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"Rapunzel! Rapunzel! Let down your hair That I may climb thy golden stair!"
– The Brothers Grimm
The story of Rapunzel is one of freedom and consequences. First published in 1812 by the Brothers Grimm, it’s based on a French literary fairy tale from 1698.
Here’s a list of Rapunzel retellings I’ve found.
Check below for my reviews of some of them!
(Books marked with a * are either standalones
or first in series.)
|Reclaiming Ryda – Rachel Rossano
East of the Sun West of the Moon meets Rapunzel trapped in a library tower (Are we sure she really want to escape?)
|Gothel and the Maiden Prince – W. R. Gingell *
A villain’s retelling of Rapunzel with a beautiful focus on misconceptions and prejudice.
|Turret – Camille Peters
The tower isn’t the only thing with indestructible walls…
|Stalks of Gold – Celeste Baxendell *
Rumplestiltskin in love with the girl who can spin gold. Too bad she only has eyes for the king’s younger brother.
|Emmazel – Kendra E. Ardnek
Jane Austen’s Emma meets Rapunzel
|An Inconvenient Princess – Melanie Cellier *
Penny should be blessed – but she’s not. And now she’s stuck in a tower.
|Towering Future – Abigail Manning
Does being able to predict the future mean she can’t change it?
|Spindle – W. R. Gingell *
What is a maiden to do when her prince is not a prince, her hair won’t stop growing, and someone has cursed her to sleep for 300 years?
|The Golden Braid – Melanie Dickerson
A Rapunzel retelling that proves the one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.
|Princess of the Beans – Sarah Beran
Rapunzel meets Jack and the Beanstalk in this high-stakes retelling that’s full of pirates
|Kingdom of Locks – Deborah Grace White
Rapunzel holds the key to her own escape – she just can’t use it.
|Hidden – Kaylin Lee
She’s a monster, a murderer. Does she deserve a chance to escape?
|What Once Was Mine: A Twisted Tale – Liz Braswell *
What if Rapunzel’s mother drank a potion from the wrong flower?