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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.

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 own, grows more unpredictable each day.

There’s only one way for Annalise to rid herself of her curse: to enter the Labyrinth of Fate and Dreams and defeat the Fate Spinner. So despite her anxiety, Annalise sets out to undo the curse that’s defined her—and to show the world, and herself, exactly who she is inside.

“With this haunting, wildly-imaginative, deeply-felt fairy tale, K.A. Reynolds proves to be a gifted dream spinner herself. A testament to the power of hope, determination, and of having a magical cat on your side.” (Anne Ursu, author of The Lost Girl)

“A magnificent and fantastical journey expertly woven with magic, imagination, and hope. Reynolds gently draws the reader to a place where fragile dreams are realized, where broken hearts are made whole. Readers will be utterly captivated.” (J.C. Cervantes, New York Times bestselling author of The Storm Runner)

"Utterly thrilling and achingly poignant, The Spinner of Dreams positively brims with magic, mystery, and poetry. This is the kind of book I needed when I was eleven years old: the type that proves that girls can fight their demons and win." (Hayley Chewins, author of The Turnaway Girls)

"Adventurous readers of all ages will fall in love with this tale of hope, courage, and friendship. Readers who are looking for a nonromantic, quest-centric fantasy will appreciate the relationship that Annalise forges with Mister Edwards, a three-legged fox who guides and encourages Annalise as she follows her dream. VERDICT Highly recommended; a great title for middle grade book clubs and school and public libraries." --School Library Journal


Praise for The Land of Yesterday: “Told with riveting language, this is a poignant tale that will resonate with readers of all ages and leave them reeling from such an emotional, gorgeous story.” (Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of Aru Shah and the End of Time)

“From its first words, The Land of Yesterday has the pure crystal ring of a classic, like The Little Prince or The Phantom Tollbooth—beautiful, unique, and shimmering with truth. It’s a balm for grief, and a bursting fantastical joy of a story.” (Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Strange the Dreamer Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Strange the Dreamer)

“Richly imagined, creative, and entertaining.” (School Library Journal)

416 pages, Kindle Edition

First published August 27, 2019

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K.A. Reynolds

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K. A. Reynolds is an anxious, neurodivergent author writing mental health/neurodiverse positive books. Born and bred in Winnipeg, Canada, Kristin has a thing for dead poets, ushering creepy crawly things with numerous legs out of houses, and writing dark and magical tales for all. Despite her innocent appearance, she has been described on more than one occasion as the following: strange, grim, fierce, dreamer, poet, lover of the fantastic, indulger of the macabre, and more often than not, witch. Her debut MG Fantasy, The Land of Yesterday published with HarperCollins 7-31-18. A second MG Fantasy, The Spinner of Dreams, followed on 8-27-19. Her newest upper middle grade title, IZZY AT THE END OF THE WORLD, released with Clarion Books/HarperCollins 2-21-2023. Her debut Picture book, THE BIG WORRY DAY, released 8-23-22. And her debut chapter book, AVA SKYE, ADVENTURER, releases with Collins Big Cat, 9-4-23, which is all very exiting!

K.A has been published in several poetry journals and could wallpaper the universe in all the unread poems and stories hidden on her computer. When not buried under a mountain of books, she can be found enjoying the wilds of nature, where she currently resides with her equally strange flock of teenagers. She is represented by a superhero otherwise known as Thao Le of SDLA.

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262 reviews164 followers
August 22, 2019
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 all!

This book honestly made me question why I don't read middle-grade more often! It can be hard for me as a 24 (going on 25) year old to connect with characters that are at least a decade younger than I am, but I really felt for Annalise as her anxiety and thought process seemed to be fairly similar to my own!

I loved everything about this beautifully written novel! The magic practically flows off of the pages, and I'll likely not forget any of the wonderful characters I met following Annalise's journey!
January 23, 2019
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 amazing #ownvoices anxiety, PTSD, and panic disorder rep. It would be beautiful if it were just a tale of friendship through weird magical peril, but to have a main character who suffers intrusive thoughts and panic attacks is just incredible. Personally, I didn’t start having panic attacks until I was an adult, but if I had been a kid who had them, this book would have meant the world to me back then – and it does now.

Annalise lives in a town where everyone hates her, because of her curse. She was cursed at birth by the Fate Spinner, the evil half of a pair of royal twins who rule over people’s lives, and now everything goes wrong for her and the people around her. Despite the fact that she hates her giant hand, with its strange birthmark, she hasn’t allowed this to make her miserable or cruel to others – instead, she is brave, optimistic, and kind. She has developed coping mechanisms which comfort her, and it was fab to see these included (her repetitive hair-stroking resonated with me, as I often plait small bits of my hair when I’m feeling anxious). I loved her interactions with her parents, who are also strong, kind, supportive, and loving – I think this is pretty unusual for fantasy! It’s nice to see nice families.

