Archive | June 2013

My Name is Rapunzel by K.C. Hilton

My Name is Rapunzel

355 pages

Published  2013?

My tale has been told again and again, and I’ve heard each one. Except for my hair, I barely recognize the pitiful renditions. Muddled versions, crafted to entertain laughing children…but the children wouldn’t have laughed if they’d known the real story. It wasn’t their fault. They didn’t know the truth. Nobody did.

My name is Rapunzel and I will tell you my story. I will tell you the truth.
YA
If this book is self-published it will be released in 2013.
If this book is traditionally published it could be released in 2014.

THIS BOOK CONTAINS: Magic, Death, Dragons and Romance.

I was given a great opportunity to be part of the street team and review an arc of this amazing story.   I love retellings and this one is no exception.   I have always loved the story of Rapunzel and have probably watched the Disney show “Tangled” over a hundred times.   I have several fairy tale books with different versions of Rapunzel and I have read them over many times.  So I am very well versed in this particular story.

I can truly say that this book was very different.  First off, Rapunzel is not locked in a tower and is able to go as she pleases.  She just has to be back at night to light her candle so that the dragon knows she is still there.   The dragon storyline didn’t surprise me but I still enjoyed what K.C did with it.

Then you have Gretta, who is the witch in this story.  She is very different in this than in other stories.  She never forces Rapunzel to stay in the castle and she seems to try to care for her.   I found her to be a very fascinating character.  There was always an element of mystery around the witch and her motives.   I loved the twist with Gretta,  I was completely blown away by that twist to this part of the story.  I never saw that coming!

I also, just want to take a moment and say how absolutely stunning this cover is.  I can’t imagine a more appropriate cover.  I would be very sad to see this cover changed by a publisher.   I hope that who ever publishes this book understands that the readers are already in love with this cover and decides to use it.

I will say that even though I love this story at times I felt a little lost.  The flashbacks had me rereading at times so that I could understand what was going on.   I am not sure if that was the story or me.   It could be me because I am dealing with some family issues right now.   I have been unable to concentrate as of late so I am curious to see if anyone else had the same problem.

Except for the problem with the flashbacks, I felt that this story was a fresh and extremely imaginative tale of a most beloved childhood favorite of mine.   I would recommend this story to anyone who loves fairytale retellings or just wants to read something fresh and different.  K.C. did a beautiful job and I can’t wait to see this in print!