Rapunzel and the Lost Lagoon (Tangled, book 1) by Leila HowlandRapunzel is not your typical princess. For one thing, she has returned to her kingdom after eighteen years spent trapped in a tower and she's still getting to know her parents. For another, she has to get used to royal customs, like the proper ways to sit and curtsy, when she'd really rather climb a tree and paint. Plus, she hates wearing shoes. Cassandra is not your typical lady-in-waiting. As the daughter of the captain of the guard, she has grown up fascinated by security and weaponry.
Rapunzel and the Lost Lagoon (Disney Tangled Series)
The first part takes place one week after the ending of the film, Tangled , and the second part six months later, after Tangled: Before Ever After. The book starts with Rapunzel being introduced to Cassandra, her handmaiden who plays an important role in Tangled: The Series. Rapunzel and Cassandra alternate being first-person narrators throughout the book. The plot kicks off when Rapunzel finds an ancient book, "The Lost Lagoon", in the library. It speaks of an ancient, secret lagoon that might be filled with precious gems.
My review of Diary of a Young Girl will be my next post so watch for that in the coming days. Anyone who knows me knows about my love of all things Disney. It was the first animated movie in a long time that had created such a buzz amongst both the kids and adults in my life. So you can imagine how excited I was when an author I love started a book series for Disney! To be surrounded by this many books was like discovering there were hundreds of other moons just hiding somewhere else in the sky. This book picks up right where the Disney film leaves off. Rapunzel is newly returned to her parents, home in the castle, and learning all about the responsibilities of being a princess.
This prologue helps establish their relationship, as Cas is the daughter of the Captain of the Guard and is capable of becoming a guard herself, feeling held back by her gender and because the found princess took a liking to her. Flash forward six months and this new adventure begins. When Rapunzel finds an old book in the castle library, she and Cas uncover a long lost poem that is half written in English and half in a long forgotten language. Fans of the series will delight in getting to know Cas better, as she really is an intriguing character and a perfect sparring partner for Rapunzel. Other beloved characters from the film and series are in this book as well, including Eugene Fitzherbert, Pascal, and Maximus, but the focus really is on the friendship between Rapunzel and Cassandra. The book is perfect for readers in 5th-8th grade, although fans older than that are certainly given a lot to love about this story.
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