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Twisted: The Girl Who Uncovered Rumpelstiltskin's Name

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,113 ratings  ·  166 reviews
The mystery of Rosamund Hodge’s Crimson Bound meets the romance of the best Beauty and the Beast retellings.

An old tale tells the story of how a little man named Rumpelstiltskin spun straw into gold and tricked a desperate girl into trading away her baby. But that’s not exactly how it happened.

The real story began with a drunken father who kept throwing money away on a
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published November 19th 2016
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Courtney I'd say PG, but maybe PG-13, there's some mentions of sex throughout the book. I don't remember anything being super explicit, but it's down to…moreI'd say PG, but maybe PG-13, there's some mentions of sex throughout the book. I don't remember anything being super explicit, but it's down to preference. (less)

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1.5 stars.

Clearly I am in the minority.

The writing itself is good but if I don't like the heroine or hero (in this case both) the book cannot be saved.

The only reason I kept on reading and didn't quit was because I was hoping things would get better but they didn't.

So here we have an h who has shitty parents yet she sacrifices everything for them. She litterally screws over the one person (Rumpelstilskin) who helps her, and falls in lo
Frankie Lovely
Well crap ....
There goes my first DNF of 2017
I tried ...
DNF at 30%

Absolutely nothing about this story flowed naturally and most of it was a bunch of contradicting crap or repetitive crap and yeah ... basically just a lot of crap.

Im pretty disappointed right now because... a Rumplestilskin retelling?!? How many times does that happen?
Answer: At least one time too many :(

The worst part is, by the time I knew it wasn't getting any better, I already really w/>DNF
This was an interesting retelling of the Rumplestilskin tale. Aoife is a smart girl who rides the line of propriety. She has been taking care of her family for years by running the business and collecting her drunken father from the whorehouse when needed. She also has a mysterious spirit watching out for her in the woods. She catches the eye of the Duke who threatens her family and her freedom. The Duke challenges her to spin straw into gold and the spirit in the woods decides to help her. When ...more
Julia (ten_thousand_books)
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Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, ebook
I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did! It was such a refreshing and original retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. I absolutely loved it!
David Rose
An original, superbly re-imagined fantasy, this is an outstandingly well-told tale.

A clever plot is woven of threads of magic, friendship, duty and desire. Engaging characters are led by Aoife, who has to overcome one challenge after another. Some are burdens, some are magical - but the hardest are those in which she has to untangle a mystery, entwined with her own emotions and those of others. Human motivations play as big a part as do magic, and becoming an adult. Nor is Aoife the
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**
Twisted: The Girl Who Uncovered Rumplestilskin's Name is a young adult fantasy re-imagining of the story of Rumplestilskin by Bonnie M. Hennessy. Twisted is Bonnie's debut novel and I have to say I loved it! I found it to be a delightful, and dark twisty tale of not only Rumplestilskin, but also of the young lady, Aoife.

This part of the summary is what initially got me interested in the story was, "This is not the tale of a d
I was going to try to be generous and give this 2 stars but you know what, it's just awful. I can't actually believe I finished it but it didn't get truly cringey until maybe a fourth of the way through and generally I'm already committed by that point. I just don't even know what this is supposed to be. I THOUGHT it was going to be a retelling with a romance between the MC and Rumpelstiltskin where he's like not as bad as he originally seems I guess, and while I was kind of wary about that and ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Nice fairy tale retelling

You don't see many versions of Rumpelstiltskin so I was intrigued when I started this. The beginning was too slow for me, I felt like not much was happening. It definitely picked up in the latter half. I liked seeing the romance develop and the backstory was interesting. Aoife was smart and independent, which I loved. Not bad overall
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Wow! This is a well done retelling of Rumplestilskin. There is a lot of depth to the story and it had the feeling of the old-world.

Aoife is a talented young woman. She readily accepts most of the people who cross her path. She has an intelligent mind and is able to figure out how to turn a poorly performing farm into one producing a profit. Her father brags that she has the "Midas" touch and can turn things to gold. This backfires on him when he is told that he must prove his claims
Charlene Pratt
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not your mother's Rumplestiltskin

Well written with interesting characters you sometimes aren't sure whether you like or loathe. The plot is intricate and never lets you catch your breath. The ending left me spooked.
Jasmin Jace
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

Well, what do I say? I like the story and the writing was good but it felt like it lacks passion between the hero and the heroine. And I'm not talking about passion on their sexual encounter but the whole romantic side of the story. I mean, their love for each other. I just wish the author have explored a little bit more about that. I'm not even a romantic person but I've noticed that so maybe the book really needs some improvement on that department? Or maybe it's a
I'm pretty sure this is the first rumplestiltskin retelling I have ever read. (I do not count books where he has been a side story character) I think it was pretty good.

The author puts an interesting spin on why the little man we all loved to hate as children does what he does and why he wants our heroine to guess his name. I found the soon and it's results satisfying.

it wasn't the best fairy tale retelling I've read, but it was the best rumplestiltskin fairy tale retelling I've read.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book. I thought it sounded interesting and I was excited to read a Rumpelstiltskin retelling. When this book first started, I remained optimistic but soon it was evident I shouldn't be.

