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The Cheap Reader

The Cheap Reader is Alison. She works in a library and dreams of one day becoming a Youth Services Librarian. She loves reading and has a soft spot in her heart for YA and MG fiction.


Golden - Cameron Dokey 4.5/5 I’ve been intrigued by Golden‘s premise long before Project: Fairy Tale came to be. A Rapunzel re-telling where Rapunzel is bald? It’s definitely an interesting idea. At the same time, I was very worried. Everyone knows that Rapunzel’s trademark feature is her incredibly long hair. How can she be Rapunzel without it?!In the end, it turns out I was worried for no reason because Dokey’s re-telling truly worked. She didn’t just expand on the Grimm brother’s fairy tale and flesh it out. She truly reworked it into her own story. She did keep some of the elements of the real story (Rapunzel’s mom craving rapunzel, her father giving her to the witch). She also added new elements (Rapunzel’s baldness, the tinker, the witch’s daughter) which made you think maybe you didn’t know the whole story to begin with.Rapunzel is still fairly sheltered in this re-telling but she definitely had some spunk to her. She wasn’t weak willed. I appreciated that she doesn’t turn to mush about boys or for love. The whole Rapunzel/Prince Alexander/Rue love situation was nicely handled and a good explanation about love at first sight. Harry was a good match Rapunzel because everything felt very natural.The bottom line? Very cool retelling. I’ll definitely have to check out more books from the series in the future.