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  I listened to Entwined on audio as I traveled to and from work.  It took me a long time to get into it, but I did enjoy the final few discs tremendously.  It is a retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses.  It is a unique telling, but I felt as though Azalea, the eldest princess, is a bit self involved.  I never really liked her.  She chose to do things because she wanted to and for no other reason.  While I enjoyed the twist on the traditional story, I felt like the characters were very flat.  I would rate this book a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10.  I would not recommend it, but it had enough good parts to make it not a complete waste of time.

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I read this series completely out of order, but enjoyed it nevertheless.  Lily is an impoverished relative at the whim of her cousin.  When her cousin sends her to the house of her betrothed to make sure everything is in order before her arrival, Lily does so without complaint.  But when she meets Royal, the said bethrothed, Lily is shocked.  She is very attracted to him and he to her.  At first he thinks that she is his fiancé, but she sets him right.  But it is too late.  He is already attracted.  The only problem is that he needs money desperately for the estate he inherited and Lily is penniless.  He is determined to save his family, but finds himself falling in love with Lily.  With many twists and turns, the reader might think that this will have an unhappy ending, but, come on, it’s a romance novel.  Of course there is a happy ending!

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As always, Bauer’s books are wonderful.  Close to Famous is no different.  She deals with real life with all its joys and sorrows.  She doesn’t write down to kids and really seems to portray life as it is.  Foster and her mom have moved to Culpepper, a small, small town, in order to escape from her mom’s scuzzy ex-boyfriend.  Foster immediately finds her way into the hearts of the town with her scrumptious cupcakes.  She is a very talented baker.  But she is hiding a terrible secret, she can’t read.  But with her new friends, perhaps she can overcome her fears and learn how to be happy.  A great read that makes the characters leap off the page.  Another gem from Bauer.

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