A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
Reviewed by GGGinny
What I drank: lemon drop martinis and champagne! Twas a wedding!
It’s Zinnia Gray’s twenty-first birthday, which is extra-special because it’s the last birthday she’ll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that no one has lived past twenty-one.
Her best friend Charm is intent on making Zinnia’s last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, something strange and unexpected happens, and she finds herself falling through worlds, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate.
USA Today bestselling author Alix E. Harrow’s A Spindle Splintered brings her patented charm to a new version of a classic story.
Drunk Overview: this is a retelling of sleeping beauty. Zinnia has a heart disease thats probably going to kill her and a best friend named Charm. She, through the power of fairy tales gets pulled into a different version of sleeping beauty and decides to save that princess even where she can’t save herself
- This book had so many interesting ideas about how fairy tales function
- And I love a portal fantasy (which is really what this was).
- Unfortunately, for review purposes, so much of what made this book good were the twists.
- But also, having a main character who is aware of their own mortality, and obsessed with the spector of death in fairytales is really interesting.
- Zinnia as the character who knows she’s going to die (and Charm as the best friend of the dying girl) made this story great.
- Adding the the way technology worked across worlds… I feel like this book avoided some of the obvious pitfalls.
Mild Spoils Ahead:
- The way the fairy that cursed Aurora was treated was interesting (and very fitting)
- I do wish the prince had been given a little more depth
- This book felt a little plodding at times (which is saying something given how short it is) but I still felt like there was a full length book inside this that wasn’t fulfilled.
- Also, I wish the writing style had been a little more focused in creating a fairytale atmosphere after Zinnia went into the fairytale world.
- The tone of the story didnt really change and it would have been better for an adjustment.
- I still enjoyed it (even if the ending felt a bit obvious), and I plan to read tge sequel when it comes out.
What it Pairs With: a rosé. This books calls out for a not-sweet pink wine