to match any wit. One of my favourites, it was always a pleasure to watch her on the page. She was possibly the most witty. Soft-spoken and with a stutter, she eventually overcomes this and turns into a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. Kind of bossy and a bit of a know it all, but still loyal to her sisters.

Also a drama queen, and pretty damned funny as well. She and Bramble bounced off each other really well! Wears glasses and was caught reading once or twice, but is one of the ones who blended, along with Hollyhock. Flora and Goldenrod: Closer than your average sisters. Goldenrod tends to be quieter than Flora, but they share a special bond. From memory, kind of bland.

A blending sister. Not quite sure what makes her stand out. My favourite. Five year old Ivy was a greedy girl who loved to eat: Ivy's weakness was the cause of a few ratehr awesome situations. Too young to really have much character, Kale tended to be the whinging, crying child when one of the sisters needed to wail. I also get the feeling she was kind of favoured by the king, which is weird, because he has so many daughters to choose from.

He picked her from the bunch a few times. So much squee. Each of these characters were lovingly developed and had their own quirks and speech patterns. If there were no tags, you could easily decipher who was speaking. Azalea was a great heroine to read about. I am also wary that lesser writers tend to headhop without even realising it.

In this book, third person perspective worked really well. There was no headhopping or changing POV. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Azalea was brave, caring, and loved her sisters. She would bully them to make sure they were safe. It was difficult to juggle eleven sisters, but Azalea managed it. She also managed to grow from the princess who had just lost her mother into the future leader of her tiny, impoverished nation. And the king was another character that developed really well.

You understand, even if the princesses don't, why he is so stern and strong. The princesses, although royal, slept under mended bedspreads and wore shabby, repaired dresses. It made sense for their famous dancing slippers to fall apart. Speaking of which, I loved all the dancing terminology. I also feel that Dixon really managed to get inside the head of a dancer and convey how it feels to dance. But I loved reading about it. I also want to talk about pacing. I did however feel that the end of the novel could have been a little bit closer to the climax.

I know that to wrap up everything in a stand-alone novel as good as this takes time, so I was happy to read on. However, the anti-climax stood true to its name. Keeper was awesome. He was totally seductive. In the beginning he was everything I wanted for Azalea.

Then, as the story unravelled, I realised what Keeper was. I even liked his description — I like guys with ponytails! Although I never really wanted Azalea to get romantic with him, I saw the appeal.

Another character I want to mention is Lord Teddie, because he was just so damn funny. I loved reading about him and his interactions with the many girls around him, demanding his attention. I kept imagining this as a movie and trying to cast the twelve princesses. The writing was so cinematic that I often felt like I was reading a grown-up slightly gothic Disney princess film.

And guys? I also love the title of the novel. Then I read the background story, and fell in love with it. I borrowed this from my library, but I will be adding a hardcover version to my personal library. I just want to hug this book to me. One of my all-time favourites.

View all 6 comments. Aug 14, Samantha rated it liked it Shelves: There were some areas where this book shined and others where it faltered. First off, this is great for fans of family dynamics. I did find that the writing was rather simple, and the book was longer than it needed to be. I find that Heather Dixon's YA leans more towards the middle grade side of the spectrum, so it and her characters tend to be a bit more immature than I like.

Overall, an enjoyable audiobook but not something I would have picked up in physical form anytime soon. View 1 comment. Jul 21, Trina Between Chapters rated it liked it Shelves: I liked Azalea and her sisters, and by the end I felt for the king as well.

I hated his treatment of his daughters at the start, but the story attempts to show growth. Was it enough? I'm not sure.

I liked the love interest and the romance. The villain was a good villain. The climax got a little spooky. As for a retelling, I felt this was a pretty run of the mill fairytale world.

The world and magic felt pretty generic. It stuck pretty closely to the original tale in a lot of ways, fleshing out de I liked Azalea and her sisters, and by the end I felt for the king as well.

