{Review+Giveaway} Twisted by @BonnieMHennessy

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{Review+Giveaway} Twisted by @BonnieMHennessy

{Review+Giveaway} Twisted by @BonnieMHennessyTwisted: The Girl Who Uncovered Rumplestilskin's Name by Bonnie M. Hennessy
Pages: 306
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on November 11, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, retelling, Romance, Fantasy & Magic
Source: Paperback from Author
four-stars

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 alcohol and women, while his daughter, Aoife, ran the family farm on her own. When he gambled away everything they owned to the Duke, it was up to her to spin straw into gold to win it all back.

With her wits and the help of a magical guardian, she outsmarted the Duke and saved the day.

Well almost…

Her guardian suddenly turned on Aoife and sent her on a quest to find his name, the clues to which were hidden deep in the woods, a moldy dungeon, and a dead woman’s chamber.

This is not the tale of a damsel in distress, but a tenacious, young woman who solved a mystery so great that not even the enchanted man who spun straw into gold could figure it out.

Not until Aoife came along.

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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 damsel in distress, but a tenacious, young woman who solved a mystery so great that not even the enchanted man who spun straw into gold could figure it out.” And let me tell you, Aoife was a fierce heroine. I really liked her. I do have to say, I initially thought that Rumplestilskin was going to be the love interest, and as I was reading, I even wanted him to be the love interest. But no, Rumplestilskin is not. There is a romance in Twisted, and it was pretty twisted, just like the rest of the story. And I found the romance to be quite good.

What I loved most about this book was that it turned everything I thought I knew about Rumplestilskin on its’ head. This really was more of a re-imagining of his story, rather than a crafty re-telling. It was also pretty dark, so it is not a light and fluffy read. in fact, parts of this story made me downright sad. But I loved how dark and twisted it was. It was so unlike anything else I have been reading lately, and that in and of itself is pretty cool. Aoife goes through a lot in this book. At times you really feel the weight of everything she is dealing with and you feel awful for her, and at times you want to punch her, but overall I really enjoyed her character.

Bottom line: If you are a lover of dark stories that might not always get a happy ending. View Spoiler » Or if you are a lover of retellings and reimaginings, Twisted: The Girl Who Uncovered Rumplestilskin’s Name is a great book for you to pick up. It is really twisted, as the name suggests and I think it will pleasantly surprise you in more ways than you think. I was super impressed with Bonnie’s writing. I found this book to be well paced, and well thought out and really great. I can’t wait to read more by this author. She is one to keep an eye on.

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About Bonnie M. Hennessy

Bonnie grew up a shy, quiet girl who the teachers always seated next to the noisy boys because they knew she was too afraid to talk to anyone. She always had a lot she wanted to say but was too afraid to share it for fear she might die of embarrassment if people actually noticed her. Somewhere along the line, perhaps after she surprised her eighth grade class by standing up to a teacher who was belittling a fellow student, she realized that she had a voice and she didn’t burst into flames when her classmates stared at her in surprise.

Not long after that, she began spinning tales, some of which got her into trouble with her mom. Whether persuading her father to take her to the candy store as a little girl or convincing her parents to let her move from Los Angeles to Manhattan to pursue a career at eighteen as a ballet dancer with only $200 in her pocket, Bonnie has proven that she knows how to tell a compelling story.

Now she spends her time reading and making up stories for her two children at night. By day she is an English teacher who never puts the quiet girls next to the noisy boys and works hard to persuade her students that stories, whether they are the ones she teaches in class or the ones she tells to keep them from daydreaming, are better escapes than computers, phones, and social media.

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24 Responses to “{Review+Giveaway} Twisted by @BonnieMHennessy”

  1. Ally Swanson

    Excellent review! I am interested in this book, because of the intriguing and captivating storyline and plots. Also, because of the strong, well developed characters.

  2. Victoria

    Great review! I love fantasy novels and this sounds amazing, I’ll definitely be checking it out. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Beth Ann Tilley

    Hi ! This books catches my interest because I’ve always been a fan of Rumpelstiltskin.

  4. Kristina Oden

    Honestly, I kinda judge a book by the cover when I’m browsing for books. This cover caught my eye, and when I saw that it was a fairytale retelling, I HAVE to read it! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  5. Renee Rousseau

    The Girl Who Uncovered Rumplestilskin’s Name interests me because when my 4 daughters were younger and always calling “Mom,Mom,Mom!” I would tell them I changed my name and they had to guess it. (of course it was Rumplestilskin!) They would get a kick out of reading this novel.
    Congrats!

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