Sunday, October 9, 2016

Review: Spindle by Shonna Slayton

Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling
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Synopsis: Set during the Industrial Revolution, Sleeping Beauty's happily ever after isn't the end of the story...

In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a 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.

My Rating
4/5 stars

My Review
Spindle was an adorable fairy-tale retelling. If you loved the story of Sleeping Beauty, you will definitely love Spindle.

All Briar Rose wants in life, is to marry her ex and be able to keep her siblings together on her very low salary. Working at the spinning mill isn't all fun and games, Briar has a busted frame and has to work extra hard to make any money to keep her boarding and keep the children fed. When a mysterious peddle offers her a spindle that will help her production, Briar is hesitant at first, but with all the bad in her life she decides to give it a try. All the girls who have touched the spindle are ending up sick, could the fair-tale of Sleeping Beauty and the evil spindle bewitched by Isadora be real?

I loved the characters in this book. Briar Rose, the children, Henry, the Boarding girls and the fairies were all so wonderful! Every character had something about them that made you really care for them. The only character I didn't like was Wheeler, Briar's ex, and thats for obvious reasons.

The storyline of this novel was fairly good. I found it to be quite boring in the beginning, it didn't really pick up till about halfway though the book. Once the action started happening the book was a lot better to read.

While I thought the romance in this book was very cute, it wasn't the type of romance where you're like "OMG I NEED THEM TO END UP TOGETHER." You know? It was cute and all, but not amazing.

An aspect of this book I really liked was the part of the women trying to rally together to get the right to vote. I thought it was very inspirational, and I absolutely loved the quote about Susan B. Anthony (I did a project on her in grade 11).

This book was very well written, and if it wasn't for some small aspects I would have considered giving this book 5 stars. I still highly recommend it to every who enjoys fairy-tale retellings.

Happy Reading,


  1. I've really been looking forward to this one because I love fairy tale retelling, but too bad it's not as great as I thought it was :/ Thanks for your review!

    1. Thanks so much for reading it. Hopefully you like it more than I did.

  2. I just love fairy tale retelllings. And what a gorgeous cover. Great review, Aneta. :)


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