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Peek Inside Spindle

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. Most days it feels like her best friend, Henry Prince, is the only one in her corner


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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.


5 stars: "Historical Fairytales? Who ever heard of such a thing. That's what this author writes. She's written two others that I am going to have to check out: Cinderella's Dress and Cinderella's Shoes. Spindle takes place in 1890, during the Industrial Revolution. I loved it. I am not usually a historical fan but you add it to fairytale, and it really works. I enjoyed it immensely. So I am looking forward to reading her other books."-Jessica Samuelsen, Writing Pearls

4.5 stars: "I enjoyed learning about the characters, immensely, and loved how they grew and learned about themselves. The plot was well thought out and intriguingly written. I love Shonna's writing style. The flow of the book was well done." -Ashley, Reading Bliss

5 stars: "I loved the way fact and fiction combined to continue and retell a beloved fairy tale." -Laura Reading, Laura's Interests

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633754928
Release Date: Oct 4, 2016
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen
Genre: fairy-tale retelling, fantasy, young adult
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By Aneta September 21, 2016

Spindle was an adorable fairy-tale retelling. If you loved the story of Sleeping Beauty, you will definitely love Spindle.

All Briar Rose wants in life, is to marry her ex and be able to keep her siblings together on her very low salary. Working at the spinning mill isn't all fun and games, Briar ha ...more

By Barb (Boxermommyreads) September 26, 2016

I have to be honest and admit that for about the first 100 pages or so of this book, I really considered DNF'ing this. And I guess that it's a good thing I rarely DNF because after that point, the book really picked up for me and turned into a pretty decent read (Although it is probably closer to 3. ...more

By Diana September 09, 2016

This is a curious book that I don't know exactly how to review. Expect a tale like "Sleeping Beauty" but different, happening in a real time line, with normal people instead of fairy tales' people... but expect fairy tales' people to show here and there. Expect another twist on the old story, now ch ...more

By Michelle December 02, 2016

**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**Spindle by Shonna Slyaton is a young adult fairy tale retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I knew I had to read Spindle because I love retellings, because Sleeping Beauty is one disney classic that I never watched too much and ...more

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) October 24, 2016

Due to work and life, I haven't been reading much over the last month in particular, but I really enjoyed Spindle's mix of historical details with magical fairytale setting. I hope other readers love it just as much as I did. ...more

By Olivia September 09, 2016

"Spindle" is an incredible sequel (not a retelling) of Sleeping Beauty. 16-year-old Briarly Rose (goes by Briar) works at the mill with frames and metal spindles in late nineteenth or early twentieth century New England. Her parents died long ago and she needs to earn money to take care of her 3 you ...more

By Barbara October 25, 2018

The story progresses at a moderate and steady pace, but is never boring. I read continuously and was aggravated when I had to sit it down to do anything. I just wanted to read more so getting distracted frustrated me.
Briar Rose, Henry Prince and Fannie were very endearing characters. I would say th ...more

By C. Erani September 12, 2016

*received an ARC via NetGalley*

I really liked this. Set in the time when bonnets were the fashion and life as a spinner girl with the options of hard work or settling with a man was the constant, Briar was an interesting girl. I loved reading about her time in the factories because it was so new to ...more

By Suze December 20, 2016

Briar isn't even seventeen years old yet, but she has many responsibilities. She has to take care of her siblings. Because she's the sole provider of her household she needs to leave them with a nanny while working at a spinning mill. Her best friend Henry is the person who makes her laugh. He bring ...more

By Ashley September 17, 2016

I will be honest I am not entirely sure how I feel about this book. This is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty in the Historical YA fiction genre. I absolutely loved Shonna’s Cinderella duology retelling so I grabbed this one as soon as I saw it. While I enjoyed it I wasn’t beyond thrilled with it. I fe ...more

