by Elizabeth C. Bunce
A Curse Dark as Gold is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. I'm not going to say anything else, plot-wise.
I loved this book so, so much. Retold fairy tales are my favorite book genre, so I expected to like it, but I flat-out adored Curse. I'd never read a retelling of Rumplestiltskin before. I was chatting about the book with Sarah, and we decided that one of the things we loved was how you're not sure if there's magic afoot at all. It's all just slightly vague enough to make you wonder. You think maybe there's really magic, yet you're not quite sure . . . which puts you in the same position as the main character! And when Jack Spinner first appeared . . . ooh what a powerful moment.
I like how the author mixed some good in with the bad. It could've easily been one of those books that are just plain depressing cause so many bad things happen. But it wasn't. I liked the character of the uncle, I thought he was really interesting/funny/3D. I mean, he was horrible; but I rather liked him as a character. Charlotte was such a wonderful character. Sometimes I just wanted to shake her! But I could understand where she was coming from at the same time. I also liked Rosie . . . I liked how she didn't stay the same the whole time; you know, the fiesty little sister who is the sidekick. She grew and changed.
I wonder how many times the word "gold" or "golden" appears in the book!? Golden hair and golden fields and Gold Valley and gold gold gold . . . it was obviously a major theme in it. I love themes in books. :)
Curse was a lovely, incredible book . . . one of the best fairy tale retellings I've ever read. Look for it in March 2008. I'll be posting an interview with the author closer to the release date, so keep your eyes peeled for that, too. . . .