One of Annalise’s companions on her journey is Muse the cat, who appears first as a shelter cat looking for a home, but is quickly revealed to be much more mystical than that! You know I think all books are better with cats, so when I found out that Annalise wanted a cat so badly, I was like ‘yep, I am all in for this character’. I loved Muse! He’s so fluffy and wise and wonderful, and I loved that he was a Siberian Forest Cat, which is a very similar breed to Tomte, who’s a Norwegian Forest Cat! Muse’s appearance at the shelter is the catalyst that makes Annalise decide that she will not tolerate her curse anymore, and from there, the story gets really magical. To be honest, I would happily just have read about her daily life, which goes to show how much I love the characters and setting! But once Annalise sets off to realise her dream of living curse-free, she ends up having to battle her way through the Labyrinth of Fate and Dreams…

The Labyrinth is part Wonderland, part Fae realm, and all danger. The tone of the book from this point, and the bizarre and scary creatures that Annalise meets, reminded me a lot of Chris Wooding’s Poison, which was one of my absolute favourites as a kid. Both books look at the dark and dangerous side of magic, requiring their heroines to find inner strength to survive the machinations of other-worldly beings, and both sit just on the right side of terrifying. The Spinner of Dreams is not in any way derivative of Poison, but they share a sort of overall feeling, and will probably sit next to each other on my shelf, whispering spooky things to each other.

I don’t want to spoil anything about what happens in the Labyrinth, because watching it unfold had me on the edge of my seat, but I think it’s safe to say that Annalise has to learn a lot about how to accept herself, the same way she accepts everyone else, before she can triumph. She gains the guidance of some excellent friends (there is a gay fox gentleman, guys – he’s wonderful!), and they help her to see that she can take control of her own life. This is exactly the kind of narrative I like – girls learning to accept that though they may be scared, they are powerful, and that it takes every facet of their being to become powerful. This is going to become a classic. I’ve already pre-ordered a hardback, and I’ll be recommending it for years to come (not just to middle grade readers – I think everyone should read it). It’s a hot candidate for best book of 2019 for me – and yes, I know it’s not even the end of January. Go pre-order it, please!

Five out of five cats, obviously!
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200 reviews99 followers
August 24, 2019
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 perhaps a bit too descriptive for a middle-grade, but there isn’t anything in this novel that I didn’t find lovely, I wish I had read this as a child because this story has so much potential to encourage children to be pro-active and resilient.
Beautifully written, it is a lyrical story about unique friendships, hope, personal growth, and empowerment and it flawlessly portrays anxiety and depression in a very accurate mental health representation. Filled with symbolism and metaphors it offers us an important, meaningful message about finding your inner strength to go on and achieve your goals.
Annaliese’s journey was wonderful, told in an eerie and whimsical tone and emotionally connecting the reader to her, creating empathy.
The fantasy and mythology aspects were intricate and unique, the worldbuilding was very creative and I'm sure Alice in Wonderland fans will love this. I will certainly read the next book this author writes.
Highly recommended for older children and adults, It was an amazing novel and I’ll definitely buy the hardback (look at that super pretty cover!).
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770 reviews65 followers
June 1, 2019
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 felt like it was trying too hard to impress, same with the adventures Annalise had in the maze. I liked the message of the story and it had some very interesting chapters but it's not something I'd reread in the future.
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109 reviews51 followers
July 31, 2019
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 grabbed a book that would change my life: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Despite the title’s Wonderland, the land that Alice entered by falling down the rabbit hole was not filled with only but wonder but chaos and confusion that were often not only befuddling to Alice but overwhelming. Yet Alice never, ever gave up. She continued on in her journey through a land where they were “all mad here.” Yet in the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland, I saw a glimpse of how I saw the world. Adults were confusing, contradictory, and, to my child’s mind, just plain crazy. I clung to Alice in Wonderland like a life raft. Alice would be my friend: just like Anne Shirley, Meg Murry, and the Little Prince would become my friends. I felt like I knew and understand these literary friends far better than I did the kids who were actually around me: in my neighborhood and at my school.

As all great fairy tales begin, so too does the latest by K.A. Reynolds, “Once upon a time, before the War of Fates, the Mazelands had been ruled by powerful elves, twin brothers who controlled the fates and dreams of every being in all worlds: one ruled the Mazelands, the realm of fate; the other ruled the right, the realm of dreams.” Within this modern fairy tale, there also falls a curse: this one on a girl named Annalise Meriwether. Her left hand is twice as large as her right and bears the mark of a broken black heart (the Fate Spinner’s mark) which can spark fires. Annalise is blamed for the problems of the local town. Wanting to rid herself of the curse, she undertakes entering the labyrinth of Fate and Dreams to defeat the Fate Spinner.

As a boy, I was drawn to Alice in Wonderland and then to fairy tales precisely because there was a darkness to them. Fairy tales do not hide that the world is filled with trouble, that one has to enter the forest, one has to face the monsters, and that, ultimately one can defeat them. Neil Gaiman, in a paraphrase of a quote by G.K. Chesterton, wrote, “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” That is why we so desperately need them – why I needed them.

In my lonely childhood, there were bullies, some had come disguised first as friends. Like Annalise, I was often an isolated child who dreamed of changing my fate. In my imagination, I was the hero that I read about in books or my friends were the ones I found on pages (from Anne Shirley to Meg Murry to the Little Prince). I escaped the difficulties of home life and school, by retreating into books and daydreaming. These books were life rafts for me. I clung to them and wished to have a kindred spirit like Anne with an “e.” She showed me that it was okay to be different, to be creative, to daydream, to see the world differently, and she taught me the power of story. As a boy. I wish I had had a character like Annalise Meriwether. I can picture me now running to the woods behind our house, to sit under my favorite tree, and read and re-read The Spinner of Dreams.

What K. A. Reynolds has done is to create a character who shows how one can seek a new identity of healing and power over our own narratives. This book is a testament of not only surviving but of empowerment, resilience, and hope. By creating a character like Annalise who struggles with anxiety and PTSD, she has also given such a well-developed protagonist whose flaws are exactly what makes her so compelling because she is also kind, curious, brave, and imaginative.

In one section of the book, a cat named Muse tells Annalise, “Dreams are very powerful things, Annalise. Know another’s dreams, know their heart.” One gets a real sense of the author’s heart in this masterful and powerful storytelling because it is filled with compassion, empathy, and the magical alchemy of beautiful prose whose images stay with the reader long after they have closed the book. Annalise is broken and wounded but from those very things comes her strength and her power as she reaches out to those who are hurting, those who are outsiders, and those who so often get overlooked.

“Always listen to the poets,” Reynolds writes, “They are the secret keepers of dreams. And remember there is no dream without risk, no fear without courage.” When I read those words, I thought of all the poets I have ever read and loved, whose words were sustaining and nourishing to my own spirit during times of great difficulty. Poets like Rumi, Rimbaud, and Rilke. To that, I would add a new poet, Reynolds. What she has given us in The Spinner of Dreams is something rare and precious that brims with magic and imagination and emotion. There is a depth to Reynolds’ writing that is rare and captivating.

By the time I had finished The Spinner of Dreams, I found tears were running down my cheeks. I knew that this would be a book my childhood self would have desperately loved to have read but I was grateful that my adult self was getting the opportunity to read it now. I hoped that every child who felt as I had (alone, scared, anxious, isolated) would see themselves in Annalise and find hope, courage, and the ability to continue to dare to dream and strive to change their own fates.
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94 reviews
August 28, 2019
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.
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Author 3 books97 followers
December 25, 2018
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 imaginative author.
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Author 7 books92 followers
February 3, 2019
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 follow her dream to rid herself of the curse she’s lived with her whole life. Reynolds has a glorious imagination—the world and characters of this novel are unique and so vivid. As an adult who has some experience with managing anxiety, I really appreciated the depiction of a character dealing with anxiety, especially in a fantasy novel that’s a riveting, magical story *as well as* an authentic and #ownvoices exploration of mental health issues. I think this beautifully written, empowering, wildly creative novel is going to mean a whole lot to a whole lot of kids.
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101 reviews2 followers
February 16, 2019
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 the strength to reach for your dreams.
May 26, 2019
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.  She was a strange girl, but her family loved her.  Unfortunately, the cruelty of the people around her was terrible.  They blamed Annalise for everything.  They called her a monster.  She never had a friend.   Her mom found a hypoallergenic cat at the shelter (her dad is allergic) and the three went to see if they could adopt him.  The cat was afraid of people, but he approached Annalise after she spoke to him.  He came out of the cage and she saw that one of his paws was larger than the other.  It felt like fate until the cat ran away.  Looking into the cage, Annalise found a book.  

Annalise felt that her hand was a monster.  It had a mind of it's own and destroyed things.  She finally had enough and decided to enter the Labyrinth to find the Spinner of Dreams.  Annalise wanted to control her own fate and wanted her life to be happy.  

"Dreams are the one thing that must always be followed."

Annalise quickly found out that she could talk to animals.  She made her first friend on a train, a black fox trying to get back to his husband.  She also met siblings who were nice to her.  But the labyrinth was full of challenges.  The Fate Spinner wanted Annalise to fail.  She tried to turn everyone against her.  Annalise finds things that help her along the way.  She has memories from the past and gets information from the old king and queen.  She is terrified, but kept finding her strength to go on.

"I think you're just the girl for the job.  The perfect candidate for greatness is often the one who feels least qualified."

Annalise found out so much about herself on this adventure.  She realized that by making her hand out to be evil, she was making it worse.  Her big hand wasn't a curse and helped her once she started to accept it.  Annalise had to trust her heart and her instincts if she wanted to defeat the Fate Spinner and find her way to dreamland to have a dream granted.

"Always listen to the poets," Esh-Baal said.  "They are the secret keepers of dreams.  And remember there is no dream without risk, no fear without courage."  

