Rapunzel has been cursed with the gift of immortality, always appearing as a young girl of 18. On the evening that she was cursed, a horrible witch Gretta also took away her true love Henry. For over 200 years Rapunzel lives in solitude and morns the loss of Henry and the life that she was supposed to have. She is watched over by a dragon whose reign will not allow her to escape.
As the years go by, Rapunzel learns to leave behind her old ways and starts to modernize her home. She finds small comfort in her hidden garden around her castle and in the ability to be anonymous over the internet. One day she reads an article in her local newspaper from a man named John Jenkins, which denotes and denies the myths of fairy tales. Stating that if he ever met Rapunzel he would ask her to chop off her hair and donate it. This sets off a fire in Rapunzel which sends her on a path to tell her story to John, so that at least one person knows the truth of what she has lived through, unable to die.
I have read countless fairy tale retelling stories, however this is my first one featuring Rapunzel. I really enjoyed this version. Rapunzel isn’t the adventurous girl that Disney has portrayed. She is forced to stay with the witch Gretta that cursed her in hopes of finding a way to reverse what has happened to her. The author KC Hilton has written a magnificent magical story. While the first half of the book was sad, filled with the hardships that Rapunzel had to endure, the second half really picks up as Rapunzel finds a new friendship and maybe even more in the snotty reporter John Jenkins. I was hanging on by a thread as the conclusion came and all was revealed. I will say that I loved the ending! If you love fairy tale retellings then go and buy this book now!
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.