Title: A Curse Dark as Gold (winner of the William C. Morris YA Devut Award)
Author: Elizabeth C. Bunce
Review by Kirthi
Summary by Book Flap
The gold thread shimmers in the fading lightIt promises Charlotte Miller a way out of debt, a chance to save her family's beloved woolen mill. It promises a future for her sister, livelihood for her townsfolk, security against her sinuous and grasping uncle. It might even promise what she didn't know she needed: lasting hope and true love.
But at what cost?To get the thread, Charlotte must strike a bargain with its maker, the mysterious Jack Spinner. But the gleam of gold conjures a shadowy past--secrets and bonds ensnaring generations of Millers. And Charlotte's mill, her family, her friends, her love...What do those matter to a powerful stranger who can spin straw into gold?
"In her brilliant debut, Elizabeth Bunce weaves a spellbinding fairy tale spun with mystery and short through with romance."
I've always loved Rumpelstiltskin ever since I was little, and this version is by far one of the best. I love Charlotte's character. She's a strong, stubborn woman who will go to all ends of the Earth to do what seems to be the impossible. Generations of Millers have all given up, but that won't stop Charlotte Miller to. She's an admirable, headstrong character that sets an example for others. Unlike Bella Swan in Twilight, Charlotte doesn't hang and cling too much with others, and she doesn't rely on people to jump in and rescue her. Charlotte is one of my most favorite literary characters. Recommended to: fairy tale readers and teens!