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.


  1. I was curious about this one because of the synopsis and the cover, but I'm not sure if I'll ever get around to actually reading it. Sorry it wasn't for you! Great review ^_^

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles


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