Book Reviews

Beyond the Tower by JacQueline Vaughn Roe

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 246
Series: The Journey #1
Genre: Retelling, Christian, YA
Published: Nov. 27, 2018
Rating: 2 stars


My tower was my prison, until I betrayed my witch.

She told me twisted tales by the fireside and allowed me books that filled me with longing. That was my life. It was all I had.

‘Til one night, Paul heard me singing and convinced me to hope that we could escape together. Life could be different, if I had the courage to escape the witch’s grasp.

But she found and killed him. And she’s cast me out, alone. Without him. Without her.

I don’t know where to go, how to find food, or even who to trust in this strange world. But isn’t that what she wants? For me to beg her to take me back? I may know nothing of the world beyond my tower, except this.

I’m never returning to my prison. She’ll never control me again.

Rapunzel’s journey begins weaving fairy tales and faith together in a lyrical retelling you won’t forget.


Something happened; something began to transform her appearance for a moment. But it was just a moment, and though I recall it as I stand here among the ruins of my life, I know that I will never witness what was trying to emerge. Not unless she wants me to. It only now occurs to me that she was a captive, too.

Rapunzel retells her life with the witch. The story starts with Rapunzel among sunflowers that had been ruined by the witch, as well as Rapunzel’s hair shorn off. She tells of what her days were like in the tower and the stories the witch told her.

This also tells of what happens to Rapunzel after she is dismissed from the tower. She is trying to make it in a world she has never known, due to the witch hiding her since birth.

I don’t know how I feel about the writing style. I do like the aspect that you can tell this is set during the medieval era. But for the most part, I was bored and couldn’t care less what happened. I skimmed and skipped. I just feel like this story isn’t for me.


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