***Received from Netgalley in exchange for review, but I will be as transparent as always***
After the towering success of to kill a kingdom, I foresaw I would fall for a Rupunzel retelling by the same author.
Loosely inspired by said fairy tale, this ensnared some of my interest, but did not quite capture my heart the way I had hoped.
The thorny matter is that the characterisation was frankly not as cutthroat as her little mermaid counterpart. Instead, we were gifted a rather pleasant heroine, which made her, well, a bit boring. Even though she too was a witch, I rather felt her thunder was stolen by more intriguing villains.
That said, I was impressed with the world building. Bold and richly devised, it sprung up in my imagination as a verdant creation. I thoroughly enjoyed being swept away to this tricksy land.
I also found the plot fun. Though I wasn’t sold on the enemies to lovers aspect and wasn’t invested in the characters to love their romance, I did find myself swept up in the action. Pulled along by the powerful prose, I was unable to tear myself away from the book for long.
Ultimately, this was a rather unique retelling, full of witches and ghoulies and all things foul (ie a light selection from spooky season 😉) yet not the most memorable read.
Rating: 3½/5 bananas
And that’s all for now! Have you read this? Are you planning to? Let me know in the comments!