“I don't usually read this style of book but I was completely hooked. I couldn't tell which way the story was going to go and it kept me reading 'til the very end. The re-working of the traditional tale was well done. All the main themes were there yet it didn't feel constrained by them.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Wonderfully written. Everything from this author is fantastic!”Chanel wrote this review Friday, June 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I don't usually read this style of book but I was completely hooked. I couldn't tell which way the story was going to go and it kept me reading 'til the very end. The re-working of the traditional tale was well done. All the main themes were there yet it didn't feel constrained by them.”Kristina B wrote this review Friday, December 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This one gets a 4.5, really. It wasn't one of those ones that I absolutely LOVED and felt like I wanted to read it over again the second that I finished it, but I really really like this one. It reminded me of the Eva Ibbotson novel "A Countess Below Stairs" - it gave me the same kind of happy, 'warm-fuzzy' feeling after finishing.
It's definitely a unique re-telling of the story. The main character is like-able, and you really sympathize for her in (most of) the various situations she gets involved in during the story (or rather, in several cases, the situations her father gets her involved in). Even when she made a really stupid choice, I felt more exasperated than anything - though, given the type of story this is, that could be because I knew the author would be stepping in to fix it soon enough. (Though given how different this is from the original story, that could have been a bit presumptuous...)
I would have loved to see colour illustrations in this. The descriptions of the dresses sounded beautiful, but I don't know enough about the periods' fashions to really have a picture of them. It would have been nice to see what the author was picturing. (Not to mention a picture of Ray... ;) )
The downsides to the story were that I felt it was a little rushed - most of the books in the series are even shorter than this one, but I would definitely have liked it if the author had been able to turn this into a longer novel. Also, some parts were a little confusing, like the descriptions of how the dresses were made, and of what. That could have been cleared up a little. Notes on the period could have helped, too.
I also didn't get the point of the 'Fairy godmother' at the beginning and the end. I mean okay, she's the narrator. But she only shows up the two times, gives absolutely no contribution to the story... Her whole job seems to be to emphasize the fact that the romantic leads are both of royal lineage. So? Who gives a darn? The characters are still basically nobodies, no matter who an ancestor centuries before may have been (especially since this plays no part in the story). If anything it detracts from the story, making it seem like she's attributing their success to their lineage instead of their personal merits. Virtues are not freaking genetic.
I just feel like as awesome as I thought this one was, it would have been SO MUCH better if they'd done it as a full stand-alone novel. ”
“It was an okay book, not nearly as good as some of the others. Here is why, I REALLY hate it when the bed guy of a story becomes the love interest. (the only exception being the TV show American Dragon Jake Long) So when they make the 'prince' a drunk and Rumpelstiltskin a handsome boy her age, I got extremely angry. Yes I like archetypes in books. Also, I would have preferred it if they continued the part fairy royalty thing... I love fairies... but it wasn't there. :( ”Abigail Geesey wrote this review Saturday, September 15, 2012. ( reply | view 1 replies | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“http://thepaige-turner.blogspot.com/2011/11/crimson-thread-by-suzanne-weyn.html”Paige Turner wrote this review Monday, June 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent! :D”Amanda L wrote this review Wednesday, May 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Literally read this in one day - one evening/night actually. This book holds to the original tale in overall theme and most of the details but brings them to (more) modern times. I liked it a lot I just wish a little more time had been spent on the ending. Good one to read first in this series. I think I want to check out more of them. ”Penguin wrote this review Thursday, April 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Crimson Thread takes the tale of Rumplestiltskin (one of the creepier stories for me as a kid, I'd say) and twists it into a story of an Irish immigrant family in New York in 1880. The main character's name is Bridget (though so not to confuse you if you read the back of the book, she changes her name to the more Americanized Bertie) and her family realizes before long that employers aren't welcoming the Irish too happily. In order to make ends meet, Bridget takes a job as a seamstress for a tycoon's family. And when, after her father's reckless boasting, she is tasked with creating beautiful gowns to help save her employer's business - the enigmatic, mysterious Ray Stalls (who also lives in the more down-trodden area her family resides) helps her do so with an old spinning wheel. But what will be his price?
Okay, so you already know that I enjoy fairy tales - but this, like Suzanne Weyn's other Once Upon a Time offerings, takes a lot of elements of a different, real-world time period and incorporates an almost too realistic setting to an old, creepy fantasy tale. However, I found that it actually worked.
I really liked Bridget's character and I quickly found myself caring for her and her family. Ray Stalls came across much more human than I would have expected, yet I liked the portrayal. The story moved at a swift pace and I was never once bored.
In the end, I found The Crimson Thread to be a clever (loved the last two paragraphs), witty, and page-turning retelling with a nice, subtle magical element. And even though I tend to like my fairy-tales to have more, well, fairies... I highly recommend Suzanne Weyn's different, refreshing approach in The Crimson Thread.”
“THis story was really really sad the only time that was happy was the ending when rudy proposed to her, and when it was telling how they ended up. It was good though even though it was sad.”Heather L wrote this review Wednesday, October 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No