Golden: A Retelling of Rapunzel (Once Upon a Time Series)

Golden: A Retelling of Rapunzel (Once Upon a Time Series)

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"Once upon a Time"

Is Timeless

Before Rapunzel's birth, her mother made a dangerous deal with the sorceress Melisande: If she could not love newborn Rapunzel just as she appeared, she would surrender the child to Melisande. When Rapunzel was born completely bald and without hope of ever growing hair, her horrified mother sent her away with the sorceress to an uncertain future.

After sixteen years of raising Rapunzel as her own child, Melisande reveals that she has another daughter, Rue, who was cursed by a wizard years ago and needs Rapunzel's help. Rue and Rapunzel have precisely "two nights and the day that falls between" to break the enchantment. But bitterness and envy come between the girls, and if they fail to work together, Rue will remain cursed...forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416939269
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 06/26/2007
Series: Once upon a Time Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 475,344
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cameron Dokey is the author of nearly thirty young adult novels. Her other fairy tales include, The Storyteller’s Daughter, Sunlight and Shadow, and Golden. She has also written the #1 bestselling How Not to Spend Your Senior Year. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and four cats.

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Golden 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well rapunzel may or may not ever get hair she gives up alife of luxury to help another so it was good by me very little rimance and could use a little les character development in the beginning .
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a good book with a good middle and a good end but the end was a let down. Because the whole book lead up to like only a few chapeters of the whole point of the book they didn't develope the ending enough it is almost as if she just got tired of writing it so wrapped it up really quick.
bookworm-reader More than 1 year ago
I wasn't going to read this when I first saw it because Rapunzel was bald.... But I gave it a chance. I liked that Harry loved Rapunzel/Susan from the every start! I liked that he could love her even though she was bald, and that even when she said she would never grow hair he still said he would love her no matter what. I'm not going to lie, I was kinda mad when Rapunzel didn't grow hair after Rue and her broke the curse! Rue got what she wanted why could Rapunzel get what she wanted? Dokey even wrote that Rapunzel daydreamed about have hair, so why couldn't she get some?! I was getting annoyed with Rue a lot, like when she wouldn't walk outside or talk to the prince, I wanted to hell at her, "OMG! JUST WALK OUTSIDE IT'S NOT THAT HARD, AND JUST TALK TO THE DANG PRINCE ITS NOT THAT BAD, SO WHAT IF HER THINKS YOU'RE RAPUNZEL!!" All in all, I enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was interesting in the beginning, but in the middle it became boring. At the end at least it became good again. There are better books than this one though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i have to say, this book is really beautiful. i loved the twist in this story, that Rapunzel didn't have hair.
The-Maid-Of-Astolat More than 1 year ago
Dokey added a new twist on an old classic. She expanded on Grimms original story and it exploded with wonderful twists and turns. You never know what to expect and it makes you want more. This is a wonderful quick read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cameron Dokey is a very creative writer. Cameron can take the original story of Rapunzel and turn it in to elaborate and wonderful tale. You get the feeling that you are there with the characters when you read this story. Cameron Dokey retails the story of Repunzel better then the original!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i luv the way this author writes its very good. she created a very nice storyline and i loved the ending. it was a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cameron Dokey is a very talented writer. I have read many of her books. I couldn't put this book down! If you enjoy romantic adventures then this is a book you should read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book sooo much! It was romantic and witty and hilarious all in one. I recommend this book for any one who simply adores romance books that are not overly romantic. You'll also love the twist at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank you Queen Dokey for giving us another wonderful fairy tale!! This is a beautifully different take on the classic tale of Rapunzel (one of my favorites). It is a very entertaining new way of imagining an old tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the book, but all it is giving me is the sample. Can someone help me, please? I already archieved it to no avail,
Crystal_Kido More than 1 year ago
This is a great re-telling of Rapunzel with a lot of surprises and twists as well as some great characters that will keep the reader interested until they reach the end.
StoryBreather More than 1 year ago