I really enjoyed the author's note and hope you read it, too.   I found it interesting that Annalise counts to four when stresses and she preferred right to left.  I've counted things when stressed for as long as I can remember.  For me, I prefer odd numbers.  I honestly don't know what it's from, but it's a way to calm myself and control something when things feel out of control.  I appreciate the author sharing her story and how she included some of it throughout the book.

I gave this book 4 stars.  Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my copy for review.  Quotes are taken from an arc and may change before final printing.

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559 reviews67 followers
August 12, 2021
A fun charming fantasy with lovable characters and a unique premise. The writing had some overly cheesy or specific metaphors at times, but it largely did not affect my reading experience. I do wish we could have seen more of the relationship between Annalise and her parents.

3.5 stars
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3,604 reviews156 followers
July 8, 2019
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 inside, something that wants to be outside. With this curse, it seems her fate to live an unlucky life where bad things happen to those she loves and everyone around blames her for the bad things that happen. Annalise grows past the point of frustration and wants it gone. Despite her anxieties, despite her heavy feelings that weigh her down, she decides to face her fears and rid herself of the curse and be able to choose her own destiny. Annalise must enter the Mazelands and face the Fate Spinner all while hoping the Spinner of Dreams may help her realize her dreams and release her from her curse.
A book about a noble quest and a girl who just wants peace, it's a story that had me interested from the beginning. However, it was the way Reynolds wove through the storyline the feelings of depression and anxiety that made me celebrate this book. I've read many realistic fiction stories that have characters dealing with depression and anxiety, but the way it was woven through this fantasy made me stand up and applaud. Her descriptions of the feelings of being weighed down as you deal with an unspeakable sadness hit me in my heart. I know those feelings and to see them described in such a way made me so grateful for this book. I know readers who deal with anxiety will also recognize themselves within Annalise. I loved how it was a part of the book - it is why the quest is taking place - but it does not take over the storyline.
Also loved the secondary characters. Lots of representation.
So well done.
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66 reviews7 followers
September 5, 2021
*4.5 stars*

I absolutely adored this book. I enjoyed seeing the mental health rep, especially in a MG since it's something that I haven't seen a lot of in MG books. I don't even think there's anything that I didn't love about this book. Annalise's character development and the moral behind the story just warmed my heart. I also loved the other characters, like Mister Edwards, The Fate Spinner, and The Spinner of Dreams. The writing style was easy to follow yet still descriptive and pretty. One of my favorite things was how Annalise's hair was described as blackberry colored. I've never heard blackberry used as a descriptive word, so I thought it was really neat. In terms of the plot, I thought it was well done. The adventure was really unique and interesting. I did think that the book started off a little slow, and I didn't connect right away with Annalise. That might have been because I'm not the intended age range for this book, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. I most definitely recommend this book!
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March 17, 2020
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, cursed by the Fate Spinner herself. She has a black mark on her enlarged hand and the town fears her because of the bad luck that seems to follow her. On Annalise's birthday, her parents take her to an animal shelter to pick up the pure white Siberian cat that she was so looking forward to adopting, the cat has been severely neglected and abused and runs away after seeing Annalise. Distraught, Annalise vows to rid herself of her curse and take control of her own destiny. Annalise is a lovely girl, surrounded by loving parents while also faced with a harsh, uncaring outside world. She's riddled with fear, anxiety, and panic and much of her fears have been internalized into a monster that whispers to her and can behave it uncontrollable ways. Her distress in the story is very palpable and evoked similar feelings and emotions to the ones that Annalise was feeling. I yearned for her to achieve her dreams.

Partway through the story, things took on an Alice in Wonderland mixed with the scene from Harry Potter The Goblet of Fire movie where Harry's trying to escape the maze. Annalise receives a book and learns that she must enter the Labyrinth of Fate and Dreams, if she successfully completes the maze, she will meet the Spinner of Dreams and have a wish granted. However, the Labyrinth is a dangerous, dark place filled with many tests and paths that will require Annalise to confront her doubt, panic, and feelings of rejection. It's a disconcerting kind of place, especially as Annalise goes down one path, only to have it seal up behind her. Annalise tries to hold on to her dream of wanting to be in control of her destiny and repeats it to herself like a mantra. Along the way, she also gets assistance from a kindly fox who harbors a few secrets of his own.

In The Spinner of Dreams, Reynolds has created a world that is fascinating, imaginative, beautiful but also a little creepy. It's a very unique story written by an own voices author that sensitively portrays mental health issues, and has real-life takeaways about determination, resilience, loving one's self and using that to gain power. It's really a beautiful story filled with lovely detailed passages and positive messaging. A story not to be missed.

Favorite line: "Books were like rare paper flowers one should always stop to inhale."
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401 reviews
July 5, 2019
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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 marker of the Spinner of Fate, a broken heart, appeared on her oversized right hand. With her curse, a curse also befell her town. Though Annalise is kind smart, and curious, she is horribly lonely as the townspeople blame her for all the misfortunes that have fallen on their town since her birth. Annalise also views her cursed hand as a monster as it often has a mind of its own and sets things on fire. After years of torment, Annalise decides to chase her dream: to rule her own destiny and rid herself of her curse. To do this, Annalise must go into the Labyrinth of Fate and Dreams, defeat the monsters inside, and make it to the Land of Dreams.

