July 17, 2013

Book Review: Rapunzel Untangled

Recently, I started participating in ARCycling, and today my first two books arrived.  I spent the last three hours reading the first and I'm ready to review it.

Rapunzel Untangled

Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett
Grade: B-
Summary: 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.

The Good: Rapunzel was an enjoyable character.  I liked how there was so much she didn't know about our world so Fane (the love interest) had to teach her a lot.  It added a bit of humor.  And as y'all know, I like fairytale retellings.  This one was a good twist while keeping the original tale intact.  Gothel was a good villain, and Fane was a good love interest.

The Bad: There were quite a few plot holes.  I don't like when a book introduces information and doesn't follow through with it.  I also felt like there were several elements too similar to the Disney movie Tangled, like the author had used that as her base point instead of the original fairytale.

The Ugly: A lot of the main plot revolved around some spirituality that I'm not comfortable with.  It felt very Satanic, and I'm not comfortable with that.  Gothel was mixed up in a ton of demonic activities.  So that's why I didn't enjoy this book as much as I could've.

I went into Rapunzel Untangled enthusiastic and optimistic.  I came out feeling sort of let-down.  The book didn't live up to my expectations.  If you don't feel comfortable with the stuff I mentioned in the Ugly section, I don't recommend this book.  If it doesn't bother you, then give Rapunzel Untangled a try.

6 comments:

  1. Yikes! I'm dedinitely not going to read it. thanks so much for letting us know the ugly. :O

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  2. There is a series by Wendy Mass called Twice Upon a Time. One book is about Rapunzel. It's not my favorite of Wendy mass books, but you should give it a try.:) The only complaints I've heard is that there is not enough romance.

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    1. Thank you, I'll have to look it up. :)

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  3. It's just a book so the demonic influences are not real. ;)

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    1. Um, I know. But God tells us to only put into our minds whatever is good and noble, and I know Satanic worship isn't good or noble.

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  4. Seeing the cover and title, I actually wondered if it was based on the Disney version and hoped that it kind of wasn't! It's disappointing that it let you down, sorry to hear that! And I love your comment reply above ^ because I agree!

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