Rumplestiltskin (Faerie Tale Collection, #3)
by Jenni James
Series: Faerie Tale Collection #3
Published by Stonehouse Ink
Publication Date August 15th 2013
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Clean Romance
A young prince crippled by a witch—
When Fredrico watches his cruel family mourn his false death and announce to the kingdom their cursed prince has died, is the day he truly embraces his new life and new name Rumplestiltskin. How could he be known by anything else? —His skin is completely rumpled and stilted now. He hides away from the king and queen and grows up as a crippled servant in the castle.
Years later, his younger brother, Marcus, becomes king and humors Aubrynn’s father when he boasts that his daughter can turn straw into gold. Intrigued Marcus locks the distraught maiden in a tower and declares to the kingdom that if she can transform the straw, he will marry her, but if she cannot he will kill her father.
Rumplestiltskin is determined to help Aubrynn save her father and marry the king. Now, if only he can remember to keep his real identity a secret and not fall in love with her himself…
Just like baby bear’s bed, this book is just right.
This is an intriguing retelling of the classic fairy tale. While it is written in such a way as to be quite close to the original story, there is a bit of a twist in the fact that Rumplestiltskin is actually quite a good guy. I was captivated by the sweet story and the way Aubrynn was able to see past Rumple’s deformities in a way no one else ever had.
Though this is a retelling, it didn’t feel like I knew exactly what was coming next. The story was well written and interesting. It is appropriate for a wide range of audiences from pre-teen to adults who are young at heart.