A Curse Dark as Gold Review
Title: A Curse Dark as Gold
Author: Elizabeth C. Bunce
Published: May 2010, Scholastic
This winner of the William C. Morris Award for best YA debut novel is a ghost story, spun with a romance, woven with a mystery, and shot through with fairy tale.
The gold thread promises Charlotte Miller a chance to save her family’s beloved woolen mill. It promises a future for her sister, jobs for her townsfolk, security against her grasping uncle — maybe even true love.
To get the thread, Charlotte must strike a bargain with its maker, the mysterious Jack Spinner. But the gleam of gold conjures a shadowy past — secrets ensnaring generations of Millers. And Charlotte’s mill, her family, her love — what do those matter to a stranger who can spin straw into gold?
This is an award-winning and wholly original retelling of “Rumplestiltskin.”
I’m kind of disappointed with this. It had so much potential, with a great plot and everything. But it was written terribly, in my opinion.
The beginning really dragged on. Actually, I never found myself caught up in the need to read the story at any point. Something about the writing style just did not sit well with me. I don’t know, maybe it was all the old ways of speaking that were used. It made me feel detached.
I also hated Charlotte. I understand that she was the only one who could really save the mill, but she is such a selfish brat. Why did she bother marrying Randall if she isn’t going to bother telling him ANYTHING? Or letting him help pay for ANYTHING? And the fact that they hardly knew each other before they got married was annoying, too. It was like the author decided Charlotte needed a son, so she suddenly had to get married and treat her husband like crap because she just needed a son.
Honestly, there was not a single character that I cared about. At all. And how did Charlotte know what to do to fix the curse? It seemed to be a case of “let me take this jar of dirt with me and do whatever comes to mind.”
The plot itself was good. I liked how Charlotte figured it all out. Finding out what the curse was about was interesting and got the end of the book moving.
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