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Spinning Starlight

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,996 ratings  ·  433 reviews
Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it’s hard to escape it. So when a group of men shows up at her house uninvited, she assumes it’s just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.

Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspira
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Disney Hyperion
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WhoIsThis There is some romance in here but it’s not really the main focus, though there are times where it’s a little more pronounced it’s not that. There’s no…moreThere is some romance in here but it’s not really the main focus, though there are times where it’s a little more pronounced it’s not that. There’s nothing except a few kisses either.(less)
Bridget Nope. In an interview the author says: "It's currently titled Spinning Starlight and will be another sci-fi fairy tale retelling (of Hans Christian An…moreNope. In an interview the author says: "It's currently titled Spinning Starlight and will be another sci-fi fairy tale retelling (of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Swans"), but completely separate from Stitching Snow, not a sequel or connected novel at all." You can see the rest of the interview here:

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Faye, la Patata
I am honestly quite conflicted with this book.

While I appreciated this was a retelling of an under-the-radar fairy tale (come on, we have had enough of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid retellings!), this book left me feeling a little underwhelmed. I kind of expected a lot because even though I had some problems with Stitching Snow, the author does know how to write a story. With a cover like that, with a premise like that (oh-em-gee, eight older brothers?! Sign me up, s'il te pla
R.C. Lewis
Mar 12, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Some information on this book for interested readers:

This is a companion to Stitching Snow in the sense of being a sci-fi retelling of a fairy tale and having a similar feel. It is not, however, set in the same world, no character crossover, etc.

But space, multiple planets, and all the things that come with different worlds ... and then some. :D
I was intrigued by the synopsis and even though I wasn't familiar with the fairy tale, it was enough for me to download.

I liked Liddi well enough. The situation she's put in was interesting and I liked seeing how she worked through the obstacles. Her relationship with her brothers and parents is set up in brief, 3rd person flashbacks and I found those pieces mostly disruptive to the flow of the story.

My main complaint was all of the science speak. For me, all of the talk of tech and conduits w
Down to the brunt of it: I love this book. The characters are great. All of them have their own faults, which is expected. What really brings everyone together in this book though, is trust. And I think thats amazing considering all the circumstances. Spinning Starlight had me feeling so many things at once. I want to buy this book so badly, haha. Thats how much I love this book. I could read Spinning Starlight over and over again and still not get tired of it!

Written in an spellbinding way, Spi
Carla *Jen7waters*
I read and loved Stitching Snow--a sci-fi retelling of Snow White, also by R.C. Lewis--last year, so I was instantly on board when I found out about Spinning Starlight, a companion novel and a retelling of the Wild Swans/Six Swans no less. As it happens, this fairytale has a special place in my heart due to the fact that my favorite book of all time is also a Six Swans retelling (Daughter of the Forest), but in no way my opinion of Spinning Starlight was influenced by this, nor did I read it to ...more
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I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.

Liddi lives on a planet where technology is the be all and end all. She also happens to be the heiress of the biggest tech company on the planet and is the youngest sister to eight brothers. When Liddi is almost kidnapped by a group of mercenaries and brothers mysteriously disappear, Liddi knows something is up. As she attempts to figure it out, she ends up discovering something amazing and
Erin Arkin
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
R.C. Lewis won me over last year with Stitching Snow so when I heard she was writing another book, it immediately went on my to read list. Spinning Starlight is based on a Hans Christian Andersen classic, The Wild Swans and I admit, I don’t really know anything about that tale. Despite that, I found this retelling to be quite entertaining.

