Rapunzel Untangled

Rapunzel Untangled

by C. Bennett (Other)


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ISBN-13: 9781462118366
Publisher: Sweetwater Books
Publication date: 09/28/2015
Sales rank: 1,176,202
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Rapunzel Untangled 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Synopsis: Being locked in a tower for seventeen years can wear on a girl. Sure, it may be just to protect her from the germs of the outside world and fulfill a centuries old prophesy but still who wants to look at the same walls every day? Then through chance and happenstance Rapunzel begins to become curious and begins to use the computer that should only be used for schoolwork to connect to the outside world. What happens next can only be described as a boundless romantic journey. Hott Review: What I liked: I’ll admit it – I’m absolutely LOVING these redone fairy tales! There is just something about taking those bedtime stories and Disney movies and making them realistic adventures that thrills me. This novel is one terrific book that I’ll be keeping on my shelf and not just so that I can share it with my daughter! I’m reading this one again!! What I didn’t like: Rapunzel’s mother — but I probably wasn’t suppose to  . More… Source: Cedar Fort, Inc. via Netgalley Grade: A Ages: 14+ Steam: YA
stormspirit More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore fairytale retellings, so I jumped at the chance to read and review Rapunzel Untangled.  Writing a retelling has to be a very difficult thing for any writer.  How do you take a story that's been told for years and give it your own unique twist?  It's all been done before!  Well, Cindy Bennett has done an amazing job of giving us a unique and imaginative story while keeping to the basics of the classic fairytale.  This is probably the darkest Rapunzel story I've heard.  Most all have the same basic plot:  Rapunzel is kidnapped as an infant by the witch Gothel and grows up in a tower, trapped there for years.  Sometimes Rapunzel lives as a prisoner, sometimes as a daughter of Gothel.  This story is no different, but that is where the similarities end.  Rapunzel Untangled is modern and fun, but gives us a twist filled with darkness and horror. Rapunzel is nearly 18 years old, and she has lived in her rooms in the tower of Gothel Mansion all of her life.  She has a serious illness that makes it impossible for her to go outside without getting sick.  Her mother, Gothel, is the only other person she has ever had contact with.  She does all of her schoolwork online, and when she accidentally finds this wondrous site called Facebook she realizes she can use it to connect with other people her own age.  This is how she meets Fane.  At first they only correspond online, but Rapunzel eventually agrees to meet him.  He climbs her tower and the two become close friends.  When Fane convinces Rapunzel to sneak out of her rooms one night, they find stairways that lead nowhere and doors that open up to cement walls.  There's also a creepy room covered with black scorch marks and decorated with 6's.  Soon Rapunzel starts questioning everything she's been told.  Things don't add up.  The more Rapunzel learns the more questions she has, and the answers aren't at all what she wants to hear. I enjoyed the uniqueness of Rapunzel Untangled.  It was unexpected and refreshing to read a story that's so classic, yet it's turned into something so much more modern and fun.  Rapunzel transforms throughout the book from the quiet girl that obeys every order to a strong woman willing to risk everything just to live a real life.  What we see of Fane is great.  He's funny, and he's completely loyal to Rapunzel.  I'd like to have seen more of his personality.  This would have been a great book to have alternating points of view.  His mind had to have been blown by the circumstances surrounding Rapunzel, but we don't really see that.  I also found the ending bit incomplete.  It would have been nice to see more about Rapunzel's real family.  Without a doubt, Rapunzel Untangled was a great read, and a great fairytale retelling.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Cedar Fort, Inc and Netgalley.) 17-year-old Rapunzel lives alone in a tower. Her mother lives in the house attached to the tower, and visits her every day. Rapuzel has an immune deficiency problem called SCIDs, which means that she is unable to leave her tower. But one day, Rapunzel sends a friend request to a boy (Fane) on facebook, which he accepts. The pair start talking, and when Rapunzel’s mother goes away on a business trip, Fane climbs Rapunzel’s tower and visits her. The pair develop feelings for each other, and Fane visits as often as possible. Slowly, Rapunzel begins to do things that she has never done before – leaving her tower, feeling the grass for the first time, sneaking out to a party, and her first kiss! Rapunzel has so many questions though, and she’s not happy with the answers her mother gives her. She wants to leave her tower, and lead a normal life, but her mother won’t let her. Will Rapunzel ever make it out of the tower? What secrets is her mother hiding from her? And can Rapunzel and Fane ever have a real relationship? Having seen the Disney version of this story about a million times, it’s one that I know well, and this was a good retelling. Rapunzel is quite shy and naïve, which I suppose is to be expected considering her history. She’s brave enough to leave her tower though, and to maybe make her life better. She wasn’t stupid enough to think that there wouldn’t be repercussions for her behaviour though, and also tried to reduce the risk to herself whilst doing her ‘risky’ behaviour. I liked Fane and how he tried to find new things for Rapunzel to experience, even the little things like bringing her M&M’s! The easy friendship between the two was sweet also. The storyline in this book was pretty obvious – as expected from a retelling, but the details were slightly different, which made this retelling special in its own way. I had gotten a little sick of Mother Gothel by the end, but I expect that was sort-of the point! Overall; a entertaining retelling of Rapunzel. 6.75 out of 10.
