On Shelves Today…
Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C Bennett
3 of 5 stars
A modern-day Rapunzel meets a boy on Facebook and begins to realize there’s more to life than her secretive mother and her life shut up in a tower.
“Still, never would have thought to yell, ‘Rapunzel, throw down your hair.'” Rapunzel laughed at the image of him calling that. Had he done so, she probably wouldn’t have thrown her braid out just for the sheer ridiculousness of the request.
A fairy tale with a modern twist, Rapunzel Untangled sticks fairly close to the classic story line. It melds together magical hair, a witch’s incantations, and a mythical prophecy with Facebook, M&Ms, and pizza delivery to facilitate what essentially is a YA romance. The relationship between Rapunzel and Fane is one that was incredibly cute and sweet, though totally predictable.
This book does, however, require the reader to suspend their disbelief quite a bit. I suppose I had anticipated a ‘modern’ fairy tale to avoid the use of actual ‘magic’ but this one took a total flip from the modern realism in the last part of the novel by including these elements. The plot also relied on a number of coincidences that I wished had more explanation behind them (highlight for spoilers: Why did Rapunzel’s hair grow fast when she was a baby? Where did Gothel go when she left the two times? Wouldn’t she have paid more attention to Rapunzel’s internet browsing history if she was so concerned with her having contact with the outside world?)
Overall: A modern fairy tale with a touch of magic that’s sure to appeal to YA romance fans.