Title: Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel
Series: Tyme #1
Author: Megan Morrison (website http://meganmorrison.net/)
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
“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.
It all starts one night in Rapunzel’s tower. She was enjoying a relaxing evenin
g when she heard a noise outside. At first, she thinks it is her beloved witch coming to tell her goodnight, instead she finds a short, dirty, thief, who she assumes is a prince. She is surprised to find that this boy is quite rude and has none of the attributes that her books told her a prince should possess. Eventually, she gets sick of his demands, which make no sense to her, and rings her bell for witch. At the sound of the bell, witch comes running and the boy takes off, knowing what the witch could do to him. Once witch arrives she comforts Rapunzel and reveals the boy’s purpose of boy’s visit. He was trying to get a cure for a very powerful fairy who could kill witch. Witch offers to take the horrible experience from Rapunzel’s memory so she won’t have to endure the memory of the disturbing experience. Seeing this as the best solution Rapunzel agrees and by the boy’s next visit, she has no remembrance of the past events.When the strange boy arrives he tricks her into giving him a rose, which will cure the fairy. This infuriates Rapunzel and causes her to do something drastic. She leaves her tower and chases the vile boy into to the forest, where her hair gets tangled in the branches and her feet get cut by the rough ground. Before she has much time to hesitate, she and the boy (Jack) are swept into a fairy wood by one of Jack’s fairy friends, who is named Rune. Rune insists that Rapunzel fatally injured his mate and that she should be killed for her acts, but with lack of the memory, Rapunzel tells Rune that she has no remembrance of these events and that he has no power. Although Rune is infuriated by her words, he only shrinks her to his size and takes her to his mate, who is the ruler of the red fairies. Fortunately, Eldest Glyph (Rune’s mate) has compassion on Rapunzel, despite the condition Rapunzel induced upon her. She tells Rapunzel that she will be spared if she goes on a journey with Jack, so she can learn the truth. Since this is Rapunzel’s only option she consents and begins a daring adventure to discover the truth.
This was a fantastic book that kept me interested throughout. I loved the ad
venture and humor that were combined perfectly and I eagerly await the next book. There was no language except some mild name calling such a liar, embassy, brute, troll, ugly little gnome. There is a small amount of violence, such as Jack and Rapunzel being chased by a Stalker (their version of a lion), Jack getting knocked out with blood around his head, and at the end of the book when witch ages rapidly her hair falls out in clumps and wrinkles appear. Lastly, there is nothing inappropriate other than Rapunzel asking Jack how children are made and him giving a completely undetailed response. This was a fantastic book that I would recommend to anyone ages ten and up.