I guess I might’ve spent my whole life in that villa never learning the truth if not for that darn wall. Deep in my gut, I believed if I could just look over it, just see what was there, my dreams would make sense. Everything would make sense.
Rapunzel’s Revenge written by Shannon & Dean Hale and illustrated by Nathan Hale (no relation) is a retelling of the Rapunzel story in which Rapunzel saves herself, teams up with a stranger named Jack, and sets out to free her birth mother and fellow countrymen from adoptive mother Gothel.
What I Liked
– Rapunzel is an awesome character. She’s driven and determined, and she refuses to let her circumstances overwhelm her.
– There’s a lot of humor in the book–from making fun of Rapunzel’s ugly, ugly clothes to the banter between her and Jack. There are lots of great moments and a couple of laugh out loud funny ones.
– I love that Rapunzel and Jack are more partners than anything. Sometimes it seems as though he’s her sidekick and sometimes she’s his, but that’s because they both have different strengths and any given situation could favor one or neither.
– There’s some mystery around Jack. I figured it out right away, but my daughter really enjoyed the twist when it was revealed.
– Mother Gothel’s motivation for locking Rapunzel up really surprised me–in a good way.
– I love the artwork. Clear and crisp with great facial expressions. It was as much fun to look at the pictures as read the text–as it should be with a graphic novel.
– Rapunzel uses her hair as a weapon. I like that instead of it being the tool of her imprisonment, it becomes empowering.
What I Didn’t Like
– I would’ve liked to know just a little more about Gothel besides her being evil. You know, just a smidge.
In conclusion: The book is a lot of fun and a great read. It’s also great for the tween set or anybody who really enjoys adventurous stories. My daughter read it, immediately reread it, and then bought it when she saw it a the book store (I checked it out from the library). I think she really appreciated that Rapunzel is such a badass female character.
YA Reading Challenge: 17/75