GUEST REVIEWER: Danielle Dodge
It's a pleasure to welcome Danielle and her review. At fourteen, she already has several credentials. She has written two novellas, a novel, and several guest blogs. She also has placed in numerous writing competitions. Her goal is to write and traditionally publish YA that will "make a change in teen fiction."
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
- ISBN-10: 1460988949
- ISBN-13: 978-1460988947
Rapunzel is a girl with impossibly long hair. She’s locked in a tower by her Granny Aunt who only wants to protect Rapunzel from the evil men in the world.
When a young man climbs into her tower, Rapunzel finds out not all men are evil. The two fall in love but Granny Aunt finds out about Brendan and chases him away.
Later on, her granny stops coming to bring food for Rapunzel. Unsure what’s happened to her, Rapunzel escapes her tower only to find Granny Aunt on her deathbed.
Rapunzel must take her fate into her own hands. When her new life is threatened, can she save herself and her new-found friends?
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This was an enjoyable, easy read that kept my attention. Several unexpected things popped up throughout the story to keep it moving. I found Brendan sweet and funny and overall, a very nice guy.
All the characters could have had more personality and be more 3-D. As it was, the characters’ voices didn’t sound unique or distinct.
Throughout the story, I didn’t sense an overall goal that Rapunzel was striving to achieve or see the stakes raised for her, making her life harder. If there had been more obvious goals, the stakes probably would have been raised, making her achievement of the goal more difficult.
I was expecting there to be a revelation as to why Granny Aunt locked Rapunzel in the tower. I knew that the granny wanted to keep her safe from evil men, but seeing that Rapunzel didn’t meet too many evil men in the story, I found that a rather pathetic reason.
There were several moments when I was really looking forward to and expecting something dramatic or romantic. As it was, they were a bit anticlimactic and disappointing.
Overall, the story was a light read and I would give it two out of five stars.
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