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(Faerie Tale Collection #3)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,366 ratings  ·  148 reviews
A young prince crippled by a witch—

When Fredrico watches his cruel family mourn his false death and announce to the kingdom their cursed prince has died, is the day he truly embraces his new life and new name Rumplestiltskin. How could he be known by anything else? —His skin is completely rumpled and stilted now. He hides away from the king and queen and grows up as a crip
Published January 31st 2013 by StoneHouse Ink
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4.5 stars
cute short fairytale :)
Norah Una Sumner
Real rating: 2.5

Don't get me wrong,it wasn't awful but it's not a masterpiece either.The story is interesting and the main character,our Rumple,is really great here but the whole romance thing wasn't really convincible.I know that it's supposed to be a fairy-tale retelling but they were kissing a lot and talked about marriage after spending just one day together.I mean,come on,that's not how it works!The father honestly deserved to be at least punched in the face for what he did,and Marcus...I'm
Kira Simion
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: got-for-free
I have read this story for free and it's cute. It's very much like the original fairytale but a few aspects are changed creating a cute offspring. Took me less than an hour to read but it was a nice light read.

3/5 stars
The romance got overly kissy at times, and I didn't care for the witchcraft references, but a sweet story over all. Ch.14 was... ❤❤ ...more
Kathy Jo
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Don't think that you would ever love Rumplestiltskin?! Well then... I guess you haven't read Jenni's version of our dear Rumple! Want to love him?! Then you definitely need to read this one!! He quickly became one of my fave characters in the first chapter! *sigh*

At the age of 5, Prince Frederico found himself cursed by a witch. She told him that his grandfather used to rule the land with kindness and was a perfect example to all. But things changed when his father took over as king. She told hi
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'll start off by saying that I think this book is intended for very young audiences, pre-teen for sure. And I just naturally don't enjoy books that are too juvenile. I like well developed, complex characters, as well as well developed, complex plot lines. This book had neither of these things.

My main complaint: the love story. Even if this love story were between two completely normal people, I would have felt that it happened way way way way too quickly. But that fact that it's between Rumple
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sooo good. Cute, and clean, and magically fun. Jenni James knows what she is doing!!!
Ritika Chhabra
Actual Rating: 3.5

If it was upto me, I never would have picked up this book, but as it was, it was a dare and I had to begin reading it. Besides, no matter what, this is still a retelling, just not the kind that I would have loved to read, but a retelling nonetheless.

I had always assumed this guy, Rumplestiltskin to be a bad guy. And yet, here I was, after reading the book and seeing that he was not such a bad guy after all. James' retelling transformed the story so much that by the end, it was
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love how Jenni delves into a fable, turns it on its ear, and makes it entrancing!!
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a fun, quick read! I've never really enjoyed this particular fairy tale but I love the refreshing direction this story takes.

Prince Frederico is 5 years old when he runs away from Nurse Crabtree and heads off to the pond by himself to collect some strange rocks. While there, an old woman steps out of the bushes and, when she finds out who he is, she puts a curse on him. She tells him his family is evil and must be taught a lesson through the young boy. He's confused and as he heads back to
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
My favorite in the collection so far. Rumplestiltskin has never been my favorite fairy tale. Until the amazingness of his character was made present in ABC's hit TV series Once Upon a Time, I never expected to like him at all, but I began feeling for him and his backstory. I admire Rumplestiltskin even more after reading Jenni James' take on the story. Our Rumple, whose given name is Fredrico, comes from a family of cruel rulers. To prevent the family from continuing on this path, Fredrico is cu ...more
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have never been one of those girls to fall in love with a character...
I have LOVED many characters...
But to fall IN LOVE with one was just something I never did...

That is until NOW!

I am TOTALLY IN LOVE with Rumple!

Cursed beyond recognition and figuratively buried by his family...Rumple lives in the cellar under the kitchen...and works as a servant.

Yet he remains witty and charming and fearless and compassionate and full of surprises.

Aubrynn has been ordered to turn straw into gold...
☆~Nels~ Death by reading~★
He was crippled by a witch, no one really truly loved him as he wished to be loved.
He was meant to be king, but because of the curse his family rejected him, and falsely announced his death.

When a foolish father boast falsely, about his daughter being able to spin straw into gold, Fredrico's younger brother, the king, would take her to be his wife, if she is able to spin the straw into gold, if not her father will hang.

