Book Review: Spinning Starlight by R. C. Lewis

Posted October 18, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Book Review: Spinning Starlight by R. C. LewisSpinning Starlight by R. C. Lewis
Published by Disney Electronic Content on October 6th 2015
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 232
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it's hard to escape it. So when a group of men shows up at her house uninvited, she assumes it's just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired. Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi's vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word, and her brothers are dead. Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home—a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers' survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back? Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans fuses all the heart of the classic tale with a stunning, imaginative world in which a star-crossed family fights for its very survival.

“Spinning Starlight” by R. C. Lewis is a retelling of “The Wild Swans” fairy tale. Since this isn’t a hugely popular fairy tale, I will give you a little bit of background. “The Wild Swans” is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. This story is about a princess who rescues her eleven brothers from a spell that was cast by an evil queen. This King marries a wicked queen who ends up being a witch. Out of spite, the queen turns all the sons into swans. Then Elisa the daughter gets banished. That is just the beginning, so back to “Spinning Starlight”.

For the readers out there that don’t know, “Spinning Starlight” would be a companion novel to “Stitching Snow”. This is a different world and a different set of characters. Liddi is the heir to the Jantzen Technology Innovations Company. Liddi finds out that her brothers are in danger and unfortunately her voice has been taken away, so she may no longer speak to anyone. After her brothers take her to safety, Liddi learns that not only her family is being threatened but the entire eight planets are in danger.

I feel like “Spinning Starlight” was just so-so. I really didn’t like the author’s writing. I felt that the story just didn’t flow right. The retelling in itself was a very creative idea, I just don’t feel like it was fully developed. The book becomes really slow as you move through and it seems like it takes Liddi forever to get from point A to point B. I don’t feel like “Spinning Starlight” was the book for me.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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