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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
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... ...more
This one was pretty good, and it was original since it wasn't technically a retelling. Loved Briar! She was strong and mature with having to help raise her siblings. The only downside was Henry was gone way too much of the story, and he was my favorite! Full review on my blog https://literarydust... ...more
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... ...more
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... ...more
"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... ...more
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**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 a... ...more
*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... ...more
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 Blog, TeacherofYA's... ...more
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... ...more
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 B... ...more
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 te... ...more
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 ear... ...more
I received this book for free from the publisher/author via Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.
This was such an interesting and imaginative take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. I greatly enjoyed reading this.
The thing that I liked most about this book was the histor... ...more
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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... ...more
*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 s... ...more
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... ...more
I loved this story on my home state enriched with history and a sprinkle of magic ...more
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 br... ...more
My heart is BURSTING!!
So far this year I've read more Fairy Tales re-telling than I have in the last few years combined....but each time I read a new one my expectation is blown right out of the water!
As I dove in Spindle I was reminded of how much I loved the original story of Sleeping Beauty, i... ...more
I love fairy tales and I love historical fiction so the blending of both was pretty fantastic! Briar Rose, a girl whose unusual name draws unwanted attention from an angry fairy, gets a spindle that seems to be the perfect solution to her spinning problem at the mill where she works to support he... ...more
Spindle is such a beautiful story! I know this book gets a lot of hate but I honestly think that the characters and the storyline is amazing. I must admit it did start off pretty slow (hence why I gave it 4 stars), but once the actual plot starts, the book became axing. I couldn't put it down! Br... ...more
It's refreshing reading about a heroine that is not only focused on love. Even though that's the thing that I loved about this story, it left me sort of mad about how the book ended with a cliffhanger.
Did Henry and Briar marry?
Did her friend Ethel get custody of her baby?
Did Henry Prince's famil... ...more
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
This was a lovely read and not at all what I was expecting. Though it is, I suppose, a continuation of Sleeping Beauty, it is more a historical fiction story than a fairy tale. ...more
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