Winter Glass

Winter GlassWinter Glass (Spindle Fire #2) by Lexa Hillyer
Published by HarperTeen on April 10th 2018
Pages: 352
ISBN: 006244090X
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four-stars

Winter Glass picks up where its predecessor Spindle Fire left off. So, if you have not read Spindle fire, I recommend you read that one first and then pick up this book. I will also say that I enjoyed this book more than I did spindle fire!

The Author is also a poet and it is evident as the writing in both Spindle Fire and Winter Glass is often poetic and lyrical which really help transport the reader in into this fairy tale/fantasy land of sisters Aurora and Isabelle. Princess Aurora has awakened and plots to kill the faerie queen Malfleur. Her sister Isabelle, unites her heart and kingdom with Prince William (YES!!) to wage war against Malfleur.

Both sisters have their own story-lines going with interesting characters such a Wren, who can hear Aurora when others cannot. Both sisters grow even more in this book and become stronger on their own and both learn about themselves and what they are capable of. One of the things I liked about Spindle Fire was the bond these sisters have and even though most of the time they are apart in this book, they still have a bond.

This book has a little bit of everything: romance, true love, evil characters, hope, strength, good vs. evil, magic, a glass (which isn’t glass) slipper, and of course beautiful writing. We also get to see the good, the bad and the ugly in some of the characters.

Again, I thought Winter Glass was even better than Spindle Fire! Keep in mind that these two books are a fairy tale re-telling and they do not disappoint. I read most of this book in one day as I could not put it down. I just had to know how this series was going to end and how the Author was going to get us there! Winter Glass is captivating and sucked me in instantly and I had to keep turning the pages to see how it would end. The story-line is riveting and engaging. The pacing of this book is fantastic. Nothing felt drawn out and I never wanted to rush the story along.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

four-stars

Spindle Fire

Spindle FireSpindle Fire (Spindle Fire #1) by Lexa Hillyer
Published by HarperCollins on April 11th 2017
Pages: 351
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three-half-stars

If this is what it means to be a true princess—making difficult decisions that could risk uncountable lives—she’s gladder than ever that she isn’t one.”

Fantasy, Fairy tale, curses, magic, warring queens, sisters, etc.

This book is a retelling of sleeping beauty but with the Author’s own spin on the tale.

Isabelle and Aurora are half sisters. Isabelle is the illegitimate child of their father’s. Her sight was tithed by fairies. Aurora is the legitimate daughter who had her sense of touch and voice tithed by fairies, The sisters are close and have developed their own way of communicating with each other. They spend their days together until news comes that Aurora will marry a neighboring prince. Tragedy happens as it often does in fairy tales and her prince does not arrive. Then it is announced that Isabelle is to be sent away. In one day their entire lives are changed forever. Both sisters go their way.

Soon Auror pricks her finger and falls into a deep sleep. Only the kiss from a true love can awaken her. Sounds familiar right? This is where things get interesting. Isabelle attempts to save her sister. I don’t want to give too much away but their is romance, adventure, fairies, etc. What is also nice is the atmosphere in the book. It is also very much a character. The Author does a great job at creating atmosphere and describing locations, events, etc. This really helps to set the mood and to help the reader visualize the happenings in this mood.

The bond of the sisters is really the gem here…well that and the beautiful writing. I also liked how the sister never let their disadvantages( i.e. blindness, inability to speak) get in their way. They are both strong in their own right but I have to say that Isabelle stole the show for me. I enjoyed her part of the story so much more than that of her sisters.

There were times when I wanted to hurry this book up a little. Long passages of writing where I thought it would have been nicer to have more actions but overall I enjoyed this book. There is going to be another book in the series so that might explain how this one ended.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

three-half-stars