It stuck pretty closely to the original tale in a lot of ways, fleshing out descriptions and characters, and adding a backstory and source of conflict. I think if you like 'close' retellings and fairytale worlds, you would enjoy this! Potential triggers: Pervy old man suitors, view spoiler [death of mother. Jul 25, Cara rated it it was amazing Shelves: This story had a recipe for success in my book. It's a fairytale retelling, has an enchanting cover, siblings, magic, and dark secrets.

I mean I think it would have been impossible for me not to love this story. I'll try to make the rundown quick of the premise. There are quite obviously twelve princesses who unfortunately lose their mother with the birth of the last baby girl, Lily.

Before their mother dies she gives Azalea, the oldest daughter, a handkerchief embroider with silver letters. What This story had a recipe for success in my book.

What can that mean? But Azalea does know is that she promised to take care of her sisters and she will do that at all cost. The king is notably upset but he demands that anything that brings any joy is shut out from the castle. To make matters worse the king goes off to war right after their mother's death.

As much as the girls mourn for their mother they all loved to dance, and one night they find a way so they can dance all the nights they want. But of course it comes at a price; they meet a mysterious man called the Keeper. Soon enough the girls find out that they are in a tangled mess they must unravel, but how? This book may seem slow in the beginning but I can vouch that it does pick up pace and it gets pretty nail biting at the end.

I loved all the girls: Since Azalea is the narrator of the story we get to know her the best, and feel the weight of bitterness and anger she has towards her father. That anger affects her judgment, and gets the sisters into trouble. She knows in her gut that her father should do better to be there for them, but she learns that compassion goes both ways. There are some sweet romances that bloom for the oldest sisters, but the story centers around the sisters and their struggle to cope after their mother's death.

Anyways, there is a nice touch of mystery to the story and how the bits and pieces come together is pretty fantastic. The best setting is where the sisters dance. It has that eerie but gorgeous feel to it. I didn't even get into the other adorable and strong characters in this book, but I assure they are there. Ok ok so I'll say the guys are sweet and Oh you guys will just have to read it and discover them for yourselves!

I have read other retellings of this tale: A Retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" but this one is the best retelling of the twelve princesses that I have read.

So I urge other fairytale junkies like me to pick it up and get entwined. View all 19 comments. Dec 21, Angela rated it it was ok Shelves: Whimsical but slow fairy tale retelling, 2. Following the death of their mother, Azalea and her eleven sisters are left nearly abandoned as their father, the King, goes off to war. When the girls discover a magic-filled passage to an otherworldly pavilion, they begin to spend eac Whimsical but slow fairy tale retelling, 2.

When the girls discover a magic-filled passage to an otherworldly pavilion, they begin to spend each night dancing to exhaustion under the watchful gaze of the Keeper. Though he appears kindly at first, the Keeper soon becomes a frightening presence that may endanger the girls and the kingdom itself. This story offers its own whimsical touches like a magical tea set with a spunky attitude, girls named alphabetically after different plants, and a focus on the intricacies of dance steps and curtsies.

Azalea comes across as a likable protagonist, and the story touches on the complexity of father-daughter relationships and how different people grieve. Even with dark notes, including a villain who is truly creepy at times, the story is also very clean and appropriate for younger readers. Along with slow pacing for the first pages, the book was too long for the story it contained.

This book felt much more like a middle-grade read because of the very chaste romances and little in the way of truly scary parts. In future books, I hope that Dixon provides tighter pacing, more character development, and a bit more passion and danger.

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Oct 14, Angela rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is something extremely magical about Entwined. From the author's writing style that easily flows from the pages to the otherworldly setting that wraps itself around you, instantly the reader is transformed into another dimension where magic is real and young girls dance the night away.

For all its beauty, this story does have a creepy edge to it. The main antagonist of the story is dark and deadly giving the plot a much need jolt of suspense. And while the story is slow and steady verses q There is something extremely magical about Entwined. And while the story is slow and steady verses quick and fast-paced, I felt it was just right. Entwined is the type of novel you curl up with a cup of tea and immerse yourself in.

