Title: Spindle Fire (Spindle Fire #1)
Author: Lexa Hillyer
DNF @ 50%
Spindle Fire had so much promise. The idea of this book is incredibly creative and interesting, but unfortunately the writing and execution was poorly done and caused the story to fall flat.
The writing was one of my biggest issues. When I read fairy tale retellings, I always look for writing that is enchanting and mesmerizing. In Spindle Fire, there is too much telling and not enough showing. It was like someone was just explaining what was happening in the story instead of me reading about it for myself. The writing felt choppy and forced, and was awkward to read. On top of that, it never pulled me in or retained my attention.
Another issue was the multitude of POVs. The story is told through the two main characters, Aurora and Isabelle, but a different character’s POV was inserted between each of their chapters. These were both annoying and useless, as they added nothing plotwise to the story.
The book failed to do a good job of blending the fantasy elements with those of a typical fairy tale, and instead tried too hard to be like all the other YA fantasy/adventure stories flooding the market. Instalove? Check. Unnecessary love triangle? Check. Poor world-building and sloppy info-dumps? Check and check. I only made it halfway through the book before I had to quit: the plot was starting to get completely ridiculous and far-fetched, and it was becoming unenjoyable to read.
I really wanted to like this, as the plot itself is wonderfully creative and interesting. Unfortunately for Spindle Fire, the writing and execution did absolutely nothing for the potential of an otherwise intriguing and creative story.