Author: Shonna Slayton
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Release Date: 4th October 2016
Blurb from Goodreads:
In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a finger.
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.
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley*
Orphaned Briar Rose works in a spinning mill, working hard to keep her younger siblings from the same fate.
Briar only has until her seventeenth birthday to secure her future otherwise her siblings could be taken away, so when Briar's wages are reduced she will do anything to save her family, even accept a supposedly magical wooden spindle from a peddler that should increase her work output.
Then some of Briar's workmates start falling ill - is the spindle connected?
Will Briar become ill too?
Is the spindle really magical?
Spindle was an interesting take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. I liked that it was set in the past and that suffrage was mentioned.
Briar was a good, relatable protagonist and I felt sorry for her - her parents were dead and she was having to work hard to look after her siblings.
Henry was a likeable character and I thought he was sweet around Briar.
The plot was mostly good but I lost interest a few times.
Overall this was a unique read but I lost interest at points.