I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion or the content of my review.
Published by HarperCollins on April 11th 2017
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Family, Fantasy, General, Siblings, Young Adult Fiction
Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king's headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.
And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora's blood--and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.
As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.
Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape . . . or the reason for her to stay.
I was sure I was going to enjoy Spindle Fire based on the pretty cover and the synopsis, but unfortunately, that didn’t hold true.
There were several issues that bugged me when I was reading. First, the writing style was not for me. I’m not familiar with reading present tense in books. Though now I can say I don’t really like it. The writing was poetic, too flowery at times—almost impersonal when important, but bad scenes happened. I couldn’t feel anything for these characters. If another style was used, maybe I could have. Secondly, certain things within the story irked me.
“Really, it had always been her own obedience—her desire to please, to do everything right, to follow instead of lead—that has stopped her from truly living. The thought urges her to kick harder, with more confidence. She is not just swimming toward safety now but away from her former, meeker self” (ARC).
SO, most of you probably won’t be bothered by this. It, however, rubs me the wrong way. What is wrong with being meek and agreeable? NOTHING. My personality is like this and I’ve heard so much crap from people throughout my life that I should be different or like them. You can be strong and courageous and still be meek—and still truly live.
Besides the writing style and that particular thing above, I also thought the extra chapters with the random faerie viewpoints weren’t all that necessary. Only two added anything meaningful. Overall, besides some minor irritation—I was just bored with Spindle Fire. I will not read the sequel.