Wow! What a book! If you want to laugh, cry, smile and have a roll-a-coaster ride of emotion than thus book is totally for you. Frederico at 5 years old is cursed by a witch to be a cripple for the rest of his days lest his family change their ways and he finds true love. His family instead disown him and announce him dead to the world. 18 years later he sees his younger brother Marcus now king abuse his position and his latest low is picking on an innocent girl whose father's mouth can't seem to be kept silent.
Aurbrynn is a hard working simple girl trying to keep herself and her constantly intoxicated father afloat on the farm they own. When the time comes for the annual remembrance ceremony of the death of Prince Frederico, she is hoping her missing father will turn up in time but when he turns up he sees the king and makes the most outrageous of claims... His daughter can spin straw into gold!!
Rumpelstiltskin hears of this claim and knows it to be the lie it is however his greedy brother wants to test them and show that he is not to be messed with. When Aurbrynn meets Rumple its in her darkest moment but proves to her that even in the darkest of times there is always hope,even if it comes in strange packages and secret passageways.
Through the trials of making gold from straw and the evil king our two heroes make a wonderful tale that makes your heart melt and cheer at the happily ever after and it shows that karma can be good but also bad depending on which end you come from ;)
I loved this book. It was an easy read and transformed an old tale into a book that any teenage girl or woman would be happy to lose themselves in. I love the "happily ever after" stories - they are never a disappointment. The only irritation I felt whilst reading this book was over the repetitive nature the author had towards explaining the characters emotions.
Jenni James' faerie tale collection is a stunning take on the usual tales. However, her stories have a uniqueness in that they are all so beautiful and well written, that you fall in love with them immediately. Rumplestiltskin is a touching take on the old, and every chapter is a joy to read. This book draws you into its hold and grips tightly, for it had all the elements of a classic; love, hope and magic, are shown to their fullest against a backdrop of pain and suffering. Get this book and you will love it as much as I do.
Although a short story, every part was truly magical and worthy of the fairytale from which it was inspired by. Rumplestiltskin has a character that is very easy to fall in love with and I finished the book with a swell in my chest the likes of which you only experience after witnessing a truly great love story.
This story is Rumplestiltskin but with a slight twist running through the backbone of the story. Its different but likeable and still has the happy ending. There are a collection of these Faerie tales and I have read two so far and I am enjoying them.