Collaborative feature with Alexa since Nov 2013. We read ARCs together and post our reviews on the same date.
|Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer|
pub 4/11/17 by HarperTeen
Young Adult - Fantasy
Receive from pub via Edelweiss
Characters • To be honest, I felt varying levels of frustration with both heroines throughout the story but I did feel more invested in Isabelle and the people she met along the way. Maybe it's because she was on an adventure instead of being stuck somewhere but I also tend to gravitate towards headstrong characters, which she definitely was. With Aurora, I wouldn't say I disliked her. In fact, I rooted for her to break out of the cage people try to put her in but her side of the story was less fleshed out.
Writing • This is my second Hillyer book and I just don't think her writing works for me. There was so much potential with Spindle Fire. The concept is intriguing and I thought her lore was a unique interpretation of Sleeping Beauty but it just wasn't executed well. The characters weren't developed enough, the pacing was off and the ending felt rushed and sloppy.
Overall feelings • I wanted to know how it ended which is why I didn't DNF (plus it is a quick read) but it's not something I would personally recommend to a friend.
Who is your favorite female fairy? • I love Flora, Fauna and Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty.