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The Spinner of Dreams

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Inventive, empathetic, and strange in all the best ways, The Spinner of Dreams draws from the author’s own experiences to create a story that feels timeless and universal. As she did in her debut The Land of Yesterday, K. A. Reynolds thoughtfully explores mental health and crafts an adventure that fits right alongside middle grade classics like The Phantom Tollbooth.

Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by HarperCollins
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✨Brithanie Faith✨
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Spinner Of Dreams by K. A. Reynolds follows Annalise Meriwether ; a young girl who was cursed at birth by the devious Fate Spinner. While she does her best to ignore the cruel townsfolk- her curse is growing more and more unpredictable each day, and there's only one way for her to rid herself of it; she must enter the Labyrinth of Fate and Dreams despite her anxiety and defeat the infamous Fate Spinner once and for
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
ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)

The Spinner Of Dreams follows Annalise Meriwether, a girl with a curse shunned by almost everyone in her town. She decides to fight against her curse and find the Fate Spinner.
I loved the imagery the author created and I was so glad to see loving parents, in a healthy daughter- parents relationship. I absolutely loved all the characters and especially the cat and the fox.
There were some parts that were perha
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.

3,5 stars

I am very bummed that I didn't enjoy it as much as other people seemed to because it had all the necessary components to be a favourite of mine: a cursed girl, prophecies, rival sisters, a talking cat and all sorts of other magical creatures. But it didn't work out that well, unfortunately. The writing especially wasn't my thing, it was overly descriptive and just fe
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My childhood was often one of loneliness. I was shy, introverted, and deeply anxiety-ridden. So often, I turned to books, my imagination, exploring the woods behind my house, and, of course, to dreams. Since I never felt a sense of security at home or at school, I was always waiting for the worst to happen. To escape this, I would most often grab a book, head to the woods with my backpack containing a sketchbook and drawing pencils, and try to find some sense of peace and belonging. One day I gr ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In a time when people are opening up & discussing mental health, K.A. Reynolds drops this beautiful gem into the world when we need it the most! Annalise’s quest to overcome her anxiety will comfort readers & help them find the courage to seek the light out of their own maze. I loved this book and highly recommend you to read it. ...more
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I think this is a great starting book for MG readers to get into heavier fantasy.  It was part fairytale, part adventure, part humanity, with some portal magic.  There were talking animals, curses, strange creatures, and challenges.  This book has a little bit of everything with beautiful writing.

When Annalise was born, her whole town became cursed by the Fate Spinner.  Annalise had one hand that was larger than another with a broken black heart.  She had purple eyes and blackberry colored hair.
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
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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
Michele Knott
Whoa. This book blew me away. I really wasn't sure what to expect, I had heard some positive things, even amazing things, but it really didn't prepare me for the awesomeness of everything - the story, the writing, the feels...
Annalise was born with a curse that comes from the evil Fate Spinner. Her left hand is larger and has a large, black, broken heart on it and inside lies a curse. A curse that does not do nice things, does not play well with Annalise, and seems to have something growing insi
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
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, fantasy
I love the fairytale-like opening to The Spinner of Dreams. It's very reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty at the moment when Princess Aurora is being christened and Maleficent appears and curses her. In the Spinner of Dreams the prologue changes to a set of twin girls, one who is marked with a solid black heart and named Reverie and the other a crumbling heart and named Kismet. One to be loved and one to be loathed, never to be friends.

Annalise Meriwether is a young girl born under a bad omen, curse
Kate Waggoner
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
@kidlitexchange #partner

Thank you to the #kidlitexchange, the publisher @harpercollinsch, and the author @krisrey19 for the advance copy of The Spinner of Dreams which will hit shelves on August 27, 2019.

Twin sisters and enchantresses rule this fantasy world. Kismet is the Spinner of Fate and she controls all that you are. Her sister, Reverie, the Spinner of Dreams, controls all that you can be. Eleven-years-ago, a baby named Annalise Meriwether was born and cursed by the Spinner of Fate. The ma
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
Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
*I received an ARC of this book through the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for a free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
DNF @ 34%

This book simply isn't my thing. It really has the feel of "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Phantom Tollbooth" which are books that I don't gel with at all. The beginning is very repetitive without moving the story along and I also just felt like the main character didn't really do anything; the magical creatures or something convenient arrives
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
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
Karen McKenna
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
With an Alice-in-Wonderland feel, this fantasy takes Annalise to and through the Spinner of Fate's Labyrinth of Fate and Dreams so that she can rid herself of a curse and make her dreams come true. Many nightmares stand in the way of her dreams, however. With each twist and turn it can feel like fate might win, but Annalise doesn't give up her dream. I really liked this unique story full of messages of hope and perseverance. #LitReviewCrew
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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*I was provided with an ARC of this book by the publisher, in exchange for my honest opinion.

It’s been a good while since I’ve picked up a middle grade novel, as I always have this trepidation when approaching the genre. It’s often the case that some of them tend to be just too much for children to fully capture my attention, but sometimes there are those books that manage to capture the innocence of being a child, magic and enchantment, whilst
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 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh man I loved this book!

Fantastic world building. Rich, full characters. Exciting adventure. Good vs evil, light vs dark, wrong vs right. All great!

But most of all is a wonderful main character who is so completely, relatably broken. As someone who battles depression and anxiety, as someone who deals with PTSD, I identified with so much of what Annalise experiences. And as someone who has put in years of hard work to learn how to deal with these very real monsters, I was cheering Annalise on e
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
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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
Holly Hughes
Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

Never be sorry for showing the world who you are or who you wish to become. These struggles have brought you exactly where you need to be.

The older I get, the more I continue to find Middle Grade books that I desperately wish had been around when I was younger, because they would have made an absolute world of difference for younger me. But since I can’t go back in time, I’ll si
Lizz DiCesare
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Never be sorry for showing the world who you are or who you wish to become. These struggles have brought you exactly where you need to be.”

If you’re looking for a book to escape in to, one full of magic and adventure and ancient stories, then stop what you’re doing right now and go get a copy of The Spinner of Dreams by K. A. Reynolds. This middle grade fantasy was perfect, and gave my imagination a much-needed work out.

In The Spinner of Dreams, we meet Annalise Meriwether, who was cursed at bi
This is a less-than-traditional review for me. I felt so many things, and am still feeling them, that I feel like I need to write more of a story for you.

Let me describe my experience reading this book for you. I received this book through my ARC-sharing crew, the Lit Review Crew. I signed up to read this book for a couple of reasons: I had heard many great things about her debut novel, The Land of Yesterday, I had seen this book on Twitter and heard it was amazing, and I loved the cover. When I
M.L. Little
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
@kidlitexchange #partner: The Spinner of Dreams by @krisrey19 and @harperkid. Releases 8/27/19.
I haven’t read Alice in Wonderland since the approximate age of 9, but this book reminded me of Alice in Wonderland nonetheless. Annalise in Dreamland.
For reasons initially unknown, 11-year-old Annalise was cursed by Fate at birth, bringing nothing but pain and shame to her wonderful, loving, gentle parents who still see only the best in her. Finally taking her fate into her own hands and desi
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Simi Sunny
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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K. A. Reynolds is an autistic, ownvoices author, living with anxiety, depression, PTSD, as well as a flock of children and pets. Born and bred in Winnipeg, Canada, Kristin 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 oc ...more

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