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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  319 ratings  ·  118 reviews
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 i
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Entangled: Teen
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ReadingAddict I'm only halfway done with Cinder, but can tell you that this book is nothing like it. This book was different than any other retelling I've read. It…moreI'm only halfway done with Cinder, but can tell you that this book is nothing like it. This book was different than any other retelling I've read. It mixes historical facts with a bit of the original fairy tale, and makes it completely unique. (less)

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Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, e-book, kindle, netgalley
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Why this book?

Anything Fairytalish it's for me

What I thought

Spindle is not a retelling it's Sleeping Beauty's world but in the future. This book is a little hard for me to review because i'm not really sure how I felt about the book. That being said finding Out who the fairies were and seeing how everything played out were interesting. I know I had mixed feelings on Briar sometimes I liked her sometimes she got on my nerves. I l
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a finger.

Briar Rose works in the spinning mill trying to support herself and her younger siblings but her wages have just been cut and things are not looking good. Not only is Briar in danger of losing what's left of her family but the boy she thought she would be marrying is now with someone else and her best friend Henry Prince has decided to go explore and leave Briar behind.

When a mysterious peddler offers Bri

3.5 Stars

This was certainly different from every single retelling that I've ever read... and for that I'm grateful.
I can certainly appreciate a different take on a story inspired by a fairy tale. And this one sure is original.
Time frame: end of the nineteen century.
Briar Rose is a mill girl along many others. She is a sixteen year old, in charge of her younger siblings. Her reality couldn't be more distant of one of a fairy tale.
Well written, this story took me back to the period of suffragette
Aneta Bak
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Spindle was an adorable fairy-tale retelling. If you loved the story of Sleeping Beauty, you will definitely love Spindle.

All Briar Rose wants in life, is to marry her ex and be able to keep her siblings together on her very low salary. Working at the spinning mill isn't all fun and games, Briar has a busted frame and has to work extra hard to make any money to keep her boarding and keep the children fed. When a mysterious peddle offers her a spindle that will help her production, Briar is hesi
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2016
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Spindle is a continuation of Sleeping Beauty. I was eager about Spindle because of this aspect. I've read many retellings of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella but never Sleeping Beauty. Spindle was an interesting take of the classic tale, intertwining its own unique elements to grow the story.

I had mixed feelings about this book. I was excited to read Spindle because of the Sleeping Beauty elements but I was l
Candace Robinson
This one was pretty good, and it was original since it wasn't technically a retelling. Loved Briar! She was strong and mature with having to help raise her siblings. The only downside was Henry was gone way too much of the story, and he was my favorite! Full review on my blog
Sep 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Thank you Entangled Teen for providing me an ARC of this! :)

Review Here:
Rating 3.5/5

This is a alternative version of the classic fairy story of Sleeping Beauty, now set it in the cotton Mills in the late 1800s and having add a few twists and turns along the way! I was impressed how the author has created this alternative version of the classic story, keeping true to her chosen time setting and to the original tale. Miss Briarly Rose Jenny is the heroine of the tale, sixteen years old and working in the mill to earn money to help keep her twin brothers and sister tog
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I have to be honest and admit that for about the first 100 pages or so of this book, I really considered DNF'ing this. And I guess that it's a good thing I rarely DNF because after that point, the book really picked up for me and turned into a pretty decent read (Although it is probably closer to 3.5/5 than a 4/5 strictly because it didn't pull me in right away). "Spindle" in not really a retelling, but instead, it takes place about 100 years after "Sleeping Beauty." 16 year old Briarly Rose (ak ...more
Kristy Mauna
I DNF this one, at about 60%.. I ended up just skimming to the end to see if I was right about everything. . . It just wasn't the book for me.

If you are a fan of Sleeping Beauty then I think you will enjoy this book. The writing was great with strong dialogue, and a few fun characters.. It was a good retelling with great history aspects added to it as well.. Unfortunately, I just couldn't handle how slow paced it was especially when I couldn't connect to any of the characters.
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for giving this book to review.

Spindle is a historical fantasy novel set in the 1890’s, which is about the continuation of the sleeping beauty story. It is fast paced and I read late into the night to find out what was happening next. I felt that the story bogged down in the middle with the suffragettes and Briar wavering about using the spindle.

Briar is protective of her family and feels the weight of responsibility on her shoulders for all of the bo
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a curious book that I don't know exactly how to review. Expect a tale like "Sleeping Beauty" but different, happening in a real time line, with normal people instead of fairy tales' people... but expect fairy tales' people to show here and there. Expect another twist on the old story, now characters want to fight and resist, instead of being doomed victims. Expect also to think on real things, as the spindlers lives and what situation they lived in working there, expect talks of women su ...more
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**Spindle by Shonna Slyaton is a young adult fairy tale retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I knew I had to read Spindle because I love retellings, because Sleeping Beauty is one disney classic that I never watched too much and because the cover is bea-u-ti-ful! I mean, seriously it is so pretty! I loved Spindle. I thought it was well executed, had a great flair for the classic story, but Shonna Slayton still made it her own ...more
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Due to work and life, I haven't been reading much over the last month in particular, but I really enjoyed Spindle's mix of historical details with magical fairytale setting. I hope other readers love it just as much as I did.
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

