Whew, finished the final part of the book on the plane back to Hong Kong simply because I had nothing better to do, and I slept too much throughout the day.
Name: Spindle Fire
Author: Lexa Hillyer
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release April 11, 2017
A kingdom burns. A princess sleeps. This is no fairy tale.
It all started with the burning of the spindles.
It all started with a curse…
Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.
And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood—and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.
As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.
Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape…or the reason for her to stay.
Book Cover Comments
Despite the sort of dull blue/green/grey, the contrast it had with the rest of the graphics, in which is in an ice blue shade was really cool. The designs for the castles and whatever symbolism it had was really nice as well. I also liked how its the opposite of book 2 (coming out in 2018)’s cover, as the background color is ice blue, and the font for the title (Winter Glass btw) is in that dull blue/green/grey. (Correct me if I’m wrong.)
The Actual Review
OK like are you serious this book just killed me.
Let’s kick off with the Sleeping Beauty retelling element. I super duper duper love how we get a mix of both old and new, from the classic Aurora tale of falling asleep, to the fact that Aurora actually wakes up in a totally different world? Also the fact that the so called fairy godmothers you know in the classic tale ain’t that fairy godmother like anymore. Lexa changes the entire concept of some of the most well known characters, well unfortunately basically all of them, and unfortunately villainising almost everyone we used to know to make a whole new Sleeping Beauty. I thought I saw elements of Disney’s live action movie, Maleficent, in the book. Maybe I do, but my speculations can’t be confirmed till I read the next book, in which I’m dying to.
Then we have the two sisters.
It is really interesting for Aurora and Isabelle to have a part(s) of them tithed to the fairies, and so that makes our characters very interesting. Whereas all the previous books that I’ve read so far has pretty much completely normal characters in terms of body criteria, Isabelle has her sight tithed while Aurora has her sense of touch and voice tithed. Imagining these characters and putting myself into their shoes was a completely different experience, and the tithes make a great role in their own personal development.
Yes, personal development.
I am so proud to see the character growth of both Aurora and Isabelle. Aurora, in her sleeping world, has learnt the worth of herself and found out the things that she can do. She broke so many boundaries that she couldn’t do as a princess and in the real life world, and in her sleeping world, she had the courage and bravery to believe in what she thought was the correct way, and went ahead. And throughout the story, she broke so many mysteries and solved so many riddles that lead to the final ending which was satisfying.
Isabelle’s main issue was self worth, because (SPOILER ALERT) she is basically the bastard daughter of the king, and you could technically call her Aurora’s shadow in people’s eyes. Isabelle has constant worries over her own worth when comparing herself to Aurora, and through her journey of trying to find a way to save her sister and by encountering a very special (AHEM) someone, Isabelle has learnt to be a little bit more selfish for herself, to believe in the worthiness of herself, and that she is beautiful in her own way.
Ok maybe not that last line, but she’s getting there.
I super duper love how the book works. The majority of the POVs switch between Aurora and Isabelle, so alternating chapters of these two POVs, with occasional cameo appearances of some fairy lords, fairy princess, the “fairy godmothers” whatever whatever whatever. They told a story of their own, they shared snippets from the past that helped explain the rest of the book and solve some mysteries, and during some points, I was in absolute shock.
What else is there to say?
OH RIGHT. THE FINAL THING.
DAMN YOU LEXA HILLYER YOU TOOK MY BREATH AWAY FOR ROMANCE. 100 POINTS TO YOU.
LIKE HOW MANY SHIPS TO WE HAVE GOING ON IN THIS BOOK? FIVE THOUSAND? AND LIKE, ALL THE JEALOUSY AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF JEALOUSY IN THIS BOOK IS JUST JUST JUST TREMENDOUS, AND LIKE HOLY LORDS AURORA AND THE SO CALLED STRANGER SHE MET, AND AS I “SPOILED” YOU ABOVE, ISABELLE MEETS SOMEONE AS WELL, AND THEN YOU PLUG IN THIS EXTRA CHARACTER IN AURORA’S STORY, AND THEN AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHHH
Ok also the fact that many roles overlap and many roles kind of mirror each other. You’ll see what I mean when you compare our heroines to some other existing sisters in the book. And then cue the jealousy and how that brings down hell and storm and whatever whatever.
So in conclusion (The crappest way to end an essay or whatever I know) if you die for crazy romance that gives you beautiful butterfly heartaches, a great mystery, alternative worlds and mirroring roles and images, definitely pick up Spindle Fire. This was totally worth the purchase when I was at B&N Orange County back in California. It’s such a good read, and the last line is definitely to die for.