Things I Liked:
This was such an excellent retelling of Rumplestiltskin that I almost decided to like the original tale! Bunce's beautiful writing blew me away and I loved the interesting and subtle touches of otherness. The original story was recognizable, but Bunce made it more about the miller's daughter. Charlotte was such a strong character, but also flawed, notably by trying to be too independent. Overall, a fabulous retelling full of spirit and fantasy and a good, strong, likable heroine. Here is a taste of the beautiful writing:
I traced my finger over the split floorboards, the rivets driven into patches where the wood had grown too thin. I knew the path of every uneven board in these floors, the very spiderweb of cracks in the walls; the leather belts and iron gears and moss-covered wheel said home in every sigh and rustle. p 5
I fell back on my heals, as the threads twisted tighter and tighter together, binding us all in a web of violence and revenge. p308Things I Didn't Like:
Well, I did get a bit angry with how Charlotte tried to push away her husband. Lots of times, fairy tales seem kind of inevitable in their story line, that things just have to happen and the characters have to act that way, even if it is stupid. But, that is the nature of the fairy tale. Even if it makes me grumpy.
Other fairy tale retellings, notably Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier and Beauty by Robin McKinley
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
some violence mentioned, but not described
Overall rating: *****
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