This book heard the name Rapunzel being screamed in the next room over and decided that it was going to be a Rapunzel retelling.
I'm kind of disappointed in this- I read To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo a couple of years ago and loved it, a Little Mermaid retelling, but murderous and not the exact same story told again and again.
When I heard that Alexandra was coming out with a Rapunzel retelling, I screamed! Rapunzel is my favorite princess and I feel like she doesn't get enough retellings- so a murderous Punzie?!? Yes please!!
Unfortunately, though Selestra and Nox were great characters, they were not Punzie and Flynn. There were so many stark contrasts to this and the OG story.
Selestra isn't locked in a castle and banned from talking to anyone. She lives with her mother, the King, and various servants including her best friend Irenya. She's allowed to talk to people and see the outside world. Her hair doesn't have magical powers, it just shows that she's a witch.
All in all, I did enjoy the story, I just don't think it should be marketed as a Rapunzel story. It's just not.