A Curse Dark as Gold
By Elizabeth Bunce
Blurb from Goodreads: "Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family's woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his help is worth the price."
I read this book because of Abby's recommendation over on her blog.
It's a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, which -- freaking cool, right? I was sold the minute I saw that.
What I didn't expect was how deeply the story would hit me. It scared the bejeezies out of me! And it's not even scary really. But, dude, I avoided the book one night because I was so creeped out from what I had read at lunch that day. lol Thing is, I couldn't not read it. I had to know how it ended -- had to know everything would work out and be okay.
This book isn't about the razzle-dazzle, it's a quiet melancholy story that reaches into your heart and draws out your darkest fears. Er-- maybe it was just me? lol
Either way, it's an excellent story, and I definitely recommend it for people who enjoy reworkings of old stories, or just a good ghost-type story.
The ending -- oh my gosh I was on pins and needles, tense as a wire, and SCARED to turn the light off because Jack Spinner was coming for me. I WAS SO SURE! lol (I think I've admitted to being a scardy cat before, right? Because I am. For real.)