The Price to be Paid (A Fairy Tale Romance) by Leigh Wilder
Summary From Goodreads:
Dairymaid Kay’s life is one trial after another, mostly caused by her father’s drinking. When he drunkenly brags of her ability to spin straw into gold (she can’t even spin wool) he attracts the attention of the cruel king. She has two options. Spin the straw into gold…or off with her head.
Fortunately she has some help…but is the price to save her life too high? This is an adult fairy tale and contains sexual situations. Short.
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
The Price to be Paid is a naughty version of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale and is written by Leigh Wilder, one of my favorite authors. However, I can’t say that this short story is very similar to her other works because the sexual scenes aren’t nearly as descriptive and are brief even if they are frequent enough. Normally Wilder offers some new twist or spin on the fairy tale and then gives depth to the naughtier bits by making the scenes vivid and entrancing. I can’t say that was the case for this.
The Price to be Paid does give a bit of backstory that many who are familiar with the Rumpelstiltskin tale will recognize as pretty close to the original, or some of the modern adaptations (such as Once Upon a Time), but it is much of the same really. There is more of a sexual twist and that theme carries through to the end of the story, but there doesn’t feel like much weight is behind it.
The “help” she has is an odd, lustful creature, that is mischievous and only in it for their own sake. While there is nothing wrong with that, they are the only real innovation of the tale, where as the MC is more of a shell that exists because the story requires it. So when, at the end, the odd creature doesn’t change in personality or intention, the MC just goes along for the ride, and the rest of the world is the same as the original I was left disappointed.
There is nothing specifically wrong with The Price to be Paid. The writing is still solid, the plot flows smoothly, and if you just want to experience a sexier Rumpelstiltskin story than this could work for you. As for me, I think I’m just too spoiled with Wilder’s usual level of expertise, so this didn’t do it for me. It was fine, just not special. Thanks as always for reading.
Summary From Goodreads:
What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?
Warning: these Grimm Prequels are like snap shots of a magical land you’re about to visit soon. I like to think of them as poisoned apples. Once you taste them, you will never see fairy tales in the same light again.
The Grimm Diaries are pages written in a Book of Sand, where each fairy tale character confessed the true stories once altered by the Brothers Grimm two centuries ago. To keep the truth about fairy tales hidden, the Brothers Grimm buried the characters in their dreams to never wake up again. But the curse was broken and they allowed to wake up every one hundred years.
As of right now there are no summaries for the individual Grimm Diaries prequels 7-10 so the summary above is just the general one for the prequels as a whole. The second set of prequels includes the following:
7) Once Beauty Twice Beast narrated by Beauty,
8) Moon & Madly narrated by Moongirl
9) Rumpelstein narrated by Rumpelstiltskin
10) Jawigi narrated by Sandman Grimm
I read them all and decided to do a Hobbit-sized Review of my favorite one which turned out to be Rumpelstein. The story of Rumpelstiltskin has seen a few different twists in popular culture lately, most notably with the show Once Upon a Time, and while that version is quite an interesting one I think this view of Rumpelstiltskin, or Rumpelstein as he is later called, is more suited to the character. The story focuses on Rumpelstiltskin’s struggles in life, centered around the time that he is trying to provide for his wife and daughter. He has many difficulties along the way, many due to the Snow White Queen who despite not saying too much in this prequel does make her presence felt once again. As Rumpelstiltskin watches his family suffer because they can not get enough of the basic necessities to live his daughter comes up with a solution, one that seemingly is good in nature, but that is twisted when others find out about her gift.
As the constant use of the gift weakens the girl, Rumpelstiltskin is paid visit by another familiar character from these fairy tale lands, Jack. Jack gives him a warning that he is in much danger and should attempt to flee or risk the Snow White Queen taking his daughter. Not having the courage to do anything soon enough, Rumpelstiltskin pays a high price, one that would change him forever and turn him into something darker and full of sorrow.
Hopefully I didn’t give too much away, it’s very difficult not giving away spoilers you know! Anyhow, I really enjoyed this set of prequels, as I did with the first, and Rumpelstein especially felt like an adaptation to the original that I would love to read more about. I can’t wait until these novels are fleshed out and we can really see where Jace wants to take them all. Which, by the way, you don’t have to wait for much longer as Snow White Sorrow, the first of the full length novels, is expected to be released in late February! As always thanks for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 26!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #25/365