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Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel

(Tyme #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  3,245 ratings  ·  422 reviews
In all of Tyme, from the Redlands to the Grey, no one is as lucky as Rapunzel. She lives in a magic tower that obeys her every wish; she reads wonderful books starring herself as the heroine; her hair is the longest, most glorious thing in the world. And she knows this because Witch tells her so---her beloved Witch, who protects her from evil princes, the dangerous ground ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Cheryl Klein
I love fairy tale retellings, but there are a lot of them out there, so I do not publish them lightly. This one: TOTALLY WORTH IT.

The best way I can describe it is Rapunzel meets Harry Potter (another thing I do not do lightly: make comparisons to HP), because the fairy tale unfolds in a world as rich as the Wizarding world in past history, present action, & delightful details; and because it encompasses the same range of tones that HP has -- truly a book that made me laugh, cry, gasp, and long
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Put it on your list, preorder it, and then preorder the next one just to save yourself a little time, because you are not getting through Tyme #1 without wanting Tyme #2.

It's just fantastic. I don't even know what else to say. Get it!
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Fairy tale retellings are my catnip, especially when the story incorporates multiple fairy tales. Both Rapunzel and Jack the Beanstalker take the stage in Grounded, and their story is unlike any other that I have read. The third person narrative packs all the heart, voice, and emotion that first person narratives often do and provides the reader with uncountable moments of witty, hilarious, and meaningful dialogue. There wasn’t a second after I passed the first page that I wasn’t eager to keep r ...more
Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
3rd reread: Still one of my very favorite books. It put a smile on my face and a lump in my throat and makes me want to stay in Tyme forever. I even spotted something I missed the first two times that I think will be relevant for Transformed!

ReRead Review: I've been wanting to read this again for some time because I loved it so much originally and knew there was a lot of nuance and hidden details in this world. And I'm SO glad I did! The characters are even better than I remembered, complex and
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis- Rapunzel lived in a tower, and she had everything she wanted. Witch gave it to her. Witch loved her. And Rapunzel was happy. That is, until a boy climbs her tower and claims that they’ve met. Even weirder, they met… Yesterday. But how is that possible? Rapunzel would have remembered. So, Rapunzel decides he’s lying. Yet somehow, he has her handkerchief. Could what he say be… true? Then, he steals a rose and runs off. What choice does Rapunzel have? She follows him. And thus begins the ...more
Mary Lee
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is fabulously well-written. The author spent 10 years building this alternative fairy tale world and all her work shows. I just finished an adult Rapunzel story (Bitter Greens) which has a cornerstone kernel of truth in the historical character of Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force, who wrote the original story of Rapunzel in the 1600's. I gave Megan Morrison a silent standing ovation when she gave a nod to this bit of historical truth by having Rapunzel's grandmother call her Charl ...more
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I'm giving this book five perfect stars for changing my perspective about Rapunzel's situation.

You see.. I love Rapunzel, as evidenced by my never-changing profile picture. She has a special place in my fiction world, so please understand if I'm a bit overprotective of her.

In this book, she went from being a nauseatingly closed minded witch loyalist to a young lady with hopes and dreams, ready to face the world WITH BOTH EYES OPEN. I love that. I love how fiction found a little space for realism
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Possible review to come. Maybe, probably not really.
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A delightful alternative retelling of Rapunzel! I brought the book home to peruse, never intending to actually read it, but was instantly captivated. Morrison builds a fantasy world that is described in a way you can easily picture the setting without being bogged down in details. We are whisked away on an adventure as Rapunzel transforms from a rather annoyingly naive prisoner to a courageous, quick-thinking, kind-hearted girl. No rescues from Prince Charming needed, this gal is strong enough t ...more
Christine Hayes
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The author has created a rich, captivating world in GROUNDED. Her main character is drawn with depth and complexity. It was satisfying to see that while Rapunzel changed and grew as a person during her adventures, some of her core qualities were established early on and consistently displayed throughout.

Love is a central theme in the book, but it is never portrayed as easy or simple. Looking forward to the next installment!
Jennifer Bertman
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, emla
I absolutely loved this book. Clever, funny, fast-paced, gorgeous writing, details and descriptions that drop you in this fantasy world, memorable characters--I can't think of anything that was lacking. The characters would arrive at a destination or overcome a challenge and I'd wonder, "Oh, is it going to get boring now?" The answer was always a resounding NOPE! Turn the page and there's another challenge for the characters to face, or a mysterious new character. Highly recommend. ...more
Kathy MacMillan
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you think you know Rapunzel, think again. This Rapunzel is perfectly happy in her tower, thank you very much, where her Witch takes care of all her needs and none of those bothersome princes can hurt her. But when Jack (of beanstalk fame) climbs in through the window, Rapunzel sets off on a quest to save her beloved Witch, and learns more about the world than she expected. Morrison takes us on a journey alongside her, introducing us to the mystical, magical land of Tyme and its inhabitants - ...more
This book took a while--about fifty pages--to hit its stride. The beginning is so boring and confusing that I nearly gave up...but then it got really good. I loved Rapunzel (and her character development, wow) and Jack and I really really loved the world-building (the Shattering might be my new favorite backstory). I loved the way Morrison thought out the psychological results of being locked in a tower your whole life.


--The beginning is SO DULL.

Creative and original and really good.
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
Buddy-read with the awesomesauce Anne.... because if you think I can resist this combo:

Set to commence at some point in or around September 15th.
Penny Whitmore
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was so-o good! I LOVED it! The main characters are Rapunzel, Jack, and Witch. It starts of with Rapunzel in her tower one night she's just relaxing as normal until, she hears a strange noise. At first she thinks its just her witch coming to visit her before bed, but it turns out to be a strange boy. Rapunzel's only knowledge of the outside world is what her witch has told her and the books her witch had written for her. In Rapunzel's life these are facts:
1. All boys are princes
2. They
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'll admit that I was a little skeptical when I first started this book. I didn't like Rapunzel, and I wasn't sure where the story was going. As it progressed, I really started to enjoy myself. Rapunzel turned out to be a pretty strong character and it ended differently than I expected.

