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.