It's the type of book that pulls you in with its rich characters, extensive back story, and beautiful setting. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. I loved it for being a stand-alone. I adored it for its brilliant plot.

And I embraced Azalea and her eleven dancing sisters. Combining fantasy with mystery, suspense with romance, and extensive back story with a hint of comedy, Entwined is a gorgeous spin on the Grimm Brothers' timeless classic The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

View 2 comments. Aug 02, Sylvie rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 31, Kelly rated it really liked it. Heather Dixon chooses to focus mainly on one sister as the heroine: Azalea, the eldest. At the beginning of the book, the Queen dies giving birth to the twelfth princess. Azalea and her sisters are heartbroken, and to make things worse, their stiff-necked father the King pushes them away in his own grief.

He also decrees that the entire family will be in mourning for a year, which means no dancing. Then the girls discover a magical secret passage that leads to a beautiful place where they can dance every night… for a price. The theme of grief is threaded throughout the novel, and the villain and his realm will send a chill down your spine, but Entwined is not relentlessly grim.

Dixon fills the tale with enough warmth, whimsy, and humor that I think it would make a good Disney movie. The bad-tempered tea set and helpful candleholder are just begging to be animated! The greatest strength of Entwined is the characterization.

I am not surprised to learn from Goodreads that Dixon comes from a large family, because She. The love… the occasional annoyances… siblings being mistaken for one another… and the noise!

Azalea is seldom far from the sound of sisterly chatter. Then there are the love interests; each of the three oldest princesses has one. Dixon does a great job of giving the girls an obsession with dance without making them seem frivolous. Dancing is both a coping mechanism and a discipline for these girls.

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The climax in which the good guys face the villain may actually be the weakest part of the novel. It feels like she is asked to shoulder too much of the blame for the estrangement between father and daughters. Yes, she lashed out in pain, but the King made plenty of mistakes too. These scenes occur close enough to the end that I finished Entwined in a critical mood, but when I awoke the next morning, the aspects I found myself still thinking about were the characterizations and the wonderful relationships between the girls and their father, between the girls and their gentlemen, and among the girls themselves.

The more I thought about these, the more the book began to impress me in retrospect. Entwined is worth reading by any lover of retold fairy tales. View all 8 comments. Jul 03, Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it. Before Mother died, Azalea promised she would take care of her sisters.

A promise that means standing up to the King. Demanding that he not forget them. Breaking the rules. Taking the girls down through the silver forest to the magic pavilion where they can dance. But in the attempt to save her sisters, Azalea may have destroyed them all. As well as the atrocious Lord Teddie, the detestable Fairweller, and poor mistaken Mr.

Jun 13, m a r y l i z rated it it was amazing Shelves: It took me over a week to reread this thanks, college , but it was just like visiting an old friend. I love this book so much. Why I Love This Book: The sisters are so hilarious, adorable, and real--all of them are so different from each other!

You have fly-off-the-handle Bramble with her flaming temper and mischief-making ways. I probably couldn't stand her in real life. XD Sweet, gentle Clover, wit It took me over a week to reread this thanks, college , but it was just like visiting an old friend. XD Sweet, gentle Clover, with her endearing stutter. I just love stuttering characters; don't ask me why.

The oldest sister Azalea--the main character--with her hilariously awkward encounters with Lord Bradford, streak of impulsiveness, and motherly instinct towards her sisters. Be still my heart! He is I would marry him. This book is funny! Heather Dixon has such a unique sense of humor, and it's always "clicked" with me.

Doesn't feel forced or unnatural at all. Since I love the humor, so much, I can't pass on sharing some quotes. Azalea grinned, deciding not to remind him that the last times he has seen her, she had been soaked, frozen, unconscious, and a torn mess of the undead.

