Author: Cameron Dokey
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: Paperback, 179 pages
Before Rapunzel's birth, her mother made a dangerous deal with the sorceress Melisande: If she could not love newborn Rapunzel just as she appeared, she would surrender the child to Melisande. When Rapunzel was born completely bald and without hope of ever growing hair, her horrified mother sent her away with the sorceress to an uncertain future.
After sixteen years of raising Rapunzel as her own child, Melisande reveals that she has another daughter, Rue, who was cursed by a wizard years ago and needs Rapunzel's help. Rue and Rapunzel have precisely "two nights and the day that falls between" to break the enchantment. But bitterness and envy come between the girls, and if they fail to work together, Rue will remain cursed...forever.
So after two hit and misses with this series I went into this book very hesitant. I was afraid that it would have the one fault that both Wild Orchid and Before Midnight had, which is the plot feeling forced. And gladly this book didn't have any of that and it was an enjoyable book to read. Sadly, though, it was plagued by a different demon. This was being how the complexity of the author's writing style came out in this book.
The plot in this book was very good! I really enjoyed reading it and the unique twist the author put on the tale of Rapunzel and how Love at first sight is described in this one. In most of Cameron Dokey's other books there is a lot of love at first sight going on and I liked how she defined love at first sight in this one. Basically the characters say that love at first sight is nothing more than a seed of love planted at first sight and if the two keep seeing each other it will grow into love. That was really great to read! And I was just like finally!! One of her books where the main character doesn't fall in love at first sight!! Yay!!
However, the biggest problem I had with the book was the writing. Her writing style in this book is excessively complicated. Here's an example:
There's something about knowing you have to tell someone something you know equally well they won't want to hear that definitely encourages you to hold your tongue.
That was the writing style for the whole book. This book could have been 50 pages less if the author clearly stated information instead of writing it like that. So, because of that this book was really hard to get through even though I was enjoying the plot. In some places it was like trying to swim through concrete.
Overall, I feel like it was a good solid re-telling. I really enjoyed the twist the author put on the Rapunzel tale and the characters themselves (Rapunzel was the sassiest character, she didn't take crap from anyone. I loved her!) The only problem I had with the book was the writing style. So, if you can get through the writing style I would recommend this book to you.
This book gets....
Basic, nothing special.