Published by Cedar Fort, Incorporated/C F I Distribution on 2013-02-12
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
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Told that she must be indoors at all times, Rapunzel feels trapped in the huge mansion where she lives. But when school demands to allow her access to the Internet, she discovers Facebook and becomes friends with Fane, a local teenager who changes her whole world. This story will have you entangled from beginning to end.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Rapunzel Untangled started out promising. I was pulled in (as I usually am) by the promise of a “modern fairy tale,” and Rapunzel is one of my favorite originals. Unfortunately, it lost me about halfway through, and I regretted even finishing this one. I’ll stick to the original, thanks.
In the beginning, the Rapunzel is a well developed character– it starts to make sense why she’s not allowed out of her “tower” (an auto-immune disease), and when she starts to discover the wide world of the web and meets a *gasp* boy on Facebook (the over protective mother-type figure in me was worried it would turn bad very quickly.) her world opens up. The relationship with Fane is developed pretty well, but the story quickly falls apart after that because it gets weirdly paranormal very quickly. I don’t have problems with paranormal, but it just seemed “dropped” in at the last minute and unnecessary. I would have rather the book deviated from the “original” story to make an ending that made sense in a modern retelling than to introduce (weird) paranormal activity that made the story stick to the “magic fairy tale.” It just felt forced. And confusing. I tried going back and rereading some of the chapters just so I could *sort of* understand how it ended, and I was still confused.
Rapunzel Untangled left me with a bad feeling. I’ll stick to the original, or just go watch Tangled for the 8,000th time. . . Disney wins this round.