Saturday, 15 August 2015

Graphic Novel/Comic Book Week - Review of Rapunzel's Revenge

Rapunzel's Revenge (Rapunzel's Revenge #1) by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale and Nathan Hale
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Released: August 5th 2008
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Once upon a time, in a land you only think you know, lived a little girl and her mother . . . or the woman she thought was her mother.

Every day, when the little girl played in her pretty garden, she grew more curious about what lay on the other side of the garden wall . . . a rather enormous garden wall.

And every year, as she grew older, things seemed weirder and weirder, until the day she finally climbed to the top of the wall and looked over into the mines and desert beyond.

Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale teams up with husband Dean Hale and brilliant artist Nathan Hale (no relation) to bring readers a swashbuckling and hilarious twist on the classic story as you've never seen it before. Watch as Rapunzel and her amazing hair team up with Jack (of beanstalk fame) to gallop around the wild and western landscape, changing lives, righting wrongs, and bringing joy to every soul they encounter.
(from Goodreads)

I bought this kind of on a whim, because I'm a massive fan of the Disney film Tangled, and I felt like reading another retelling of Rapunzel. I didn't have many expectations, but I ended up liking Rapunzel's Revenge a lot - it was really cute and pretty funny and definitely the light-hearted sort of thing I was looking for.

The art was not my favourite but it was still pretty decent, and actually more detailed than I was expecting, which I really liked. The way Rapunzel's hair was drawn was also really cool, and I loved the scenes where she was using it as a lasso! The little hooks on her belt for her to carry her hair like rope were a really nice touch and added to the whole rebel look she was pulling off.

I really liked Rapunzel - she was pretty damn fearless and the way she used her hair to fight people/get out of sticky situations was awesome. I could definitely understand her motivation for wanting to defeat Gothel after being lied to her whole life and then trapped in a tower for four years - plus Gothel was a tyrant to the rest of the world too, and they were all suffering because of her. I would maybe have liked to have seen a little more conflict though, since Gothel did raise her from when she was a very young child, but other than that, I enjoyed reading about Rapunzel and her plan to rescue her real mother, along with Jack (a thief she had met along the way). Jack was really funny and I loved his jokes and the humour he added to the story. He and Rapunzel got on so well even though they bickered, and I loved how he was always in awe of her skills and the way she used her hair. He was a great character who always managed to get into trouble, and was oddly attached to his goose (who he assured Rapunzel would eventually lay an egg that would sort out all their problems). I'm definitely looking forward to seeing Rapunzel and Jack again in the sequel, Calamity Jack (I have a feeling we'll find out about Jack's problem with giants in that one...)

Plot-wise, the story mostly consisted of Rapunzel trying to save her mother and defeat Gothel's growth magic so that she couldn't control everyone anymore. There was nothing really surprising, but it was fun to read and it was easy to support Rapunzel and hope that she would succeed (as well as ship Rapunzel and Jack, because they were just too cute). I liked how a few of the secondary characters all played their roles as well and I generally just enjoyed the whole story, despite it being fairly simple. Some of the scenes where Rapunzel and Jack ended up on little side adventures were really funny and definitely added to the fun feel of the book.

Overall, Rapunzel’s Revenge was a great read and I look forward to picking up the sequel, Calamity Jack.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a pretty cute read overall. Thanks for sharing! I like that Rapunzel uses her hair to help her out throughout the book - that is a very nice touch. And Jack sounds great!!

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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