Book Review: Spindle by Shonna Slayton

Title: Spindle
Author: Shonna Slayton
Publisher: Entangled
Release Date: October 4th, 2016
Pages: 400
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fairy tale retelling 

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.
So if you have ever read a review by me in the past when it has to be dealing with fairy tales, I am usually all for it and am so down to read it. I love to see how the author takes a story not their own, in a way, and manipulate it to make it their own. With Spindle, we are transported into the pages of a book based off the tale of Sleeping Beauty but with a tale of originality.

The story follows Briar Rose as she is barely manage to scaramble funds working at a spinning mill.  
She is trying to raise her siblings but asks the help of her nanny to watch them during the week until she comes home on the weekend. However, things are not looking great for Briar until a man offers a mgical spindle Briar takes it in hopes of finding sucess. However, things start going wrong when her roommates fall into an endless sleep and Briar is possibly the only one to break the curse.

This is kind of a hard review to write because this book was just okay. I didn't feel inclined to read it, nor did it push me to stay up past my bedtime to read. I found myself being distracted by other things. I would not say that this book was overall bad but I just think that the book was not meant for me.

Briar lives a hard life and there were times where her story felt very one-way and thee was not much growth coming for her character. There were issues discussing the role of women in society and the topic of equal wages and how women and men are viewed in society.

Overall I am usually a fan of retellings but this one is a pass for me. I still encourage you to check out this book and see if Spindle will cast a spell on you. An okay Sleeping Beauty that put me to sleep, Spindle is a book I would read with an open mind.



Waiting on Wednesday: Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
This week pick is:
Bound by Blood and Sand (Untitled Series, #1)

Bound by Blood and Sand

Author:  Becky Allen
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Expected Release: October 11th 2016

Jae is a slave in a dying desert world.

Once verdant with water from a magical Well, the land is drying up, and no one remembers the magic needed to keep the water flowing. If a new source isn’t found soon, the people will perish. Jae doesn’t mind, in a way. By law, she is bound by a curse to obey every order given her, no matter how vile. At least in death, she’ll be free.

Lord Elan’s family rules the fading realm. He comes to the estate where Jae works, searching for the hidden magic needed to replenish the Well, but it’s Jae who finds it, and she who must wield it. Desperate to save his realm, Elan begs her to use it to locate the Well.

But why would a slave—abused, beaten, and treated as less than human—want to save the system that shackles her? Jae would rather see the world burn.

Though revenge clouds her vision, she agrees to help if the kingdom’s slaves are freed. Then Elan’s father arrives. The ruler’s cruelty knows no limits. He is determined that the class system will not change—and that Jae will remain a slave forever.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by
Here is what we Finished, Currently Reading, and what is
Next In line. How about you? These were some fantastic reads and we are so excited to share what we think with you! So make sure you keep your eyes out for our reviews!
 
  Nothing More (Landon Gibson #1)
Like a River Glorious (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #2)

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
We love getting new books and seriously can't wait to dive into them.
How about you? What new books did you get?
 
Spindle Interference The One Real Thing (Hart's Boardwalk, #1)
Beautiful (Beautiful Bastard, #5) What Light The Plan: A Novel 
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State A House of My Own: Stories from My Life




Blog Tour- Excerpt & Giveaway: A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom of Fire #1) by Jessica Cluess


Hi all, welcome to our stop on the Shadow Bright and Burning tour. I'm beyond happy to be sharing with you an exclusive excerpt from this amazing story. I loved this book and I hope you'll add it to your list of books you need to read ASAP.


“I’m sure she can outread the best of us, but that’s not the point. She’s not good.” Trust Fenswick to be blunt.
“No,” Agrippa whispered. My corset pinched me. I couldn’t breathe. He sat down at the table. “I don’t know why this is happening. After Korozoth, I was so certain.”
“Were you overhasty?” Fenswick sounded gentle. “Perhaps she’s not the one you need after all.”
I didn’t wait to hear the reply. In my hurry to get away, I stumbled against the door, pushing it open. Agrippa caught my eye and called my name as I fled.
Porridge in hand, I threw open the training room doors and faced my reflection in the black glass walls. I would perform the maneuver for fire right now, and perfectly. Lighting my hand, I swirled the flame into the air, where it formed a floating orb. Good. Now to transform it into a vortex.
I swung and spun myself around the room, getting every movement and gesture exact. But I couldn’t make the fire transform, even a little. I hacked away at the air until my arms tired and I broke into a sweat, cursing under my breath. I caught sight of myself in the glass. I didn’t look like a sorcerer. With my hair coming undone, I looked like a madwoman.
Cursing, I threw Porridge into the air and the fire exploded. Embers and ashes rained to the floor.
There was a knock. Agrippa entered, a sad expression on his face. I couldn’t bear the sight of it.
“I’m sorry I’ve disgraced you,” I whispered. “I didn’t mean to fail in front of Master Palehook.”
“You have nothing to apologize for.” His voice was warm with anger, but not at me. “Palehook should never have said such things.”
“He wants the prophecy to be realized. He must believe we’ve made a mistake.” And we have made a mistake, I thought. Haven’t we?


A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)
Title: A Shadow Bright and Burning
Author: Jessica Cluess
Pub Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Random House for Young Readers
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook
I am Henrietta Howel.
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.
The prophesied one.
Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's shocked when instead of being executed, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?


Jessica Cluess
Jessica Cluess is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories.



Week One:
9/12/2016- Adventures of a Book Junkie- Interview
9/13/2016- Emily Reads Everything- Review
9/14/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
9/15/2016- Ohana Reads- Review
9/16/2016- Once Upon a Twilight- Interview

Week Two:
9/19/2016- Princessica of Books- Review
9/20/2016- Brittany's Book Rambles- Guest Post
9/21/2016- All Things Urban Fantasy- Review
9/22/2016- Owl Always Be Reading- Excerpt
9/23/2016- Seeing Double In Neverland- Review

Cover Reveal: All Laced Up by Erin Fletcher (Breakaway #1)

 
We are very excited to reveal the cover for the upcoming standalone novel ALL LACED UP from author Erin Fletcher. You won't want to miss this swoon-worthy romance from Entangled Crush.




  

Everyone loves hockey superstar Pierce Miller. Everyone except Lia Bailey.

When the two are forced to teach a skating class to save the rink, Lia’s not sure she’ll survive the pressure of Nationals and Pierce’s ego. Not only can’t he remember her name, he signed her bottle of water like she was one of his groupies. Ugh.

But if there’s one thing Lia knows better than figure skating, it’s hockey. Hoping to take his ego down a notch—or seven—she logs into his team website under an anonymous name to give him pointers on his less-than-stellar playing.

Turns out, Pierce isn’t arrogant at all. And they have a lot in common. Too bad he’s falling for the anonymous girl online. No matter how much fun they’re starting to have in real life, she’s afraid he’s going to choose fake-Lia over the real one…


Disclaimer: This book contains a swoony hockey player (and his equally swoony friends!), one-too-many social media accounts, kisses that’ll melt ice, and a secret identity that might not be so secret after all…



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Erin is a young adult author from North Carolina. She is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise, while drinking excessive quantities of coffee. She believes flip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at the beach if she could. She has a bachelor's degree in mathematics, which is almost never useful when writing books.



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