*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
Princess Valentina lives a reasonably comfortable life, but after her mother’s death, her father gets tired of taking care of her and locks her in a tower. She spends years on her own, talking to the birds on her windowsill, and reading books with adventures she will never experience. Her plans of running away are usually left for another day because she knows the vast forest surrounding her tower is too dangerous to cross alone.
Until one day, another girl passes by on her horse and Valentina wonders if she’s finally brave enough to seize her chance of freedom.
Ripped Pages is a Rapunzel F/F retelling in the format of a novelette.
Ah, fairy tale retellings are so sweet and I have to say I love to see how author create a new story around a well known topic. I spotted this novelette on Twitter when the author, M. Hollis/Maria Hollis was promoting her upcoming work. I thought: hell yeah, a Rapunzel retelling and on top a F/F story? Count me in. :3
When I received the book and read it I was bewitched. ❤ The story is well known with Rapunzel being kept in the tower but the truly devastating part was the child neglect by her father, the way how the King was a cruel man. It is not overly brutal in an actually show of explicit violence, it’s the mental violence, the cruelty behind the King’s actions.
Rapunzel is captured in the tower but isn’t just sitting around, she is a pretty astute young girl who tries to keep sane in her cold prison. Her creative and unique way to count the days she is there is clever but heart breaking too.
The moment she escapes the tower with the help of a young woman, names Agnes, on a horse, and clothed as a hunter but in fact hiding her true identity, Valentina, short Val, gets her possibility to get a new life.
That she fell in love and find her true love wasn’t planned but the way how the author is displaying it is sweet but slightly innocent and therefore the storys is perfect for those who love light Young Adult F/F stories and fairy tale retellings in general. The character are well developed and have their own minds, still compleat each other so well. The few supporting character were genuine and gave the story its depth.
I really had my joy with this book and I definitely look up the other books by the author. 5 out of 5 stars for this. :3