Love this book. Dokey did an amazing job at twisting the story of Rapunzel. I love that the main girl is bald. Rapunzel bald!? Well, you'll just have to read it and find out what that's all about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a little dissapointed in the original story of Rapunzel. I thought it stupid, pointless. So, I've been looking for a replacement. when I read this book, I could not beleive it! It was the perfect way to change the original story so it was that much better! I love this book, it is my favorite in the whole Once Upon A Time Series.
tari.lunga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this book is about a girl named rapunzel. her mother was obsessed with a parsley named rapunzel when she was pregnant with her. so she made her husband go steal rapunzel from her neighbor, who was a witch. one time, the witch found out. she made the couple make an oath; the lady could have as much rapunzel as she wanted, but she had to give the child away if she couldnt love her at the first sight. then rapunzel was born. she was bold. her mother hated her because of it. to the witch got her. she grew up with the witch. a tinker and his boy ocassionally came, and they grew to be friends. when repunzel almost turned 16, marrilyn (I think thats the witch's name. im not sure) told her she had a daughter. and the daughter had to come down. marrilyn asked her to go rescue her daughter and she said yes. so repunzel and marrilyn and tinker and his boy went to the tower woe (witches daughter) was in. a handsome prince came in the middle of the night and asked repunzel to marry her. she told her to come in the mornig, but he ran into a tree, i think and gave himself a concussion. tinker's boy took care of him, though he was mad at him for asking repunzel to marry him cuz he was in luve with her. so repunzel tricks the prince into thinking that woe was her, and when woe excepted the proposal, the tower disappeared. repunzel gave her name to woe. repunzel named herself sally and she and tinker's boy got married. THE END!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! kinda cheesy
MeganB66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great new take on the classic tale of Rapunzel. I love the Once Upon a Time collection and this held its own with the other greats within Once Upon a Time. I loved the characteres that were formed throughout the story. What really made me like this book more than i thought i would was the originality of the take that Cameron Dokey took on the tale that has such a classic history.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cameron Dokey's version of Rapunzel certainly puts a new spin on the girl with the long golden hair. In Dokey's version, Rapunzel is born to a vain mother, who sees Rapunzel is born without hair, and rejects her. A sorceress neighbor takes the baby when she sees that the mother refuses love to the child. She names the baby Rapunzel because that it the herb the mother craved when pregnant with her. Rapunzel grows up knowing the sorceress isn't her mother but loving her as if she were. The Sorceress loves Rapunzel like her own and the two live together for many years in relative happiness. Now this may not sound much like the Rapunzel story we have all heard and loved, but I assure you there is a princess with long, golden hair locked up in a tower, there is a prince, and there is hair braid climbing! But the heart of this fairy tale is that love does find a way...whether love between family, friends, or with a handsome prince. The story was slightly shorter than most of the previous Once Upon A Time books I have read and I would have liked to have it thickened up a bit. Otherwise, this was a great mixed up fairy tale.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story about Rapunzel like no other, and I am appreciating Cameron Dokey's amazing creativity at re-inventing fairy tales! The story starts the same - husband sneaks into the witch's garden to steal some rapunzel for his pregnant wife with crazy cravings. He gets caught, and the witch strikes a bargain with him that involves possession of his child-to-be.The unique aspect of Rapunzel is that she is born bald and forever remains that way. So how exactly does she "let down her long hair" for the prince to climb up and rescue her? Good question - the "truth" behind this fairy tale involves a case of swapping places.
kidsilkhaze on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Rapunzel starts the same as the others-- a pregnant woman craves the next-door neighbor's Rapunzel. Her husband steals if for her, invoking the wrath of the sorceress (or witch) who owns the burgled garden.But, in this version, there is one difference. The sorceress says she will take the child if there is no room in her mother's heart. There isn't, for the baby is bald. She will never grow hair.But bald Rapunzel and the sorceress live a happy life in a cottage, far from the fearful village--they fear the magic and Rapunzel's deformity. But then the fear becomes too great and they must flee...And you're asking, what about the girl in the tower with all the hair? And yes, it's there, but I can't say anything more or it will give too much away.
