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 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 lives in the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountains near Salt Lake City. She has spent several years doing volunteer work with teen girls, whom she finds to be fascinating creatures – hence, her writing stories for and about them. When not reading or writing, she loves to spend time with her family which includes a husband, two sons, two daughters, two daughters-in-law and two dogs. She thinks the best things come in pairs! She does her best creating while cruising down the highway on her Harley Davidson Fatboy. GEEK GIRL (a Sweetwater book) is her first published novel. HEART ON A CHAIN, IMMORTAL MINE, BEAUTIFUL BEAST (book 1 of Enchanted Fairytales), RED AND THE WOLF (book 2 of Enchanted Fairytales), RELUCTANCE (a Noble YA short story), IN THE BEGINNING (part of the It’s a Love Thing anthology), and WATCHED (part of the Screams in the Night: Tales of Terror anthology) are her others.