Monday, June 3, 2013

Review of Rapunzel Untangled, by Cindy C Bennett




Rapunzel Untangled Title: Rapunzel Untangled
Author: Cindy C Bennett
Publisher:
Cedar Fort, Inc.
Release Date:
February 12th 2013
Source: Netgalley/Publisher
Purchase: Amazon/The Book Depository

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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.


Have I told you guys that I am a total sucker for fairy tale retellings?

I read this novel back to back within a few hours time. The plot flowed almost effortlessly and seamlessly. Though twisting this into a modern day YA must have been challenging, Rapunzel is quite believable as a modern day teenage girl, locked away in a tower within a sprawling mansion by an obsessive, controlling and very eccentric 'mother'.  Convinced that she suffers from an autoimmune disease, she is locked away in her home, with no friends or outside contact but that of the woman she calls mother.

Immediately, the story is sinister. Right from its opening pages it is evident that all is not as it seems, though Rapunzel is oblivious, as the life she leads is all she has ever known.  That is, until she discovers the world of Facebook through her computer, which she is only supposed to utilize for her studies.  She befriends Fane - the boy that will forever change her world and becomes the catalyst in the discovery of who she really is.

Though the plot's foundations are quite dark and sinister, I really loved the references to Rapunzel's long locks and how the author tied it to the essence of it's originating fairytale - specifically the scene where she throws down her long hair for Fane to hold on to so he doesn't fall. 
There were also some elements in this storyline that were very familiar. The mother's strange obsession with continuously overseeing non-stop construction in the manor - rooms within rooms, stairs going to nowhere, doors opening into walls - was all very reminiscent of the very real Winchester Mystery House. And Rapunzel's mother herself seemed to have been conjured from the also very real Sarah Winchester, owner of this actual world famous home.  Having lost an infant daughter, and also her husband, Sarah Winchester suffered a severe depression.  Mrs. Winchester was also fascinated and apparently quite obsessed with the occult, and after consulting with a medium, decided that in order to appease the spirits that were apparently angry with her family, she began construction that did not cease for years. Stairs leading to nowhere; doors leading nowhere; this house slowly and surely became an incomprehensible maze, much similar to the mansion in this story, for very similar reasons... 

Though there were a lot of elements to this novel that were not original, they did fit well within this plot.  There was also good suspense build up, and I must admit that my heart did speed up a few times while Fane and Rapunzel ran through dark corridors, almost being found out.  Rapunzel and Fane's love story is very sweet and it balanced the dark elements of this novel. It was entertaining, intriguing and a worthwhile 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 lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. She also has two sons. She volunteers her time working with teen girls between the ages of 12-18, all of whom she finds to be beautiful, fascinating creatures. When she’s not writing, reading or answering emails she can often times be found riding her Harley through the beautiful canyons near her home (yes, I ride a Harley and no, you'd never know it to look at me!).

Please visit the author’s website at
www.cindycbennett.com

or her blog at
http://cindybennett.blogspot.com

4 comments:

  1. I haven't paid much attention to any of the current day fairy tale rewrites. I didn't think I would like them, until I read your email. I had to come over and comment. You make them sound like they are worth the read. Great review.

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    1. Thanks for stopping in Sherry!

      As a lover of the original fairy tales, I am drawn to modern spin offs. They are a hit and miss, but this one, in my opinion was done well for a YA.

      Lily

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  2. Sounds like a fun retelling of the story. I'm a total sucker for fairy tale re-writes as well, so I know I'll have to read this one!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. If you are a sucker for them, then I hope you enjoy this one. There are so many retells out there, but this one was certainly fun. Thanks for stopping in Nicole!

      Lily

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