Thursday, February 7, 2013
Review: Rapunzel Untangled
By: Cindy C. Bennett
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Rapunzel is not your average teenager.
For one thing, she has a serious illness that keeps her inside the mysterious Gothel Mansion. And for another, her hair is 15 feet long. Not to mention that she’s also the key to ultimately saving the world from certain destruction. But then she meets a boy named Fane, who changes all she has ever known, and she decides to risk everything familiar to find out who she really is.
Filled with romance, adventure, and mystery, Rapunzel Untangled is one story you won’t want to put down. Discover the true meaning of love and friendship in this modern twist to the classic fairytale.
First let me start off by saying that Rapunzel is by far one of my favorite fairy tales to begin with so I definitely had high hopes for this version. I was pleasantly surprised that even though there were very similar story plots, obviously because it's Rapunzel but there were some great modern twists to the tale that I really enjoyed. The characters I definitely sympathised with throughout the whole book, even the evil "mother".
We first meet Rapunzel and her mother interacting in a normal way doing an every day thing. She is completely clueless because she doesn't know anything other than her mother and being in the tower all day. Her mother explained to her while she was young that she has a disease that if she came into contact with other people or the outside world that she could die, and she couldn't do that because one day she would be savior to the world. Again not thinking anything of it Rapunzel completely believed her mother, she had no reason to doubt her at all.
That is until she decided to explore more on the computer, which she was allowed to have so that she could complete her homework. This is where she discovered the wonderful world of Facebook. Searching for a high school near her she wanders upon Fab Fane's page. She starts communicating with him and soon they develop a sweet friendship, which escalates more as he starts to visit her when no one is around. It's really rather sweet how he gets to show her things she's never experienced before like being outside, chocolate, parties and Thanksgiving dinner with a big family. Throughout all this and his sneaking visitations together they start to explore the mansion that Rapunzel lives in. Discovering rooms that lead to no where, and hallways that end abruptly, it's all very confusing and abnormal even to Rapunzel.
These escapades are leading Rapunzel more and more into questioning her Mother and her intentions with her. She finds papers which lead her to believe that her mother really isn't her mother. This is when the fun and adventure begins. The book really picks up here and you get really sucked into what is really going on, and then they throw you for a loop at the end of the book. But you really have to read it to find out what happens. Just know that's it's worth the read.
Overall the book was a really great twist on the traditional Rapunzel story which was modernized to represent this time period. I love that cover too, I wish I had hair that beautiful.
I received this book from NetGalley and Sourcebooks, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!