This book had a very Tim Burton-esque feel to it. It's a dark modern day fairy tale. I liked that the main character has anxiety and panic attacks, but is still strong and confident. Many MG readers deal with anxiety, but this often isn't reflected in the protagonists in books. The book covers themes related to overcoming obstacles, never giving up, following your dreams, not always believing what you see/hear, and believing in yourself. There are repeated images of crows, wolves, and the colors black, red, and gold. This book is a journey and a bit of a longer read.
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783 reviews26 followers
January 13, 2019
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 filled with obstacles, including her own doubts. Along the way, she’ll meet her share of monsters (both internal & external) as well as those who wish to help her.

This was a book I could SEE as I was reading. The characters, setting, and scenes were real to me, and the twists were surprising. I think the fantasy elements will appeal to fans of the Harry Potter world.

What I loved most though, was Annalise herself. Courageous and persistent, she is a character readers will love and root for.

Finally, don’t miss the equally important author’s note at the end; it made Annalise’s journey so much more important to me.

I’m looking forward to seeing the final art when it hits bookshelves and libraries in August 2019!
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July 15, 2019
*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 just in time to help her out, so she didn't do much herself. I do know that the own voices rep for the anxiety will resonate with many readers and help kids feel noticed and I do appreciate that. But after reading approximately 141 pages, the story really didn't pick up until the 25-30% mark. It was a very slow start. Also the whimsy part of it just didn't connect with me to keep my interest.
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Author 12 books277 followers
December 26, 2018
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 them they are precious and loved for exactly who they are. I cried so much at the end of this. This book is going to bring so much light to those who need it most. And it serves as an important reminder that as long as there is hope, no dream is ever lost. Highly, highly recommended.
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Author 21 books144 followers
December 27, 2018
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 with compassion and honesty in the story.

If you enjoyed Reynolds' debut novel, THE LAND OF YESTERDAY, you're sure to enjoy this one, too.
234 reviews13 followers
August 9, 2019
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
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August 9, 2019
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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 also broaching more mature topics such as mental illness. The Spinner Of Dreams in my opinion, is one of the best and sadly, few that I’ve read, that tackles mental health issues in a child, in such a clear and honest way and I was blown away by it. It would be a dream to think that children aren’t experiencing such complex emotions, but the reality is, that many of them probably are and so this book is wonderfully important in giving them that representation, seeing what Annalise is going through and how she doesn’t and sometimes does, manage to cope.

I could be wrong in my interpretation of this, but stories are meant to be interpreted, so I’ll share my thoughts anyway. Annalise has basically been cursed since her birth, with the physical representation in a cracked black heart in the palm of her enlarged big hand. It is known far and wide that Annalise was cursed by the Fate Spinner herself and everyone in her home town treats her with scorn and disgust. To me, this curse was a metaphor for how it feels to have a mental illness and how some may view theirs as a curse, plaguing their lives. Like Annalise’s curse, it is completely out of her control and yet, she often feels like it’s her fault, feels trapped and can’t separate herself from it. People fail to see past her label of being ‘cursed’, as some fail to see past someone’s mental health to the actual person. Like I said, I could be interpreting this wrong, but I thought that it was a great way to portray a mental illness. It was extremely powerful to see how Annalise learned to accept and see past her curse, as she began to accept more of the things she saw as short comings about herself. I loved that she actively decided that she wanted her life to change and so she took action, and she didn’t just become brave all of a sudden, with her difficulties disappearing. For every brave thing she did, we saw her mentally preparing herself beforehand, working through her problems, using coping strategies like counting in fours. It was beautiful to see her achieving things, but still experiencing symptoms of her mental illness, it’s a very necessary and important message.

Now on to Annalise herself! Annalise was such a delightful main character and I enjoyed reading about her tremendously. She was just so sweet and good, but never naive, her heart was just so big. Despite being treated despicably by everyone in her home town, save for her lovely parents, Annalise still has a heart of gold and tries to show compassion to everyone. The most she does when people are vocal or even physical about how much they abhor her, is ignore them, or thanks to her intrusive thoughts, thinks that there is some truth to what’s being said. The first half of the book really was so sad, as she was treated very poorly and was almost enveloped in this darkness, even seeing herself as a burden to her parents. My heart really broke for Annalise and I just wanted to give her a big hug, she truly was such a selfless and pure character and so my heart was so full, watching her personal growth throughout and finally seeing her have people outside of her family value her, it meant the world to her and me.