By ☆Stephanie☆ October 15, 2016

Title: Spindle
Author: Shonna Slayton
Publisher: Entangled Teen, 2016 (Oct 4)
Genre: YA Fairy Tale Retellings, YA Fantasy, YA Historical Fiction

**I received a copy of this book free from Netgalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review**

This review can be found on my BlogTeacherofYA's Tum ...more

By Judith February 18, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyable and sweet retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story. Loved the 1890s mills setting! ...more

By Ellen June 03, 2017

I really enjoyed this story. got a little boring In the middle but then took off and i couldn't put it down ...more

By Julie September 11, 2016

SPINDLE by Shonna Slayton is more than a retelling of "Sleeping Beauty": it is a continuation of the familiar story during the Industrial Revolution--where magic, despite being unbelievable, is still real and deeply felt. Our heroine navigating magic within a real and often unglamorous world is Bria ...more

By Jennifer September 16, 2016

This story is a unique twist on the Sleeping Beauty myth. It is more of a sequel than a different twist on the mythology. This is the story of Briar Rose, a young woman working at the mill and trying to keep her orphaned siblings all together. The setting is New England and takes place in the early ...more


I received a review copy from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

Truth be told, I thought this was a proper Sleeping Beauty retelling, filled with magic and mystery and princes and not much mor ...more

By Melinda September 26, 2016

*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This was a really enjoyable retelling of sleeping beauty. Although some elements of the book were retained including the cursed spindle and vengeful fairy Isodora, there were many new characters and a new spin was put on the stor ...more

By Michaela September 22, 2016

I would like to thank Netgally for proving me a copy for an honest review!

Spindle by Shonna Slayton, is a wonderful new retelling of Sleeping Beauty. What if the curse didn't end with Aurora woke up, but keep on sleeping? An evil fairy lies in wait for a chance to strike again, and what's more tempt ...more

By Jessica October 14, 2016

Briar rose is working hard to make ends meet so that she can keep her three siblings out of the orphanage. An opportunity arises that she can use a magic spindle to make her work go faster at the mill. She takes the chance and girls in the mill start getting sick. Briar is sucked into the reality th ...more

By Fallon October 22, 2016

I loved this story on my home state enriched with history and a sprinkle of magic ...more

By Jamie October 07, 2017

I grew up loving fairy tales and dreaming of being a princess. Cliché, I know. I've always been fond of books and movies that sort of reinvent the old stories that we've heard a million times. That's part of why I like Spindle so much.

The story focuses on a 16 year old girl named Briarly Rose Jenny, ...more

By Carol July 25, 2017

I enjoyed this fairy tale re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty and the unique new setting involved. This isn’t a historical novel exactly, but has a historical flavor to it, involving cotton spinning mills, women’s voting rights, the “safety bicycle,” and labor rights in the late 1800s. The main characte ...more

By J.M. February 02, 2018

A lovely mix of history and fantasy, set in Vermont in the 1890's, during the boom of the textile industry. How clever is that, to set a Sleeping Beauty story in a spinning factory?

Briar Rose Jenny is unfortunately named, since the evil fairy singles her out as the girl to finally fulfill the curse ...more

By A December 28, 2018

Loved the new twist on an old fairy tale. I especially loved the historical fiction aspect of bringing this story into the American industrialization era. Clever and funny. Slayton has written another winner in my book. ...more

By Beautifulday4makeup October 28, 2016

I received the ebook in exchange for an honest review on Netgalley.

This book is a retelling of sleeping beauty. As I love retellings, I wondered if I were to be charmed by this story as well. I was really intrigued by it and I loved the spin on the original. ...more

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Shonna Slayton

About the author

Shonna Slayton

SHONNA SLAYTON writes historical fairy tales for Entangled TEEN. She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today. While writing Cinderella's Dress she reflected on her days as a high-school senior in British Columbia when she convinced her supervisors at a sportswear store to let her design a few windows--it was glorious fun while it lasted. When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona. Visit her website at to sign up for cover reveals, book news, and behind-the-scenes updates.

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