• What Once Was Mine

  • A Twisted Tale
  • By: Liz Braswell
  • Narrated by: Rachel Kimsey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (299 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The 12th installment in the New York Times best-selling series asks: What if Rapunzel's mother drank a potion from the wrong flower? 

Desperate to save the life of their queen and her unborn child, the good citizens of the kingdom comb the land for the all-healing Sundrop flower to cure her...but someone mistakenly picks the blossom of the Moondrop instead. This shimmering flower heals the queen, and she delivers a healthy baby girl - with hair as silver and gray as the moon. But with her mysterious hair comes dangerous magical powers: the power to hurt, not heal. For the safety of the kingdom, Rapunzel is locked away in a tower and put under the care of the powerful goodwife Mother Gothel. 

For 18 years Rapunzel stays imprisoned in her tower, knowing she must protect everyone from her magical hair. When she finally decides to leave the only home she's ever known - to see the floating lights that appear on her birthday - she gets caught up in an unexpected adventure with two thieves: a would-be outlaw named Gina and Flynn Rider, a rogue on the run. Before she can reach her happy ending, Rapunzel learns that there is far more to her story, her magical hair, and her future than she ever knew. 

For more twisted adventures, try the other books in the A Twisted Tale series: 

  • A Whole New World by Liz Braswell 
  • Once upon a Dream by Liz Braswell 
  • As Old as Time by Liz Braswell 
  • Reflection by Elizabeth Lim 
  • Part of Your World by Liz Braswell 
  • Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita 
  • Conceal, Don't Feel by Jen Calonita 
  • Straight on Till Morning by Liz Braswell 
  • So This Is Love by Elizabeth Lim 
  • Unbirthday by Liz Braswell 
  • Go the Distance by Jen Calonita
©2021 Liz Braswell (P)2021 Disney Hyperion

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  • Mo
  • 09-09-21

Missing 2 pages

On page 146- 148 is not read. I listen and read together and those pages aren’t in th audiobook

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Dark. Weird. Best Premise Yet.

It's a story that a brother is telling for his little sister (who is going through chemo).

Honestly, I feel like this one understood the heart of the story best. The others seem to mock a lot. This one felt very . . . Glen Keane, at the heart. Glen was the heart of this story, and just . . . little moments seemed to practically quote his thought process of Tangled.

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Mostly Good, But…

The parts where the story jumps to real life are totally unnecessary. I wish this story was just written as an alternate to the original rather than walking us through how the alternate was constructed. It doesn’t add value to the story and always seemed to come at the worst times when you just want to stay immersed in the story.

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Loved it

this is a great twist and I loved this as much as my daughter loves rapunzel

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Love a good twist!

This story was so so good! The character development was so much greater than what we were given in Tangled.

One piece that felt a bit unnecessary was the story within the story. I didn’t really think we needed the context of the brother telling his sister a new version of the fairy tale. But overall it wasn’t too distracting.

My only disappointment was that at the end of a couple chapters it seems as though the sentences were cut off and it skipped ahead. Luckily I planned to buy the physical copy of the story any way but it was still a bit jarring and disappointing.

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Great story

Funny story, but sucks that some chapters got cut off. I’ll be reading the rest of the series.

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Lovely spin

I enjoyed reading this version of a classic fairy tale. I'm looking forward to reading her other creations!!

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wouldn't let me give 1 star

there a huge important parts of the story missing it has a neat idea but was not executed well at all not worth the time

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Excellent story and narrator!

I loved it! the narrator did an amazing job with this story, I didn't want it to end!

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missing

part of the book is missing chapter 19 cuts off in the middle of a sentence. i think a few others were cut off short also.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-21-22

Amazing!

I really enjoyed this story, however it had some strange cuts in a few chapters that made it feel rather strange to catch on to what was going on. But besides that the story was excellent and the reader did a great job at differentiating the voices. However I did find it odd how the story seemingly references the Tangled TV show yet acts as if it doesn't exist at the same time, it left me pretty confused in the first few chapters.

Another thing to note is this is a bit different from the other twisted tale books, in this one it is told through a brother telling a story to his sister. This may detour some people however I found all the interactions to be short, sweet and wholesome, also they gave a chance to digest all the information I had taken in before that point.

Overall however the issues are minimal and the story is great and easy to follow.

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  • Armon fam
  • 09-11-22

enjoyed rated 12

throughly enjoyed. some parts not children appropriate think it should have a warning on there as it is a disney branded book.

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  • Dylan oldham
  • 08-21-22

Brilliant

Loved from start to finish, 4 stars only because some chapters seem to have been abruptly cut short.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-22

amazing

I loved this. Love tangled and this was great! It did cut off at the end of a chapter or 2, which was distracting but other than that I loved it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-22

Not written in the same way as others

So this is told as a story within a story…
When in the story or rapunzel, it is what I have come to expect from the twisted tale series it’s a decent enough story… but! I do not like this odd dialogue outside of the narrative , of two siblings in a hospital.. essentially the story is told by a brother who is making it up for his sister.

It cuts randomly to them chatting in the hospital which really takes you out of the story. And I feel it’s totally unnecessary

I have listened to several of the earlier twisted tales and they are great… but I will be careful of others written in this style. I

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  • Poison Pixie
  • 02-04-22

Drags on

Cuts off early in chapter 19 and 37.. Leaving the listener wondering what's going on. Not very exciting

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  • Kindle-klant
  • 01-10-22

an alternate but equally beautiful story

it's a long story that has a very different twist than the Disney's version, but just as good!

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  • Jessika H.
  • 10-22-21

amazing!

just amazing. it really captured the feelings from tangled and still manged to made it new and exciting. the new characters where will written and a nice addition.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-21

The end of Chapter 37

It’s an awesome story and all but at the end of chapter 37 it cuts off so we don’t know what happens to mother Gothel. But otherwise it’s an amazing book