Feb 14, 2013

Rapunzel Untangled

 About the Book:
Release Date: February 2013
Publisher: Sweetwater Books
Genre: Contemporary Fairy Tale
Book Description:
Told that she must be indoors at all times, Rapunzel feels trapped in the huge mansion where she lives. But when school demands allow her access to the Internet, she discovers Facebook and becomes friends with Fane, a local teenager who changes her whole world. This story will have you entangled from beginning to end. Filled with romance, adventure, and mystery, Rapunzel Untangled is one story you won't want to put down. Discover the true meaning of love and friendship in this modern twist to the classic fairytale.

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Book Exerpt:
"Fab Fane Fannigan: Are you saying you live at GOTHEL MANSION??? The Gothel Mansion?

RG: My mother calls it Gothel Manor, so maybe that’s different?

Fab Fane Flannigan: No, Rapunzel, there’s only one that I know of. It has to be the same. Are you telling me the truth here?

RG: Yes, of course. Is it weird that I live here?

Fab Fane Flannigan: No, not weird, just . . . never mind. So you live in the tower?

RG: Uh, the tower? I don’t know. Is it a tower?

Fab Fane Flannigan: Yes, it is. I know where it is. I’ll be there Friday at 8.

Rapunzel sensed the difference in his tone. Something wasn’t right.
Fab Fane Flannigan: Rapunzel, promise me one thing.

RG: Okay.

Fab Fane Flannigan: Don’t Google your house."

My Review:
What a FUN concept to bring in modern-day Facebook and texting into an age-old classical fairytale :) 

As stated above this book is filled with romance, adventure, mystery and I am adding humor...

My favorite part is when Fane is trying to figure out what name the initial RG comes from...And not seeing a picture of her he asks... "Are you hot?"

Rapunzel is baffled and wonders how he can figure out her name by the temperature of the room she is in...

Yes...Rapunzel is so sheltered and Fab Fane has to explain EVERYTHING to her...

BUT Rapuzel is a quick learner :)

I really, really, really loved this book!
About the Author:
Cindy C Bennett was born and raised in beautiful Salt Lake City, growing up in the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountains. She and her husband raised two daughters, two sons, and a plethora of pets without wandering far from the fold. They’ve now added two beautiful daughters-in-law to their family. In addition to writing YA fiction, she volunteers her time working with teen girls between the ages of 12-18, all of whom she finds to be beautiful, fascinating creatures that constantly inspire her stories. She developed a love of writing in high-school English, when a teacher introduced her to the joys of escaping reality for ten minutes each day in writing. When she’s not writing, reading or answering emails (notice there is no mention of cleaning, cooking or anything vaguely domestic) she can often times be found riding her Harley through the beautiful canyons near her home. To find out more on Rapunzel Untangled and author Cindy Bennett, visit: www.cindycbennett.com.
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Ten’s List: Top 10 Fairytales according to Cindy C Bennett

1.       Cinderella: I have to give top props to Cinderella because it was the first fairytale I was exposed to in the form of the Disney movie. I loved it so much I couldn’t get enough of her, and so read any books that had anything to do with Cinderella. While I now (as an adult) find it a little odd that she could fall helplessly in love with the Prince from a single night of dancing, for me it was always about this girl who lived a horrible, repressed, abused life but still stayed happy and positive all the time. Because of that, she got her just dues by becoming the Princess to rule over those who’d treated her so poorly. You go, girl! Lol

2.       Rapunzel: This is another fairytale I’ve always loved. The idea of a baby being given to a witch for nothing more than her preggo mother’s desire for vegetables (!) fascinated me. That her beautiful singing brought the Prince to her side I found incredibly romantic. That they would both give up everything to be together (him his sight, and she her beautiful hair) makes my heart swoon. Of course, I was exposed to the versions where she doesn’t come out of the tower pregnant, so I was shocked when I later found out that’s how many of the early versions end. Nonetheless, I still love the story—obviously since she’s who I chose to write about when given my choice of fairytales.

