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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,090 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Eight years ago, I believed I’d finally found a place to call home. My mother’s marriage to Vincent Sharpe meant security and three stepbrothers who were already my best friends.
But Mom’s mysterious death one week before the wedding turned my world upside down. The day of her funeral, I was whisked away to live with my aunt in Kansas, and I never heard from the Sharpes ag
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Published July 9th 2020
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Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
I largely enjoyed this book, aside from a couple of glaring issues. A quick roundup:


This is actually lightly inspired by the Wizard of Oz, but it took me ages to work it out. 18-year-old Thea lives with her aunt in Kansas, as she has ever since her mother died before she could marry Vincent Sharpe. Vincent has three sons, Leo, Hayle, and Tristin, who were friends with Thea before she was forced to move away. Before she left Thea heard Vincent say he had murdered her mother.

Fast forward e
Jennifer G
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thea's childhood was unsettled, so when her mom got engaged to Vincent Sharpe, Thea thought that she finally had the home she wanted complete with three stepbrothers, her best friends Leo, Hayle, and Sharpe. But then her mother died one week before the wedding and she went away to live with her aunt in Kansas. She didn't hear one word from the Sharpes from the moment she left. It was as if the color had bled out of her world. She lived a life lacking love with her aunt. Then a tornado destroyed ...more
Missy Brown
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great read from Autumn, I really do think that this has become my favorite from her so far. Just everything about it just really hooked me. From the characters and their story to the plot itself. So going in you know that this is a retelling of sorts of the Wizard of Oz, I am not a huge fan of these, but I do read them. This could change my mind.

So Spineless is centered around Thea, her mom was going to marry Leo, Tristan and Hayle's dad. But her mom suddenly died. She left to go and live
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm obsessed. I devoured this one like I devour every Autumn Reed book that pops up on my kindle.

We've got mystery, angst, and lots of sass that had me hooked from the beginning. It's a brilliant RH take on The Wizard of Oz.

When reading RH I typically have a favorite man but, as with all of Autumn's books, #whychoose is never more true. Thea, Leo, Hayle, and Tristen are so well developed and easy to connect to. I really enjoyed how we slowly learn about these characters as the story progresses.

Autumn Reed is one of my unicorn authors. No matter what she writes or what genre she writes it in, I fall immediately in love with her stories. This story is certainly no exception. In fact, it’s quickly become one of my new favorite reads from this talented and imaginative writer.

Spineless is book one in this series of books inspired by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which is one of my all-time favorites (both the book and movie. I’m also going to include the musical Wicked beca
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
New author to me went in blind so glad I did off to read the next one
I really enjoyed this contemporary new adult series starter inspired by The Wizard of Oz. It’s not paranormal at all (for those that would matter to). I think the author did an amazing job at writing the kind of college romance with a strong heroine and sexy, damaged heroes that is popular right now, while paying homage to a beloved classic story. There is a mystery in the background, and characters you come to care about, as well as the beginnings of a nice reverse harem romance. To top it all ...more
Autumn Miller ~ autumnbookreads
DNF 29%
Okay... let me start off by saying I really wanted to like this book. When I read the synopsis, it sounded right up my alley and I was in the perfect mood for it. And while it started out good, things quickly went downhill. The writing wasn’t my favorite and when the first male love interest was introduced, I immediately didn’t like him. I tried to push through but after not liking him and after a couple of plot holes, I decided to give up.
Sherry Justus
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
This story

This is such a cute story. I loved the characters and especially the FMC. She’s strong and determined. The boys are going to blossom with her around. I look forward to the next book
Lexie Winston
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love it❤️❤️

This was a great book and the little nods to the WoOz were awesome. Can’t wait for the next book ❤️❤️
Val S.
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I knew when I started Spineless it would be based on a modern day twist on the Wizard of Oz, which happens to be one of my favorite stories. I wasn’t really sure how the story would be told, which aspects would be kept while others not included. I was not disappointed one bit. Autumn masterfully wove the very premise and soul of the Wizard of Oz into her characters and storyline. What I appreciate the most is that it was not a complete retelling, certain character traits were similar and storyli ...more
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thea darling why did not you do the things that you came to do?
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was brilliant!

