Sunday, February 19, 2012

Guest Review of Entwined by Heather Dixon

My lovelies,
Due to some medical issues, I've been under doctor's orders to have "limited reading / computer time."  To say that such an order has been difficult to adhere to is more than putting it mildly.  So, to help me out, I have a very special guest reviewer on the blog today.  What makes her so special?  Well, she's extremely sweet, loves books, and... I gave birth to her.  I suppose that would make me biased, but I love her tons, and I hope you like her review as much as I do.  So, without further ado, I am turning my blog over to my Katertot for the day:



Title:    Entwined
Author: Heather Dixon
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: March 29, 2011

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From Goodreads:

Confined to their dreary castle while mourning their mother's death, Princess Azalea and her 11 sisters join The Keeper, who is trapped in a magic passageway, in a nightly dance that soon becomes nightmarish.



Katertot's Review:

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Azalea, a beautiful princess, eldest among eleven sisters, is saddened and troubled after losing her mother, which means two things: her most beloved friend and guardian was gone, and she would be caught in mourning, which lasts for one year. The windows would be covered in thick curtains, and everything (dresses, shoes, even the curtains over the windows) was to be made black - dark and dreary… especially the moods of those living within it all. The worst thing of all about mourning? No dancing. This is the cruel and unusual punishment to the twelve princesses, who love dancing more than anything on earth. Azalea looked forward to every ball and event, which were not allowed during mourning.
One day, after an encounter with Lord Bradford (*swoon*), Azalea learns that the so-thought boring old castle contains secret passages that may be opened by rubbing silver against a certain mark when found on brick - the D’Eathe mark, to be exact. When Azalea finds that mark in her and her sisters’ bedroom, she discovers a silvery, fantasy-filled, absolutely breath-taking landscape… with a pavilion for dancing. The girls are intrigued, but are not sure what to do about their discovery - should they come down here and dance, breaking rules with every twirl and spin they make? Or should they do the right thing, pushing the secret passage out of their minds? They should ignore it and turn back, with never a thought of it again. However, you can guess just what they actually do. Dancing every night is amazing… and the one thing that makes it so wonderful and dreamy? Hiding it, and the King knowing absolutely nothing about it. Keeper, the, well… keeper… of the forest, is so welcoming and warm at first, acting as if he really wants them there, enjoys their happiness of dancing as if it’s his own. However, in the forest of silver and dreams and happiness swirled into an icy wonderland, things are not what they seem. Keeper begins, one night, acting very strangely. The next thing the girls know, their belongings are missing… a thimble, a ribbon, and other trifles such as these. Soon after, Azalea discovers Keeper has taken these things, and soon, takes something not-so-trivial from Azalea herself: her mother’s brooch. Azalea promises him two things: to help free him from this landscape (he is trapped forever without her help), and to never refuse him another dance. Will Azalea be able to dance her way out of this one?

I just have to share my favorite characters in the book:


Clover - she is Azalea’s shy, kind, sweet sister. I love her, and she is the kind of person who just can’t seem to say anything bad about anyone. Clover is someone you just need to have in your life. I wish the world was full of Clovers!

Flora and Goldenrod, Azalea’s younger sisters, are twins. They make the story interesting - they’re adorable. Quirky, funny, lovable, and extremely close-knit.

Lord Teddie… he’s hard to describe. He’s the kind that makes your heart flutter a bit, but not in the way like he’s handsome or dreamy, but like he’s just a big sweetheart. I love him because he is always in good spirits - always happy-go-lucky, but never seems to get on your nerves.

Mr. Pudding!! I love Mr. Pudding, because he reminds me so much of my grandfather. So sweet and gentle, and so tender-hearted. This quote is one of my favorites - he is locking up the ballroom so the girls cannot dance during mourning:
“Seeing the younger girls start to tear up, he gave them his lamp and promised to send biscuits and tea to their room, nearly crying himself.”
Fairweller… oh, Fairweller. He does not really become a favorite character of mine until the end of the book. I mean the very end. The next-to-next-to-last chapter. He is in love with one of the sisters, and acts differently then, which made me like him just a little bit. However, the King, the girls’ father, does not really approve of Fairweller being in love with one of his daughters, so, when he finds out, he A. punches him in the face, and B. fires him from being Prime Minister. I love this quote as well:

“Fairweller removed his coat and set it over [spoiler] shoulders; the King threw it off and put his own coat over her shoulders."


Mr. Bradford… he is so kind, sweet, intelligent, and absolutely lovable, and right from the beginning, you can tell how much he loves Azalea and is drawn to her. He is my favorite character in the book - by far. I looked forward to every time Azalea and he would meet. This quote makes me giddy:


“‘You know,’ said Azalea as he helped her to her feet with a strong arm, smiling nearly as crooked as his cravat. ‘One day you’ll rescue me, and I’ll actually look nice.’

You always look nice,’ said Mr. Bradford.

Azalea could have kissed him.”

*Don't read this, Mom*: ( I know I could have kissed him!)

Entwined by Heather Dixon is a wonderful tale of romance, humor, and action… all stirred up into one gorgeous, extraordinary book. I loved this book so much that when I finished it, I kept flipping the blank pages for more. Although the book finished with a lovely ending, it left me wanting more… which, of course, is a great sign you’ve read a wonderful book! I highly recommend this book to kids and adults of all ages!

As Bramble would say…Toodle pip!






