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Spindle Fire

(Spindle Fire #1)

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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  2,592 ratings  ·  607 reviews
A kingdom burns. A princess sleeps. This is no fairy tale.

It all started with the burning of the spindles.

No.

It all started with a curse…

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by HarperTeen
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
2.5 ish?
SO MUCH POTENTIAL
This seems to be a recent trend where I'm super excited to read books because they sound amazing and then I actually read them and I'm like ????? WHY. Unfortunately, this was the case here. UGH.
Natalie Monroe
2.5 stars

"One night reviled, before break of morn, amid the roses wild, all tangled in thorns, the shadow and the child together were born. The bright sun did spin, the moon swallowed day, when one her dear twin forever did slay."


What happens in Spindle Fire, a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, you ask? Here's the short version:

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora: Omg, we love each other!

Isabelle: I would do anything for you!

Aurora: I would do anything for you!

Evil government agent: Isabelle, we're
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Adam Silvera
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this gorgeous fantasy novel, the first of two books. I thought it was going to be a Sleeping Beauty retelling with a couple twists but instead it's a strong reimagining that includes badass faeries, a narwhal attack that still gives me chills, a dream world with frights, and a tale of sisterhood. This is Aurora like you've never seen her before, along with a sister Isabelle you've never met. Pumped for the sequel! If you're a fan of Marissa Meyer's HEARTLESS or the faeries in books by Hol ...more
Cait • A Page with a View
Ok hear me out because the story idea is absolutely incredible and I was totally expecting to give this 5 stars.

A basic overview of the first 20% --
Aurora is 16 and set to be married to Prince Phillip so she can have power through marriage. She has no sense of touch or voice. Her half sister Isbe is blind, so the two communicate through their own form of listening & sign language in Isbe's palm.

The fae Malfleur is building up an army in the kingdom of LaMorte after she killed her twin Bel
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Andreea Pop
Jun 27, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cover-love
May we please take a step back and appreciate the glorious beauty of this cover? 'Kay.

And SJM and Bardugo?!? SAY NO MORE.
Debra
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

"If this is what it means to be a true princess—making difficult decisions that could risk uncountable lives—she’s gladder than ever that she isn’t one."

Fantasy, Fairy tale, curses, magic, warring queens, sisters, etc.

This book is a retelling of sleeping beauty but with the Author's own spin on the tale.

Isabelle and Aurora are half sisters. Isabelle is the illegitimate child of their father's. Her sight was tithed by fairies. Aurora is the legitimate daughter who had her sense of touch
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Sarah
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

This was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, featuring Aurora and her illegitimate half-sister Isabelle.

Aurora and Isabelle were both strong characters, and both managed to do well despite the senses that had been taken from them. I felt quite sorry for both Isabelle and Aurora when it came to light exactly how they had lost their sight/sense of touch respectively, although Isabelle probably got the worse end o
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Suzanne
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Had some good moments but to be honest I found my concentration roaming during a lot of this book. If you like fairytale retellings a lot than check this book out for sure.
Jess
May 13, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Update: 28/06/2016

COVER!

I'm praying for zero romance and hella sister dynamics.
Isabella
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meine Meinung

Bei diesem Roman hat vor allem das traumhafte Cover mein Interesse geweckt – und da ich Märchen-Nacherzählungen liebe, habe ich mich vom Klappentext ebenfalls sofort angesprochen gefühlt. Wie der Titel schon erkennen lässt, handelt es sich hier um eine Dornröschen-Adaption. Die Grundidee, das Märchen als Geschichte zweier grundverschiedener Schwestern zu erzählen und mit Magie zu würzen, hat mir wirklich gut gefallen.

Meine Begeisterung hat nach den ersten paar Kapiteln allerdings s
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Red_Queen_Lover
** There are Spoilers in here****
This book was so creative and detailed I didn't want it to end.
I enjoyed the imagination and creativity in this book. I mean, Fae who TITHE the powers from the princesses instead of giving?? I would have never thought of a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty to be like this.
In this re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, we have Aurora and her bastard half-sister, Isabelle or Isbe.
Aurora's mother hates Isbe because it reminds her of the kings first love, causing her jealousy to
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Mike and Becca  (Books and Looks)
I am a huge Sleeping Beauty fan and this book did not hit the mark for me. I wanted so much to love this story but the plot is strung out and the characters are not likable. The story revolves around two sets of sisters-Aurora and Isbe (whose adventures we follow) and Malfour and Belcour (the fairies responsible) so you think this will be a tale of sisterly love and family. Let me tell you-it is not. There is no family present and everyone has resentment and hates each other the whole book.

Its b
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rachel
Spindle Fire was a really different read and I am still not quite sure exactly what I think of it. There were certain elements and characters that I loved reading about and others that just did not work for me. I know that the majority of the readers DNFed this one but the more I read, the more I found myself getting into the story, and by the end, I was completely engaged and into the story… so as a whole, I guess it was kind of midline? I don’t know!

I think the reason a lot of readers didn’t
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nat. (semi-hiatus)
“One night reviled, Before break of morn, Amid the roses wild, All tangled in thorns, The shadow and the child Together were born.

everyone gets a broken heart here, including me. yay!
Beth
Two sisters, close even against the odds, until Aurora blood causes her to be swept away to an alternate world where she meets Heath…while Aurora appears to sleep in this world.

Isabelle wants to save her sister. She finds everyone in the palace has a sleeping sickness and she must go in search for a prince that can wake Aurora and hopefully save the day from the evil fae Malfleur.

