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Spinning Thorns

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Sleeping Beauty has woken.

The world has been renewed.

Everyone is living happily ever after . . .


Sharp, blood-seeking thorns still surround the castle. A feud remains between those who wield magic and those who were subjected to it. And while the kingdom is divided against itself, nothing can thrive.

A rebellion may be needed - and that's where Sleeping Beauty's daugh
Paperback, 354 pages
Published December 10th 2015 by Gollancz
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Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of retellings

I am not going to forget that I wasn't crazy about this story's beginning.
I am however going to say that it does improve in a spectacular way: the sort that leaves you wondering what is going to happen next, when you finally have to go to sleep.

Yes, I had a hard time with the beginning. I actually went back and start re-reading it once I noticed that a certain word _kit _ kept being repeated by the male character. Over and over.
I think I counted it being used thirty times in just a few page
I was a little skeptical about this book at first. I'm not the biggest fantasy lover, and as far as I was concerned, Anna Sheehan had already written by far the best Sleeping Beauty retelling I've ever read, which was her debut novel, A Long Long Sleep. I wasn't sure how much more Sheehan could do with that fairytale--but it turns out she can do an awful lot. Spinning Thorns doesn't resemble A Long Long Sleep at all, but it's a very strong retelling nonetheless.

Unlike A Long Long Sleep, Spinnin
Paige  Bookdragon
Jun 11, 2015 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Paige by: Pau
Shelves: 2015-toberead
Because I'm a sucker for gorgeous book covers! ...more
Jun 11, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: must-have-now
Look at this cover. It is STUNNING!
2.5 stars

Fair is fair, although I wasn't completely in love with Sheehan's first book A Long, Long Sleep, I decided to give her another shot with Spinning Thorns. Though it's ANOTHER Sleeping Beauty retelling, that's one of my favorite fairy tales. And with this cute of a cover, I could hardly resist. But in this case... I wish I had.

Spinning Thorns puts another spin on Sleeping Beauty (see wut I did thur). In this version, our main character is one of the original Sleeping Beauty's daughters. S
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Beautiful reimagining of the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, a bit dark but the atmosphere of the book was really palpable. I love it that here, Rumpelstiltskin is dealt with as a complex many-layered character
who is just like anybody, dealing and adjusting to the hard blows dealt to him by Life (instead of just dismissing him as the bad guy in other such retellings).
The character of Will is strongly drawn and she comes out as an unusually relatable heroine full of spunk and wit. I don't have any posit
Ellie Rose McKee
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pardon the pun, but this story is woven together seamlessly. I love it. Anna's best novel yet! ...more
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is lovely. It’s private and personal and vulnerable and hopeful and everything in between. Like Sheehan's previous books, this has elements of fairy tale retelling, although this one is more fantasy world and not sci fi. Mostly, though, it’s a human story about pain and anger and revenge and forgiveness and acceptance. Instead of trying to pack as many action movie sequences on a page as possible, the author takes the time to lay in all the emotional stakes, and then lets them go off. ...more
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This novel was extremely well written and interesting . It takes an old , overly adapted fairy tale and turns it into something exciting and unique . I am very impressed that Anna Sheehan could write two retellings of the same fairytale ( sleeping beauty) , and make them completely different but also equally fantastic . Her characters are always flawed but lovable , her world building is top notch , and she can create a sort of atmosphere in her novels that stays with you long after you read the ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Funny that this is my third retelling or disney inspired book which I read this past week and I have to admit sleeping beauty is my least favorite
But this book was well written. The main focus was on a girl and boy and despite the fact that the boy actually was the one who messed up everything but he himslef helped the other to save everything

It was cool and refreshing at the same time a little boring but You can give it a try if you are sleeping beauty fan
Laura Nielsen
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Princess Amaranth slept for a hundred years, guarded by a giant hedge of vicious thorns, until she was awakened by a kiss. Then she married her prince and produced an heir, the perfect princess Lavender, (oh, and a not so perfect princess Willow.) The wicked fairy who cast the sleeping curse was banished and vanished, along with all her kin. There was nothing to keep Amaranth from living happily ever after.
Well, except for the personal disaster of missing a hundred years, the political mess caus
L. Petunia
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had a weird experience with this book, but then I read some other reviews and I saw something similar. The beginning was so slow to me and I could barely bring myself to read more than a few pages at a time. I seriously put it aside and read several other books in the meantime. Then, by the time I got to the last 150 pages or so, I was so invested, I couldn't stop reading!