TBH, More Suffrage Than Spindles


Honestly, I thought there’d be more fantasy in this plot. It wasn't bad, but it also wasn’t at all what I expected: Spindle read much more like a historical than a fantasy. The actual spindle wasn’t even introduced until about a third of the way through the book, and even after that, it often took a backseat to the more normal issues of Briar's daily life. The historical elements were interesting, learning about the beginn
Olivia Farr
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Spindle" is an incredible sequel (not a retelling) of Sleeping Beauty. 16-year-old Briarly Rose (goes by Briar) works at the mill with frames and metal spindles in late nineteenth or early twentieth century New England. Her parents died long ago and she needs to earn money to take care of her 3 younger siblings, 9-year-old Pansy and her twin youngest brothers, Benny and Jack. She stays in town during the week at Miss Olive's establishment with other young, unmarried working girls and visits her ...more
Barbara Senteney
The story progresses at a moderate and steady pace, but is never boring. I read continuously and was aggravated when I had to sit it down to do anything. I just wanted to read more so getting distracted frustrated me.
Briar Rose, Henry Prince and Fannie were very endearing characters. I would say this story is more a spinoff or sequel to Sleeping Beauty, not an actual retelling.
Briar Rose Jenny is the main character in this sweet, kinda spooky and magical tale. She is a 16 year old orphan tryin
C. Erani Kole
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shoutouts, fae
*received an ARC via NetGalley*

I really liked this. Set in the time when bonnets were the fashion and life as a spinner girl with the options of hard work or settling with a man was the constant, Briar was an interesting girl. I loved reading about her time in the factories because it was so new to me, or reading about an MC whose life was directly effected by the efforts of the women's suffrage. Really made me want to go and actually vote, considering all that my female predecessors fought for.
Title: Spindle
Author: Shonna Slayton
Publisher: Entangled Teen, 2016 (Oct 4)
Genre: YA Fairy Tale Retellings, YA Fantasy, YA Historical Fiction

**I received a copy of this book free from Netgalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review**

This review can be found on my BlogTeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page

My Review:

I read Spindle by Shonna Slayton, because I'm a sucker for anything fairy-tale related!

I'm also a sucker for beautiful covers...and this one drew me in. 

I have to
Suze Lavender
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Briar isn't even seventeen years old yet, but she has many responsibilities. She has to take care of her siblings. Because she's the sole provider of her household she needs to leave them with a nanny while working at a spinning mill. Her best friend Henry is the person who makes her laugh. He brings joy in her life and Briar is sad when he has to leave. He tells her he will come back, but there's hardly any news from him and she misses him terribly.

One day a peddler offers Briar something from
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I will be honest I am not entirely sure how I feel about this book. This is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty in the Historical YA fiction genre. I absolutely loved Shonna’s Cinderella duology retelling so I grabbed this one as soon as I saw it. While I enjoyed it I wasn’t beyond thrilled with it. I felt like I was waiting for something to happen the whole first half of the book and then BAM right in the middle of the book everything started happening. The first half talked about Briar Rose’s job a ...more
Oct 07, 2016 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
The cover, beautiful. Description, interesting. Sleeping Beauty retelling? Count me in! However, I deeply regret to say that I DNF'ed at around 40% and skimmed quickly to the end, while skimming I'd randomly stop and read a chapter here and there so I could gather a bit more of the story before finally accepting that it just wasn't for me. I tried though, I promise I did. And let me tell you, I hate writing these kinds of reviews. Mostly because I really thought I'd love everything about this bo ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this cute book! 🙌🙌 It had some feminist vibes and some history added to descendants of Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and it was a cool book!
I am glad I found this last December in one of my favourite used bookstores. 🙌 3.5/5 stars
Nicole Hewitt
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This book wasn't exactly what I was expecting. The teacher in me loved it because it gives a really great historical view of the late 1800s, the Industrial Revolution and the women's suffragette movement. But the reader in me was a little disappointed because the book drags quite a bit in the middle, the fairy tale elements are too few and far between, and the romance is a minor aspect of the book. I wish that there co
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalley

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!
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, retellings
This was a difficult one for me to rate because I had such mixed feelings after finishing it. The first half of the book was incredibly slow and very little happened, so much so that I was tempted to DNF it in parts. The second half is where the action kicked in and the storyline finally took off, sadly it wasn’t good enough to make up for the first half.

Spindle isn’t really a retelling; it’s more of a sequel to the tale of Sleeping Beauty. It’s set long after Aurora pricked her finger and was r
Feb 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Using a light context of the fairy tale and mixing it with the suffrage movement in the early nineteenth century where mill work is common, Briar has to make more money to support her siblings that she's raising. It's almost too much to pass up until things start happening and it makes her leery.

It dragged too much and I wasn't invested like stronger fairy tales written by authors like Sarah Cross or random retellings that keep me a bit more in touch. I can't help but think if it was a historic
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. got a little boring In the middle but then took off and i couldn't put it down
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
SPINDLE by Shonna Slayton is more than a retelling of "Sleeping Beauty": it is a continuation of the familiar story during the Industrial Revolution--where magic, despite being unbelievable, is still real and deeply felt. Our heroine navigating magic within a real and often unglamorous world is Briar, a sixteen-year-old mill employee who is struggling to earn enough money to raise three younger siblings by herself. After receiving a spindle from a mysterious peddler, Briar must face the conseque ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story is a unique twist on the Sleeping Beauty myth. It is more of a sequel than a different twist on the mythology. This is the story of Briar Rose, a young woman working at the mill and trying to keep her orphaned siblings all together. The setting is New England and takes place in the early 1900s. Of course,a variety of circumstances lead to her using that fated spindle that put Sleeping Beauty into a 100 year sleep. She has recently been dumped by finance Wheeler and always there for he ...more
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SHONNA SLAYTON writes historical fairy tales and is the co-creator of the Fairy-tale Forum Facebook group.

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