Melanie Dickerson has made a name for herself with the YA retellings of favorite fairy tales and her latest release takes on the story of Rapunzel and if you enjoy her previous novels, I think you’ll enjoy this one as well.
The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.
Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.
Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.
The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel in turn rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to this knight than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?
As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery is about to be revealed after seventeen years of lies. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?
I think this novel is very fitting for the age group it’s written to – young adults. They are exposed to so much these days that I’m thankful for books out there that are entertaining and sweet. With a sweet romance and a favorite fairy tale, this book is a great addition to a teenager’s bookshelf. If you’ve read any of her previous novels, you’ll see familiar faces and names, but this is also a stand alone novel as well.
As with many fairy tale retellings, some of the plot lines won’t be a complete surprise, but it’s sometimes fun to revisit your favorite stories with a slightly different twist. If you have teenagers or love fairy tales, this would make a great stocking stuffer!
What’s your favorite fairy tale?
(Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)