Release Date: April 9th, 2013
Genre: Middle Grade Fairy Tale
Challenges: Audiobook, Fairy Tales, Quick Fix
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Rump by Liesl Shurtliff was exceptional in every way. It was the perfect blend of everything I love in a book: witty narration, memorable characters, surprising plot twists, and an irresistable fairy tale setting.
Rump is a dejected, lonely boy who has a pretty dismal-looking fate lying ahead of him, all thanks to his less than flattering name. Yet, as he embarks on a journey through a somewhat...familiar tale he discovers there may be more to his fate than he first believed.
I love seeing my favorite stories from new perspectives (I STILL haven't seen Maleficent!!!) and this book was especially impressive in that aspect. I've always had a soft spot for Rumpelstiltskin, but this book presented him as a sympathetic character who genuinely wishes no ill on anybody (except for maybe a certain Miller...) and I loved that.
Every single character was so full of life. They had distinguishing characteristics that brought them to life in a whole new way! I was so impressed with the development behind each of them, making both old and new seem like old friends (or nemesises).
The writing was spectacular. Liesl Shurtliff has so much talent for a debut author. So many times I found myself laughing out loud, or uttering exclamations in response to the brilliant dialogue and narrative presented.
On a deeper/cheesier level, I loved the message that we are all of value, and we can all take control of our destinies. Any book that manages to be inspiring on top of hilarious and clever is one that will wind its way into my deep, cheesy, book-loving heart.