I loved the characters and the romance and the blend of fairy tales by the end!
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
This needs a reread. I only appreciated the characters when I was nearing the end of the story which shouldn't have been the case. It was only because I was expecting something different that I failed to root for the characters from the beginning. Nevertheless, it was a fun read.
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly good! Some very clever plot twists, and aimed at an older readership than I anticipated with some references (not overt ones) to rape.
Saumyaa {abookzealot}
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, retellings
This book is so good. I don't know how only small amount of people has read this book. It should be given more credit than it has let on. People read this book. It's totally worth it. ...more
Tammy Green
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
There are so many things about this book I loved... and it's so badly edited I had trouble believing it wasn't self-published because I was actively noting typos and formatting errors as I read. Then there's the sheer amount of times information was repeated, or told to the reader at considerable length and then shown as well. It had a lot of good things in it and I read it only breaking to sleep overnight, but I wish it had been put through a few more rewrites, it feels more like a draft than s ...more
Rowena Andrews
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm always a little cautious with retellings because sometimes they literally are retellings without bringing anything new to the table. That isn't the case here, and Spinning Thorns was an interesting approach to classic fairy tale. I really enjoyed the writing style, but I had trouble connecting with the characters until towards the very end of the book and there was a few places, where whether because of that or pacing, my interest waned. Still, it was an enjoyable read and I would be interes ...more
S.J. Higbee
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable, well paced fairytale retelling incorporating Sleeping Beauty and Rumplestilskin with two compelling main protagonists. I enjoyed the world and the fact this one kept delivering surprises right up until the ending. Highly recommended for fans of well-handled retellings.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Really cute read and a great spin (see what I did there) on a classic fairy tale, the infamous Sleeping Beauty. I gave it three stars just cause I could predict a little of what was going to happen. Either way I did enjoy this cute romantic story.
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I really liked this. It was an easy read. I preferred spinning silver, so if you wanted to read something fairy tale based go for this instead of spinning thorns. It was quite YA or New adult. But I've not read New adult so not the best judge of this. ...more
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
A simple story but well told, with a nice structure and good pacing. No huge wow moments but I was kept entertained the whole time.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now that’s a fairytale!
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Madelene Waldron
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kind of struggled to connect to the voice but somehow the story managed to drag me through and I kept wanting to read on!
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Other people have written great reviews of this book here. I can't think of much I'd like to say about the story itself that they haven't said.

My comment is more to do with availability. I live in a large city. We have a giant chain regular bookstore, and a giant chain used bookstore, and a ton of little independent shops-not to mention a pretty darn extensive library. I recently gave away my (online-ordered) copy and couldn't find this book in any of them. It's been out for 2 years.

So if you're
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
Meeh :( I'm disappointed.

Haha, this is the worst. I was looking at my notebook and I forgot to write my notes, so I thought I would be able to write a review without them. Turns out, I can't even remember their freaking names :') That is how much impression this book made on me, because normally I'm quite good at remembering things.. I originally gave it 2 stars, but turns out it's more like 1.

Story in a nutshell: girl X is boring as hell, falls in love at first sight with boring guy Y. X and Y
Diane Holland
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - couldn't put it down. It's basically "Sleeping Beauty - the next generation" with a couple of other faerie tales thrown in for good measure. It's a damn good romp with a couple of surprises up its sleeve. Highly recommend it to any lover of faerie tales!! ...more
Amaryllis Montrêve
This book isn't what I thought it would be, considering the blurb, but it is a good book all the same. ...more
Pam Sartain
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I found this a bit of a struggle to get into, but once I was in, it was great! A great ending!
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