25 comments:

  1. Great post, lovely Katertot!! MR. PUDDING!!! sounds like my kind of man!! also, you made me seriously LOL with the king's reaction to Fairweller. So proud of you, love!! <3 cococo

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    1. Eeep! Thank you, Nyssa!! I am definitely loving this blogging thing! Hehehe! Mr. Pudding is precious! I hope you will read Entwined so we can discuss it! Love you! cococo ;D

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  2. What a lovely review, Katertot! I loved all the quotes you picked. :) Especially the last one! ;) I'm glad you really enjoyed it!

    Michele, I hope you're okay! I'm sure your lovely daughter will take care of you. :)

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    1. Aww, thank you, Ms. Sam! I think I'm going to be a "quote girl" like my mom! I am so happy you loved the ones I picked. I had about 20 more, but my review would have been wayyyy too long! LOL! I'm taking good care of mom!:)

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  3. Katertot! Awesome review :) I have wanted to read this book for some time now! I'm glad to see you loved it so much. Hopefully I will get to read it at some point :) I loved reading your review I hope you get to do a guest post again :) <3

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    1. Thank you, Christie!!! I hope you read it so we can talk about it. I just know you will love it! I think I'll be able to talk Mom into letting me back on the blog. ;)Love you!

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    2. You are very welcome :) I bet it also helps your mom out by keeping the blog active when She isn't feeling well :) Otherwise I would say you could do a guest post on my blog any time you want but I wouldn't want to steal you from her ;) I look forward to seeing more of your reviews! Keep writing! <3<3 Love right back at ya :)

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    3. I loveeeeee blogging! Can't wait to have one of my own! I'll guest post for you anytime you want me to! Thank you so much! I love you!

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    4. Hehe yayyy :) keep rocking it girly ;) Well anytime you want to just ask :) You are very welcome :) love you too.

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  4. Katertot, you can fill in on my blog anytime You are too cute! I loved your swoon and the comment that made you giddy. You wrote an excellent review, I am sure your teacher would be proud. Please give your mom a big hug! She is missed! Get well soon Michele!

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    1. Oh, thank you, Ms. Heidi! Your comment made me so happy! I want to be a writer one day, so this is good practice! I'll fill in for you anytime! LOL! I'll give Mom a hug from you, and here is one for you from me! Thank you!! :D

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  5. Wow Katertot what a review! This is awesome. I have this book on my shelf and was eager to read it but now even more so.
    Give your mom THE biggest hug from me. Tell her this
    "ToA you better be behaving and my M&M's need to be taking good care of you. You are under STRICT orders from your ToA to take it easy, relax and be back & fighting fit soon. I miss you!"
    And when you tell her that from me, follow it with a HUUUGE hug and kiss.

    Keep up the awesome reviews.
    Keren xoxo

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    1. Aww, thank you, Ms. Keren!! You're so awesome! I can't wait for you to read it! I think you'll LOVE it! I will tell her, and here's a hug for you from both of us :) I'll take good care of her, but she's a sneaky thing. I've been trying to keep her away from the computer. We love you!! BIG hugs :D Thank you soooo much! xoxoxoxo

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    2. And I love you too! BIGGEST hugs EVER!!

      Ps, I made a post to your mom on my blog. You can find it here:
      http://gothicangelbookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/02/get-well-soon-chele.html

      Hope she sees it soon! xoxoxo

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    3. Oh, Ms. Keren! That is amazing! We both love it to pieces! Thank you so much for doing that for my mom! Your blog is so beautiful - I want to live in it! ;D Purple is my favorite color! Huge hugs and all our love to you! xoxoxo

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  6. Oh my goodness, how super cute are you two?! My girls are still WAY too young, but this is too sweet. I love it. And I am loving this book! I'm going to add it to my reading list.

    Thank you lovely, Katertot.

    And get better Mama Tot! *grin* I'm seriously missing our talks and you. *hugs tight* I'll be keeping you in my prayers!

    Love lots

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    1. Thank you so much, Ms. Airicka! Eeeep! I can't wait for you to read it! Thank you for being such a great friend to my mom, and for the prayers. I sometimes call her "Little Momma" or "Mommakins," but after your post, I'll be calling her "Mama Tot"!!! That was sooooo cute!! Big hugs and love back from both of us!

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    2. You are so sweet, just like Mama Tot. lol. I bought the book and I'll let you know what I think when I've read it. *squish* take care.

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    3. Yayyyy! I'm SO excited you bought the book - can't wait to discuss it with you!!!!! Eeep! *big squish* <3 u

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  7. I hope you get better soon and you daughter has done a great review I've owned this book for a while now but haven't gotten around to reading it, great blog, I'm a new follower

    www.headstuckinabook.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Sarah! We checked out your awesome blog and followed back! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the well wishes for my mom. She looks forward to chatting about books with you! <3

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  8. Oh, Katertot, I am so glad you loved this one! And your review is perfection! Love the character breakdowns and your favorite quotes...you're gonna give your mom a run for her blogging money. :) Can't wait to read your next review!

    Michele: Look what your mini-BBS did! I know you're one proud mommy right now. :) Miss you bunches!

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    1. Ms. Jen!!!!! Squeee! I'm so happy you liked my review. I love, love, love Entwined and thank you SO much for sending it to me!! I don't know how much of a run I'll give her, but I've definitely learned a lot from her. I LOVE blogging and can't wait until I'm old enough to have my own! We love you soooooooo much!!! *Big Squishy Snuggly Hugs* xoxoxoxo

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  9. Great review! That made me laugh.. I'm so telling that you want to kiss him! Seriously, that was a really good review. And tell your mom to feel better!

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    1. Ms. Christy, shhhhh... don't tell her! Hehehe! Thank you so much for reading my review! We love your blog! I'll give her your message! :D

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