Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison is a fun new twist on the classic fairytale, and even though I never get tired of remakes of her story, this one in particular is fresh and original and bushels of fun, and probably my all time favorite!
For the most part, when you think of Rapunzel, you picture either a kidnapped princess or the Disney version—generally naive but still pretty curious and anxious to see the world outside her tower. However, Grounded paints a different kind of golden-tressed recluse. Our heroine is not much of a heroine at all, because she is perfectly content to stay just where she is. Her tower obeys her very wish, and her darling Witch gives her all the love and attention she could ask for. Thanks to Witch’s stories, she knows full well the horrors that would befall her should she ever get a hankering for the outside world—horrendous ground beasts, malicious fairy magic, and evil princes who are intent on cutting off her glorious locks. Why on earth would she want to leave? But when a short, grubby, extremely un-princely intruder steals a precious potion from the tower, Rapunzel has to do the unthinkable and – gulp – go after him to save her precious Witch’s life.
Desperately gullible, disarmingly innocent, and completely sheltered from everything outside of her perfect, isolated bubble, Rapunzel even has to learn what the word “mother” means. Every experience is a new experience as she and her reluctant companion, Jack “Beanstalker” Byre, travel through the countries of Tyme to complete their quest, encountering extreme peril and wild shenanigans around every corner.
At the beginning, Rapunzel is so naive you almost can’t stand her, but her development as a person is one of the best reading experiences I’ve ever had. Predictably, everything she thinks she knows about the world is turned on its head, but more than that, both she and the reader gain a new understanding of courage, family, forgiveness, and loving people in spite of their flaws.
This book made me laugh, cry, and feel an intense longing for wild adventures—read this book and enjoy one of the best fairytale spinoffs I’ve ever read! But the best part? This is the first of a projected SIX BOOKS in the Tyme series, so we get to plunge deep into this fantastic, artfully crafted, magical world that has enough intricacy and depth to make JK Rowling proud. Keep an eye out for Morrison’s new book, Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella, out on October 11th!
For more information, and to preorder Disenchanted, check out Megan Morrison’s website here!