Page Count: 384
Published on: April 28, 2015
Published by: Scholastic & Arthur A. Levine Books
Genre(s): Coming of Age, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, Children's Lit, Adventure
Source: Print: Paperback
Source: Print: Paperback
My Rating: 5 stars
"Think you know Rapunzel's story? Think again, because the tower was only the beginning..." -- Jennifer Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author of THE FALSE PRINCE
In all of Tyme, from the Redlands to the Grey, no one is as lucky as Rapunzel. She lives in a magic tower that obeys her every wish; she reads wonderful books starring herself as the heroine; her hair is the longest, most glorious thing in the world. And she knows this because Witch tells her so---her beloved Witch, who protects her from evil princes, the dangerous ground under the tower, even unhappy thoughts. Rapunzel can't imagine any other life.
Then a thief named Jack climbs into her room to steal one of her enchanted roses. He's the first person Rapunzel's ever met who isn't completely charmed by her (well, the first person she's met at all, really), and he is infuriating-- especially when he hints that Witch isn't telling her the whole truth. Driven by anger at Jack and her own nameless fears, Rapunzel descends to the ground for the first time, and finds a world filled with more peril than Witch promised ... and more beauty, wonder, and adventure than she could have dreamed.
I got this book at at a Scholastic Book Fair at my old middle school. I really love the story of Rapunzel and the whole concept of Grounded made me really intrigued. When I read the synopsis on the back, I was really interested to read a Rapunzel story where Rapunzel loves the Witch. I really liked the world that Megan Morrison developed throughout the story. I also really liked that in the back of the book there was a cute little map of the world. I really like that the different countries are color names, I felt like that was a cute little touch. I also liked Megan's magical system, and I really hope she writes more novels that are based off of the world that she's created. I really want to read more about Megan's characters and learn their back story.
At first I didn't understand this book. I didn't like Rapunzel because of her whole innocent attitude, but once I got about 50-60 pages in, I really started to love Rapunzel. She's actually really smart considering what she's been taught I actually kind of ship Rapunzel and Jack. They're really young and I'm not sure if I'd want them to be together when they're super young, but I feel like their friendship will grow as they get older, and I really ship it. I also think that Rapunzel's story should be totally be fleshed out if Megan discussed what happened after the end of the story. I really want to know what happens after! I actually there could be some potential ships if Rapunzel developed some relationships with the people she met on her journey.
I really hope Megan Morrison writes more books in the world that she's created. I really love her characters, and I really like the magic system. I'm just hoping with all that I have.
If y'all love the Rapunzel story and fairy tale retellings, then you'll love this book.
If you love __#__, you'll love Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel.
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Enjoy and happy reading!