The Rapunzel Dilemma by Jennifer Kloester
Publish date: August 2014
Publisher: Penguin Group Australia
It’s not just the other students who are making life difficult. Lily’s got a secret she’s not sure how to handle, but she finds that a room in one of the Academy’s deserted towers makes a perfect refuge. Lily can’t stay locked in the tower forever, though. And when she meets the mysterious Ronan Carver, everything starts to change . . .
The Rapunzel Dilemma
I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed when I received a review copy of The Rapunzel Dilemma, the companion novel to The Cinderella Moment, by Jennifer Kloester. Just like before, her writing was magically exquisite and I found myself being transported to the London Drama Academy.
Lily de Tourney is our leading lady this time, and personally I found her to be a lot easier to relate to than I did Angel (I’m still trying to determine whether this is a good thing, or a bad thing). She has a dream to follow her passion into acting, but an ultimatum has been put in front of her and places her under a great deal of strain – that’s in addition to the strain she’s already feeling from staff and students alike at the Academy!
I loved watching how this plot developed, and how she kept digging herself deeper and deeper into potential trouble as she tried to deal with the weight of the decision she had to make. This novel was much less cliche than The Cinderella Moment, but I must say that when the story reaches its resolution I did laugh a lot. I’d made it the whole way through the novel without the cheesy stuff, but it was there waiting for me at the very end. Even though a part of me inwardly groaned and felt like that had just been tacked on the end there a little bit, I really truly did love it and am really glad that things turned out the way they did.
Ronan Carver! Can you please be real?
Yet another to add to my ever growing list of book boyfriends, I think. An alarming number of them seem to be artists now that I think about it. I do love Ronan’s presence in this story though. He really does bring an element of mystery and adventure to the tale, while also managing to be a soothing influence.
I loved the other cast in this story too! Max, Charlotte, Phoebe, Gemma – I loved them all! I also loved getting a little more insight into the life of the Comtesse de Tourney. What an amazing woman she keeps proving herself to be!
The Rapunzel Dilemma was a delightful follow on from The Cinderella Moment. Jennifer Kloester’s writing is enchanting and her characters are endearing – even the most spoilt among them!
I received a review copy of The Rapunzel Dilemma by Jennifer Kloester from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.