Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
Published On: February 12th, 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.
–courtesy of Goodreads.com
A modern re-telling of Rapunzel? …come on I was stoked. Who doesn’t love a good up to date twist on fairy tales? Especially Rapunzel of all fairy tales out there? Chick with infinite golden hair, trapped in a tower, with her crazy, witch of a mother…So awesome. There was no way to keep me away from this.
Sorry to break it to you guys but my experience with this book was not that awesome. It was interesting at best. Yea…I was a bit disappointed with this book. Are you ready for the rundown? Well, here it is:
1. The Modernisms
There was a massive lack of it. Just because Rapunzel now uses Facebook and Skype, doesn’t make this story applicable to today’s issues. There weren’t many changes from the original fairy tale: Rapunzel still had that giant Haunch of hair, she was still trapped in a spooky tower, her boyfriend still rescues her from her evil witch-a-momma.
The story itself is just a simple retelling of the fairy tale with some minor splashes of today’s real world. It just didn’t meet my expectations.
“I love you, Fane. I have since I first saw your picture. You made my life worth living, and I’ll never forget you.” –Loc 2509
Wow, just one picture did all that for her! I got to start checking out some facebook images now. Wait that sounded creepy…I didn’t mean for that to happen. But you guys understand my point, yay.
Every aspect of this story was extremely straight forward and unsurprising. The mom is cuckoo (and not for Coco Puffs), Rapunzel figures it all out, the villain even makes a grand gesture at the end. After all that has gone down (surprise, surprise) Fane and Rapunzel get together. I just wanted there to be something that I surprised me.
This was of course totally all my own opinion. In general it was a very good re-telling of Rapunzel…I just expected a lot more. So for all you curious folks out there, I suggest picking this puppy up and giving it a shot. This book is perfect for younger audiences, and especially for children who are new to reading. It’s fast, quick, and easy to read…all qualities you want when you are just starting out. With that, I’ll end.
Oops just kidding. One last thing: Many thanks to Netgalley and Cindy C. Bennett for providing me this copy to review.