Rating 3.5 Stars
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.
so i have been waiting to get my hands on this book for AGES so i was really excited when i got asked to review a copy. while i did enjoy this book it was not quite what i was expecting going into it and was up against some pretty stiff competition as a Rapunzel retelling as this story has been retold quite a few times in the past year or so. this story is a retelling in only the loosest of terms which if unlike me you had read the blurb may not surprise you all that much for the most part the tale is almost unrecognisable with the story more based around the origin of the tale and what Rapunzel’s life had really been like. the inclusion of the dragon which was missing from the original tale (or at least the versions I have read) did add an element of interest and i did enjoy all the unknown parts of Rapunzel’s life and how the story all came together.
however i found that the story did sometimes get repetitive with scenes being repeated without any extra information actually being added and personally i did find the “big twist” oddly predictable. this however did not overly detract from what was in truth an enjoyable version of Rapunzel. it may not be my favorite version of the tale but still one that i am sure i will come back too.
Just go, Henry. Save yourself. I tried to shout, but my mouth wouldn’t give way to sound. I was paralyzed. Was it with fear, or something else? The cackling witch at the tree line convinced me it was her doing.
I heard Henry continue to shout for me to flee, but I didn’t respond. I didn’t move. I didn’t run. I was frozen like a lifeless statue in a cold museum. With only the movement of my eyes, I pleaded with him to help me. A tear escaped one of my eyes then rolled down my cheek. That single tear managed to do what my heart and body could not. Escape.
Fear, like unseen hands, gripped my lungs and tried to crush them slowly. My stomach churned and threatened to empty. Would we die here?
The gentle chill of night had turned into a mid-winter’s frost. Tiny bumps rose on my arms and the small hairs prickled to attention. I opened my mouth to speak, but the words remained trapped in my throat.
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Life After Theft ~ Aprilynne Pike
Rating 2.5 Stars
Kimberlee Schaffer may be drop-dead gorgeous… but she also dropped dead last year. Now she needs Jeff’s Help with her unfinished business, and she is not taking no for an answer.
When she was alive, Kimberlee wasn’t just a mean girl; she was also a complete kleptomaniac. So if Jeff wants to avoid being haunted until graduation, he’ll have to help her return everything she stole. But Jeff soon discovers it’s much easier to steal something than it is to bring it back.
I went into it really wanting to like it. I loved the Wings series (particularly the end)and on hearing this book was about a ghost i was expecting some paranormal action… or something but on reading this i was surprised to find that the story would of pretty much worked if Kimberlee was just a normal teenager. that being said i really liked the relationship that developed between Kimberlee and Jeff and it was nice to see a boy/girl relationship that was not romantic. romance however was my problem with this book after the wonderful love triangle in wings i was underwhelmed while Jeff and Sera have the same easy feel to their relationship as Laurel and David did … it appears the author likes “perfect beautiful girls” with the “nerdy nice guy”. but i must say i was waiting for it to all fall apart… because i really did not like Sera as a character she was a flat goody goody **SPOILER** sure she had a past but it never really came into the story **END SPOILER** while i enjoyed the writing style and the feeling it lent to the book i was often jarred by finding out something had happened without my notice. only simple things like “still waiting for a red light” while i was still driving down the road, or “the bathroom being silent” when i thought we were in the hallway by the lockers. The other thing that i found disappointing is on reading the blurb:
“But Jeff soon discovers it’s much easier to steal something than it is to bring it back.”
I was expecting some sort of clever trick involving her stealing a heart or something but the story was much more straight forward then that. All in all a good enough book but not quite what i was expecting.
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The Future of Us ~ Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Rating 1.5 Stars
It’s 1996 and very few high school students have ever used the internet. Facebook will not be invented until several years in the future. Emma just got a computer and an America Online CD. She and her best friend Josh power it up and log on – and discover themselves on Facebook in 2011. Everybody wonders what they’ll be like fifteen years in the future. Josh and Emma are about to find out.
The idea for this book is amazing but unfortunately it did not quite hit its potential. They seemed to force the idea of it being 1996 way to much (probably to try and stop it being about two teenagers with a Facebook addiction) and the plot was predictable. That being said I do wish I had insight into future me’s mind… on the other hand if a past me was to look at most of my Facebook statuses it would probably come across as gibberish. Which was the other problem the writing of the status updates on Facebook is just plain weird. Particularly when you consider the fact that they are meant to be 30. The characters were vapid and Emma in particular made me want to pull my hair out. she was whiney and annoying and completely self centered and i spent most of the book waiting for her to have some epiphany that she is a bitch and needs to grow up. josh was a believable but unremarkable flat sort of character who despite his “love” for Emma has absolutely no problem chasing another girl just because “Facebook told him too”.
“Why does it say she has three hundred and twenty friends?” Josh asks. “Who has that many friends?”
“What the hell happened to Pluto?!”
“Josh turns to me. “I can’t believe she’s writing these things.” “Not she,” I say. “Me.” “Why would anyone say this stuff about themselves on the Internet? It’s crazy!” “Exactly,” I say. “I’m going to be mentally ill in fifteen years, and that’s why my husband doesn’t want to be around me.”
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