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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  243 ratings  ·  164 reviews
Releasing as part of the 2019 Sinister Fairy Tales Collection!

Before Zell was born, her fate was sealed.

Held captive in a high-rise overlooking New York City since the age of twelve, she had no friends her own age, no life outside of the penthouse, and absolutely no choices of her own. But what she didn’t realize was the tower where she lost her freedom would one day
222 pages
Published March 17th 2020
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A dark retelling of Rapunzel done exceptionally well!

I really enjoyed this retelling of the Rapunzel tale for the modern age. It actually makes so much more sense than the original fairy tale. The story revolves around a girl named Zell who grew up in a brothel that uses up three or four floors of an apartment building in Manhattan. Madam who Zell knows is her mother likes Zell to keep her hair long so she only ever gets a small trim from one of the girls that work in the brothel.

Though Zell, l
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
This one just wasn’t for me and I decided to throw in the towel at 65%
So, this is part of the sinister fairy tale series, it's a contemporary fairy-tale retelling loosely based on Rapunzel.
Zell is the pretty princess locked away in a tower but in this case, it was a Brothel located on the top floors of a penthouse, where she is being raised by the brothel madam her mother.
Frankie is the Son of the boss he is being groomed to take over but after meeting Zell his goal is to liberate her fro
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
Aside from the heroine's extemely long golden locks, her perpetual confinement in a 'tall tower', and a determined hero to the rescue, Lock bore no resemblance to the original tale of Rapunzel... and I liked that!

Zell - a naive, teenaged girl who knew nothing of the world around her but what she was exposed to. Growing up in a brothel, her only companions were the women who were forced to work there. Her mother, a woman who demanded to be called 'Madam', wasn't a source of companionship or affec
Louise H  -  ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐
TBH two stars is probably being generous so 1.5 is the best I can give

From the stilted dialogue, to the very tell-not-show style of writing, to the far fetched storyline, this book really wasn't for me. When I read the prologue I thought the "once upon a time" style of writing was due to it being a fairytale and foolishly assumed it would change once the story properly began. However it continued in a similar vein. This just didn't allow me to connect with any of the characters, who with their l
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely edge of your seat story here! It sucks you in from the very beginning and just keeps you on edge. Frankie meets Zell during his birthday gift presentation from his father, Frank. Frankie always knew his dad wasn’t on the straight and narrow but once he learns just how off his dad is Frankie is determined not to follow in his shoes. Meeting Zell and seeing what goes on at the house is the final straw. Frankie is going to keep Zell safe and get the both away from the monster his father ...more
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a different retelling of Rapunzel and I loved it. There were twist and turns that kept me guessing and shocking discoveries. Zell bless her heart was so innocent with not knowing really how the world worked and Frankie was an awesome hero for being as young as he was. It was a fast read for me because I didn't put it down. Thank you Kimberly !!!!!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I can’t wait for you all to read my retelling of Rapunzel!
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Lock by Kimberly Knight is the story of Zell and Frankie and is a part of the Sinister Fairy Tale Collection. Zell has been kept in a Manhattan apartment building where she only knows the Madam as her mother figure. Although Zell is in a bad situation she is kept innocent and somewhat protected. When Frankie turns 18 her father Frank Russo who is a mobster wants to treat him to a brothel. But Frankie doesn't want to be a part of it and he starts to see what his father really is. Especially when ...more
rapunzel with a dark twist...
If you are looking for fairytale retellings this series has some really interesting books....
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Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a ride! When I realized that the main characters were so young, I wasn't totally sure if I would enjoy the book. But I was wrong! I devoured it. There were ups and downs, and some times that I wasn't sure how things were going to go. This isn't a happy version of Rapunzel, this is more like the Grimm brothers version in its darkness. But it's not all dark because they do get a HEA, we just don't get fun little animal sidekicks ;)
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A dark retelling of Rapunzel, my first thoughts was full of uncertainty. After reading just a few pages I was hooked and needed more. It was so good and I on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next. Just when I thought I had it figured out there was a little twist to make me second guess myself. Such a great twist on the versions I've heard or seen. Loved it! Full of emotion & surprises. ...more
Rose Brown
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An Exciting Read
“Lock” is one of the best character-driven tales that I have read in a long time. Zell is an innocent, lost and sweet character that invites you into her story. I loved this read and the characters that were created. It was the kind of book that drew me in and had made me feel fully invested in it. This is a new author that I will be following from here on out.
I received a free copy of this book. This review was posted voluntarily.
Trudy Dowling
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I started Lock early last night. I finished Lock last night. The author sucked me in with the characters. The author kept me reading with the drama and tension. The author left me completely satisfied with the epilogue giving the characters and the reader closure.

It was a pleasure to read a retelling of a fairytale that wasn't sugarcoated. The originals were dark. Lock is dark. Frank Russo is a mob boss. He has no problem pulling the trigger. The only thing that matters to him is money and he d
Renee Megee
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is filled with so many emotions. You will feel anger, heartbreak and love. Follow the journey of Frankie, Zell, Jackie and the Russo family. In this book you will find how a drug lord/human trafficking devil is taken down by his own son, wife and mistress. Fall in love with Frankie and Zell as they move on to a better life. Kimberly Knight has definitely delivered another amazing book.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a RIDE. This story had so many complex layers to it, so many characters that are mixed in bad things but want nothing but good. As with Knight's other releases, she does a brilliant job of creating this world that sucks you in, and I loved her retelling of an old fairy tale (and putting her twist on it). I really loved the characters and their fight for good amongst such evil. Fantastic read.

