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The Golden Braid Hardcover – November 17, 2015
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'Dickerson breathes life into the age-old story of Rapunzel, blending it seamlessly with the other YA novels she has written in this time and place.' (Booklist)
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It seems to be a stand-alone story even though it is the second book in a series. If characters in this book were in the first one there is enough information about them that I never felt confused as to who each person was.
The characters are so wonderfully presented that I was able to connect with them and really understand them. I loved both Rapunzel and Sir Gerek. There are a number of secondary characters that I also felt a connection with.
At the same time it was very easy to absolutely hate Mother Gothel and a couple of the other characters, they just oozed with evil intentions. There was no guessing as to who the “bad guys” were in this story.
The story development was fantastic. It was definitely a new story for this popular fairy tale character. There were just enough elements that were kept the same so that there was no doubt as to which fairy tale it was taken from.
I really enjoyed how much dependence the main characters had on God. I found it to be very refreshing and encouraging.
I received a free eBook copy of this novel through NetGalley. I chose to write this review expressing my personal opinion.
The characters in Golden Braid were...okay, I guess. Rapunzel was tough, but sweet as well. However I thought she spent way too much time vacillating back and forth over her decisions, it became slightly tedious to read at times. I could understand her care of her mother and fear of leaving her, but way that woman acted, I couldn't believe she took so long to come to that decision.
Gerek I never got particularly attached too. The romance might have beeen sweet, but it fell a bit flat this time. It just wasn't quite up to par with her earlier works. The story was very sweet, though slow, and when the action finally came in, It was slightly difficult to follow.
I highly reccomend that you read Dickerson's earlier novel - The Princess Spy - before diving into this one. It will explain a lot, and if you haven't, you might have trouble keeping up with what is happening. Things were challenging enough for me – and I did read Princess Spy first!
Safety Rating: please note that it has beeen a while since I read this book and though I hope I have everything listed below, it is possible some details have been forgotten.
Romance: Clean. A villain did attempt to attack a girl, but nothing came of it
Drinking/drugs: none I recall.
Violence: mild fighting, a few injuries/broken bones, and the aforementioned attack.
The description was as charming as ever, but I did find the book a little slowly paced in the beginning. It came out wonderful though and I am once again reminded of why Mrs Dickerson is my favorite author!
Repunzal ~ I cried right along with her... I completely understand being one of the more emotional girls around. Plus the story of Repunzal has always been my second favorite story. Her hair was probably my favorite part of her features because I've always admired long hair, and the fact that it was blond. I loved [ although hated. ( .. ironically ) ] that she was so well guarded in her upbringing that men are dangerous. There was a good and bad side to that, but anyways... I liked that it was mentioned.
Gerik ~ I have to say he is one of my favorite male lovers... ( although Valten and Collin are competing with him for first on my list ) Definitely more of a scary but sensitive guy.... which is why I appreciate him so much. I loved his dark hair and the way he tried to hide his love for Repunzal....( she was just so innocent! )
This series has me all shivery and excited!! I can't wait to find out how it continues and who marries who and so forth... but now my legs are shaking!! These have got to be the best romance books I've read because the family just keeps growing and Duke William... he is such a good father! *beams* Anyways... now I have to have all of them in easy reach so I can reread them any time... now I'm rambling.
*cough* Let me make this clear... my review could have been done in fewer words... Pick / This / Book / Up ...... It / Is / So / Perfect .... You / Will / Enjoy ......
Trust me. *wink* * wink*