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Spindle Fire (Pink or Blue) Review


It all started with the burning of the spindles.
It all started with a curse…

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.

Spindle Fire is a lush fantasy set in the dwindling, deliciously corrupt world of the fae and featuring two truly unforgettable

I received this arc from the publisher at New York Comic Con (I’m not sure if I’m supposed to acknowledge that or not(?) so I’m putting it here anyways!) This doesn’t make my views any different. Thank you!!!

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What I Liked

  • Nothing… *cries*

What I Didn’t Like

  • I wasn’t a big fan of the writing in Spindle Fire. I usually love elegant, flowery writing but I felt like this was more telling you than showing you. That and the tense is what really bothered me most. Spindle Fire takes place in 1313 (I think), and it’s written in present tense. The author can do what she wants with the tense, that’s cool, but it kept taking me away from what was happening. I kept questioning why it was written like it was happening right now if it took place in the past. I think that might be the biggest reason why I didn’t like this book at all.
  • I’m not sure what I was really expecting from Spindle Fire and I’m really not sure why I finished it either. From the very first page it was slow and boring. I hoped that eventually the story would pick up pace, I was hoping there’d be a battle, something ANYTHING to pick up the pace. But nothing came and the pages dragged on. I’m honestly surprised I stuck this book out until the end. And, actually, I’m kind of upset I did. I thought Spindle Fire was a standalone book and that everything would be solved by the end. But nope. There’s a second book and I don’t think anything was resolved at all. Ever. That made me hate the ending.


  • I felt like a lot of the things in Spindle Fire were predictable, but I tend to see things coming before they happen all the time. I don’t think anything really surprised me.
  • Another thing I didn’t like about Spindle Fire was the characters. I felt nothing for them, they didn’t impact me and I felt like they weren’t very developed? I don’t know, I just didn’t like them and I couldn’t bring myself to care for them.


  • I’m sorry but I really don’t have anything positive to say about this one. Maybe I’m just not a big fan of retelling, who knows? I just thought it was slow, boring and had an awkward tense that I couldn’t bring myself to enjoy.


7 thoughts on “Spindle Fire (Pink or Blue) Review

  1. What an honest review! This book is one of my anticipated releases of the year and I’m so sad to see the negative reviews it has received (you’re not alone!!), but I guess I will read and decide.


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