StarryEyedHeart More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this novel from NetGalley, on behalf of Cedar Fort, Inc. in exchange for an honest review. A 4/5 rating, I am going to keep it short and sweet. I adore the retellings of classical fairytales, especially one with a modern twist! Cindy Bennett’s Rapunzel, in my opinion, has it way better. Although she is forbid to stray away from her safe haven-due to her disease, she at least has the advantage of having the internet, and the invention of Facebook. Where she is able to imagine the outside world and what it is like to truly be a teenager through the eyes and experiences of others; where she also meets Fane-who plays a major role in showing her the meaning of life and friendship.  Suddenly, the urge to go out and explore the world has gotten even stronger. Unlike the happy tone that sometimes comes with being a children’s tale, Rapuzel Untangled captures more of a dark … eerie vibe that is directed towards the teenage and young adult audience; this is also the appeal of it. Cindy Bennet, made sure to give her characters a back story that will make you pity even the most hated villain. And what I love most about this book, is its fast pace. From start to finish, it held my attention and did not drag on unnecessary details. Would I recommend it? Yes, if you are a sucker for retellings and a story of finding yourself, love, and friendship, this book is the way to go!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rapunzel Untangled By Cindy C Bennett. I’ll confess right off, I’ m a Bennett groupie. The woman is a wordsmith of the utmost. I have little doubt she could make scrubbing toilets sound like great fun, (think Tom Sawyer). Rapunzel is captivating from page one. This Rapunzel is held in a tower by her evil (aka diluted) “mother.” I LOVED the modern elements brought into this age old story. Rapunzel’s adventures on Facebook are enchanting. Her innocents is both charming and endearing.  She meets an enjoyable young man, a bit of an adventurist named Fane. He introduces Rapunzel to the real world without taking advantage of her. He’s also quite the charmer. I confess, I have a little bit of a book crush on the guy…if only I was younger…and a character in a book…sigh. Gothel, Rapunzel’s “mother,” is truly hate worthy. I didn’t care for her one wit. Not because the character was poorly written, quite the contrary, she’s masterfully written, which testifies again to Ms. Bennett’s talent. She writes one creepo lady in this one!  I recommend this novel to old and young alike, though I would point out that you should never hook up with a stranger off the internet unless your name is Rapunzel and his is Fane ;} 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a really really good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first saw this book, i thought it would be your run of the mill repunzel story. I was super suprised!!!!!!!!!!! This is not only a love story, but a mystery. Some people think that this kind of book is cheesey, but for me it was worth the buy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So fair was good but i think i speak for everyone when i say that the fairytell one was better because the diesesis a terrible thing for a little kid to be reading and also more scary to see if she dies or not.r
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really just was nothung that i expwexted i hated
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: After having read two of Cindy C. Bennett’s novels before, I knew I had to request this new gem of hers. As much as I loved her other works, I had a good feeling that this one would be just as great. It is one of the most enchanting stories I’ve read! Our lovely Rapunzel has been locked away due to a sickness. If she would ever leave the safety of her room, she could risk losing her life. Of course, she can’t help but be curious about the world she could have been in if she wasn’t confined to her home. She discovers Facebook, and decides to friend request Fane. Upon his acceptance of this request, he starts to send her messages. This daily routine ends up making them want to meet. So Rapunzel takes a risk and allows him to come over while her mother is away. When the two of them meet, it was just amazing. I loved the dynamic between them. There was so much innocence about it, coupled with a sense of wonder about life on the outside. As time goes on, Rapunzel begins to question why on everything. Her mother doesn’t like this one bit but Rapunzel still wants to know. So she and Fane set out to find out why… Rapunzel Untangled was wonderful. I thought it was ingenious to mash the original tale into a modern day representation. Rapunzel was a lovely heroine, and Fane was adorably charming. The plot was built perfectly with the right amount of mystery and intrigue to keep me guessing where it will all lead to in the end. Cindy C. Bennett wowed me with this cleverly woven epic. I could read it again and again. My Rating: Exceptional
Michelle-K-Pickett-Author More than 1 year ago
 I was excited to read “Rapunzel Untangled” by Cindy Bennet. I really enjoy fairy tale retellings. Some lend themselves to varied plots twists and turns and “Rapunzel Untangled” was no exception. I thought the idea of the story was very inventive. I liked the modern day edge and the use of things like Facebook and Skype. Gothel giving Rapunzel a fake disease as a reason to keep her hidden away from other people was a good work around to Rapunzel’s natural curiosity of the outside world. However, like most teens, she was driven by curiosity and upon meeting Fane was daring enough to ignore the warnings of her ill health and venture out of her tower. I did have an issue with the character development. I didn’t quite connect with Rapunzel or Fane. Definitely not with Gothel, which I think was the intention of the author (and that was a good thing). Most of the story was told in exposition, which I generally don’t like. Unfortunately, I’m not sure how that could have been changed considering the situation Rapunzel was in. The language used in the prose was sometimes stiff and stilted, considering the book was written for the young adult market, specifically young teen girls. I think the language used should be fitted to their everyday language. As for the story, the twist at the end was a great one. It was something totally different than the original fairy tale. However, I think the climatic ending came too fast and without enough oomph to really blow the reader away like it could have. Overall, I enjoyed the book. I think it had great potential, but fell flat in some areas where it really could have shined. 
