Author: Shonna Slayton
Date of Publication: October 4th, 2016
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.
Briar works in a spinning mill that helps her be able to raise her three siblings since she is all they have left. The one boy she feel for left her, and her friend Henry leaves with very short notice. Briar runs into a peddler who offers her a spindle that can help with the loss of the wages at her factory. This magic spindle seems to bring about a strange sleeping sickness.
I really liked the setting in this one and was really glad that it wasn’t set in modern day. Briar was a selfless character, and I loved her. She is almost seventeen and has not been able to be a child in a long time since both of her parents died. Briar basically raises her sister and two brothers all by herself. She doesn’t focus on herself but what is best for them and what will keep them together as a family, and I loved that.
In the beginning of the book I thought Henry was the best character, and he was cute and funny and sweet to Briar. So when he ups and leaves rather quickly to go over seas I was rather disappointed and thought he would be back sooner in the book than when he returned. I wanted to see more of the romance in this one, but the romance that was between him and Briar was very believable! I love Henry!
The fact that Spindle is not really direct retelling of Sleeping Beauty was very refreshing. The writing was perfect, and the details were all there. When the mysterious sleeping sickness comes about in the book I became even more invested in the book. Definitely worth checking this one out.
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