I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
Spindle Fire is the first book in a duology.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, featuring Aurora and her illegitimate half-sister Isabelle.
Aurora and Isabelle were both strong characters, and both managed to do well despite the senses that had been taken from them. I felt quite sorry for both Isabelle and Aurora when it came to light exactly how they had lost their sight/sense of touch respectively, although Isabelle probably got the worse end of the deal.
The storyline in this was about Isabelle leaving the palace rather than being sent to a nunnery, and Aurora going after her. Aurora then came across a spindle and fell into a deep sleep, whilst Isabelle learned what had happened and did her best to reverse the spell on her sister. (highlight to view spoiler - Aurora meanwhile awoke in a dream realm, and fell in love with a guy called Heath. Isabelle tried to find William, Aurora’s newly betrothed, and kind-of fell in love with him, whilst all the time telling him he needed to awaken Aurora, and that’s not to mention Isabelle’s best friend Gil who she also kissed. ) I have to say that this book really struggled to hold my attention though, and I kept wanting to put this down and not pick it up again. I didn’t like most of the romance, the bits following random fairies were just confusing, and overall I just felt bored.[ Aurora meanwhile awoke in a dream realm, and fell in love with a guy called Heath. Isabelle tried to find William, Aurora’s newly betrothed, and kind-of fell in love with him, whilst all the time telling him he needed to awaken Aurora, and that’s not to mention Isabelle’s best friend Gil who she also kissed. (hide spoiler)]
The ending to this didn’t really tie anything up, the book just stopped on a bit of a cliff-hanger.
6 out of 10