Thank you to the author for providing an advanced copy of this book. SO GOOD!
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty

This Sinister Fairytale was based on Rapunzel.

Zell is our "princess" with long blond hair, but she is being held in a brothel with a Madam as a keeper. She is just turning 18 and a bit naive even given the place in which she grew up. She knows next to nothing of the outside world and the short trips to the park have been cut off for the past number of years. She dreams of something more if even to just experience what is beyond the tower she lives in.

Frankie is being primed to one day take over
Paula D
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing twisted intense story based on Tangled! I loved how the author made the story into real life and was so unique. Frankie and Zell are so cute together and how innocent Zell is melts your heart but scares you at the same time. Definitely a must read! 5/5 stars
Alecia (The Staircase Reader)
***3.5 Stars***

Lock by Kimberly Knight is one of many books in The Sinister Fairy Tales Collection, a collection of dark fairy tale retelling. This novel is based on the Brother's Grimm version of Rapunzel.

Zell has lived her life in a high-rise looking over New York with rare contact to the outside world. She gets her schooling from one of the Madam's women and her company from the other women living with her. She lives her life sheltered, but as she grows older she starts to feel more trapped.
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Kimberly Knight gave us a modern day Rapunzel. While the basic bones of the story are there, Knight made this completely her own.

This story starts before Zell was born and then jumps to when she is a little girl. There is a gap that leaves a lot of questions for the reader. Zell life is a lonely life. Her companions are women forced to work for her mother, Madam.

Fast forward again and we find Frankie, the son of a gangster. Frankie doesn't want to carry on in his father's footsteps until he mee
Ember Dante
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved so much about this book, I’m not sure where to begin this review. I’ve always preferred Grimm’s fairy tales over the more sedate, watered-down fantasies most of us have grown up with. This retelling of Rapunzel was dark and twisty, and kept me on the edge of my seat. I finished it one sitting! She did such a great job with the characters, some I hated (Frank Sr, Madam) and others I adored (Zell, Frankie). I caught myself smiling many, many times over Zell’s innocence, and even chuckled d ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to receive an ARC Copy of Lock, a dark re-telling of the story Rapunzel. I breezed through this book fairly quick! I was drawn in from the very beginning, plenty of action throughout the story. I seriously had anxiety throughout the book, wanting to cover my eyes, nervous to find out what would happen next. Zell is a naive, easily manipulated girl, sheltered from the world, but turns out to be a tough chic who defends her loved ones. Frankie, I thought was going to be this douche ...more
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

Zell has been kept imprisoned in a Manhattan apartment with her mom, "Madam", and the rest of the girls at the brothel. Yes, she lives in a brothel, where she was brought when her father was killed in front of her mother, and the killer dragged the two of them to one of his brothels. Said killer brings his 18 year old son, Frankie, to the brothel on Frankie's 18th birthday and tells him his gift is to choose any woman there. Zell is the one he chooses and the rest is dark history.

***3.5 Stars***

So we have a Rapunzel ~ the actual fairy tale, not the animated version ~ retelling and I have to say, I really liked how the author took it and made it her own. The setting totally worked for me and made it easy for me to believe that Zell, our Rapunzel, could have been kept in her ‘tower’ for as long as she was.

Zell is naive, but she comes by it honestly and I liked seeing things through her eyes and watching as she dealt with the changes that came crashing down on her. Frankie
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lock is a dark retelling of Rapunzel. This story had a lot going on throughout the entire book. There were several of things that happened that I was not expecting. I will say I did not connect with the characters as much as I usually do when reading one of Kimberly Knights books.
Zell was extremely sheltered and naive which which was by design. Frankie had some surprising qualities despite his upbringing and together they made a good pair.
This was definitely a dark version of the fairy tale. R
Jennifer Soppe
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A dark and twisted take

Zell, a girl trapped in a penthouse apartment, and Frankie, a boy trapped by circumstances, unknowingly have a common problem. As the story progresses a connection is formed, secrets come out, and to survive they must make a stand. Kimberly Knight’s Lock is a dark and twisted take on the fairytale of Rapunzel. Taking things darker than the Brothers Grimm, this retelling includes an evil jailer, a tarnished prince, and plenty of downtrodden friends. Reader discretion is adv
Becky Rendon
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Lock is Rapunzel with a twist. Zel is locked in tower with hair all would envy. Although this princess doesn't see many people in her locked tower, she dreams of all the possibilities.

A mafia boss, some questionable morals, and a young prince change eveything for Zel.

Lock has an intriguing storyline. The skeletal structure is definitely worth building on; however, character development, dialogue, and transitions are sorely lacking in this book. It seems as though the author lost steam and need
Jun 20, 2019 marked it as to-read

While part of the Sinister Fairy Tales Collection each can be read as a stand-alone
This was a bit chaotic for my reading preferences.
The heroine like rapunzel has never known the outside world and has extremely long hair.
Locked in a penthouse (that would be the modern version of a tower) she is raised by ...
This is only one part I had a hard time with
The concept is quite creative when you finally get all the pieces
Interesting addition to the Sinister Collection
Not my favourite but still an interesting tale

On my tablet full review to follow
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't normally like retelling of stories but this one I loved! I loved frankie, he was was a great character, zell definitely grew in the book. This a a great quick read and one I would recommend to others. Am glad that they got their HEA they definitely deserved to have one.
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Kimberly Knight is a USA Today Bestselling author who lives in the mountains near a lake in California with her loving husband, who is a great research assistant. Kimberly writes in a variety of genres including romantic suspense, contemporary romance, erotic romance, and paranormal romance. Her books will make you laugh, cry, swoon, and fall in love before she throws you curve balls you never see ...more

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