Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway: Don’t Fall by
Category: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication: May 27, 2014; Swoon Romance
In which a teenage girl endures the over-protective love of her adoptive mother until she falls for a boy who has her wanting to spread her wings, pitched as a contemporary retelling of Rapunzel.
Seventeen-year-old Anya leads a very secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother. She doesn’t go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Her over-protective mom keeps her so sheltered that she doesn’t even have a best friend.
But Anya doesn’t seem to mind. She has her books, her photography, and her daydreams, and would do anything to please her mom. Until one day at the library, the only place she’s allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy.
Before long she’s lying to her mom, and sneaking out late at night to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only other person she’s ever cared about.
The book is called Don’t Fall but it’s impossible to not fall in love with this sweet modern take on Rapunzel. With the golden lox princess being portrayed by a braided and sheltered girl with a photography habit and the prince being re-envisioned as a swoon worthy English Lit Major with a penchant for cupcakes it’s easy to turn the pages.
The modern day fairytale was short, maybe a bit too short for my liking, as I wanted a bit more meat to the story, still it managed to deliver a cute and sweet romance, sure to please fans of the original story. While there was no tower per say or chants of Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, that’s because the hair in question, while abundant, was also metaphorical in nature. By the end of the book Zander was literally able to get Anya to let down her guard and begin to be free (hair and all).
Anya, the titular “Rapunzel” was my only gripe in the story, I wanted her to show a little more chutzpah and stand up to her mother. Mostly, because the mother in this case (aka the evil queen) was so unlikable I wanted her to just get on with telling her off. Still the author managed to make Anya’s mother slightly sympathetic.
And Zander? Where do I begin with him? His love and adoration of Anya was so sweet! Their clandestine meetings were so adorable and he truly became a prince to me in the end.
This is a super fast read and I was able to read it in a night, it’s a great lighthearted and heartwarming and can be enjoyed by teens and adults alike.
About the Author
Rachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there, with her husband and their four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.
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1 ebook of Don’t Fall + $10 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
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