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Monday, February 11, 2013

Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett

A Rapunzel retelling! Rapunzel is one of my favorite stories so I was very eager to get into it when I was approved by NetGalley.

Here is the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) Well, I personally loved the retelling. It was hard for me to imagine bringing the story of Rapunzel into the modern world, but Miz Bennett did it very well, adhering to the original story and allowing some more modern aspects to seep in through some cracks, as well as adding a new dimension to the story when she explored Gothel's back story. 2) Gothel Manor. There is something great about old houses and how they are brought to life in books. And as Rapunzel has been locked in a tower for her life, we get to explore it through her fresh eyes. Because it is new to both Rapunzel and Fane, they don't leave many stones unturned. We get many details because everything is new to them as well. Details about settings always brings the story to life. 3) Rapunzel's discover of things that we use everyday. It cracks me up how she talks about Facebook and how she begins using it. Her gradual exposure to the outside world is a source of humor throughout the whole book, and makes the book even more enjoyable.

What I Didn't Like: Nothing. I thought it was great!

Overall Thoughts: Cindy Bennett's Rapunzel Untangled is a great modernized retelling of a classic fairy tale. Her mix of old and new creates an enjoyable and funny story. The humor is the strongest point of this story, but don't discount the amount of the original story that the author was able to retain in bringing Rapunzel into the modern world. Rapunzel Untangled is releasing tomorrow, Feb. 12th, 2013. If you like fairy tale retellings, make sure you add this one to your TBR list!

My Rating: 4 shots

2 comments:

  1. Adding this to my TBR. Thanks for the review.

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  2. Rapunzel is one of my favorite fairy tales so this sounds really good. Awesome review!!

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