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Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
Cindy Bennett’s Rapunzel Untangled is an electrifying modern-day fairytale with a macabre twist that will both thrill and chill readers of this genre. The author brings a unique edge to this tale by blending modern technology and social media with dark magic in a novel packed with intrigue, secrets, betrayal, suspense, self-discovery, and young love. What made this novel so out of the ordinary was the whole medieval-era-meets-twenty-first-century approach. I was intrigued from the very start by the direction in which the author took this well-known fable. At first I was fearful that it might be similar to the movie Tangled hence the similarity in the title, but once I finished the book I was relieved to note that this didn’t happen at all. Although I could not identify with Rapunzel much, I found her character to be quite enchanting as she won me over within the first three chapters. Fane took some time getting used to, especially the way they met online, but I warmed-up to him a lot more once he and Rapunzel met face-to-face for the first time and his character traits and personality came more to the forefront. Rapunzel’s mother, Gothel, was a completely different story. There was nothing likeable about her, but because of her childhood experiences which warped her way of thinking, I did feel some sympathy towards her. Gothel’s ideas and motivation for the things she did and that which she believed in was certainly extreme, but not unrealistic. I felt the author used the dementia angle very cleverly for this character. Gothel’s outbursts and unpredictable behavior undoubtedly added to the darkness and tension in the story. Rapunzel’s isolated existence was intriguing. Tagging along on her journey of discovering who she really is, while at the same time learning about the outside world and all the things we take for granted, was utterly fascinating. Exploring the mammoth mansion in which she was kept prisoner raised a ton of questions for which I needed immediate answers. Why were there scorch marks on the ceiling of the room two floors below Rapunzel’s living quarters? Why would there be stairs leading to nowhere and doors opening into walls? Why should Rapunzel not Google her house? Why does everything have to be in sixes? These questions and many more had me turning the pages in a curious frenzy.    The only negative for me in this book was Vedmak’s character. I think a little more time should’ve been spent on him, especially earlier on in the story, to give the reader more insight into his motivation and back-story. Other than that, this was a truly enjoyable read with an unpredictable plot loaded with twists, an underlying sense of doom and gloom, and two really fantastic main characters who held their own when the odds were stacked against them. The author doesn’t shy away from putting the protagonists through the wringer, to the point where you start thinking this is it, how much more can they take? For this alone she earns my utmost respect as I love when authors challenge their characters by placing them in dire situations and working the reader into a near panic as to how these characters will get out of their predicaments. I finished this book in one night, so I guess it’s needless to say that Rapunzel Untangled is an addictive read, as this speaks for itself. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesoem book a must read for all those fairytale lovers out there! :P I love how she met him on face book :D
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C Bennett 5 Stars I liked the story and the twists on the old story to make new and different. Though I would have liked another chapter or even a long paragraph more of the ending but I wont say what I want or why I want. But I am not the writer or editor and could not come up with such a good detailed story. By the title name you probably know the basics of the story. But the finer details are what makes the story. The interaction between characters make you care or hate the characters. The computer,internet,facebook,cell phones and movies on the computer bring it into the modern world. Gothel was told that she would have a little girl with long blond hair and one day she saw the baby with long blond hair than she ever saw and new what she needed to do. Rapunzel lived in a tower room with one window on the third floor, she had a bathroom,a room where her computer, small kitchen and exercise room. She never went out of her suite of rooms. The only visitor was her mom Gothel. Rapunzel had a illness that if she got around germs it would kill her. A cook cooked her food but she had never met her did not even know her name. She was 17 and had really long hair and brushed it 72 times each day. Her mom came at 6:00 to visit her everyday. One day on the computer she found facebook by accident and looking for kids in her town she saw a picture of a boy named Fane. She clicked on friend request. She was not supposed to be on the computer except for homework. Only to read books for schoolwork. She did her lessons by herself. Rapunzel did not even know her address. Fane thought the girl on facebook was different and when he heard the name of the house she lived in thought she was joking. Then he believed her and they would chat daily in secret. I did not want to stop reading the story till the end. The story makes sense in its own way. I have to admit I was rooting for Rapunzel to break the rules her mother made for her. I will look for more stories by Cindy to read in the future. I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review by Netgalley. 02/12/2013 PUB Cedar Fort INC. 304 pages ISBN-10: 1462111564
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Help! So i want to get this book or one called Going Vintage but im not sure which to get. Tell me what you think! I read each sample and i want to find out more