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Winter Glass

(Spindle Fire #2)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  762 ratings  ·  140 reviews
A curse comes undone. A kingdom shatters. But some bonds can’t be broken.

Princess Aurora, torn from the dream world, plots to assassinate the faerie queen Malfleur, only to confront temptations she never expected. Isabelle, meanwhile, opens her heart to Prince William as they attempt to unite their kingdoms and wage war against Malfleur’s army. But when the appearance of a
Hardcover, 329 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Lexa Hillyer Direct sequel! Don't worry, it picks up right where book one leaves off--but it definitely takes Aurora and Isbe in surprising (I hope) directions fro…moreDirect sequel! Don't worry, it picks up right where book one leaves off--but it definitely takes Aurora and Isbe in surprising (I hope) directions from there! And yes, it is just a duology--only these two books. (less)
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Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Winter Glass picks up where its predecessor Spindle Fire left off. So, if you have not read Spindle fire, I recommend you read that one first and then pick up this book. I will also say that I enjoyed this book more than I did spindle fire!

The Author is also a poet and it is evident as the writing in both Spindle Fire and Winter Glass is often poetic and lyrical which really help transport the reader into this fairy tale/fantasy land of sisters Aurora and Isabelle. Princess Aurora has awakened
Jun 09, 2018 added it
”Among all men and across all fae, no heart can be braver than that of the hart slayer.”

first thing, the writing was beautiful. poetic even.
this entire book felt like dream. BUT I didn’t understand the main idea of this story. at least not until almost the end.

here we have a princess, Aurora, without voice and sense of touch who through circumstances becomes a warrior. and a bastard child, Isabelle, whose vision was tithed when she was young and the only sole purpose in life is to keep Aurora
Laura Holt
"Among all men and across all fae, no heart can be braver than that of the hart slayer."
A princess who must become a warrior. A rebel who must become a princess. An evil fairy. Unexpected romance, and a glass slipper that will change everything. Lexa Hillyer's Winter Glass is a stunning, poetic marvel of epic fantasy. Like a single rose in a frozen wasteland, it grabbed my attention from page one. I couldn't put it down! And no wonder. On the one hand, you have Aurora, meek and silent, who must
Cassie James
Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review, this doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it.

Getting back into this lush and imaginative world Lexa Hillyer has woven was a very enjoyable experience. Winter Glass begins in the aftermath of the curse being broken and Aurora awoken. The war between Deluce and Malfleur's army keeps escalating, Isabelle knew she had to give up William because his marriage to Aurora will get them desperately needed help from Au
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
*This review can also be found at The Reader and the Chef! Huge thanks to Glasstown Entertainment for the review copy that I read and reviewed willingly.*

Prepare yourself, Winter Glass is set to destroy all the feels! This stunning conclusion full of sisterly love, romance, and magic had me flipping pages non-stop... and agonizing over a conclusion I never wished to come.

What I Liked:

When I first read Spindle Fire, I fell in love with Aurora and Isbe, of how much they loved each other and how fa
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018

Lexa Hillyer won me over with Spindle Fire last fall. I loved the world building and the characters, and while it started off at a slower pace, Lexa greatly built up the speed by the end, setting the stage for book #2.

Now that I've read Winter Glass, the verdict is in. I liked Spindle Fire but I LOVED Winter Glass!

Winter Glass took this duology to a whole new level! It's fast paced as well as exciting; it contains romance and adventure; and there simply wasn't a time where I wasn't dying
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Jul 07, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own, 2018
Danielle N
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of fairy tales and retellings.
Shelves: fantasy, ya, fairy-tale
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My Thoughts

Spindle Fire was a success for me in terms of YA Fantasy & Retellings. I savored every moment of the dark and atmospheric dream world Hillyer had so poetically crafted. I was also a fan of incorporating to sisters and more complex relationships into a reimagined story of Sleeping Beauty. Winter Glass seamlessly picks up where its predecessor concluded and expands on it adding significant depth to Isbe’s and Aurora’s j
I'm so excited to be a part of this blog tour: as I was a member of the #SpindleSquad, I hold a special place in my heart for Lexa's books. I loved Spindle Fire, so I knew I would love Winter Glass.