The idea of a labyrinth was also very interesting as Annalise ended up figuring herself out as she went through it. There were illusions and unpleasantries in every nook and cranny, so Annalise was tested the whole way through. There were lots of inventive aspects to the labyrinth and the novel as a whole. There were magical cats with top hats, enchanted mirrors, night wolves and a gay talking fox. This truly was a tale that was seeped in magic, which was also reflected in the fairytalelike, lyrical writing that was so raw in displaying Annalise’s struggles, but also hauntingly beautiful, especially in the story of how the Spinner of Dreams and the Fate Spinner came to be. The spinners’ origins story, alongside Annalise’s mental illness rep, was probably my favourite thing about this, because it was just so much like those darker fairytales. I was obviously rooting for Annalise throughout this, but I also couldn’t help but feel sorry for the Fate Spinner, since she’d essentially been cursed since birth, like Annalise, but her’s was for no one to love her. I mean it’s then unsurprising that she became what she did and I felt so bad for her, basically Annalise’s fear of everyone hating her because of her curse, was the Fate Spinner’s actual curse. I would love anything further on the Fate Spinner, like a prequel story or something, because for me, she was just like Annalise, burdened with a curse that they didn’t ask for. The Spinner Of Dreams was a wonderfully unique, touching and important middle grade adventure and I’d highly recommend it!
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409 reviews53 followers
March 10, 2019
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!
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July 23, 2020
Book Review
Title: The Spinner of Dreams
Author: K. A. Reynolds
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Mental Health
Rating: *****
Review: I didn’t know anything about The Spinner of Dreams before reading it but I did know that the author is own voices as she struggles with mental health issues and I was excited to see the portrayal of mental health in this book. We are introduced to Annalise Meriwether who was cursed at birth by the Fate Spinner which is shown by the black mark on her hand, which draws a strong comparison to Sleeping Beauty. Since the moment of Annalise’s birth anything bad has been blamed on her and the landscape around her home changed drastically as the sun disappeared from their town. To understand the impact of Annalise’s curse we have to look at the lore we have been given, the world beyond humans is split into two realms, Fate and Dreams. The twin elf Kings originally ruled over these realms until they died in the War of Fates. Centuries passed and eventually two new twins were born, princess this time, Kismet who rules over the realm of fate and Reverie who rules over the realm of dreams. However, Reverie is loved by all as she grants dreams and wishes while Kismet is hated and it is because of this hate, Kismet becomes a monster. When Annalise was born with the mark, it meant that the Spinner of Fate had marked this girl and much lie it did to Kismet, the loneliness and isolation begins to affect Annalise as she suffers with anxiety and panic attacks and rarely leaves her home. All Annalise has wished for in her life is a friend and she thinks she has found that in a cat her father isn’t allergic to who matches her identically, right down to one enlarged paw but he is torn away from her. In the aftermath, Annalise makes a new wish, she wishes to be rid of the curse of the Fate Spinner and be in control of her own destiny once more.
As we approach the ¼ mark in the novel, Annalise begins to recite her new dream but after the cat flees, she finds a small book in its cage entitled: The Book of Remembering. The second she touches the book, she remembers the Fate Spinner coming to their home when she was a child and trying to take Annalise, saying that the child had stolen something form her but she couldn’t enter due to the laws that bind the Spinners. The four laws that bind the Spinners are that if either dies, the other will inherit her powers, the can’t use their powers on each and this is respectively for both Spinners and the final law is that any mortal has the right to challenge Kismet’s fate and enter the Mazelands in the hope of gaining the dream they truly wants and introduces on how to do it. That night Annalise decides that she is going to follow the signs and challenge the fate that Kismet has given her and wants to gain her wish of freeing herself from the curse once and for all. As Annalise begins her journey, she faces some obstacles already like overcoming her free of trains to board one. As Muse, her guide cat is being hunted he can’t be with her but she befriends a black fox on the train who warns of the conductor and the next challenge she will have to face in order to get to the Mazelands.
As we cross the ¼ mark in the novel, Annalise is going to face her next challenge and she hasn’t even arrived at the Mazelands yet and it is seeming like the journey to get there is going to be as difficult as what she may face within the Mazelands. Mister Edwards, her new fox friend, tells Annalise his story on the way to the Mazelands and we learns he has been through there once before with his husband to fulfil their dream of opening a candy store but even after they completed the maze, the servants of the Fate Spinner attacking them taking Mister Edwards’ legs and losing his husband in the process and he has returned to find his husband. He and Annalise decide to go through the maze together but it seems like something or someone is doing everything to stop Annalise from reaching the maze in the first place, but they have allies all around them and make it there where they meet the siblings, Nightingale and Bowie. Together the four present their tickets to the Fate Spinner and enter the maze but before they can truly enter, they must choose one of four paths. The last time he was in the maze Mister Edwards chose the third path, the path of suffering and it led to Dreamland but Annalise is sure she must take the fourth path, the path of illusion as that number is special to her. Mister Edwards chooses to stay with as her skills and his knowledge of the maze will hopefully give them the best chance of beating the Fate Spinner and claiming their dreams. They also know on each path they will be faced with four gates that they will have to pass through, but it is going to be dangerous and not everyone might make it through the maze alive.
As we approach the halfway mark in the novel, Annalise and Mister Edwards face their first gate, the Gate of Doubt where anything within makes them doubt their goals, their dreams and each other but Annalise isn’t going to get up her friend that easily even when he tries to attack her. I was expecting a little more from the first gate to give a taste of the maze, but the pair continue their journey until they reach the second gate, the Gate of Rejection. As its name suggests they face rejection inside specifically Annalise, as they meet up with Bowie and Nightingale again and everyone is offered an express ticket to see the Spinner of Dreams except Annalise but when Mister Edwards rejects the offer he rejects it for them all as this is the loophole allowing them to continue with their journey. However, Bowie and Nightingale are angry as they wanted to be reunited with their parents who died and don’t want anything to do with Annalise anymore which she accepts as that has been her whole life. Before they can reach the third gate Mister Edwards is attacked by the ivy surrounding the walls of the maze and Annalise uses her cursed hand to save him much to the annoyance of the Fate Spinner and she realises that she might be able to use her curse to free herself and help her friends as within the maze it is stronger than it has ever been before.
