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Diamond: A Rapunzel Story

(Once Upon a Twist Tales #3)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Diamond leads a quiet life with the woman she calls Mother. There isn’t much to pass the time save for excursions in the forest and one-sided conversations with her pet rabbit, Hobie. Men are cruel beings who care only for themselves and must be avoided at any cost. After all, Diamond’s own father gambled her away once. What other terrible fates might await her if people k ...more
Paperback, 125 pages
Published May 13th 2020 by Kindle Direct Publishing
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Christine Smith
The third book of the Once Upon a Twist Tales series is heeeere!

And if it’s not obvious, I’m a little bit excited. Okay, that was a lie. I AM OVER THE MOON, BOUNCING OFF THE WALLS, SCREAMING FROM THE ROOFTOPS EXCITED.

Diamond is a Rapunzel retelling (*squee*) novella and, as mentioned, the 3rd book of Kirsten Fichter’s One Upon a Twist Tales series.

Each book more or less stands alone, so if you haven’t read the first two yet, you CAN jump into this one. Though this one does connect pretty closely
C.O. Bonham
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not all Diamonds glitter.

This Diamond is a girl. Her mother keeps her hidden away, always obsessing about her nearly eighteen feet of golden hair.

Before you start thinking you've seen this Disney movie before, you need to know that this is a non-magical story. Everything it totally plausible, well except for the alchemist, he's still not magic though, just very fashion forward with the goggles and the foreign accent.

I loved the main characters who are super cute together. Seth, with his six ol
Kendra Ardnek
1. It's a delightfully twisted retelling as Seth is the one who gets trapped in a tower, not dearest Rapunzel -cough- Diamond. She's still the one with eighteen feet of hair, though, and an oppressive "mother" who only wants her out of revenge.

2. Seth is an Alchemist! A successful-ish, one, too. Mostly because he isn't trying to make gold. He's also adorable as he tries to function despite a language barrier. He speaks the native tongue, but not well, so ... frustration for him, but amusement f
Tara Savanna
I really enjoyed this book! All the little nods to the Disney movie made me chuckle! The characters also do their best to rely on and trust in God to get them through their trials, which I liked.

I think one of my favorite aspects of the story was the character who hasn’t quite grasped the language of the area and stumbles over his wordings. I enjoyed reading it, as it was quite funny at times, and I appreciate the work I know went in to creating that character.

I had only one small issue with thi
I was a little hesitant about picking up Diamond, to be honest. I didn't love the first book in this series, The Rose and the Balloon: A Beauty and the Beast Story. But I was intrigued by the premise of Diamond and figured I'd give it a try, and I ended up liking it quite a bit!

Diamond lives in a hidden cave in the forest with a woman she only knows as Mother, patiently growing her hair out over her entire life so Mother can eventually cut it, sell it, and make them rich. Seth is a traveling alc
Brie Donning
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
 I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It is funny and it has heart. Despite my intentions, I'd never quite gotten around to reading one of Kirsten Fichter's books before. I can now call myself a fan. I already had The Rose and the Balloon, but I've added Spindle Dreams because I want to see a take on Sleeping beauty without magic.

Things I love in this book:

The first paragraph. It give a unique feel to the story.

That blasted man. This is a character who is often referred to and i find the name amusi
Madi's Musings
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novella is quite the delightful retelling of a popular fairy tale, and is the first book I’ve read by Kirsten Fichter. Now, I’m hooked. The characters are wonderfully written with unique personalities, and the world-building is fantastic. I loved Diamond’s first thoughts and description of Seth, and her inner battle between obeying her “mother” and helping someone in need is perfectly executed. My only wish for this novella is that the ending wasn’t so rushed. In short, this is the perfect ...more
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Positives: The focus on the characterization of both Seth and Diamond was great. All the characters were again distinguished and they didn’t feel like copies of the previous characters in the previous books. To add to that, I though how Diamond was a mixture of naivety, a slight bit of jadedness, and a sad pot of fearfulness was really well done. They’re negative, yes, but her so-called”softness” and kindness shined through. Seth was an adorable man child who was both incredibly mature and also ...more
I'm not rating this one since I had the honor of being a beta reader, but this book is both fun and sweet, with some truly unique twists that set it apart (the way Diamond gets her name is one of my favorite aspects of the story--it fits in so well the the motives behind the original tale!)

I actually haven't read the first two books in the series (yet) but this one works just fine as a standalone-although since this novel *does* include appearances by characters from previous books, I'd recommen
Erica Nicole Pait
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Guys, you have no clue how much I love these Once Upon a Twist Tales. Details from the original fairy tale, a few Disney nods, and so much Kirsten magic combine to make stories that capture the heart and imagination. In Diamond, there was so much to wonder at... I've only been dying to read it since I read Spindle Dreams (BTW Awesome book! You should read that one too, and it'll help a little with this one since they sorta got intertwined...) I love how Kirsten gave actual plausible explanations ...more
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Kirsten Fichter is a twenty-something Christian writer who loves being the wife to her favorite person ever, mommy to two precious blessings, a piano enthusiast, a dragon buff, a serious bookworm, and an INFP synesthete. Fairytales have always fascinated her, and she has made it her goal to rewrite as many as possible and become known as the “Grimm Dickens” (i.e. mixing Grimm fairytales with a Dic ...more

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