The Uncertain Places by Lisa Goldstein is $1.99 today only in ebook format as one of the Kindle Daily Deals. The book was previously discounted to this price in December 2012--which is when I previously posted about it and when I bought a copy for myself.
The story creates a "lost Grimms' tale" as its impetus and plays with fairy tale tropes in general. Hence my posting about it here.
An ages-old family secret breaches the boundaries between reality and magic in this fresh retelling of a classic fairy tale. When Berkeley student Will Taylor is introduced to the mysterious Feierabend sisters, he quickly falls for enigmatic Livvy, a chemistry major and accomplished chef. But Livvy’s family—vivacious actress Maddie, family historian Rose, and their mother, absent-minded Sylvia—are behaving strangely. The Feierabend women seem to believe that luck is their handmaiden, even though happiness does not necessarily follow. It is soon discovered that generations previous, the Feierabends made a contract with a powerful, otherworldly force, and it is up to Will and his best friend to unravel the riddle of this supernatural bargain in order to save Livvy from her predestined fate.