As we cross into the second half of the novel, Mister Edwards and Annalise have crossed the third gate, the Gate of Panic which is something Annalise knows well. After passing through the gate, they are greeted with four paths, Annalise has always chosen the fourth path and changes her mind here and chooses the third only to realise she has been tricked by the Fate Spinner. The gate leads to a spider lair and it has captured Mister Edwards, Annalise faces down the beast in order to rescue her friend and in doing so get the Book of Remembering back and the spider explains it will lead her down the right path. After beating this test, the pair get a brief reprieve from the trials of the Mazelands but they have to face down a dragon next but the Book of Remembering gives her a vital clue about how to defeat it in the form on a memory. As the face down the dragon, Annalise and Mister Edwards manage to defeat it but Annalise is injured in the process. After awakening the dragon casts Mister Edwards through a mirror to somewhere else in the maze and Annalise can’t go after him but she vows to find her friend. She realises that the dragon is the Spinner King, disguised as a monster by his daughter and as Annalise has set him free, he rewards her with a dagger that can shatter the Fate Spinner’s illusions. Through these tests Annalise has come to realise her hand isn’t a curse but something she can use to strengthen herself and vows she will never underestimate it again as it has done nothing but help her in the maze. As she enters the snow mirror, she comes face to face with the Fate Spinner but knows that she is stronger and escapes her. Here she comes face to face with the Gate of Death, the final gate she must cross through before she can reach Dreamland and claim her dream.
As we approach the ¾ mark in the novel, Annalise is in great pain as soon as she encounters the door only for the creature we have seen little of, to final emerge from her hand but they are still connected by a thread. The unicorn is called Esh-Baal and Annalise realises this strong, beautiful creature has been hiding inside of her the whole time and that there’s no reason for either of them to hide now. Together Esh-Baal and Annalise must face their final challenge which is to defeat a chimera and Annalise immediately suspect that this might be the Spinner Queen, Saba in disguise. As they battle, the Fate Spinner offers Annalise the chance to come to her willingly and free the prisoner she has but Annalise understand the way the Fate Spinner works now and refuses. She and Esh-Baal defeat the chimera and free the Queen who had over her locket as it will open the gates of Dreamland when she arrives there. However, before they leave the Fate Spinner reveals that her friend Mister Edwards have been working against her the whole time and was leading her to the Fate Spinner. He was doing this because his husband was turned to stone by the dragon and he believes the Spinner was going to give him back but after spending time with Annalise he changed his mind but by then it was too late. He apologises and Annalise forgives him, but the Fate Spinner sends her final monster after them but with Esh-Baal, Mister Edwards, Nightingale and Bowie by her side they take on the Fate Spinner for their dreams. The battle is long and hard, but they manage to free all the dreamers the Fate Spinner has imprisoned and defeat the monster, but it isn’t over. The Fate Spinner decides to completely the tale Annalise has been learning as on the day she was born, the Fate Spinner did away with her sister, meaning Annalise and Esh-Baal are all that is left of the Spinner of Dreams but no one gives into her lies and head to see Dreamland for themselves as it always exists for those that believe.
As we cross into the final section of the novel, we see Annalise restore Dreamland to it’s former glory and return Reverie to her rightful place as she was Esh-Baal all along but the power of the unicorn is inside of her. However, since her dream was achieved the moment, she opened the gates to Dreamland, she asks for her town to be healed of the Fate Spinner’s influence which Reverie agrees to although she gives Annalise much more. Annalise’s parents met her in Dreamland, and they return home together, along with Mister Edwards and his husband who decide to open their candy store in Annalise’s town to be close to her and even Nightingale and Bowie move in next door. Finally having the life, she always dreamed of, Annalise isn’t the shy, timid girl anymore and she is quickly ready for her next adventure. I really liked how mental health, specifically anxiety and depression, is looked at in The Spinner of Dreams and highly recommend it for all, especially those looking for some mental health rep or just a new fairytale-esque fantasy story.
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4 reviews
August 1, 2021
About Dreams and never giving up.
Until I read the very last page I couldn't understand how this girl survives, and gotten lots of respect for the author afterwards.
Dear K.A. Reynolds, I enjoyed your book and planning to read more from you.
Thank you for giving dreams back
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467 reviews14 followers
February 28, 2019
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 L’Engle books, her characters must travel on quests through fantastical realms while also embarking on an intense emotional journey. However, in both The Land of Yesterday and The Spinner of Dreams, the heroine’s “real world” is just as fantastic as the worlds that they visit. Reynolds is gifted with a brilliant imagination and the words to share it with others. The worlds she creates are dreamlike, full of incredible imagery and symbolism.
While The Land of Yesterday focused on a main character dealing with grief, The Spinner of Dreams centers on Annalise’s fears and anxiety - learning when to control them and when to embrace them as potential strengths.
This book will be released August 27, so you have plenty of time to pre-order or request from your library! It is beautiful, haunting, magical, heart-wrenching, AND heartwarming.
6 reviews
January 5, 2023
I really liked this book but it’s definitely a middle grade book and I’m 19 so that’s why it’s only 4 but if I was younger it’d probably be closer to a five
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557 reviews36 followers
September 16, 2019
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 learns so much about herself and allows that knowledge to develop empathy for others. I read so few neuro-diverse characters with such STRENGTH (Out of My Mind’s Melody springs to mind) and Annaliese’s struggles made her triumphs that much more gratifying. I cheered HARD for her. Her quest is full of twists and turns, and so many allusions to poems & books color her adventure along the way. The twist at the end was a surprise to me, and I loved that Reynolds trusts the reader enough not to be obvious or heavy-handed with important elements.