Pudding was their Royal Steward. He's mad. If you want to break all the windows in the house and drown yourself in a bucket but don't actually do it, well, that's love. It's full of magic and balls and old castles and alllllll the fairytale things. It's just lovely. This is arguably one of my favorite parts of this book.

It's got wonderful family dynamics, and their family just feels so real. Not perfect, by any means. The ball wound down like a music box, the guests leaving as the hours grew late. Near midnight, when Azalea delivered yet another plate of goodies to the girls, she rolled a Christmas apple underneath the trees, and it rolled back out. They had fallen asleep. She had hoped to be asked it by Lord Bradford, but he had left, and instead she stood in dance position with a young, rather moist gentleman named Mr.

The rest of the guests moved in a ring to watch as she and Mr. Penbrook took the ends of a long sash.

Fairweller did not answer. He took a poker from the fireplace stand and used it to unlatch the high cords that held the drapery up in arches. The fabric rippled to the floor, masking the frosted windows.

Oh, ho, said an older parliament gentleman. Ho, ho! Have you looked in the chandeliers? Do you need us to find them? They nearly froze to death last year. Fairweller strode to the next window and unlatched the cords there as well. If you please. Something hardened in them—something Azalea could not read—and it staggered her. She dropped the end of the sash.

Oh, she said. Then, to the guests, Th-thank you all for coming. This brought chuckles and a smattering of applause. While Fairweller continued to drape the windows along the wall, Azalea saw each guest to the door, helped the musicians pack up their instruments, and wished everyone a good holiday as they left. Another debacle. The King would be cross again this year, which meant meals in their bedroom and no dance lessons for at least a week.

Worn out, Azalea led Fairweller to the trees. He pushed a tree aside, the stand scraping the marble, and revealed the girls. They slept, snuggled together like a nest of swans, empty pudding bowls and spoons strewn about them.

They used tree skirts as blankets, and looked angelic. Nothing like they normally did. This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?

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The girls had pelted him with snowballs. Pudding, said Azalea. Azalea paused, the needles pricking her palms. She does? The King is all right with it?

She was asleep. Azalea snapped. Why, you little— Mother stirred. Where are the girls? I wanted to see them, too. Everyone says I look like you, said Azalea shyly.

You lucky thing! Do a Schleswig curtsy. Yes, I remember. Azalea stood and smoothed her skirts. I wish you could come, she said. Your father will be there. Azalea did, a little surprised.

Her skirts poofed about her. Azalea gasped. Is something wrong? Promise me. Of…course, said Azalea. You know I will. Mother— I want you to keep the handkerchief, said Mother. Her lips, white from pressing against Azalea, slowly turned to red again. Good luck, she said. Yes, sir, I know— Rule number eight, section one, Miss Azalea.

Sir— The King looked up. He had a way of frowning that froze the air and made it crack like ice. Azalea gritted her teeth. Sir, said Azalea. The King set his papers down at this. You made them promise to stay inside? Even Bramble?


Even Mother— Tradition be hanged, Miss Azalea. The King turned to go, and Azalea spoke after him. For the opening dance? You will be back in time? The King waved his hand in dismissal. As you say, he said, and he left. CHAPTER 2 N early an hour later, when the tower chimed eight and guests filled the ballroom like brightly colored bouquets, and perfumes and nutmeg and pine scented the air, and the Christmas trees in the corner glimmered and sparkled with glass ornaments, Azalea found herself clasped on the arm of Prime Minister Fairweller.

Is Mother having the baby? I hardly know, said Fairweller. Azalea gave him a dangerously sweet smile. Fairweller brought her into perfect dance position. Dry your tears, said the tree, young peep. Only, you looked a nudge away from bursting into tears, said the tree.

Hulloa, Az! Looks…comfortable, said Azalea. All right there, Eve? Eve turned a page of her book. The light is bad, she said. Beyond words! The girls burst into a chatter. All the gentlemen are mad after you! Oh…stuff it, Delphinium, said Bramble. Since parliament will choose the next king, she— "Yes, thank you. You must be hungry! The mass of trees shook. Azalea pulled back, laughing. I can fix that! Azalea picked her way carefully to the trees— —and nearly ran into a gentleman.

