So I know how many of you have heard of Bookbub, but they just released a similar program for audiobooks called Chirp. They send you discounted audiobooks every day. When I saw the cover for Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer and narrated by Fiona Hardingham, I knew I had to have it. First of all, I think we can all agree that the cover is absolutely gorgeous. Second, you all know how much I love fairytale retellings. Plus, this one is about my favorite fairytale…Sleeping Beauty.
This dark spin begins with the introduction of half-sisters, Aurora and Isabelle. Aurora is mute and cannot feel and Isabelle is blind. Their senses were taken for them at a young age from the fairies in exchange for other gifts. They grow up together, supporting each other, and even creating their own secret language. It comes time for Aurora to marry but her Prince is murdered. She then pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and is plunged into a dream world, leaving Isabelle to try to figure out a way to save her. Her mission is to find the prince’s brother and have him wake her with true loves first kiss. Both girls are thrust into a world of danger, corruption, and adventure.
So I had to think about how I would rate this book quite a bit. My initial impression is less than captivated. However, I think the reason for this is because while I was listening to this book I happened to be going through quite a bit of dental work. I have a severe fear of the dentist, so I am afraid my brain seemed less impressed because of the situation I was in. One thing for sure is that I love the aesthetic of the story. It is dark and so magical. I really do love the characters. They have great development throughout, but the best part is their relationship with each other. They will stop at nothing to save each other and support each other and it really shines with the sister relationship. The only aspects I wasn’t a fan of is the constant switching of the point-of-view. It slowed the pacing down and distracted me throughout the story. The other part is the mega-giant cliffhanger. I wanted some parts wrapped up at least, but it honestly just felt like it ended too abruptly. However, I will be purchasing the second book because I have to know what happens!
The narrator is spectacular. She is clear and displayed the proper emotion at appropriate times. Overall, I rate this book 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. If you love dark fantasy, you will enjoy this!