Series: Book ONE of Twisted Ever After
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, YA
Rating: 4/5 stars
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Gothel is a witch. Punished for the actions of her mother, her choice is simple: either she stands guard over Princess Rapunzel—or she dies. But just because a choice is easy doesn’t mean it’s pleasant. Protecting Rapunzel means watching as the princess lays trapped in a tower, bedridden by hair that is so long and heavy it’s slowly driving her insane. Gothel’s life has become one of imprisonment and solitude as well—until a prince and his handsome squire appear at the tower.
Only one object can cut Rapunzel’s hair and end the curse: a pair of magical shears. But the shears are guarded by the most terrifying witches in the land, who also happen to be Gothel’s aunts. As Gothel and the prince’s squire, Raj Talmund, work to form a plan, she finds herself more and more drawn to the mysterious young man from the Outerlands. Unfortunately, his destiny is far more dangerous than she wants to admit: to save a princess, he must kill the witch who’s been forced to guard her.
What I Liked About the Book
- The Witch’s Tower is a very unique retelling of Rapunzel. Seriously, the reason for her long hair is something I never would have thought of.
- There are no dainty or fragile women to be seen. All of them are kinda badass.
- The pace of the story is literally never slow.
- There is no “love is always the answer!” Grantham shows the reader that even the people who love you can sometimes be selfish jerks, and that’s a good thing for teens and adults alike to understand.
- The writer’s tone and style is pretty great. I love snark when it’s inserted at the right times, and Gratham definitely accomplishes that.
What I Disliked About the Book
- Gothel is sooooo thirsty for a certain male character. Like from the BEGINNING. Girl get a grip.
- Insta-love. I’m sorry, but it’s not my favorite trope.
So all in all, I enjoyed The Witch’s Tower, especially because it was free! I would like to read the rest of the series, especially because the next book is about Odette…Yeah, Swan Princess. I always loved that movie as a kid.
What are your favorite fairytales/retellings??
About the Author
Tamara Grantham is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books and novellas, including the Olive Kennedy: Fairy World MD series, the Shine novellas, and the upcoming Twisted Ever After trilogy. Dreamthief, the first book of her Fairy World MD series, won first place for fantasy in INDIEFAB’S Book of the Year Awards, a RONE award for best New Adult Romance of 2016, and is a #1 bestseller on Amazon with over 200 five-star reviews.
Tamara holds a Bachelor’s degree in English. She has been a featured speaker at numerous writing conferences and has been a panelist at Comic Con Wizard World speaking on the topic of female leads. For her first published project, she collaborated with New York-Times bestselling author, William Bernhardt, in writing the Shine series.
Born and raised in Texas, Tamara now lives with her husband and five children in Wichita, Kansas. She rarely has any free time, but when the stars align and she gets a moment to relax, she enjoys reading fantasy novels and watching every Star Wars or Star Trek movie ever made.