Thea has had more than her fair share of heartache and turmoil in her life! She’s living with a secret that is stopping her from reconnecting with her former best friends when she’s thrust back into their lives but it hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows for them either and she has to come to terms that. Not only has she changed but so have they and with obstacles at every turn, along with her secret knowledge from a conversation she overheard this story has you on the
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A contemporary spin to the Wizard of Oz story? Color me intrigued!
I had no idea what to expect, but reading Spineless, it is clear that this author really pulled it off. There is romance, the same giddy feeling I have when I watch the Wizard of Oz movie, there is suspense and there are obvious and less obvious references to the original. The latter makes me want to reread both, just to spot all of them.

This is a very compelling read, which I thoroughly enjoyed and I'm looking forward to
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it

This book was so much less than I thought it would be. I get slow burn but it isn’t reverse harem if the character has to choose. And I kid you not, that is exactly what happened at the end. I’m hopeful that the next book clears that up but I’m not about to find out. The premise of the story is to find out more about the death of the FMC’s mother. Absolutely nothing was done on that front except finding a breakup letter in a box of old belongings. Instead there was a bunch of situations tha
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Home is with the ones you love

I've been a fan of this author for a few years and have loved all of her series. I have a feeling that this one will be at the top as well! I'm still trying to grasp my heart back into my chest at the ending line... It's not so much a cliffy but more of a heart breaking statement that I need to be resolved pronto! First of all this was a great book with amazing characters. It's a contemporary RH with a wizard of Oz twist. It's not a retelling so the story is very d
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best Reverse Harem books I've read in a long time. I was intrigued when I read that it was inspired by the Wizzard of Oz and once started, I couldn't put it down. Thea neary became the stepsister to Leo, Tristan and Hayle when she was ten years old. But then her mother died and Thea heard something before she left regarding her death. Her aunt takes her back to her farm in Kansas and eight years later after a tornado destroyed everything, Thea is back in the house where her m ...more
Feb 18, 2021 rated it liked it
More like a 3.5 stars. There wasn't really a plot in this book and honestly, I didn't really mind it... I know, shocking. Thea returns after 8 years of living in Kansas with her Aunt to live with the Sharpe family. She wants to learn more about her mother's death, but Thea doesn't really do that. She reconnects with Leo, Tristan and Hayle and tries to fix their relationship with each other. I liked that it was kind of second chance because Thea was best friends with the guys when she was 10. I l ...more
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved this story. It managed to grab me from the first page, despite being a teen drama. At this point I find out it's a retelling of the Wizard of Oz, which I know nothing about, so I can't draw any parallels.

We start off seeing Thea going from believing she has a future to being left with nothing by the death of her mother and being alienated from the three boys who were her friends.

Eight years have passed and there is nothing left of the Thea of ten. Instead we have a strong, independent, s
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this modern take on Wizard of Oz. In this book you aren't going to Oz but are still in the modern world however there are plenty of Wizard of Oz references and the story line was absolutely amazing. I could not put the book down! This was definitely a suspenseful book and there were a lot of twists that I absolutely did not see coming. I cannot wait to see more of the Sharpes in the next series and hopefully learn more about Vincent. If you haven't picked up this book yet I wo ...more
Kelly (AndKellyReads)
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A romantic suspense inspired by the Wizard of Oz? Um, yes, please. Sign me up.

I like Thea a lot. She's thrust back into this world that she ran away from, and none of the boys know why she left in the first place. She soon realizes that the boys she grew up with are now fully grown men, each with their own baggage and drama; something Thea learns that she's going to have to navigate even though she's got other plans and motives for being there.

