Sarah J. Pepper is one of my favorite Indie Authors since I started to review books. Before this book, I had read two of her other works and fell in love with her. However, this book is proof that even you can dislike a book by a favorite author.
From the very first page I knew this wasn’t my type of book. I tried to keep an open mind but each chapter made me want to pull my hairs outs, both at frustration for the book, and thinking there must have been something wrong with me not liking it.
The writing was great, as always. I loved the descriptions of the Château de Immortelle, a castle carved from a mountain where the villain lived and controlled the whole place. Sarah’s descriptions were extremely vivid, creative, and easy to grasp in my mind. I had this whole setting in my head, a morph of Tim Burton with classical fairy tale. Details didn’t go missing here at all, and I loved every bit of them, from the beautiful ones to the creepy ones.
The plot was also good, in general. Rapunzel is a prisoner of Taryn, Master of Time and Queen of the Enigmatic Realms. Taryn was a tyrant who imprisoned anyone with seemed worthy of adding to her collection of sorcerers form whom she took power from. When Rapunzel finally makes a break for it from the highest tower, she’s caught by the panty-dropping and sexy Mercenary. Tired of being hit, spat on, being used and ridiculed, Rapunzel is made into the leader of the Iconoclast, rebels who are slaves of Taryn as well who want to be free as well. Rapunzel is thrown in a whirlwind of lies, mysteries, and romance as she tried to uncover the truth of everything around her, and how to defeat Taryn and gain her freedom once and for all.
Thing is, it was really interesting. What got me motivated to keep reading was the urge and hunger to know more of this fantastical place where there were warlocks, sorcerers and sorceresses, and so much more! I wanted to know about Taryn, her motivations and backstory, and know more about how Rapunzel was going to defeat her.
But my problem here was–tada!–Rapunzel herself. I couldn’t stand her. From the first chapter on all she seems to think about is the Mercenary called Flynn. He’s sex on legs, carved by the gods (maybe a god himself), and she couldn’t help herself but want to jump him. I tried to see from her point of view of things, but it got to a point where the story, the plot and problems I mentioned about, were going extremely well, when all of a sudden Rapunzel is mouthing Flynn for this or that, acting all brave and all. And he follows suit. They have this banter of who will get who begging for sex, who wins the game of staring or resisting, and so on. I was full of it. Sigh in relief, there’s no insta-love. But beware of the insta-lust!
And I mean, fine, there’s that. There are people who like that, and I don’t judge them! I’m not one to talk because I’m a big fan of Harlequin KISS titles, and we all know what those have *ahem*. But here, with Rapunzel and a rebellion brewing to take out Taryn, I didn’t want any of it. Not so much at least. Most of the book was about that, or at least it felt for me. I even skipped reading the most intense part where Rapunzel and Flynn get to it and have sex and confess stuff and all. Imagine how I was…
In general, the book was great. Sarah delivered a great twist on the Rapunzel classic that’s sure to blog the minds of the readers, specially those who enjoy retellings. However, this wasn’t my type of book. But because it wasn’t my type, it doesn’t mean it wasn’t great either. Sarah is a great and talented author, and this is another great work to add to her list. If you’re like me and don’t want that type of romance, maybe this one isn’t for you. If so, then go on and devour it! I’m sure a few readers out there will like it more than I. Though I am curious to know what will happen next, if the author decided to do a sequel.
Rating: 2.5 stars