The only part of the story that I didn't really like all that much was Prince Frog. I was expecting something else to happen and when it didn't, I was disappointed. That was my fault for having expectations I gue
3.5 stars.

The last 150 pages or so were really very good, but before that, man, I had a lot of trouble getting into it. It was boring and so confusing. I likely would have given up, had not my sister quite enjoyed it, so I am glad she'd read it before me.

One of the absolute highlights was how the psychological aspect was written. Rapunzel has been brought up by a "villain", lied to her whole life about literally everything, and is usually portrayed as, you know, naive but well-adjusted and mostl
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This book was so so so so good!! The plot was incredibly rich and full of danger, excitement, suspense, and mystery - a lot of mystery. The villain was so incredibly complex and Rapunzel's relationship with her even more so. I adored seeing the villain through Rapunzel's eyes when everyone around her knew the truth about the villain and thus hated her.
Not to mention Rapunzel who was such a sweet, incredibly honest, open, scared, uncertain, and INNOCENT girl who, in finding the world, finds herse
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
3.5 stars - I was torn on how to rate this book because I took me a long time to feel invested in the story and the characters, but after the halfway point I loved it. So I am rounding this up to 4 stars on Goodreads, because I do think this book is worthwhile to read and I want to continue with the series.

The first half dragged for me I think because it took me a while to like Rapunzel as a character. She understandably is naive, but I found her very frustrating to listen to and feel sympathy f
Jun 23, 2017 marked it as anti-library  ·  review of another edition
Catherine King
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel" retells the old fairy tale with aplomb, invention, and heart. Cosetted and sheltered, Rapunzel doesn't want to leave her perfect tower or her loving Witch. But when Witch is threatened, Rapunzel follows an adventurer named Jack out of the tower, resentful every step of the way. A wise red Fairy tells Rapunzel that as she wanders the wider world of Tyme, the girl must listen to its people and expand her horizons. And listen she does. And as for horizons, Mor ...more
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, I'll finish a book and wish I had the sequel in my hands that very instant. With 'Grounded', I didn't have the problem of wanting the next book in the series - I wanted the next six!

Sheltered Rapunzel is the perfect character to introduce us to the world of Tyme. There are moments of humor as enemy-turned-travel companion Jack, 'the Beanstalker', explains things the reader already knows, and clever bits of world building as he explains things unique to this story-land.

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Devin Smither
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Emotionally Resonant Fairy Tale Adaptation, Amazing Climax

I rarely cry reading books, but this one was an exception. The final confrontation (which is entirely a conversation) between our defiantly-herself protagonist and the morally-complex villain left me a wreck…in a good way. I would compare the last 100 pages (or a bit over a quarter of the book) to the climactic sections of Watership Down or Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and that is extremely high praise coming from me.

Before t
Megan (ReadingRover)
This was a really unique retelling. It’s one of Rapunzel with a little Jack and the Beanstalk thrown in. The twist is that Rapunzel is not at all resentful of the with that had imprisoned her. She is sympathetic. At first it seems like Stockholm syndrome but it turns out to be more that she just thinks of her as a mother and believes there is good in the witch. I ended up really enjoying this book. The audiobook was well produced and really entertaining to listen to. I’ll definitely be listening ...more
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, fairytales
I'll read any fairytale retelling and I loved this. Can't wait to see where this series goes! ...more
Cara (Wilde Book Garden)
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

CW: Grief, gaslighting, emotional abuse, vomiting, kidnapping
Apr 30, 2021 added it
Shelves: favorite-books
What an absolute delight.

This book at it's core is a Rapunzel retelling, but it also has essences of Jack and the Beanstalk as well.

This book follows our main protagonist Rapunzel, an innocent and naive girl who lives in a tower with her guardian Witch. One day Rapunzel finds out that Witch's life is in danger and gets swept up in an adventure and crosses many lands to figure out how to save her. She meets a whole cast of delightful characters, including Jack who is her main companion and has
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Grounded is an immensely imaginative take on the story of Rapunzel, exploring friendship, family, and the meaning of bravery.

In this tale, Rapunzel freely leaves her tower when she believes the witch (whom she fondly calls simply “Witch”) is in danger, and that it’s up to her to keep the only family she has ever known safe. Her journey brings her, and new acquaintance Jack the Beanstalker, clear across the land of Tyme, through places and people she never even knew existed. The journey is of one
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: junior-fiction
WOW!!! junior fiction has come a long way since I was younger. I am definitely really enjoying fairy tale retellings.
What a beautiful story. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen Morrison just flips everything around.

Her themes of love, acceptance and loyalty are written so beautifully. This is just a fantastic book for anyone to read. I absolutely love how the events came together. Around the middle of the book I started to waver on it but good thing I didn't stray too far. Let'
Jan 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This was a super fun and creative retelling. Although it kept the basics of Rapunzel's story, everything else was really unique. I particularly enjoyed the exploration of Rapunzel's relationship with the Witch that kidnapped her. It was a really complicated and mature exploration -- much more than I expected from a Middle Grade book! Also, the world-building was really well done and made me excited to read other stories in this world.

Although I liked the ending of this, I feel like there's so m
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Megan Morrison is a middle-school language arts and drama teacher and a writer. She cofounded the Harry Potter fanfiction site the Sugar Quill, and has been developing the world of Tyme since 2003, with co-creator Ruth Virkus. She lives near Seattle, Washington. Please visit her at ...more

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