REVIEW: My Name is Rapunzel by K.C. Hilton

Title: My Name is Rapunzel
Author: K. C. Hilton
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: November 22nd 2013
Pages: Paperback 302 pages
Source: Gifted

Summary from Goodreads:
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. I will tell you my story. I will tell you the truth.

  • The beginning/origin of Rapunzel was well developed and still had some aspects of the original while introducing the new story line.  
  • I thought it was clever how Rapunzel mentioned that she sold her story to the Brothers Grimm.  She was aware of how crazy her story was and even joked that the brothers ruined her story by changing it all. 
  • As time progressed Rapunzel is forced to adapt to modern technology.  The way Rapunzel resists modern technology like plumbing was amusing.  She is also introduced to computers and the Internet. The transition from old times to today was well thought out and flowed smoothly. It gave the story a nice new spin to it.  
  • The love story started out very fairy tale-like (which in this case was not a bad thing).  The romance as fast and destined for eternity but cursed by the evil witch.  As the story progressed into modern times there was some insta-love that was just unbelievable and did not feel right.  
  • The ending was still a perfect fairy tale so that was great :)

  • The twist was pretty easy to guess early on so that was rather disappointing.  
  • The story was entertaining but it was not super amazing (like Cinder and Scarlet).  I would not say do not read it by any means but it is not one of my favorite re-tellings.  There were some aspects that were unique to this re-telling but the story line stayed quite true to the original.  
  • As mentioned earlier the insta-love that occurs seemed so forced and against the true love fairy tale nature of the story.  
  • While I enjoyed the integration of modern times with the original fairy tale I thought some aspects of like the dragon did not blend well with modern times.  How can a dragon fly around for over 100 years and never be seen by anyone. 

My Name is Rapunzel is an entertaining and amusing fairy tale re-telling; the plot is rather predictable at times and sometimes a bit unbelievable but overall it was still an enjoyable read.

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