Now Rumplestiltskin is determined to help her, and save her father.

Provincial Mademoiselle
It pains me to give a book two stars. Especially one I feel has so much potential. Also, being a writer myself I know how hard it can be to put together a story.

But I can't ignore what appears to me to be a lack of editing. There were so many misspellings and sentences that just didn't make sense. It really took away from the story.

On a positive note, I did think the story itself was really sweet and a very interesting concept.
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
Cute! Review will follow. I think 3.5 stars.
Sophie Thompson
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, I couldn't put it down :)
Jenn : Godzilla is King
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this rebelling of the story! Rumple was just so easily loved and the ending was just awesome!
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this retelling. I really did. I liked the fact that the king - who often struck me as wrong in the original, was not the hero but more the villian. I even liked the fact that Rumplestiltskin was the hero. Not the tack I would have taken, but ok. We can go with that. It was an interesting take. I also like the fact that the book was pretty good for dialogue. The hero was not a push over, the heroine not a helpless twit, but nor were either of them overpowered or out of 'time', so to speak ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
I absolutely loved this fresh take on a classic tale. Jenni James provides a much needed back story for the character that many of us already know, Rumplestiltskin. As young prince Fredrico is cursed by an evil witch and has to watch helplessly as his family mourns his supposed death. He makes up his mind to be called Rumplestiltskin and grows up as a lonely, wrinkled, servant in the castle. This cruel life separated from his family and cursed hardens him but years later, when his younger brothe ...more
Alysa Ramos
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 356-1
I am a sucker for a fairy tale retelling and Jenni James always does a good job. Her Rumpelstiltskin is unique retelling of the classic. In this one of the themes is teamwork. Aubrynn has to work with Rumple to complete the impossible task. It is also the theme of their relationship. I would recommend this to grade 6 and above.

I am an advocate of group work, it’s a valuable skill for the classroom and life as well. I would have the students work in pairs to complete an ‘impossible task’ of thei
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, ya-fantasy
Just like baby bear's bed, this book is just right.

This is an intriguing retelling of the classic fairy tale.  While it is written in such a way as to be quite close to the original story, there is a bit of a twist in the fact that Rumplestiltskin is actually quite a good guy.  I was captivated by the sweet story and the way Aubrynn was able to see past Rumple's deformities in a way no one else ever had.

Though this is a retelling, it didn't feel like I knew exactly what was coming next.  The sto
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a really cute romance. Rumplestiltskin is actually a crippled man who was once the future king. When his family discovers his deformity, they declare him dead and let his cruel brother be the future ruler. Rumplestiltskin learns loneliness, empathy, kindness, compassion, and love because of his experiences. Many years later, Aubrynn comes to the king's attention because her father claims she can spin straw into gold. Rumplestiltskin and Aubrynn work together to do the impossible. Not onl ...more
Lenni Jones
I'm back with another Jenni James review, but this time I read the paper version! Because I requested the library order them, they did and I've been having so much fun. This one is definitely one of the better books by this author. It was sweet and funny at some points. The way that Rumple and Aubrynn fell in love so quickly reminded me of West Side Story. Also, the way that Aubrynn fell in love with Rumple even though he was crippled reminded me of Beauty and the Beast. This was a cute book tha ...more
3.5- I loved the plot/story. Very unique retelling! The writing style and editing of the book did not do it for me. Lots of missing commas and sentence fragments, mostly meant for dramatic effect, but it was a bit difficult to follow at times. I thought it was overly dramatic at times too, but still, I enjoyed the read.
Melissa Gastorf

This book was meh at best. While I knew it was an altered fairy tale, this was barely even resembling the real version. It also was not very interesting. If it weren't for my OCD with finishing books, I would have never finished this one.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet romance

Jenni James has such a gift to retell fairy tales. I enjoyed this retelling so Much! Such a cute sweet story :) Rumple and Aubrynn surely deserved their HEA!! Highly recommend! Appropriate for all ages
Tanet Higgins
Interesting retelling of rumplestiltskin. It was predictable.
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A much-improved version of an ancient fairy tale. I believe this is my favorite of all of her books I've read so far!
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Her fairytale books are quick reads. I love reinterpreted fairytales and she does a very good job.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
i really loved this variation of the story how the vilan was actally made to be the hero.
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