Saturday, March 15, 2014

Book Review: Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett (no spoilers)

Book: Rapunzel Untangled
Author: Cindy C. Bennett
Publication: February 12th, 2013
Source: Local Library
Read: May 3rd-9th, 2013
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.


My Thoughts:

I have been in love with the story of Rapunzel since Disney's Tangled came out. I have watched the movie nonstop, but I can't get enough of Rapunzel's story. When I heard about Rapunzel Untangled I couldn't wait to read it for myself. I have to say that this book did not disappoint.

In this story Rapunzel has 15 feet of beautiful, blonde hair. She has been trapped in the tower her whole life because her mother keeps telling her she is the key to saving the world. Bennett spruced the story of Rapunzel up a bit and made it more modern by giving Rapunzel a computer where she does her schoolwork. Rapunzel has a facebook account. There was still parts of Rapunzel's story that were not believable. I liked that. That is one of the reasons I happen to enjoy fairy tales. Rapunzel just happens to be my favorite fairy tale.

Then Rapunzel meets Fane and I imagined Fane as this super good looking guy. Tall with dark hair and brown eyes. Fane changes everything for Rapunzel. For her whole life she has no contact with anybody else besides her mother and suddenly she has this chance to talk to another human being. Fane is the first person to make Rapunzel question her world and her mother's intentions. Fane changed Rapunzel for the better and I really enjoyed his character. One thing that did annoy me about Fane was how often he mentioned Rapunzel being hot.

All fairy tales seem to have some dark elements and the fairy tale of Rapunzel is no different. I loved how Bennett was able to embrace those dark elements instead of just creating a happy story. There had to be a reason Rapunzel was locked in the tower. Bennett gave us a reason although it might have not been a sane one.

I enjoyed the intensity of Bennett's Rapunzel story. I had to quit reading when I was ten pages to the ending and I had to put the book in my locker so that I would pay attention during class. I couldn't stop thinking about what would happen to Rapunzel. My sure sign of a good book is one you can't put down. Rapunzel Untangled was that kind of book for me. The ending was intense, but it gave me peace and I feel good about Rapunzel's future although it is still uncertain. I love reading reviews on this amazing book and I would recommend this book to all people who enjoy fairy tales.

Thanks for reading


  1. I really liked this book! I actually did a review entirely in Tangled GIFs for the Blog Tour. I loved the surprises and the suspense in the end! Glad you enjoyed it!

    1. It was an amazing book so I'm so excited to finally share the review of the book.

  2. I haven't heard of this book, but it sounds amazing! And because you are such a fan of the fairy tale, your opinion is even more valid. I'm glad it was such a great read for you!

    BTW I love the Frozen header for your blog!

    1. Thanks for stopping by. It is an amazing book and Rapunzel is my favorite fairy tale. I highly recommend Rapunzel Untangled.

  3. Sorry I realized my first comment did not make sense!

    I enjoyed this one! I remember I had to keep reminding myself that the Rapunzel fairytale was not supposed to exist, because I kept wondering why they did not realize Mother Gothel was evil. Good review!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Sarah. This was such a great novel. I enjoyed it so much.

  4. One of my top favorite books right now, i seriously wish there was a movie. Amazing, loved it!!

    1. I still remember how much I loved this book.


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