Book Review: Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

Title: Spindle Fire (Spindle Fire, #1) by Lexa Hillyer

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: April 11th, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages


This is the first Sleeping beauty retelling that I have ever read, this book sticks close to the original idea but it takes an interesting and unique twist on the original fairytale. This book had a lot of potential and I did enjoy reading it, but sadly I did have quite a few issues with it.

The writing is probably where this book fails most for me, throughout most of the book (especially the first half of the book) was slow and hard to get through, and sometimes I had a hard time staying interesting in continuing. At times I also found that the writing was a little muddled, and there would be entire scenes would go bye and I wouldn’t have a clue what had just happened.

I didn’t really feel invested in the characters for a majority of the book because their development happened very slow, and I also questioned sometimes if what they were doing had any effect over the main storyline. Over the course, the characters did grow on me, and I did become more invested and interested in the story the more I read.

Isabelle was an interesting character to read from, it was interesting to see how she experienced the world without being able to see it, though I didn’t really get interested by her storyline until the second half of the book. I did find that I was more interested in Aurora’s storyline, especially because of her being the character based on the original fairytale, I liked the concept of when she’s asleep being in an entirely different place.

There writing was fine, and there was great world building in this story but I feel like the story itself fell a little flat for me. I don’t feel like there really was anything new with this one, I feel like I can read many other books that were more interesting and also includes similar content. This was a quick read and I do feel that this was decently paced, and I followed along well enough, I also was really a fan of this story putting into question of pre-determined fate versus free choice, and if one choice can alter an entire course of events.

Despite me having issues with this book, the concept is very interesting to me, I’m also curious to see what happens next, so I do think I will continue this duology sometime in the future.

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