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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Rapunzel Untangled, by Cindy C. Bennett

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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)

My Thoughts:
 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 book.

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 Facebook!

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.   

About the Author:



Cindy
C Bennett was born and raised in beautiful Salt Lake City, growing up
in the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountains. She and her husband –
who happens to be her high-school sweetheart – raised two sons and two
daughters. She’s now blessed with two daughters-in-law as well. She
developed a love of writing in high school when a teacher introduced her
to the joys of escaping reality for ten minutes each day in writing.

When she’s not
writing, reading, or answering emails (notice there’s no mention of
cleaning, cooking, or anything remotely domestic), she can often be
found riding her Harley through the beautiful canyons near her home.
(Yes, she rides a Harley.)
You can find Cindy at:  Blog    Facebook    Twitter    Goodreads

 
Rapunzel Untangled from Sweetwater Books February 12, 2013. Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at a bookstore near you!

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Cindy C Bennett
    February 4, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Thanks, Dena, for the awesome review, and for being the first stop on the tour!!!

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    February 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I feel like I've seen you do this review before.. If not awesome review. I loved Tangled so I love that there is a book retelling of Rapunzel. Thanks for the giveaway (:

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    Sherry Gammon YA Author
    February 4, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I loved this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      February 4, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      I really liked it too. Cindy has written quite a few fairy tale retellings. I've enjoyed all the ones I've read.

  • Reply
    Sameera
    February 5, 2013 at 1:23 am

    I read Cindy's Geek Girl and loved it! I can't wait to read her retelling of Rapunzel! 😀

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      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      February 5, 2013 at 3:38 am

      I haven't read Geek Girl yet, but it's definitely on my TBR list! Good to hear that you liked it. 🙂

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    Camelia Miron Skiba
    February 5, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    From someone who didn't grow up reading the original, I can only say it's a great story. Read all Cindy's novels and this one delivers as well.

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    Linda Kinsman
    February 6, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    This sounds like a great addition to my Mom/daughter book club I have with my teen and tween. Thanks.

  • Reply
    Carrie
    February 14, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I'm looking forward to picking up this book (assuming I don't win a copy LOL)

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    werejumpin
    February 14, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I would love to read this book! I have heard so many positive reviews!

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