Fairest of them all by Carolyn Turgeon
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'I was the girl with the long long hair, trapped in the tower. You have no doubt heard of me.'
I seem doomed to spend my hours reviewing those dreaded first person narratives and yet I took to Fairest of them all like a fish takes to water. As with all fairy tales this new interpretation of Rapunzel and Snow White’s story it comes with a warning; that all magic, that all our decisions, come with a price. And in Rapunzel’s case, is it a price she is Really willing to pay?
With the releases of Disney’s Tangled and ABC’s Once Upon A Time, fairy tales have never been as popular or as hot as they are right now. And Turgeon manages to take that tale as old as time and spin it into something exciting and fresh.
Whilst it would be easy to hate Snow White’s wicked stepmother, it is harder to hate Rapunzel and in Turgeon’s tale we see a more realistic story about love, loss and betrayal. It’s easier to fall in love with Rapunzel and out of love with Snow White which is the joy about first person narrative and unrealiable narrators. Remember it’s only the victors in history who get to write their story, so it’s nice to see another view point from the traditional one.
And while it’s hard to watch the heroine turn to villain but there is, as with most fairytales, a small glimmer of hope at the end of the tunnel.
I loved this story, it really gripped me with good pacing and characterisation and nice little twists. A definite 4/5 stars from me.