[Blog Tour] Spindle by Shonna Slayton

Spindle by Shonna Slayton
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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.


Spindle is a continuation of Sleeping Beauty. I was eager about Spindle because of this aspect. I've read many retellings of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella but never Sleeping Beauty. Spindle was an interesting take of the classic tale, intertwining its own unique elements to grow the story. 

I had mixed feelings about this book. I was excited to read Spindle because of the Sleeping Beauty elements but I was left hanging at some parts. It was slow paced and I almost DNF'ed at one point. But the writing was great with an interesting array of characters, I decided to finish Spindle for the sake of knowing what happens in the end.

The one element I liked most was the historical aspects. Spindle is set in the industrial times where the Irish immigrants were considered outsiders. It also encompasses women suffrage, which I found unique.

Overall I liked Spindle. I would say it is more of a continuation of Sleeping Beauty rather than a retelling.

I would give Spindle 3 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can find Spindle on AmazonBarnes and NobleiBooksKobo, or the giveaway below.

About the Author: 

SHONNA SLAYTON writes historical fairy tales for Entangled TEEN. Cinderella's Dress and Cinderella's Shoes, set in the 1940s are out now. Spindle, a Sleeping Beauty inspired tale set in the late 1800s, will be out October 2016.

She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today. When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona.

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  1. Sabrina! I'm so glad you stuck with the story :) Thanks for being part of the blog tour :)

  2. My favourite fairy tale is probably Snow White because I love the 'seven dwarfs'!