Perhaps what I loved most of all about this book is what it can do for kids who don’t believe in themselves. Those who have suffered from trauma, those who have worry-thoughts” scattering their minds, those whose anxieties take over. Annaliese shows them that they, too, can reach their dreams. In my view, as a teacher, nothing is more vital to kids that both self-worth and the knowledge that people believe in them.

This book is a MUST for any middle-grade library.
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200 reviews1 follower
February 10, 2021
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 every step of her journey to honor, accept, and love her brokenness.

This was a beautiful, cathartic read and I HIGHLY recommend!
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Author 6 books16 followers
November 1, 2021
Since I read this book to my 8 year old daughter, and I am not the target audience, I let her review this one:

“It was awesome! I loved that there were lots of monsters and creatures. The story was really interesting.”

This is her first book review.
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534 reviews18 followers
August 24, 2019
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 simply be grateful that these books are here now. Not only for me to read, but to be able to pass on to so many kids that remind me of, well…me.

The Spinner of Dreams is exactly this sort of book.

It has everything I could ever want in a fantasy book, and then some. Reynolds’s endless imagination seeps off of every page. It’s in Annalise, with her blackberry hair and her large, cursed hand. It’s in the cats wearing top hats and monocles and (gay!) foxes who dream of opening candy shops. It’s in the train made of crows that ferries dreamers between our world and the Mazelands. It’s in every twist and turn and dead-end of the Labyrinth of Fate and Dreams.

It’s in two sisters, blessed and cursed at birth, and the worlds they rule.

To put it simply, this was a fantastical, amazing, magical world, and I devoured every little bit of it.

Annalise was used to darkness…the darkness that grew in her mind, continually dragging her down. This sort of dark-gathering was poisonous. For once the dark thoughts began, they barreled through the channels of her brain, and there was very little she could do to stop them.

I could probably continue on for days about how important the mental health representation in The Spinner of Dreams is. Annalise’s experiences with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks are honest, which is arguably the highest praise I can give. There’s no sugar-coating, no romanticizing; just reall, honest moments. Which is something I wish there was so much more of in children’s fiction, and especially fantasy. As a reader—now more than ever—I am so, so hungry for stories with characters like Annalise. Characters who are anxious to set off on their grand adventure, flooded with intrusive thoughts about all the terrible ways things could go wrong, all the worst-case scenarios. Characters whose minds and bodies and hands shake when called upon to slay the cockatrices and giant spiders, and it’s more than just “nerves.”

Characters who, on the surface, may not be as ceaseless as their predecessors, but nevertheless persist.

Characters who realize, as Reynolds poignantly states, that no matter what is stacked against them, what terrors they’ve experienced, how odd and lonely they feel, it is their unique differences that bestow the most powerful strengths upon them—not despite their trials and differences, but because of them.

Characters, who are dreamers.

There is such an empowering story to be found within these pages, and I hope so many dreamers have The Spinner of Dreams find it’s way into their hands and—more importantly—into their hearts.

I also feel it’s impossible to talk about The Spinner of Dreams without remarking upon the beautiful illustrations that exist to accompany and elevate Reynolds’s words. While there are only placeholder pages for the full page interior illustrations in the ARC, the chapter headers are there, and they are utterly whimsical.

All in all, I just cannot wait to hold a finished copy of The Spinner of Dreams in my hands and behold the wonder in all it’s glory. Which will be soon, since it releases on August 27th!
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