*** (3 stars)
This was an interesting book- something very original within this genre. It stemmed from a fairy-tale but took a twisted turn and played on the story very well. All the book links, synopsis and author links are below this review so that you can check the book out for yourselves.
I have to say, the second half is way better than the first because it's more gripping and less stuttered. Especially since all the intense and interesting things happen. From the very beginning, an inevitable situation was introduced- with this type of story, it's obvious to see what will happen- especially with a cursed spindle involved. Even though this makes it quite predictable, I liked it because through the whole book we build up to this moment and suddenly you just want to know what will happen next and how the characters will resolve the issue.
Suddenly when this issue is instigated, it's more fast-paced and the pages begin to turn themselves.
There was a swoon-worthy and sweet love interest that I immediately fell in love with but was a bit annoyed by the lack of them within the main story- they should've been involved more as he's so funny and such a sweetheart.
I couldn't help but be suspicious of a lot of characters because it was that kind of book- anyone could have a secret agenda. I enjoyed this though- it kept things interesting.
Overall, I would recommend this book to people who love fairy tales as this story will be right up your street.
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Spindle- Shonna Slayton
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen
In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of finger...
Briar Rose knows her life will never be a fairy tale. She's raising her siblings on her own, her wages at the spinning mill have been cut, and the boy she thought she had a future with has eyes for someone else. Most days it feels like her best friend, Henry Prince, is the only one in her corner...though with his endless flirty jokes, how can she ever take him seriously?
When a mysterious peddler offers her a 'magic' spindle that could make her more money, sneaking it into the mill seems worth the risk. But then one by one, her fellow spinner girls come down with the mysterious sleeping sickness... and Briar's not immune.
If Briar wants to save the girls- and herself- she'll have to start believing in fairy tales... and in the power of a prince's kiss.
Shonna Slayton writes historical fairy tales for Entangled Teen. Cinderella's Dress and Cinderella's Shoes, set in the 1940s are out now. Spindle, a Sleeping Beauty inspired tale set in the late 1800s.
She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today. When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona.
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