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The Spinner of Dreams

4.71  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Annalise Meriwether—though kind, smart, and curious—is terribly lonely.

Cursed at birth by the devious Fate Spinner, Annalise has always lived a solitary life with her loving parents. She does her best to ignore the cruel townsfolk of her desolate town—but the black mark on her hand won’t be ignored.

Not when the monster living within it, which seems to have an agenda of its
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Expected publication: August 27th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
I was so pleased when KA Reynolds offered me the chance to read The Spinner of Dreams early, as it was one of my most anticipated MG reads of the year! As it turns out, it was even better than I’d dreamed...

It’s been really difficult to write this review, because I am so head over heels in love with this book that I keep getting a bit incoherent in my gushing. This is a magical fantasy tale that reads like a mash up of classic childrens’ literature and traditional fairy tales – and it has amazin
Feb 03, 2019 added it
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I don’t read a lot of fantasy, but I will excitedly read anything K.A. Reynolds writes! Like her debut, THE LAND OF YESTERDAY, THE SPINNER OF DREAMS is gorgeously written and brimming with compassion and insight. This is the story of Annalise Meriwether, who has been dealt an unbearably difficult fate and cruelly mistreated...and who is such a kind, fierce, awesome character in spite of (or, more accurately, because of) the hardships she has faced. It’s so satisfying to go along with her as she ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading an early draft of this book, and I adored it! Annalise is a cursed child, despised by the people in her town but deeply loved by her parents. Her mistreatment by her neighbors has left Annalise with deep anxiety and PTSD, but she remains kind-hearted, friendly, and optimistic. When her parents are taken by the Fate Spinner, Annalise embarks on an adventure in a richly-imagined fantasy world. This is a beautifully-written tale about friendship, courage, and finding ...more
Diane Magras
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a tale that conjures two worlds, twin sisters, and evil beyond our imagination, a girl seeks to remove a curse that has made her entire town abhor her. The forces of love and hate are equally strong, and white and black (like the crows of this tale). Like a folktale with threads of the modern world, this book will delight fans who swooned over Kelly Barnhill'S THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF JACK and Anne Ursu's BREADCRUMBS, early works matching this early work (a second book) of this vividly imagin ...more
Lorie Barber
Wow. This book. It’s the second by Reynolds that I’ve had the pleasure of reading and I absolutely loved it. I loved it more after I read the author’s note.

This fantasy centers around Annaliese Meriwether, who is cursed at birth and fights to realize her dream of ridding herself of the curse and following her own destiny.
There is so much to talk about this book, and I’m trying to do so without spoilers.

Annaliese is a singular character. Brave beyond measure, selfless, and resilient, she learn
Katie Reilley
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to the author for sharing an ARC with our #bookexpedition group!

This beautiful fantasy story is told through the eyes of Annalise Meriwether, cursed at birth by the Fate Spinner. She is loathed, bullied, and feared by everyone except her loving parents, with whom she lives a reclusive life. Because of her past, her days are full of panic, anxiety, and self-doubt, but she dreams of changing her destiny.

To do so, she’ll have to enter the world of the Fate Spinner and complete a quest
Hayley Stone
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In her second novel, K.A. Reynolds spins a deeply moving story about magic and anxiety, longing and fear, and the dreams that help us bridge the distance between where we are and where we would like to be. Annalise is a wonderful protagonist who readers can easily care and root for, while the world-building reminded me of some of my favorite folklore. This book would be a great way for parents to approach the topic of mental health with their children, specifically anxiety, which is addressed wi ...more
Sonia Hartl
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so incredibly lucky to read an early copy of the book, and my heart! It’s a fun and whimsical adventure full of exciting moments and triumphs full of lovely and immersive storytelling. But it’s also a deep and beautiful story about loving all the parts of yourself and to never stop believing you are worthy of your dreams. This book is going to resonate with so many kids. Kids who are hurt and lonely and looking outside themselves to fix what society tells them is broken. And it will show t ...more
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I was lucky enough to have been sent an eArc of this book. I don't usually read fantasy but was intrigued. I loved how relatable the MC was. If you're a fantasy lover you will adore this book!
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Spinner of Dreams is the second book by K.A.Reynolds, and proves once again her gift of weaving beautiful, dark fantasy (but not too dark for MG readers) with relatable emotional concerns, such as guilt, anxiety, fear, loneliness, betrayal, and grief. The description on the back says “The enchantment of Neil Gaiman meets the haunting wildness of Kelly Barnhill in this uniquely imaginative middle grade fantasy,” and I couldn’t have described it better myself. Like in so many beloved Madeleine ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A huge thank you to the author for sending me an ARC of this book. Her previous middle grade novel, THE LAND OF YESTERDAY, was one of my favorite reads of 2018, so I was quite excited to get my hands on an early copy of THE SPINNER OF DREAMS. It was everything I had hoped it would be, and I cannot wait for it to make its way into the world in August 2019.

