Rapunzel Untangled, by Cindy C. Bennett
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.
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (February 12, 2013)
I have to admit, I am a huge
sucker for a retelling of a fairy tale. Some of my favorite books are
new versions of old stories. Rapunzel Untangled has joined my list of favorite teen reads for the year.
I found Rapunzel to be a
little naive and blindly obedient, but she doesn't know anything else,
so it makes sense. She was a total sweetheart, and I just loved her.
Fane was a fantastic hero. He was a typical teenage boy while still
managing to be thoughtful and courageous.
One of the enjoyable
aspects of this story was that it takes place in the present day.
Rapunzel has a computer that is hooked up to the internet. She gets a
Facebook account and "friends" Fane. I love her reactions to modern day
technology (like cars) and other things like movies, pizza, and
M&Ms. I enjoyed the relationship between Rapunzel and Fane, and I
loved that while they were instantly attracted to one another, it took
time for their relationship to develop into something more than
friendship. The content was perfectly clean, and I really appreciate that in a young adult novel.
Bit of a spoiler here: I
was frustrated with the mystery behind Rapunzel. I think it worked,
but it could have been more believable than it was. Vedmak played too
small a part in the whole thing. I spent the entire book reading about
Gothel and figuring out what her motivation and plans were, just to have
Vedmak swoop in during the last couple of chapters and change the game
entirely. I thought that his motivations were solid enough, but I wish
that I could have learned more about him throughout the rest of the
In all honesty though, I
enjoyed the story far too much to really complain about Vedmak. It was a
delightful modern day fairy tale full of adventure, romance, and even
The Cover: I absolutely adore this cover. That hair is simply gorgeous! I like the way the braid is loose and a little messy. The blonde color contrasts very nicely with the darker background. I also really like the title design. Super cute and still easy to read.
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