This story introduces us to Liddi Jantzen who is the daughter of the most powerful tech family in the galaxy. She has been surrounded by her family and a load
Danielle (Love at First Page)
3-3.5 stars

I think Stitching Snow is one of last year’s most underrated books, so I had pretty high hopes that Spinning Starlight would be just as impressive. Unfortunately, the entertainment value just wasn’t as strong for me. The plot is based on a fairy tale I know little about – Hans Christian Anderson’s The Wild Swans – but for more than half the book it seemed to be going nowhere. Little action, not much worldbuilding, and no adorable robots to add humor. I also wasn’t completely sold on t
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Even though I didn't like this nearly as much as I liked Stitching Snow, I still really enjoyed it a lot. I am not familiar with the original story, so I had nothing to go with on that front but I don't know if knowing the original story would've made me enjoy it more. I thought the story progressed really slowly for a long time, until everything went suddenly super fast and I couldn't keep up. Towards the ending I didn't understand everything fully because I'm not a tech nerd, I don't even know ...more
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
This review was originally published on Book Blog Bird

Sixteen year old Liddi Jantzen has grown up in the media spotlight as the billionaire heiress to her family’s technological empire, so when a group of uninvited men show up at her house she assumes they’re paparazzi. Except they’re not; they’re there to kidnap Liddi. She escapes but gets pulled into a conspiracy involving interplanetary politics, alien races and mysterious godlike light-beings.

The thing I liked more than anything about this b
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I want to thank Disney Hyperion for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

I really enjoyed Stitching Snow when I read it. I thought for sure this would be a spin off of that book. But it was not. Totally different characters. Completely different story.

I love anything Sci-Fi and this book completely fit that bill. I zoomed through it in no time, which means I easily loved it. This book is a
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley. I really enjoyed Lewis’s last book Stitching Snow and was super excited to read this new book from her. This book is supposed to be a retelling of the Seven Swans. Unfortunately I didn’t like this book as much. I had trouble engaging with the main character and thought that the plot was a bit convoluted and slow moving.

Liddi is the youngest of eight siblings (and the only girl) and a heiress to the richest tech company in the galaxy. However
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was actually looking for Stitching Snow at my library when I found this. I’d never heard of it but I thought it sounded good so I got it. This is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans.

I haven’t read a lot of sci-fi books. It’s not a genre I’ve really been interested in until recently but out of the ones I’ve read I have enjoyed them. I think I might have to start reading more.

I really liked Liddi. She’s put in an impossible situation, where saying just one word will kill all
Sep 30, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: arc

Spinning Starlight started off strong in some respects. I liked Liddi and was intrigued by the world's technology (vid-cams that fly around recording things; basically a hands-free form of paparazzi which was pretty cool) but the word building was lacking otherwise. I couldn't picture the "planet" that she lived on or the other places that you can travel to via portals. I don't really know what makes this universe interesting or how they operate.

The villain of the story implants a device in L
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This inventive scifi novel was just what I needed. Lewis has done it again, re-shaping a legend in a futuristic version. Very clever and exciting.
I'm going to call it quits for now. I'm about the twenty percent mark and I have no wish whatsoever of picking it up again. The portal's scene and what unfolded next wasn't sufficient to hold my interest; in fact I have almost no idea of what is happening... the written word is no longer learned?
Sorry but my brain isn't able to compute this. I can't 'see' this world, there's not enough info for that.
**Review also posted on Gone With the Words

Spinning Starlight is a retelling of The Wild Swans a fairy tale about a king who has 11 sons and 1 daughter, Princess Elisa. He remarries to a wicked queen who turns out to be a witch that casts a spell on her 11 stepsons turning them into swans and banishes Elisa when she realizes that she can’t curse her. Elisa has to knit shirts for her 11 brothers in order to save them and also has to take a vow of silence in the process. Any word spoken will cause
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Source: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Disney Hyperion!

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+ I really like sci-fi fairy tale retellings, I’ve found (as well as those dark and grand high fantasy retellings). Spinning Starlight is a retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson tale The Wild Swans. R.C. Lewis did a great job retelling the fairy tale, and the parallels t
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Ever since the release of the Lunar Chronicles series, I've been interested in reading more YA fairy tale retellings told in a science fiction setting. Spinning Starlight grabbed my attention primarily because of that, but the fact that it also was a The Wild Swans retelling, a less often explored fairy tale, made me want to give this book a chance. For the most part, Spinning Starlight was a great read - the storytelling for one was fantastic, but I also felt like in certain areas, the book lag
1 star

Geez. That was just... so disappointing. I loved this author's debut novel, so obviously my expectations were up there. I love fairy tales, I love sci-fi, the first was awesome - what could go wrong?