First off, there are no characters in this book to care about. Aoife is in typical YA fashion, not like other girls. She goes into brothels to get her father out, does math, hates girly things, and *gasp* wears pants later in the book. The Rumpelstiltskin character is awful, when the book fi
Kathy Filardo
Jun 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Crystal Collier
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
A lovely, different fairy tale retelling.

With fairy tales being such a big thing in the market now days, I've read my fair share of retellings. This book, however, was absolutely unique. I picked it up months ago and didn't dive in until recently--without having reread the blurb. So, going in blind, I didn't know what story I was getting. That may or may not have added to my enjoyment. Regardless, I figured it out soon enough when gold and straw came into the picture.

So f
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

Twisted was a dark and creative re-telling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale. You know how so many fairy tales in their original form are tragic and scary? This felt original and authentic like those stories. It definitely wasn't Disney.

None of the characters are great people. Not even the main characters. They all have made some pretty bad life choices. That was part of the story's intrigue though. As the story unfolds, many other stories come
Catherine Hawthorn
DNF after 2nd chapter. Was very uncomfortable with the very prominent references to the brothel, and how bad Aoife's parents were.
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
DNF at 4%... I know that hardly even counts and nobody cares but I updated that I started reading it so I feel the need to explain why I'm not continuing.

I needed an ebook yesterday (gotta always be reading 3 different books at once you know), so I went to Amazon's free young adult ebooks page. This book's blurb interested me and I love Rumpelstiltskin retellings, so I grabbed it. But at 4% I wasn't hooked and started thinking that maybe it was stupid of me to choose a book I'd never
Holly Hand Grenade
“Finding worth in that which makes others turn away. I suppose that is what I brought you here for.”

Aoife (pronounced 'Eee-fuh'), is a clever, clever girl with a pretty rough life. She's also got a giant heart and despite her upbringing, isn't judgemental at all. She's a bit standoffish, sure...but she's very confident, too.

This retelling of Rumpelstiltskin was not what I was expecting. It was dark in all the right places and painted some new characters into the story while giving a backsto
Jessica {Litnoob}
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Andrea Ahn
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: march-madness
I very much enjoyed this book. It had a great story line and was very captivating to read. The characters were very well written, even though all the men in the book seemed to be sexist and misunderstood. I would love for the author to write more of these fairy tale books as they were definitely one of my favorites.
Krystal Gibson
A high 2.5, almost 3. It was such a short story that I almost classify it as a short story. I enjoyed the tale but the end seemed to rushed, even though it was meant to be rushed considering the circumstances, but there could have been more put in the end instead of the beginning and middle. I almost wish this was expanded and I'm now interested in reading more books based of this fairy tale. But I did enjoy the actual reasoning for how R got his name and why he was the way he was. That added to ...more
Heather Hayden
As the name proclaims, this was an incredibly twisted version of Rumplestiltskin. Although I enjoyed the first part, the second part became far too dark for me. As such, I don't feel right rating the book or recommending it.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly good

I usually don't expect a lot out of a debut author, but this one I couldn't put down. Very well written and captivating!
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-english
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I never cared much for the original fairy tale, but this retelling was absolutely amazing. It made Rumpelstiltskin seem so human, so real. The main characters are quite well developed, and the storytelling is solid. I really liked this book
Delanie Slattery
Wasn't my favorite for several reasons, but I finished it. I was not a fan of the writing style, there was no detail or explanation and the dialogue wasn't great. I didn't really get into the story until more than half way through, and the first half almost made me stop so many times. But the end redeemed it enough that I'm not entirely disappointed in wasting time reading this.
Isabelle Grey
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: passable

Got this as a freebie on Amazon Kindle and I did finish it over the course of two days. And I'll say this, I'm rather lukewarm about this novel. It wasn't anything stellar, engrossing, riveting, thought-provoking or otherwise impressive. But on the other hand, it was not anything that was obnoxious, horrid or otherwise bland. It's between the two.

The novel is straightforward, following the basic format of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy-tale for the most part. Miler's Daughter? Check. That's in the f
Good story, needs proofreading. Weird spots with fractions in place of words, like it didn't get digitized right or something. This re-telling has Rumple not knowing his own name so for him to demand heroine guess is a little strange - how will he know if she guesses right? There were interesting themes of motherhood throughout, explored in different ways and I enjoyed that. All-in-all a good read if you like fairytale retells.
Barbara Senteney
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-fave-ebooks
I am a huge fan of Fairy Tales, especially the Brothers Grimm, it is rare that you find a retelling of an old favorite that you fall in love with. This story was riveting, it ept me turning pages from beginning to end.
Aoife is the young girl in this tale, who catches the eye of the dwarf Rumpelstiltskin, she cares for him even tho his body is bent ad twisted, and his skin is hard and still, but she has obligations, a drunken father, overbearing abusive mother, and sister bedridden with chronic
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