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A fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi. (In front of you, a precipice. Behind you, wolves.)

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Once in a while I read something my kids have been reading. For Barret, I read Brian Jacques. For Perry, it was City of Ember. For the girls it was Twilight. Courtney showed me a book recently: Entwined by Heather Dixon. I flashed through it once, to check it out, and got hooked like a trout.

My first impression was that Azalea and her sisters were annoyingly not my idea of real princesses. My mind kept trying to cram them into my own (stilted) princess mold and seeing my daughters' annoying Barbie 12 Dancing Princesses movie (which makes me barf just thinking of it). For pages and pages I kicked against this preconception until I finally broke the mold and just enjoyed the story.

The story was fresh and gripping. I was over-joyed not to have to deal with excessive gore, bad language, and premarital sex. Even so, this book boasted of a nightmarish villain, who could scare me without drenching me in gobbets of flesh, and had me reading long past when I should have been up and doing things.

There was a sweetness to this story, bound up in sorrow for a mother who had died, and for a father who could not seem to find his way out of the maze of his loss enough to recognize his daughters. Like a rose, the relationship blossoms into something poignantly beautiful.

I like that. I like that the characters have their own personalities. The main characters are delightfully four dimensional. I felt like one of their magical tea cups, with the ability to watch it all unfold.

Hooray for Heather Dixon!


  1. Okay. Just added it to my to-read list.

  2. Ooo ... and it's in audiobook, and I had a credit just waiting to be used.

  3. I couldn't figure out the "12 Dancing Barbie Princesses" until I looked the book up and realized it is a "RE-telling" of the Grimm's fairy tale about The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Then, I got it. Actually, is seems to be very well received. I have 10 granddaughters, many of them tweens and teens who would like this. Thanks for the review!!

  4. Oh, and be sure to check my blog tomorrow as I have a surprise for you.

  5. Great review. Enjoyed reading it. Hope this takes away the loneliness.

  6. This sounds like it should go on my TBR list. Thanks!

    Marsha Ward
    Writer in the Pines

  7. It sounds like a great book, Heidi!!! Thanks for posting that. I'll have to get it for my daughter!!

  8. Joined your blog, love to have you "follow" mine too. wwwwwritersmirror.blogspot.com. I do book reviews and author interviews too. By the way, what is a saluki? I love castles. Does your family really have ties to a castle in Britain?

  9. Done, Cindy...:o)
    A saluki is a sleek, fast dog almost like a greyhound. I believe it's from the Middle East.

    We really did have a castle in our past. Holcomb Hall was a gift from the king to our Sir Holcomb. We've lost it, though. I'm sure it's now part of somebody's rock fence or something. It's my dream to go find at least its location.