Format Read: Paperback
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Release Date: November 19, 2016
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Blurb from goodreads:
An old tale tells the story of how a little man named Rumpelstiltskin spun straw into gold and tricked a desperate girl into trading away her baby. But that’s not exactly how it happened.
The real story began with a drunken father who kept throwing money away on alcohol and women, while his daughter, Aoife, ran the family farm on her own. When he gambled away everything they owned to the Duke, it was up to her to spin straw into gold to win it all back.
With her wits and the help of a magical guardian, she outsmarted the Duke and saved the day.
Her guardian suddenly turned on Aoife and sent her on a quest to find his name, the clues to which were hidden deep in the woods, a moldy dungeon, and a dead woman’s chamber.
Her feelings for one of the men who tricked her from the start threaten to complicate everything. Not the tale of a damsel in distress, this is the story of a tenacious, young woman who solved a mystery so great that not even the enchanted man who spun straw into gold could figure it out.
Not until Aoife came along.
I have always loved fairy tales, only I never read the happy happy tales. I read Grimm's Fairy Tales as they were originally written. Dark and disturbing. I think that is why this book first appealed to me.
This book takes a short fairy tale and works it into a full-length book. The characters are all well developed and you begin to feel for all of them. Aoife is a wonderfully strong female lead, something that always appeals to me. She cares for her family deeply and is willing to do anything for them. You run through a ton of emotions when it comes to Aoife. Sometimes you love her. Sometimes you feel terrible for her and other times you really can't stand her. I loved it!
"Twisted" is not a light read. It is pretty dark and twisted but I couldn't put it down. There are lots of twists and turns in the book, and yes, even a dark and twisted romance. "Twisted" really lives up to its title and I am really hoping the author does more books like this one. I can say that this book is very different and nothing like I have been reading lately but it is pretty awesome. Definitely a keeper.
Bonnie grew up a shy, quiet girl who the teachers always seated next to the noisy boys because they knew she was too afraid to talk to anyone. She always had a lot she wanted to say but was too afraid to share it for fear she might die of embarrassment if people actually noticed her. Somewhere along the line, perhaps after she surprised her eighth grade class by standing up to a teacher who was belittling a fellow student, she realized that she had a voice and she didn’t burst into flames when her classmates stared at her in surprise.
Not long after that, she began spinning tales, some of which got her into trouble with her mom. Whether persuading her father to take her to the candy store as a little girl or convincing her parents to let her move from Los Angeles to Manhattan to pursue a career at eighteen as a ballet dancer with only $200 in her pocket, Bonnie has proven that she knows how to tell a compelling story.
Now she spends her time reading and making up stories for her two children at night. By day she is an English teacher who never puts the quiet girls next to the noisy boys and works hard to persuade her students that stories, whether they are the ones she teaches in class or the ones she tells to keep them from daydreaming, are better escapes than computers, phones, and social media.
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