Thank you, he said. Assuredly not. A hint of a smile graced his lips. Did you— said the gentleman. No, said Azalea. Have we met before? Azalea shook her head.

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Sorry, she said. He inclined his head. Lord Bradford. Like the former prime minister? That is, if you— He stopped abruptly, clamping his mouth shut.

Azalea buried her face in her hands. Ah— said Lord Bradford. There you are! Oh, dear. Am I interrupting something? Definitely not, she said. Lady Caversham gave a sharp cry. What was that? What was what? The tree! Something moved behind it! He cast a glance back at Azalea. She fought the urge to pull him back and smooth his hair down. The musicians began, and— Slam. The ballroom doors ricocheted open, startling the guests and silencing the music.

The ball is over! Even so, when Azalea arrived at Mother's room two staircases later, breathless and beaming, it had the mark of her sisters all over it. Mend-up cards with scrawled pictures graced the dresser, and vases of dried roses and pussywillows made the room smell of flowers.

A warm fire glowed in the grate, casting yellows over the flowered furniture. Mother sat in the upright sofa, her auburn hair tussled as always. She wore her favorite blue dress, mended but clean, and rested a hand on her stomach. She was asleep. Azalea's smile faded.

Secretly hoping the rustle of her skirts would rouse Mother, Azalea arranged the mend-up cards on the dresser, then chastised herself for hoping such a thing.

Sleep was the only peace Mother had of late. From the table next to the sofa, the old magic tea set clinked and clattered faintly, pouring a cup of tea in its pushy way. Azalea did not care for that old silver-mottled tea set. Several hundred years ago, before Eathesbury had streetlamps and paved roads, the palace had been magic.

The reigning king, the High King D'Eathe, had gone mad with it. He magicked the drapery to twine around servants' necks, made the lamps flicker to life as one passed, and trapped unfortunate guests in his mirrors, never to release them. Azalea's ninth-great-grandfather, Harold the First, had overthrown him, but still pockets of magic remained in the palace. The old tea set was one of these. It even had a pair of sugar tongs that snapped at the girls' fingers if they wanted more than one cube.

The girls called them the sugar teeth, and Azalea guessed they were quite as evil as their creator had been. Azalea grabbed it and pinned it between the dented sugar bowl and teapot. The sugar teeth hopped out of the bowl and bit her fingers. She opened her eyes and pushed a smile. They're only trying to help, you know. Mother had a plucky way of smiling that deepened her dimples and brightened the room.

How are you feeling? Where are the girls? I wanted to see them, too. In the gardens, I think. They hadn't even come to see her in her ballgown. Graybe and one of the maids had had to help her dress in the kitchen, tightening her stays while she traced her toes on the wood floor, impatient.

If they are having a jolly Christmas Eve, then,,,I'm glad for it. Ah, but look at you! Princess Royale! You look a picture print! The green makes your eyes pop. I knew it would. Auburn ringlets framed her face, and her tightly strung corset flushed her cheeks. From shoulder to waist she wore a silver sash.

She looked regal, and nothing like herself. Do a Schleswig curtsy. It flowed from the balls of her feet to her fingertips in one rippled movement and a rustle of skirts. She disappeared into a poof of crinolines. Very good!

Ladies' cloaks, in the library, gentlemen's hats-" "In the entrance hall.Polite protestations came from the guests. Welcome back. This made no sense. So I urge other fairytale junkies like me to pick it up and get entwined. Azalea even briefly reflects on how Clover's basically fallen for the first guy to ever show her an ounce of kindness, but then lets it go, because this isn't the kind of book where girls do anything to resist the status quo. Lord Teddie investigating the mystery of the twelve dancing princesses is a book I'd read and reread in a heartbeat.

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