Though it didn't end how I would have liked...but that's a big spoiler and I won't reveal that.

Anyhoo, onto the review!!

Title: Winter Glass (Spindle Fire #2)
Author: Lexa Hillyer
Publisher: HarperTeen, 2018 (April 10)
Genre: YA Fairy Tales, YA Fantasy, YA Retellings

**I received a copy of this book from t
Tracy (Cornerfolds)
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Spindle Fire was one of my favorite retellings of 2017. For those of you who don't know, retellings are my absolute favorite kinds of books to read! Spindle Fire was unique and exciting and I could not wait to get my hands on the second book. When I had the opportunity to review an early copy, of course I took it!

Winter Glass picks up shortly after Spindle Fire with Aurora and Isbe going their separate ways to do what they believe to be best for their k
*Source* Edelweiss
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


Winter Glass, by author Lexa Hillyer, is the second and final installment in the Spindle Fire duology. The story picks up one week after the ending of Spindle Fire. Princess Aurora has been awakened from her curse. The problem is that she can no longer speak, and no longer feel like she did in Sommeil. Isabelle finds herself in a different situation with Aurora's revival and her desire for vengeance again the last faerie Queen M
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
"There is such a thing as wanting something too much- waiting so long and so fiercely for it that when it finally arrives, it cannot satisfy the hole its absence created."
This was my second novel by Lexa and it starts off right where Spindle Fire ended. Honestly, I wasn't expecting it do be the conclusion to this. I didn't even find out the truth until after I finished reading it. Nothing specified it to be a duology so I was more than
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was super pleased with this sequel!

Winter Glass definitely expanded on the world introduced in Spindle Fire. The relationships and characters developed, which really let me get a better feel for them. The plot was urgent, but also filled with dramatic irony, as we kept switching between the sisters' perspectives-- like when one would reveal important things that the other hadn't learned yet, only to then find out that that revelation was actually wrong, but not know the actual right solution t
Laina Quintanilla
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! It was absolutely amazing!
SJM Trash
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, hardcover
Much better than Spindle Fire.
Melanie Noell Bernard
The Sisters
I definitely like where Isbe’s character goes in this particular book. She develops WAY more than in the first one and she becomes a much more relateable and likable character. On the other hand, I can’t say I ever grow to like Aurora. She remains an annoying character with too many dreams in her head to ever feel like she can come down to Earth – an optimist. It really just continues to make her seem naive and frustrating. I’d love to knock some sense into her and I couldn’t stand re
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Winter Glass was a stunning follow-up to Spindle Fire, and I'm so very glad to have been given the chance to read and review an early copy in exchange for my honest opinion of the story.

Winter Glass picks up right where Spindle Fire left off, and Lexa Hillyer doesn't waste a single moment before she dives right into the conflict and chaos that the first book ended on. We are immediately swept up in multiple angles of magic-wielding, power struggles, politics, romance, and relationships between
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to win an ARC of Winter Glass in a Twitter giveaway, and I’m so happy that I did because I loved it!

I read Spindle Fire, the first in this fairytale duology, last year and fell completely in love with the main characters, Aurora and Isbe. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Sleeping Beauty story, so reading Lexa’s reimagining of it was just wonderful, especially as suddenly we had this new twist of another sister who is subject to the whim of a faerie curse.

Winter Glass picked
Emma Holtrust
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I've enjoyed this book, but just as the first one in the series it has some issues.
The writing is often forced - the author tries to be descriptive, but fails. However, the plot is so good, so the twists kept me reading.
It was a satisfying ending to the duology, though I wish the end was a little more worked out.

Overall, a very easy read - I finished it in a day - that has some flaws but is still enjoyable for any fairytale lover!
Cassia Schaar
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series has such a special place in my heart. I love this duology to death and will reread it over and over again. This review is gonna be sloppy (running on 1.5 hours of sleep here) but I want to share my thoughts anyways.

