Sunday, 11 May 2014

Blog Tour: Rumpled by Lacey Louwagie

I received a copy of Rumpled in exchange for my review.

Rumpelstiltskin has spent his years entertaining the King and his court, but is determined to make a new life for himself with a new face. Having promised his teacher a newborn baby in exchange for the knowledge of how to change his appearance, a young girl is escorted to the palace as she was said to be able to spin gold. Hoping to find someone else with the power to change his appearance, hopefully with a less steep price, Rumpel discovers that she knows nothing and helps her out on the promise of her newborn. After the feat Emily is engaged to the King and needs to learn how to change straw into gold herself, and in return she gives Rumpel something he has never given him before.

Rumpled is very much the traditional story of Rumpelstiltskin, right up until the last few pages where it changes dramatically in line with the author's question of 'what if'. However that is going to be all I say on the matter considering that I don't want to ruin the ending.

Considering that this is a fairy tale retelling, I though that the author managed to maintain the air of fairy tale ness about it, keeping the magic from the original story but updating it, and making Rumpel a more redeemable character.

I wouldn't say that the ending was happy as such, but it really gave the message of appearance isn't everything, which could to some extent be applied to the cover as well. Being brutally honest I wouldn't have picked up Rumpled because of the cover, and am glad that the way I choose blog tours is via the blurb and not the cover, otherwise I would have missed out on a good read.

So don't judge Rumpled by the cover, this sweet and redeemed fairy tale deserves to be read.

 Re-telling / Fantasy

Date PublishedMarch 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.

VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR - May 11 - May 23

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May 13- Indie Authors You Want to Read - Excerpt
May 14- Avid Book Collector - Excerpt
May 15- Corey's Book Reviews - Guest Post
May 16- Mythical Books - Interview
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May 18- Sam the Bookaholic- Review
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May 20- Enchanted Scroll - Review
May 21- Andi's Book Reviews - Guest Post
May 22- EM Havens Writes - Review
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May 23-RABT Reviews - Wrap Up

Lacey Louwagie

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.

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