Friday, October 7, 2016

Spindle by Shonna Slayton Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to my stop on the tour! Thanks for stopping by today!  Here you will find info on the book,  the awesome author, and of course, my thoughts(cause I love to share).

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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.

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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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One (1) winner will receive signed copies of Cinderella’s Dress and Cinderella’s Shoes (US and Canada)

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My Thoughts:

The Cover: The cover for Spindle was very beautiful! A big beautiful flower,  I am guessing a primrose?  But I don't really know.  Amazing cover,  although I did not decide I had to read this book based on the cover at all!
The Plot: I love a good fairy tale retelling,  so I knew I had to read this as soon as I read:
'Set during the Industrial Revolution, Sleeping Beauty's happily ever after isn't the end of the story...'
But let me make clear,  this is no retelling.  And while our sleeping beauty is not Aurora Rose, but Briar Rose,  I fell in love with her, too.  Sleeping Beauty was and always has been my favorite of the fairy tales,  especially since Disney put some very beautiful imagery into their movie.  But Spindle is an amazing story that takes us to a whole new era.  There is now beautiful princess in sight,  no castle and apparently no Prince Charming.  Briar is a spinning girl in the time of cotton mills and when women we're fighting for the vote.
Aside from the very well written fairy tale portion, there was a part to the story that could have been real.  I enjoyed learning about the cotton mills,  the spinner girls and their fight for rights.  So much so that when I was finished reading,  I went online to find information about bobbins,  spindles and frames,  and learned a whole lot more.
Spindle was a beautifully written story that kept me guess the whole way through.
The Characters: Of course, our protagonist, Briar was my favorite right from the start.  But Henry Prince soon became dear to me too.  They were just so wonderful together and even though Briar was so googly-eyed gaga over Wheeler,  I couldn't help but think the Henry would love her more.
While all the character were awesome,  of course this story wouldn't move very well without the supporting characters.  I have to say I absolutely loved our villain!  I really can't say much,  because I don't want to give too much away. The reasons why I love the villain are part of the plot and I want you,  dear reader,  to experience what I felt.
Was It Worth Reading?: Before I answer,  let me tell you that sometimes you read a book and you are hesitant to review it.  And that is not because it was bad,  no,  not at all.  It's because it was so good,  that you are afraid you won't do it justice.  Spindle is one of those books for me.  It was just so good,  that it actually took me a few days to write this.  I loved that it was a sequel,  if you will. I loved that it had it's own historical story to it. I definitely recommend Spindle to readers of and give it 5 out of 5 crossbows.


  1. Hi, Becca! Thanks for being a part of the tour. Henry is a dear, isn't he?

    1. Oh, do I love sweet Henry! Thanks for sharing Spindle and thanks for stopping by my blog!