on October 4th 2016
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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.
“Spindle” by Shonna Slayton took me for a whirlwind. I still don’t totally know how I feel about this book. Briar rose is working at a spinning mill trying to earn money for her family. Everything in Briar’s world is falling apart. She may lose everything.
I really like that Briar Rose is made into a strong character. I love that the story takes place during the Industrial Revolution. Like Slayton’s other books, the story focuses around an artifact from the fairy-tale. Again Slayton does a wonderful job bringing magic to a more modern world.
A few things I didn’t like; I didn’t like the slow pace of the novel. I feel like something could have been done to fix this. Henry should have been in the novel a lot more. I feel like he should have way more page time.
Ultimately, “Spindle” by Shonna Slayton is a fun and easy read. I am always looking forward to her next novel.