Locks: Rapunzel Unhinged

Locks: Rapunzel Unhinged


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ISBN-13: 9781499716221
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Sarah J. Pepper specializes in paranormal romance-think Happily Ever After but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn't only filled with hugs, kisses, bunnies, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It's in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of-both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn't always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn't mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit?

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Locks: Rapunzel Unhinged 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
naturalbri More than 1 year ago
The Story We've all read fairy tales. Yes, even the burly men who act like they don't enjoy it when their child watches Frozen or Little Mermaid, has a soft spot for those cute childhood stories. What happened to the fairy tales when we become adults? Surely, after seeing the world for what it is, having letdowns, breakups and bad days, we are the ones who could really use a moment to have that fuzzy, warm feeling and a small hope that there is a fantasy world out there? Enter Sarah J. Pepper. A brilliant author who knows there is a need for a 'fairy tale' with a little adrenaline, heat and cursing thrown into it. Something real... Rapunzel: Long locks, from which someone can climb a tower: Check Trapped in a tall tower: Check Held captive by and evil woman: Check Fell for the first man who successfully came to get her: Check Her love was a knight in shining armour: uh-oh Rapunzel knew she had to escape, even if it meant dying. She wasn't going to go back to that tower. She knew that people would be sent for her. She also knew her captor wasn't one for fussing over how her collection got back to her, just that no one else had them. However, Rapunzel didn't expect such a tall, dark and handsome to come for her, nor did she expect him to shoot her so many times. Either way, she back in the tower and as desperate as ever to get free. At least now she has someone to drool over. As Rapunzel fights for her life and chance to get away, she starts to learn that sometimes the ones you believe you can trust, turn out to be the only ones you can't, and those you thought a write-off may just be your champions. My Thoughts Pepper has given us everything we could want in an adult fairy tale. We have a plethora of love, hate, jealousy, turmoil and passion. Don't forget the curse words and snarking remarks. With each page, you are drawn further into this excellent story. You find yourself comparing the story of Rapunzel, you heard as a child, to this brilliant adaptation. There are the perfect amount of snippets and details that match up to your childhood tale, to keep you feeling as though you really are hearing Rapunzel's true story. However, there are also just enough changes to really keep you guessing, and give you those juicy moments you can't wait to gobble up. I found the book highly addicting. I loved Punzie's attitude and fervour for freedom, as it really gave her an adventurous and strong personality. However, she still had the overwhelming hopelessness that one would expect to see from Punzie. She has been trapped in a tower, subjected to humiliation and treated as a possession for her entire life. I felt this made her exceptionally more real, unlike her counterpart from the recent Disney film, who seemed bubbly, happy and oblivious to the fact that she was truly be held prisoner. I also loved that, just like a lot of people in their younger years, looking for someone to love, she has fallen for the bad boy. He may be more than he seems, but he did shoot her numerous times when they first met. Yet, she still falls for him, just like we've seen in so many real life scenarios (minus the shooting, i hope). The details and attention to character continuity were done exceptionally well, meaning that you really could just dive in and enjoy the book, from cover to cover, as the characters always stayed true to the personalities they were given. The pace was also done very well. It was fast-paced enough to have the adrenaline-filled action we want and still has time for the mushy lovey moments we need. OVERALL: I was impressed with this book. I hadn't read any previous adult-version fairy tales, but this books was one I couldn't put down. I liked it so much, I can't wait to read another of Pepper's works and hopefully grab a few more of these adults recreations. I would highly recommend this book to any adults looking for escape from the norm, a little fun and saucy reading, as well a bit of adventure.
loveveebee More than 1 year ago
 was given this book in exchange for my honest review (Lop or Lovers of Paranormal), Oh God where do i begin? This book sure took me by surprise, i didn't expect the book to be as good as it was. It delivered everything i love in a book, adventures, snarky comments and of course an EPIC romance. I found myself wanting to read this book at all hours of the day. Zel and the Mercenary were absolutely perfect. What isn't there to love about the Mercenary, everything that came out of his mouth was brilliant. The forbidden love they shared was entirely epic, and Zel fantasies were...well let say i wanted to rip the mercenaries clothes off myself. If you love epic forbidden love stories, Locks with not disappoint, i promise!
Kiribear13 More than 1 year ago
