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Review: The Sleeper and the Spindle

Title: The Sleeper and the Spindle

Author: Neil Gaiman

Date of Publication: October 23rd, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:

A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.

My Review:

Another illustrated story by Gaiman filled with beautiful artwork! I loved this book so much. It was a mesh and merging between Snow White and Sleeping Beauty and, of course, with a cool and fresh spin to it!

Three of the dwarves travel with Snow White to help her free Sleeping Beauty’s kingdom and break the curse so that everyone can wake once more. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just say, go read it!

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Do you prefer Sleeping Beauty or Snow White?

Review: Spindle

Title: Spindle

Author: Shonna Slayton

Date of Publication: October 4th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Review:

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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Review: Spindle

Title: Spindle

Author: E.K. Johnston

Date of Publication: December 6th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

The world is made safe by a woman…but it is a very big world.

It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen drove the demon out of her husband and saved her country from fire and blood. Her family has prospered beyond the borders of their village, and two new kingdoms have sprouted on either side of the mountains where the demons are kept prisoner by bright iron, and by the creatures the Storyteller Queen made to keep them contained.

But the prison is crumbling. Through years of careful manipulation, a demon has regained her power. She has made one kingdom strong and brought the other to its knees, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. When a princess is born, the demon is ready with the final blow: a curse that will cost the princess her very soul, or force her to destroy her own people to save her life.

The threads of magic are tightly spun, binding princess and exiled spinners into a desperate plot to break the curse before the demon can become a queen of men. But the web of power is dangerously tangled–and they may not see the true pattern until it is unspooled.

My Review:

I am going to be honest here I tried I mean I even tried several times to finish this book. I would pick it up and put it back down and then pick it up and put it back down… Repeat.

Now I did not read A Thousand and One Nights before this which had different characters than this one, so I am not sure how that one was, but in this book Sleeping Beauty’s name was “The Little Rose” which was really confusing. I didn’t understand why they would refer to her with that whole name instead of lets say just call her Rose???

The Little Rose has  a spinning addiction which can lead her to the curse if she spins things, so her hair is even kept super short because apparently she will even try to spin her own hair. I didn’t hate any of the characters, but I didn’t love them either.

Now even with all the odd things about this book it could have still been awesome, but the story itself was just so boring to me. I mean the struggle was so fierce to finish this, but I know there are plenty of people out there that will love it. There is also no denying this author can definitely write and write incredibly beautifully, but it was just not for me.

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Dollar Tree: Digging To Find Treasure

My first discovery was I was surprised to find out that Dollar Tree has books?? I don’t know if it is just our Dollar Tree out here, but I was surprised by some of the stuff I found! I know there are some pretty rough ones like the one in our old town, but this one is pretty decent.

Books!!!!

Of course I did have to dig through all the books, and after digging past a Simon Cowell and Mario Lopez book I found these. For only a dollar even if it is terrible I won’t be mad if the book is horrible.

Kids Books!

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My daughter was extremely happy about the Guardians of the Galaxy junior novel!

Movies!

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Now I don’t buy a lot of movies, but since I saw Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy had Tom Hardy I could not pass that up, but there were some pretty good ones there as well. I also did have to dig past the Billy Blanks workout to find some though.

Of course some of the stuff is a rip off like the Welch’s fruit snacks which are 4 for a $1, but I can get a 24 pack for $4 at the grocery store.

I would definitely suggest checking out your store even if some of the people there are kind of annoying it is worth it!

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Have you guys ever found anything really awesome at the dollar store?