Winter Glass had a bittersweet ending—very un-fairytale like. Which really, the whole series was much more true to what would have happened if this was indeed a true story; but Winter Glass had an especially raw feeling to it. It read more gritty, like the shore of a rive
Constance Roberts
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
First book of 2019!! I've been waiting to read this in the winter time, but as soon as I picked it up it turned 60 degrees outside for like 2 weeks! Go figure.

Hillyer's writing is so poetic...and ALL THE TWISTS! The story of these two sisters and their wishes was so captivating. Winter Glass (not so much Spindle Fire) reminded me a bit of ACOTAR. I fell into the love story even though it's not the type I read about much. I would be all over a third book, though I don't think there will be one be
Trisha  (The Tea Reader)
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Rebecca Armstrong
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
+ Character building

+ Plot twists

– Plot holes

– Not emotionally attached

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May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved how the princess becomes a warrior and saves herself. Girl power!!
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I feel bad rating Winter Glass only 2 stars, because intellectually it definitely deserves more, but I follow Goodreads' rating scale, and, reading-wise, it was just okay for me. I suspect it would have been another 3 star read for me at least had HarperCollins chosen to do an audiobook for book two, as they did for book one. The shift in format threw me for a bit of a loop, as I tried to recognize names in print that I'd only heard pronounced.

Even more than Spindle Fire, Winter Glass flips trop
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: edelweiss-arc
***I was granted early access to this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

~Slight spoilers below~ ~ Also- I write my reviews as I’m reading, so my opinion of the book is reflected differently from beginning to end of review~

Winter Glass – 2 Stars

Much more action packed and emotional than the first book in the series, Spindle Fire.

There is quite a lot going on, and at times I forget which faerie is which and which one is bad and who wronged who and who was still alive.

There we
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me in exchange of an honest review.

Winter Glass is the sequel to Spindle Fire, a retelling of the classic fairy tale: Sleeping Beauty. Book two picks off right where book one ended.

Aurora, Isbe and Prince William are back in Deluce preparing for the looming war with Malfuer, the evil faerie queen. Along with William and Aurora's wedding in order protect their kingdoms and gain a bigger military force. However things don't go as planned -- like it should honestly.

While Spi
Lauren - SERIESous Books
I'm so disappointed! Have you ever finished a book and been so let down by the ending you feel like you wasted your time because everything seemed to contradict itself?
For the most part, I enjoyed this book more than its predecessor. The pacing for the first half was great but maybe because I actually knew what was happening for once in this series so I wasn't utterly lost. But the last 10 chapters (of the 31) just fell apart for me and turned my solid 3 star rating to a 2.
First off, Aurora's ro
Shanice Singh
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist
I cannot remember the last time I binge-read a book especially one that was over 300 pages. This was a wonderfully compelling read and I couldn't go to bed until I finished it.
Winter Glass picks up immediately after Spindle Fire (so if you haven't read that already, pick it up before you get this). Aurora's engagement to William is planned while Isabelle plans to create an army to fight the upcoming war. However, much like the first book the sisters are soon separated and left to find their ide
CeliaMcMahonReads CeliaMcMahonReads
***Thank you to Edelweiss for the e-galley of this sequel to Spindle Fire.***

This is a direct sequel which starts off when the curse under Aurora has been broken and she awakens to find war between the fairy queen Malfeur and Deluce brewing. We are taken through different POV's throughout the entire book giving depth to the goings on of the story. This is one of my favorite series because it gives you a glimpse of what the villains are doing and thinking from their POV.

Things are a little dark i
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Hello! I'm the author of the YA fantasy duology Spindle Fire & Winter Glass, YA speculative contemporary Proof of Forever, and the upcoming YA contemporary Frozen Beauty. I also wrote the poetry collection Acquainted with the Cold, which won the 2012 Foreword Book of the Year Award. I'm one of the founders, and President of Publishing, at creative development company Glasstown Entertainment. I liv ...more

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