Spindle by Shonna Slayton

SpindleSpindle by Shonna Slayton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a finger.

Briar Rose works in the spinning mill trying to support herself and her younger siblings but her wages have just been cut and things are not looking good. Not only is Briar in danger of losing what’s left of her family but the boy she thought she would be marrying is now with someone else and her best friend Henry Prince has decided to go explore and leave Briar behind.

When a mysterious peddler offers Briar a magic spindle and a chance to increase her productivity and wages Briar can’t resist the offer. Unfortunately the magic comes with a price when Briar finds that the other girls that she works with are coming down with a mysterious sleeping sickness and Briar is afraid she may be next.

Spindle is based off the tale Sleeping Beauty but has been given it’s own little twist on the story. I actually really enjoyed what the author had done with Briar as a character and her situation along with what was going on in the plot.

The one thing that bothered me with this read though is the middle of the book seemed to dragged on for me for quite a while. Personally I just felt with the little bit of forward progress made in the story that a lot could have been condensed down quite a bit. It’s a good tale so it’s unfortunate it went so slowly for me.

Overall, a Sleeping Beauty retelling with it’s own twist on the story. A bit slow paced in my opinion but not a bad read in the end.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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