3.       The Little Mermaid: Okay, so you’re a fish who has a crush on a human. What do you do? You find the evil sea witch and make a deal to get a pair of legs—even at the cost of your most previous gift, your voice. And even if walking on those legs feel like you’re walking on swords (original version). This is after she rescues the Prince from drowning. Of course, I prefer the Disney version where she does get the Prince and her happily ever after than the original version where he marries another and she becomes sea foam. I’m a sucker for happy endings.

4.       Snow White: While I enjoy the Disney version, I prefer the darker original Grimm version. Sent into the forest by a jealous stepmother to be killed, Snow White manages to convince the huntsman to let her live. Smart girl. She hides out with seven little dudes who basically make her their maid, but like Cinderella, she retains her sweetness and positive attitude. In the end, the Prince kisses her back awake from the evil stepmother’s poisoned apple, and she too gets her just reward by becoming ruler of the kingdom. Good times for her!

5.       Beauty and the Beast: Doting daddy picks a rose to bring home to his beloved daughter who didn’t ask for any other gift than a simple flower. Already I like this girl—she’s not spoiled. Unfortunately he picks it from the Beast’s garden, and the price is that he must bring Belle to live with the Beast. She quickly becomes his friend in spite of her fear of him, but refuses to marry him since she doesn’t love him. It isn’t until he allows her to go home to see her family that she misses that she realizes she loves him, and when she sees in the enchanted mirror he’s near death, she rushes back and confesses her love, thereby saving him from the curse. Another chick-saving-the-guy story. Awesome.

6.       Sleeping Beauty: Most people think of this story as nothing more than the little Princess being cursed by the angry fairy to prick her finger and die, then saved by another fairy who says only she will sleep for 100 years and be awakened by a Prince. He finds her, kisses her, she wakes, end of story, right? Nope, in early versions her ogre mother-in-law demands the deaths of the Princess and her two children. She’s tricked into thinking they were killed (and fed to her—ugh!) and when she discovers it plots to kill the Princess again. She’s discovered and throws herself into the death trap she created for the Princess. Now that’s a story!

7.       The Goose Girl: Another Grimm fairytale though maybe less well-known than some of the others. Here the Princess is forced to change places with her maid and the King puts her to work as a goose girl. The Prince happens upon her in the field and falls in love with her even though he’s promised to the Princess, not knowing it’s her. Eventually her identity is discovered and she and the Prince marry. The reason I like this one so much is because the Prince actually takes the time to get to know her before falling in love with her, and loves her in spite of her “lowly” station.

8.       The Princess and the Pea: This seems a strange one to like, I know, since it’s nothing more than a test to see if this chick can feel a pea placed beneath a huge stack of mattresses. And yet, I remember as a young girl reading this one over and over. I honestly don’t know why it appealed to me so much, but it really did. How cool that only the one true Princess (and true love of the Prince) could feel that tiny little pea far beneath her sleeping back! Okay, not that cool, but still one I like.

9.       Thumbelina: I remember seeing a cartoon version of this as a young girl, and I was completely struck by the idea of a swallow who would give its life just to provide a moments happiness for the thumb-sized Thumbelina by using its lifeblood to create a red rose for her. Of course, that isn’t from the original Hans Christian Anderson tale, but only from the cartoon. It was equally fascinating that she was born from a flower, lusted over by a creepy toad, kidnapped by a beetle, and wooed by a mole until she eventually meets and marries a thumb-sized Prince.

10.   The Frog Prince: I have to begin by saying I didn’t care much for the Disney treatment of this story, but I’ve always liked the idea of the story. A guy turned into a frog who can only be rescued by convincing a Princess to love him enough to kiss him? Great storyline. How many of us have felt like the ugly frog in our own lives, suddenly transformed into a raving beauty by the love of the person who sees beneath that temporal exterior.
(A digital review copy of this title was provided by the author for this review. However, all reviews are of my own opinion :)


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