CornerDemon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an elegant retelling of "Rapunzel". And it starts out with the narrator telling you that she never had long hair, and she never lived in a tower. If that doesn't intrigue you, you've got no imagination. I loved the tricks the author pulled with the story, and the narration was excellent. And because Rapunzel is a story that is very rarely retold, it's even more fun (and with less stories to compare it to, too). A reader has nothing to lose by picking this book up and a fun time to be had.
the_hag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am an adult and I simply and quite frankly thoroughly enjoy this series for a young adult audience¿it¿s just plain fun to read. Golden is not my first encounter with this series (at this point I¿ve read nearly all of them¿only four more to go) and while it¿s not the worst in the lot (Water Song, IMHO), it¿s not the best either (Before Midnight, Scarlet Moon, and The Storyteller¿s Daughter are my personal favorites). I also have to admit that Dokey is one of my favorite authors writing for this series, two of her books are listed as my personal favorites. Golden is an adaptation of Rapunzel with a few new twists which add to the fun. I found it interesting that Dokey chose to omit, from the very beginning of the story, the golden hair element of the story (or at least it seemed so), but went with it hoping that a clear reason for this would come later in the story¿and sure enough it did, in spades. The remaining elements of the story are fairly traditional¿though Dokey does make the witch more of a sorceress and give her a ¿good guy¿ part in this particular version. Here there is no ¿ultimate bad guy¿ (a la wicked step-mother)¿rather the ¿bad guys¿ are more subtle, much less `in your face¿ than us usual for a fairytale. Here Rapunzel (for what else could she be named?) comes by her circumstances in almost exactly the traditional way (mother craves rapunzel, a kind of parsley; husband gets parsley; husband gets caught and a bargain is struck)¿but here is where one of the twists occurs. The sorceress doesn¿t demand the child, she strikes a bargain whereby if the mother cannot love the child ¿as is¿ when it is born, she will take the child away. The father is mortified and doesn¿t want to agree, but ultimately an agreement is reached¿and of course, Rapunzel winds up with the sorceress -- the mother being entirely too vain and selfish to accept her newborn (because she is bald as an egg). The mother hands the child over quite readily, much to her husbands dismay and sadness, and away the child is whisked. This particular version goes much more in depth with regards to Rapunzel¿s childhood and her time with the sorceress (Melisande) and allowing us to get to know Melisande as well. Usually, we learn nothing of the sorceress or the reasoning behind wanting the child in the first place. Dokey does a fine job, giving us a plausible and emotionally satisfying reason for it, which made me quite happy. Unfortunately, the author spends so much of the book on this element that the twist with the hair and the tower comes almost too late and is somewhat awkwardly shoved into the storyline. Don¿t get me wrong I adore the idea and think it highly clever, but the timing is unfortunate. It is near the three-quarter mark that Melisande¿s real daughter is introduced into the story and this, quite naturally, creates hurt feelings for Rapunzel who has only just found out Melisande is not her real mother. Additionally, the time-frame for the two girls to work out a solution to the second girl¿s imprisonment makes the ending a bit hard to swallow. I did love the trick with the hair and how it worked as the conveyance into the tower¿quite a nice take on the traditional ¿throw down your hair¿ method. Overall, it¿s a fine addition to the Once Upon a Time series and an enjoyable adaptation of the classic fairytale, Rapunzel. I give it 4 stars though because the ending was a bit too rushed and I felt like Rue was not given adequate time for the reader to get to know her (or even really care about her) and that the interaction between her and Rapunzel (and the Prince) suffered simply by being too rushed. I would have liked to see this part of the story given a bit more time and space to develop more fully. I feel that would have made the ending all the more enjoyable. While I didn¿t completely enjoy the ending, I would still recommend Golden for any reader who loves fairytale adaptations, you could do a lot worse!
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rapunzel was born the daughter of a father who loved her and a mother whose inability to love her as she was set in motion a series of events which give a new twist on the classic tale.I really loved this story and actually felt a little teary eyed at the end. This is a very innocent story about family, love, trust and responsibility which I would definately recommend to anyone, middle school and up.
library_girl27 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think the idea of Repunzel actually being bald is intreging. But this book is actually rather tedious to read. It was a nice story, but it didn't have the character development or storytelling skill that would make it a real keeper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book love all the books in the series!!!!!