Annalise Meriwether was cursed at birth by the Fate Spinner. She is a bullied, ridiculed, and feared by the people who live in her community, a
PJ Sheridan
I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book and it has taken me a while to review it because I have. so. many. feelings.

It's hard to put into words how magical and complex but also completely relatable this book is. It has the immediate familiarity of all the best fairy or folktales, while also being completely original, and that is an incredibly hard needle to thread.

K.A. Reynolds weaves together a fantastical story full of vivid imagery and metaphors that readers of all ages can appreciate
Meg Williams- Librarian
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic and enchanting story! I was able to read this book early courtesy of an ARC sent by the author/publisher. I first saw this book a few months ago and I thought the cover was the most beautiful cover I have ever seen. I know you aren't supposed to judge books by their covers but how can you not think a beautiful and enthralling story lives behind that cover??

Annalise is one of my favorite main characters I have ever read. She is fierce and thoughtful and fair and she does all she
Deanna Holdsworth
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Annalise is born with one hand larger than the other with a black mark on the larger hand things begin to go badly for her town. The people in the town do not like her and believe she has brought bad fortune to them. She decides that she wants to follow her dream and not be limited by fate. She sets off to find the Spinner of Dreams through the Mazelands. Along the way she meets Muse, a cat that helps her by giving her the Book of Remembering. She also befriends a fox named Mister Edwards. ...more
Kristin Thorsness
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In her second book, Reynolds has created a fantasy world filled with mystical beings, evil curses, and real-world truths. Readers of all ages will devour the two tales expertly woven together in this book. The first is a quest: blackberry-haired Annalise and her animal friends must fight their way through a magical labyrinth to break the curse she acquired at birth. The second tale is the internal story of Annalise grappling with anxiety and self-doubt to realize and accept that she is worthy of ...more
Janet Walden-West
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book, guys.

If it was *just* a gorgeously atmospheric, richly drawn fairy tale for the contemporary world, that alone would put it at the top of my favorites list. And Annaliese's story is all that, wrapped in a heroine's journey to break a curse she was born with, one that has her entire town shunning her.

However, The Spinner of Dreams is also a safe place for neurodiverse kids--and adults. Annalieses's anxiety doesn't define her. Instead, it's simply part of who she is as she shapes her ow
Sofie Rose
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Full Review:

I was given an arc for review via edelweiss.

I was initially interested in The Spinner of Dreams because it featured a main character with intrusive thoughts. I thought it was a YA before I requested it, but it turned out to be a middle grade. I was a little hesitant going into it, but I’m so glad I read it. It was completely worth my time.

This story follows Annalise Meriwether, who everyone believes is cursed. Her parents love her but that does little to deter the cr
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was beautiful and I loved the neurodiverse protagonist, Annalise. She was wonderful, not despite her flaws, but because of them.

I wept at the end of the book and the note from the author. Believe in the Spinner of dreams, because she believes in you.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A magical quest book, like I haven't read in a while. It is also very good representation of panic attacks, anxiety, and a little of autism. There's a lot of magic, a lot of dreaming, and it is good. (It also has a gay fox, who wants to open a candy shop with his fox hubby)
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Jan 07, 2019 marked it as to-read
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ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I'm so happy~
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Review to come closer to publication. :)
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K. A. Reynolds is a Winnipeg, Canada native who lives for Monty Python, old dead poets, ushering creepy crawly things with numerous legs out of houses, and writing dark and lovely things for children. Despite her innocent appearance, she has been described on more than one occasion as the following: strange, grim, fierce book fancier, cat, lover of the fantastic, indulger of the macabre, and more ...more