A spunky new twist on Rapunzel I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. Locks is written by Sarah J. Pepper and is a modern retelling of Rapunzel. In Locks, Rapunzel (or Zel) is determined to escape her tower prison but is brought back and put under watch by a Mercenary that she finds herself insanely attracted to, despite her better judgment. I was REALLY excited about reading this book. I actually settled for The Death of the Mad Hatter while I was waiting for this one (which I ended up really enjoying). Needless to say I came to this story without much time in between the two books written by Sarah. While Death of the Mad Hatter is a young adult book, Locks is written for a vastly different audience. Locks starts out as Rapunzel has escaped and is cornered about to be caught. The sexism of the book is really right in your face right away. I have no problem with this, but I was caught completely unaware after the darker, yet much more innocent Mad Hatter. Although the only actual “sex scene” in the book is more PG-13 than rated R, just a lot of sexual tension throughout the story. Sarah has written a lot of creative characters that I was able to connect with on the level that I could know them through Zel’s feelings. Unfortunately I feel that the description of the majority of the characters fell a little short. I could talk a lot about how everyone made Zel feel, but if I had to draw a picture of most of them I would be left wanting. The environment does lend itself to better descriptors though. Flynn, is described in magnificent detail, as he is the object of much sexual tension throughout the story. Locks reads like a mystery novel, trying to constantly assess and reassess the allegiance of many of the characters and figure out how it will end. With that being said, I feel like there was a lot of lead up to a slightly fizzle of an ending. The wow factors of things missing from Zel’s memory were written superbly, but the battle was short and not overly detailed. The biggest disappointment for me was the Epilogue… I wanted to know what happened to the ancillary characters as well. My biggest negative points were the weird technology references that seemed thrown in. If Zel has been locked into a tower and no one speaks as she does, I wonder where she learned some of her “potty mouth” language from. It didn’t bother me, but may deter a more prudent reader. My issues was with talk of things such as cell phones, and then have nobody use them, while the kingdom doesn’t really deal in technology, it seemed rather out of place, and like Zel wouldn’t know much about it since she spends most of her life in a tower locked away from people. Overall I give this book 4/5 stars. Sarah has a lot of ingenious ideas; she created some really great ideas for characters and some crazy twists and turns to the story. I love the spunk and fire in Zel’s personality, I love her development as a strong woman throughout the story. I love many of the ancillary characters and the possibilities that could come about with them. I love the twists and turns that the story takes. I have to hold back a star for the seemingly out of place tech talk, the weak ending and epilogue. Otherwise, it is definitely a story worth reading, there is a lot to love in it. If you are into fairytales, especially Rapunzel, mystery, fantasy, mythology, Romance, etc., you will like this book.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to be chosen by Sarah J Pepper as one of the Beta readers for Locks and even in its early stages I was blown away by the story! So much so that I emailed the author while reading to tell her how the book had me laughing, crying and stamping my feet, all in equal measure! Locks is a revised version of Rapunzel, but unlike other fractured fairytales I have read (my favourite genre!), Sarah J Pepper has retained the fantastical setting, rather than moving the characters to a contemporary world. This is a clever idea and only serves to enhance the plot. The relationship between Zel and Flynn is a volatile one, mainly because they antagonize each other to ignore the attraction they feel. The conversations between them range from funny to sweet to angry, and the reader never feels that a romance is inevitable. Yet singularly they are both awesome characters; Rapunzel is feisty, witty and tough but still sensitive with a huge likeability factor. Flynn, on the other hand, is handsome, courageous, playful and talks in constant innuendos! The chapters of Locks are irregularly interspersed with 'storyteller' sections, which appear to be taken straight from the more traditional Rapunzel fairytale. Although the Storyteller interrupts Sarah J Pepper's narrative, I feel as though it gives Locks more credence. The title of this novel is interesting and relates to many elements of the story. For example, Zel wears literal locks on her wrists which Taryn uses to keep her imprisoned in the tower, but Flynn is locked into his Mercenary contract with Taryn, forcing him to be loyal and meaning that he is unable to kill her. The word 'locks' also refers to Rapunzel's hair, which is the source of her healing power, the means she uses to escape and one of Taryn's greatest torture devices; the scene in which she shaves Zel's hair is perhaps one of the most emotionally powerful in the whole story. Although the reader thinks they might know the story of Rapunzel- I had a very well read Ladybird copy- Sarah J Pepper fills her version with more action, romance, sexual chemistry and suspicion. Locks is already one of my favourite books of 2014 and I cannot wait to read more by Sarah J Peper, who has already secured her place as one of the authors I must have on my bookshelf. I received this as a complimentary review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.
tweetybugshouse More than 1 year ago
Wow I finished this last night i was a bit apprehensive about reading this book to start with as my normal genre is young adult, middle grade type fantasy. I rarely venture into new adult. I have to say i was delightfully surprised with Locks. Sarah J. Pepper does a great job of mixing fantasy, love, danger and excitement into a delightful tale that keeps you guessing from one leap to another. I thought the dash of adult love situations where balanced nicely with the story line. I highly recommend this novel it a fantastic retelling.