Monday, 18 February 2013

Rapunzel Untangled

3 Stars/5

Thanks to Netgalley and Cedar Fort Inc. for giving me this book to review.

Rapunzel is locked in a tower by her mother, as she has an illness which could kill her if she goes outside. After she gets a computer and goes online to do school work, she joins Facebook, to find out what the world outside her tower is like, against her mother’s permission, and friends Fane. As her friendship with Fane develops, and she starts to explore the world, through her computer and in person.

I liked Rapunzel Untangled as it is the classic Rapunzel tale, set in modern day. The pacing is quite good; however there is a very long build up to the end showdown.

Rapunzel is very naive; however this comes across as realistic, as anybody who has been shut in a tower for their entire life would be. Gothel is an interesting person, as she has some strange character quirks which add to the character. The romance between Fane and Rapunzel is sweet but very predictable.

Whilst this book is very good, I felt it would be improved if it didn’t include magic. This is because it is introduced very late in the book, and feels almost like an afterthought.

In conclusion, Rapunzel Untangled is a good book, and an interesting reworking of a classic tale. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Beastly by Alex Flinn

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