This book is full of angst, subtle humor, and inte
Cassidy Wallace
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this and the Wizard of Oz themes throughout this book. My only complaint was that we didn't get much into her investigation of her mother's death, I thought it would be a major part of the book but it wasn't instead we did get other investigations for new different incidents. I did like Thea as a character overall but I did feel as if she was very wishy-washy on her stance regarding the boys throughout this book. I mean it was the first book so I didn't just assume she would be all i ...more
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Spineless involves a new and refreshing take on The Wizard of Oz. I personally love The Wizard of Oz movie as well as the original L. Frank Baum books (and obviously Wicked too). If it involves the Wizard of Oz in some way, it's definitely something I'm interested in checking out. That's why I feel like this book is so refreshing. We see the framework of the characters we're familiar with, but it's an entirely new story. Autumn's clever usage of names and themes allows us to figure out who each ...more
Sep 18, 2020 added it
Review for books 1 & 2:

Fun. Kind of reminded me of Tijan's Fallen Crest series (first: Fallen Crest High) and Erin Watt's Royals series (first: Paper Princess) - girl enters boy household, romantic interested in at least one of the boys, boys plus girl are a united team against the world.

I have enjoyed so far. Set up at the end of book 2 you could see a mile coming, but we'll see where she goes with it in book 3. Not a new favorite author, but it was good enough that I'll read the next book.

Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book 1 is a must!

My very first book by Autumn Reed and won’t be the last.
Wow what an amazing read to book 1
I do love RH books so can’t wait for that to kick off hehe

A orphaned girl who had three best friends
She is taken away from them to move in with her aunt when her mother passes away!
A phone call that could mean that her mother was murdered
8 years later the orphan returns when he aunt is killed in a tornado disaster
Her plan was to seek out why her mother was murdered and doing so she buil
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really good read. Glad I didn’t know it’s a retelling if the Wizard if Oz or I would have left it alone. Those aren’t my thing. I like Thea and how she’s coming to realize that being closed off isn’t a good thing. The Sharpe brothers are written well.

It frustrates me that Thea’s main motivation for coming to Moss Harbor is to find out what happened to her Mom, yet there’s very little plot progression. Thea spends more of her time flirting with the brothers and sorting through their shit.

Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thea has never had a home and with tragedy leading to more moves she doesn’t believe she ever will. After losing her aunt to a tornado she moves once again, back to the closest almost home she ever had. Living with her 3 almost stepbrothers and her almost stepfather is jarring after not having any contact with them for 8 years. Thea has to decide whether she will continue to keep herself apart from the world or take a chance on the people around her. However, the secret she is keeping about her ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Nikki Epperson
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it

I do love a good retelling and this is even better because it’s RH. It does lack a little of the steam I like, but the suspense makes up for it.

“The three of us never got along better than when you were living with us. Maybe we don’t need a woman. Maybe we need you.””
— Spineless: Lonely Souls Book 1 by Autumn Reed

I am dying to see what happens next with Thea and the Sharpe brothers. From finding out what happened to her mom, to keeping Tristin out of trouble, they have a lot going on. I’m d
K.B. Everly
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s no surprise to me that I’m obsessed with yet ANOTHER one of Autumn Reed’s books. Hands down, one of my all time favorite RH authors. Once I picked up Spineless, I was enthralled in her modern day contemporary take on the Wizard of Oz. Her characters were so exciting and each bared personalities reminiscent of all my favorite OZ characters. I’m heavily obsessed with the story Autumn wove and am chomping at the bit to get my hands on the next book. 5 stars without a doubt for Spineless!! LOVE ...more
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Autumn is a lifelong bookworm with a penchant for sarcasm. She loves cloudy days, fluffy dogs, and murdering succulents. When she isn't bringing daydreams to life on the page, she can be found behind the lens of a digital camera or binge-watching Veronica Mars.

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