I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a finger.
Quick fire review:
A Sleeping Beauty retelling with a unique setting. A fairytale, a love story and an adventure: you’ll wonder why you didn’t pick it up sooner!
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.
A Sleeping Beauty retelling? Count me in!
This is a really cool adventure. Author Shonna Slayton has taken the tale you know and love and created her own little twists. Set in the Industrial Age when the suffragette movement is on the rise, our main girl Briar is struggling to raise her siblings and deal with boy drama on the side.
Briar is an interesting character. While I didn’t dislike her, I found it rather hard to stick to her side. She could be frustrating, annoying and over dramatic at certain points, but I think the real let down was the lack of character development; I felt like certain secondary characters were given more depth. In the grand scheme of things though, she was just well rounded enough to carry this story and keep the adventure going.
Slayton has populated this Industrial world with great secondary characters, all of whom made the story all the more better – bar Briar’s ex boyfriend because, yeah, he’s a dick. I loved Henry, I loved the fairies and I loved girls. Each character was unique and had enough heart to keep you interested in their arc.
As this is a fairytale, there is also a super cute romance at play. I wouldn’t say it is a swoon worthy romance, but it is certainly an adorable love story perfect for the fairytale genre.
The one thing I felt let down by was the pacing. While Slayton has crafted a really dynamic world and a great smattering of characters, I couldn’t help but feel like there were certain times in this story where you would be waiting for something exciting to happen…but nothing ever came. It certainly picks up in the second half of the book so if you are struggling in the beginning, stay with it.
Overall, a really cool retelling of a classic story. I would give this a read for all of the great characters and a mini adventure alone.
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