Thursday, May 22, 2014

KL Reviews - Rumbpled by Lacy Louwagie

About The Book

 Re-telling / Fantasy

Date Published: March 3, 2014
Gold for a poor girl, 
Beauty for a twisted man, 
A child for a powerful sorcerer . . . 

Rumpelstiltskin can change anything he touches into gold, but he cannot change his own twisted body. The sorcerer Laurus can make Rumpelstiltskin tall, strong, and handsome—but he will only work his magic in exchange for a child in its first year of life. 

When Emily’s deluded father claims she can spin straw into gold, the King demands proof. Caught between a mad father and a mad king, Emily’s life hangs in the balance. Rumpelstiltskin will help keep up her ruse for three nights—if she promises him her firstborn child. 

When the King decides to marry Emily, the pretense must continue for much longer. And what Emily offers Rumpelstiltskin in return for his continued help has the power to change everything. 

This retelling of “Rumpelstiltskin” is best suited for ages 14 and up.

About the Author

Lacey has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and fold a few pieces of paper together. Her first book, full of pictures of unicorns, started her on the path of writing science fiction and fantasy. She has worked as a freelance writer and editor, magazine editor, reporter, and librarian. She lives in a tiny house in South Dakota with her husband, two cats, a dog, and hundreds of books.



KL's Review

If, like me, you have never really cared for the story of Rumplestiltskin because the little guy kind of creeped you out, you MUST read this story.  This fractured fairytale breathes a new life into this story and brings an amazing perspective to it that you never imagined.  

Gone is the scary little man who appears and does favors in return for your first born.  Lacey Louwgie creates a character in Rumple that you find yourself connecting with and cheering for in the end.  It turns out that he really is a kind person who just happens to be able to perform transmutations.  His ability has been hard earned, but very useful.  

Emily is extremely grateful for Rumple’s when the King hears her father’s boasts that she can spin straw into gold.  You probably know the story from this point.  Three times the King demands her to spin the straw to gold, and three times Rumplestlitskin comes and performs the magic for her.  Each time a price is paid to him.  The third time, Emily does indeed promise to give Rumple her first born. 

Louwgie does a tremendous job of maintaining the bones of the original story and filling in the gaps with beautiful creativity.  You will love what she has done for sour old Rumplestiltskin!  It’s an easy, quick read, but does contain some adult situations.  It could possibly be suitable for older teens depending on the parent.  Enjoy!

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