Malfleur is a faerie, building an army to take LaMorte, Aurora and Isabelle's kingdom, after she killed her twin, th
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Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
Gave up on Page 155

So, this was a case of "it's not you, it's me". I started this book during a stressful time. It was the week before finals, I had lots of big projects due, and I was leaving for a trip that weekend. I did not finish it before the trip and since I checked this book out from the library, I left it at home (I did not want to take a library book across state lines). By the time I got back, I just couldn't get back into the book. I had so many other books that I wanted to read inst
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Susana
Jun 28, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Hope this will be more along the lines of Anna Sheehan's Spinning Thorns than Sarah J. Maas writing style...
Jesse Nicholas
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books, fantasy
reviewsSpindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
Published by HarperCollins on April 11th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 351
Format: ARC
LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer is a uniquely told retelling of the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. I can honestly say I went in with low expectations and walked away with a great story that was both visually and mentally appealing to read.



The Good

Unique Retelling

I've read many fairy tale retellings in my time as a
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Lilly (Lair Of Books)
My full review can also be found on my blog LairOfBooks
https://lairofbooksblog.wordpress.com/



HUGE thanks to HarperCollins, Edelweiss, and Lexa Hillyer for the ARC copy of Spindle Fire.

PLOT

A dark tale is spun in Spindle Fire…when baby Aurora is born, the last of the powerful faeries that used to rule the land pay the kingdom a visit. They bestow certain gifts of beauty & grace in exchange for tithing her voice and sense of touch. The King & Queen accept these tithes but it is when the Fa
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Wavering between 3.5 - 4 so this may change. But I enjoyed a lot about this :)
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
REREAD:
Yeah I'm sorry. I still really like this book. It's cheesy and sweet and dark.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
I am super shocked at how low this book is rated (3.35 stars as of me writing this) and how few ratings (412) there are for a YA fairytale retelling with a gorgeous cover and that was in a subscription book box.

Anyways...

Holy crap! I loved this book way more than I was anticipating. The love triangle was so well done and the sister's relationship that kinda mimicked the villain and her twin was s
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Jay G
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Want to see more bookish things from me? check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...

Aurora and Isabelle are half sisters and daughters to the King of Deluce. When they were young, the fairies tithed things from them in payment for the gifts they bestowed on them. Isabelle lost her sight and Aurora lost her sense of touch and her voice. One day, Aurora pricks her finger on a spindle and falls into a deep sleep and awakens in an alternate universe where she meets a hunte
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Angelina
Originally on Fable's Library

I received this arc from the publisher at New York Comic Con (I’m not sure if I’m supposed to acknowledge that or not(?) so I’m putting it here anyways!) This doesn’t make my views any different. Thank you!!!

What I Liked
Nothing… *cries*

What I Didn’t Like
-I wasn’t a big fan of the writing in Spindle Fire. I usually love elegant, flowery writing but I felt like this was more telling you than showing you. That and the tense is what really bothered me most. Spindle Fir
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belle ✨(bookishlybelle)
2/5 STARS

I truly thought I would adore this book. My love of retellings is no secret, and this one just looked and sounded so good. Everything about it seemed creative and unique and the first couple pages were interesting enough to keep reading.

And then everything just deteriorated.

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I think most of what I disliked came down to the writing and execution of story. Because the story in theory was great. Sisters, a quest, magic, a dream world - perfect, right? But it was the execution of all this
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Karina
If you’ve known me for quite a time then you probably know how excited I was for this book. That’s why when I was given a chance to have an early copy, I really couldn’t hide my happiness. I was so so excited for this one but when I started I was immediately mildly disappointed for some reasons. And sad to say, this one goes to my “most anticipated reads who let me down” list.

My reactions for Spindle Fire went from “Ooh what a poetic writing” to “This is so unbelievable and impossible” to “This
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Shelley
*Source* Edelweiss
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
*Rating* 3.5-4

*Thoughts*

Spindle Fire is the first installment in author Lexa Hillyer's Spindle Fire duology. Fairy-tale retellings are extremely hot in the YA market, and this is the tale of Sleeping Beauty like you’ve never seen it before. It has elements of Alice in Wonderland thrown in. Lexa has taken these familiar stories and twisted them into something completely new and different. This is a story about two very different sisters; Cr
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Meigan
Think you know the story of Sleeping Beauty? Think again. Spindle Fire is the story of Aurora, the princess who sleeps, and yes - she does prick her finger on the spinning wheel, and yes - a sleeping curse is set in motion. But that's where the old story ends, and Hillyer's new and fresh version begins. Complete with feuding fairie queens, dueling kingdoms, curses and magical realms, Spindle Fire is truly a unique story that takes the bare, familiar essentials from the classic story we know, and ...more
Nessy Dimitrova
Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo...

L E I G H B A R D U G O

The magic words have been spoken.



Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
I didn't like this author's previous book but I am very intrigued by this. It's on my list right now to read and I'll see how reviews start to come in before I pick it up.
Lauren
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*3.5 stars rounded up to 4*

Fun fact: I love fairy tale retellings.

Therefore, when I was offered the chance to read and review Lexa Hillyer's Spindle Fire - pitched to me as perfect for fans of Malinda Lo's Ash (another AMAZING YA book - please check it out if you haven't already!), I instantly said yes.

The result? Intoxicating and spellbinding, Lexa Hillyer's Spindle Fire is an intricate take on Sleeping Beauty.

Spindle Fire introduces us to Isabelle and Aurora, two sisters that couldn't be an
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