Can true love save the one you love or break the spell? Well, hope so because recently I got the chance to dive into this YA Fantasy book called Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer. This book combines fantasy, adventure and shows the true bond of two sisters that are trying to find their way together. To learn more continue on.
The book Spindle Fire focuses on the two sisters who are both princesses that share a bond but are different. Due to the tithes that were taken place when they were little, they were gifted and also had things taken away from them. Aurora who is the kingdom’s main daughter, and favored by all lack the sense of touch and can’t speak. Aurora’s half-sister Isabelle who is known as the bastard daughter lacks the sight. Despite their differences, they are close and willing to do anything to protect each other.
On the night that Aurora is about to be wed her sister decides to run away to escape her fate of being sent to a faraway convent. At the same time, Aurora who goes after her ends up being cursed by the evil fairy queen Malfeour. Aurora trapped in her sleep and her half-sister must find a way to save her and also the sleeping sickness that engulfs the lands as part of the curse.
In order to save Aurora, Isabelle must find her true love and find her sister. But doing so is no easy task. There danger in this world and there is a war coming. In order to find her sister, she must navigate this world without sight and along with the help of Aurora’s true love. Will Isabelle save her sister and break the curse? At the same time stuck in dreamland, Aurora must find a way to get back to the real world in order to prevent a war and a world she happened to get to know.
When I saw the premise of the book I was really fascinated. And the book actually reminds me of Sleeping Beauty and even the name of the one of the princess is Aurora. I was really excited and not too much I am a big fan of anything fae or fairies. The book itself does paint the magical world of the Kingdom that two princesses live and also the world that is created within Aurora’s dreamworld.Though do wish the book did go in further with the world building and showed more magical elements.
I also felt like the characters as well. I think the bond between the two sisters despite their differences was relatable since I also have a sister. So that made it intriguing to me. I also like the character Isabelle for the fact she willing to go to wide lengths to get to her sister despite not being able to see. But I will admit there were times where she did irritate me and at times she can be a bit naive especially when it comes to how to break the curse. As for her other sister Aurora I wasn’t really a fan and feel like she could have been developed more throughout the story and felt like she didn’t explain many things.
There was also some other flaws in the story from the fact that I felt lost at certain times. I also had more questions and book had some plot holes that made me confused on how many stories this book had. This doesn’t mean I hope in the next book more question will be answered and there would be more development.
Overall, I think the book had an interesting concept and I liked the authors take on this world. I also think the book has potential to go from an ok book to a more better story as it goes on. I do think some of the characters could be more worked on and be a little more relatable. So that is it for my review. Stay tuned for more book reviews and until next time keep on reading.