Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book Review: MY NAME IS RAPUNZEL, by K.C. Hilton

As a host for LRT Tours, I was given the opportunity to read and review MY NAME IS RAPUNZEL. I love fairy tales, and all manners of re-tellings! Here's my review...

By K.C. Hilton

Published 2013

About the book: (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.


This past summer, my daughter was in a theater production of Rapunzel, so when I was offered an ARC of a new retelling I jumped at the chance to read and review. And, I mean, look at that gorgeous cover. It just begs the reader to pick it up and enjoy. I wasn’t disappointed.

MY NAME IS RAPUNZEL, by K.C. Hilton, is a retelling of an old fairytale which starts in 1763 and continues into 2013, bringing the story of Rapunzel to life and all the way into the modern age.

I enjoyed this story a lot. I felt like I stepped back in time to when dragons and witches were real, with first person narration to bring the action up close and personal.

Told in first person POV, the author lets Rapunzel tell her own story. Although there are many different versions of the fairytale, in this story Rapunzel is cursed with eternal life. The reader gets to see Rapunzel adjust through the years to the wonders and horrors of our changing and modernizing world – from the advent of indoor plumbing to the wonders of internet shopping. In the end, she wasn’t the same na├»ve girl she was at the beginning of the story.

The witch, Gretta, was scary and deceptive and manipulative, although I must admit that as I was reading I was totally picturing the wonderful actress who portrayed the witch in my daughter’s summer stock play. That witch thought she loved Rapunzel and thought she was doing what was best for the girl, and did a wonderful job of portraying that twisted obsessive love - and I may have transferred some of that acting brilliance into this character as I read. The author does stress a few times throughout the story that Gretta seems just as much a prisoner as Rapunzel.

The love interest, Prince Henry, wasn’t as fully fleshed out as he might have been. There were maybe three chapters that we got to see from his point of view, which helped me to understand his character, but he wasn’t totally swoon-worthy, which was a little disappointing to me.

In the end, though, this is Rapunzel’s story. The tale of a young girl who was cursed because of love, and took 250 years to grow up to be strong and worthy enough of that love to break the curse.

* 4 out of 5 stars *

About the Author (from Goodreads):
K.C. writes:
“Born and raised in Aurora, Illinois I spent my childhood climbing trees and playing street games with the neighborhood kids. I was a proud tomboy, until the day I didn’t want to hike the land to an old graveyard. From that point forward I was considered a “girl”.

At the age of seventeen I moved to Kentucky and eventually began to raise a family of my own. Having worn several “hats” my life has been an adventure all on its own. Still, to this day, I yearns to be a mechanic and own a pink toolbox with pink tools.

I can usually be found updating my website, reading great books, watching awesome movies or creating videos for my YouTube channel. Most days I craves Diet Coke, pizza and chocolate, in no particular order.

I don’t read scary books or watch horror movies… I’m way too scared! Lol.”

Find K.C. online:
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MrsKcHilton

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