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Spindle Paperback – October 4, 2016
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5 stars: "I loved the way fact and fiction combined to continue and retell a beloved fairy tale." -Laura Reading, Laura's Interests
4 stars: "This story does an excellent job of combing fairytale aspects with real world scenarios. I really appreciate the authenticity of the characterization of the women and girls in this book. She does not attribute modern day attitudes and manners of speaking to these characters and it really adds to the vibe of the book. I loved Briar Rose and of course, Henry. The unique take of the history of Sleeping beauty was well done." -Jennifer, Goodreads Reviewer
5 stars: "The story has a slow build up to the real action with wooden spindle, evil (and good) fairies, and the elements of the "Sleeping Beauty" story we would expect. The second part of the book is incredible! I could not stop reading. Even though it had a slow start- wow! Even the first part was interesting, just in a different, non-magical way. I LOVED Henry - what an amazing young man and friend." -Olivia Farr, Goodreads Reviewer
About the Author
SHONNA SLAYTON is the author of the YA novels Cinderella's Dress, (Summer 2014) and Cinderella's Shoes (Fall 2015) published by Entangled Teen. 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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The story is told from Briar's point of view, so we really get to know her character on a deeply personal level. Her thoughts, dreams, hopes, fears, and everything else are exposed for us to see. The first person point of view is my favorite writing style, and I'm very glad the author chose to use it for the story. I personally think it makes a big difference on how the story effects a reader - and the first person style seems to be the best option, in my opinion. One other part of Briar's character and background is her Irish heritage. I'm part Irish myself, and I liked reading about the different stories Briar had heard from her parents or others from the 'old country.' Some other readers probably won't think twice about this part of the book, but I liked it so much I wanted to at least mention it. All of the other aspects of the story are well done, from the setting and other characters to the plot itself. It felt a bit slow at the beginning, but once things started happening - it picked up speed and had me hooked. I definitely recommend this book to fans of fantasy and fairy tales - it's one you'll want to pick up!
Spindle is the story of Briar Rose, a young girl trying to work for a better life for her siblings. I really loved Rose. I thought her work ethic was admirable and I loved her dedication to her brothers and sister. But no story is complete without a prince. In this case, her best friend Henry Prince. Which I thought was a cute twist. His family is hiding a big secret, which totally intriged me. I had my guesses from the beginning but I would be lying if I said I easily had this one completely figured out. Shonna Slyaton does some really cool things with the twists and secrets in Spindle.
The only thing that annoyed me about Briar Rose was her continued fascination with Wheeler. I thought he was a jerk, but she couldn’t seem to get him out of her head. But other than that, and a few slow points in the story, I really really enjoyed this tale. I thought it was a lot of fun. I think fans of retellings will love Spindle. I do wish there was a little more romance. It builds throughout the story but it is loaded heavier on the back end of the book.
The industrial revolution time period is the perfect setting for Spindle. In fact, I think that was my favorite story telling decision. It set the mood of desperation perfectly. Spindle is a retelling take you don’t want to miss. I can’t wait for more from Shonna Slayton.
*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free from the publisher or author.