Sunday, June 7, 2015
Rapunzel by Jessica Kaye
Rapunzel longs to experience the world outside. After ten years of imprisonment under the care of her well-meaning great aunt, the monotony of her life is finally broken when a handsome young man named Brendan climbs into her tower. But when Granny Aunt finds out, she forbids him to visit Rapunzel. Even though Brendan continues to call her from the base of her tower, Rapunzel refuses to acknowledge him, confused and caught between her loyalty to Granny Aunt and her desire for more out of life. When neither Granny Aunt nor Brendan show up for several weeks, Rapunzel realizes she must take her fate into her own hands. She leaves her tower to search not only for Granny Aunt, but Brendan, as well. In the city, she finds Granny Aunt on her sickbed. Rapunzel must discover within herself a new kind of courage and inner strength. City life is astounding to her, and even as she continues to search for the man she loves, she begins to wonder what secrets he kept from her. Outside the city, a brewing war threatens the new life she's built. She still can't find Brendan, and the once-lonely Rapunzel now realizes her new friends are at risk, too.
(Synopsis from Goodreads.)
When I was a kid, Rapunzel was my favorite fairy tale. I thought it was amazing how she grew her hair so long, and wanted to grow my hair long, and be just like her. Needless to say, that didn't work out. Even as an adult, I love reading fairy tale retelling about Rapunzel. When I saw Rapunzel by Jessica Kaye on Goodreads, I knew I had to request it for review. I'm so glad that the author approved me to review it. I really enjoyed the story.
Jessica Kaye put an interesting twist on the Rapunzel story. It made the reader think about it more deeply. For instance, in the original story, everyone thinks the old lady is a horrible person for keeping Rapunzel in the tower, and that she's evil. I don't want to go into too much detail because I don't want to spoil anything for those that may not have read it, but in Jessica Kaye's Rapunzel, you learn that might not have been the truth with Granny Aunt, and that things might be different than what they seem.
I have to admit that I found the story predictable, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Shortly after we meet Brendan, I guessed who he was, and I guessed correctly. I also knew what was happening with Rosemary and Theodore before it was revealed. However, none of that took away from the story line. I still found it to be a cute, fun read. I actually enjoyed it so much that I finished it one sitting, which is unusual for me.
I really enjoyed Jessica Kaye's version of Rapunzel. I am excited to read Rapunzel's Prince and find out what happened the whole time he was gone. I hope that Jessica Kaye writes more fairy tale retellings in the future. If she does, I will definitely buy them.
I give Rapunzel: 4/5.
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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.