ARC Review: A Spindle Splintered by Alix E Harrow

Happy Thursday y’all! I hope everyone’s doing well! I’m taking a much needed day off- no apple picking though because the weather’s gross, but I’m going to be running a bunch of errands and relaxing, so I think that’s worth it for sure.

Thank you so much to Tor and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of A Spindle Splintered! I’ve heard such great things about Alix Harrow’s books, so I was super excited to read this one. I didn’t realize how short it was until I started reading it (I think it’s only about like 130 or so pages), but I didn’t feel like it was short while the story was being told, so that was amazing! A Spindle Splintered came out on October 5th (along with like a bazillion other incredible books), so make sure you go out and grab it after you read my review!

A Spindle Splintered 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

USA Today bestselling author Alix E. Harrow’s A Spindle Splintered brings her patented charm to a new version of a classic story.

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.

I love fairy tale retellings so much. And I really liked that this one took place when our main character was an adult. And that instead of being traditionally cursed, she had an incurable disease caused by tainted environmental conditions when her mom was pregnant with her. Sleeping Beauty has always been one of my more meh fairy tales- not my favorite but also not my least favorite, so very middling, but I also don’t feel like I’ve read very many retellings so it was great to see someone have a different take on it. I loved the idea of multiple universes of Sleeping Beauties. And I really liked all of the characters. The pacing was great- as I mentioned earlier, even though it was a short book, it didn’t feel short. Zin went on a full journey throughout the book, learning things about herself and saving the princess and herself before making her own happily ever after out of things in only 130ish pages. That takes some serious skill and I think Alix E Harrow did it masterfully. I definitely enjoyed this book and I think y’all will too!

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