Reviews & Ramblings

Review and Ramblings: Mother Knows Best.

Mother Knows Best Published by Scholastic Australia

Mother Knows Best is the back story to one of my favourite villains, Mother Gothel. We meet Gothel as a teen, living with her sisters and mother in the deadwoods. We see her passion, her drive, her want for power and all of this helps to see why she is the witch we see in the movie Tangled.

Mother Knows Best is written so atmospherically, in a way that makes you feel like you are in the Deadwoods, that you can feel the bitter winds and hear the scraping of dead branches on tomb stones.

I loved the way Valentino worked this prologue into the movie towards the end. How we got to see it from a new point of view, however it did lose me when we are told about it being a story and about the dreamscape. It felt like one too many twists.

I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Gothels life, it felt completely separate to the Tangled movie, until the last 60 pages. We got to see Gothel in a new light.
Definitely do NOT pick this up if you haven’t seen the movie because it will spoil it for you.

All in all, this was fast paced, easy to read, original content and a fascinating character. The ending did let me down, too many non essential twists that took away from the plot.

Thank you so much to Scholastic Australia for sending me out a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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