March 20, 2013

Book Review: Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett

The Deal: Rapunzel has never been outside her house, or really had contact with anyone other than her Mother, Grothel. She has a rare disease that keeps her from ever going outside and she lives practically alone, with only her mother's visits to keep her company, even if Grothel always seems more interested in brushing out Rapunzel's 15 feet long hair than on anything else. 

Rapunzel is lonely though, and since her mother was forced to get her a computer so she could keep on with her home schooling, Rapunzel has discovered Facebook and enjoys looking at the pages of the kids that go to the local high schools, kids she has never seen. 

That's how she meets Fane, a guy who accepts her friend request and with whom she begins talking, a small act of defiance that might change her life. 

My Thoughts: I have to admit that Rapunzel Untangled threw me at the beginning. I had read and loved Geek Girl by the same author and I guess I was expecting something pretty similar, and this really wasn't. 

I also thought I would really like it, almost instantly, because I love fairy tales and their retellings, but at first I had trouble clicking with the world and the set up for the story - you know, how much magic was in this world? what was Grothel really up to? - but as the story progressed I found myself really liking Rapunzel and Fane. 

All in all, it was a really good retelling and I do like Ms Bennett's style, is very readable and it goes by pretty quickly. 

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