Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

"This ravishing winner of the ALA's William C. Morris YA Debut Award is a fairy tale, spun with a mystery, woven with a family story, and shot through with romance.

Charlotte Miller has always scoffed at talk of a curse on her family's woolen mill, which holds her beloved small town together. But after her father's death, the bad luck piles up: departing workers, impossible debts, an overbearing uncle. Then a stranger named Jack Spinner offers a tempting proposition: He can turn straw into gold thread, for the small price of her mother's ring. As Charlotte is drawn deeper into her bargains with Spinner-and a romance with the local banker-she must unravel the truth of the curse on the mill and save the community she's always called home."

I quite liked this one. It wasn't exactly light; it had a good deal of meat to it. Yet, it didn't ever drag. The imagery was basically stellar, and the characters were interesting and engaging. They managed to come across as very real while maintaining a smooth, almost idealistic scene. Like normal people, but with the interesting and fanciful bits brought out. And despite the whole old-countryside thing, it didn't read like one of those incredibly boring historical fictions. There were a million little facets to it that, while admittedly a bit predictable, made it nice to read no matter whether you could see it coming or not. It was a really enjoyable read, and I'd definitely recommend it. There's copies at Kettleson, Sitka High, and MEHS.

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