So, so much.

This story is forced. It's like the author woke up and was just absolutely fixated on using this particular fairy tale, and she was going to use any illogical concept, ploy, or plot device to make it happen. And science fiction relies so heavily on SCIENCE that it was too hard to sw
Oct 20, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

I loved Lewis' Stitching Snow, so when I found out that this was a companion novel of sorts, I immediately wanted to read it. I didn't love this novel as much as I loved the first, but it was still really engaging and a lot of fun to read.

I found Liddi to be a bit boring at times and I think her not being able to speak because of the chip in her throat was because of that - I found her really snarky, intelligent, and fun in the beginning when she could talk and respond with witty quip
Kathy Martin
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Liddi Jantzen is an orphan who is the heir to the largest technology company in the galaxy. That makes her the darling of the paparazzi of her day who follow her around with tiny little flying cameras. She has eight older brothers who are all technological geniuses and who love her and want to take care of her. She feels that she lacks their technological genius.

One day she comes home from the latest social event and is almost kidnapped by armed intruders at her home. She escapes to the company
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
"Some journeys can only be made once. Some partings aren't what they seem. Some endings must be so something else can begin."

This was one of my most anticipated books of this year because I absolutely loved R.C Lewis's Stitching Snow and I can't help but compare the two. Unfortunately this book fell short of me loving it. I loved the relationship between Liddi and her brothers but my main problem was the crazy amount of tech/sciency explanations. My grasp on scifi is a little slippery and this b
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like this more than the first in the series; even though they’re completely different stories this is my preferred of the two. There were annoying inconsistencies, the ending seemed crammed together, I wish Quaine played a bigger role, I wanted more real-time brother interaction prior to their disappearance, and and end desert scene with her brother was weird and needless but I enjoyed it.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I love the story of The Six Swans, especially the Daughter of the Forest version. That may be why I liked but didn't love this one. There's no way any retelling will ever compare to Daughter of the Forest. I think if Spinning Starlight were just a scifi adventure, it would be great. But as a Six Swans retelling, I was kind of disappointed. But it was still a decent book and I'd recommend it if scifi is your thing. Just be aware it's pretty heavy on the scifi. ...more
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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The Wild Swans is one of my favorite fairy tales. Spinning Starlight takes the idea of a girl whose voice is held hostage to her brothers’ survival and runs with it.

As heir to her family’s enormous tech company, Liddi Jantzen has two main concerns: avoiding embarrassing herself in front of the news cameras that follow her every move, and someday having an invention of her own to present at the next tech conference. When her brothers go missing and she ends up on a pla


It's truly an epidemic. Like ballet YAs, I have yet to find a good fairytale retelling. Spinning Starlight is a futuristic retelling of The Wild Swans. And in one of my reading updates, I described Liddi as "Judy Jetson meets Debbie from The Wild Thornberrys." Upon her introduction, she exuded such charisma. After all, she's a socialite, one just coming home from a late-night party, at that. It seemed very Gossip Girl but with a space-age twist.

Liddi steps outside
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars* Spoiler-y review

Where to start… This is a book that’s been dying to read since it was announced. I loved Stitching Snow so much, that I was dying to get my hands on this retelling in sci-fi form. I’ve never read The Wild Swans, but I think I’ll look into it now to see what ideas Lewis took from it for this. I loved the whole sci-fi part of this book, it was my favourite part of Stitching Snow as well.

The best thing about this book though, is the main character, Liddi. I loved her de
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romanceeeee
Not gonna lie. This book was pretty fantastical. I buzzed through it so quickly.

The story was fully engaging. And I truly felt for the heroine - thinking she was stupid because she was the black sheep of the family, unable to find answers, always having to go against everyone to so what is absolutely right. Being in her mind could be hilarious at times, as she constantly thinks of news feeds and media casts that would broadcast her situation. The amusing headlines are certainly one of the more c
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