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Spindle She s not a princess but then he s no prince Polyhymnia is deep in enchanted sleep High in a tower behind an impenetrable barrier of magical thorns she sleeps dreams and falls ever deeper into he

  • Title: Spindle
  • Author: W.R. Gingell
  • ISBN: 9781514666852
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Paperback
  • She s not a princess but then, he s no prince.Polyhymnia is deep in enchanted sleep High in a tower, behind an impenetrable barrier of magical thorns, she sleeps, dreams, and falls ever deeper into her curse.Woken by a kiss, Poly finds herself in an alien world where three hundred years have passed and everyone she has ever known is dead Luck, the enchanter who wokShe s not a princess but then, he s no prince.Polyhymnia is deep in enchanted sleep High in a tower, behind an impenetrable barrier of magical thorns, she sleeps, dreams, and falls ever deeper into her curse.Woken by a kiss, Poly finds herself in an alien world where three hundred years have passed and everyone she has ever known is dead Luck, the enchanter who woke her, seems to think she is the princess Understandable, since he found her asleep on the princess bed, in the royal suite, and dressed in the princess clothes.Who cursed Poly Why is someone trying to kill her and Luck Why can t she stop falling asleep And why does her hair keep growing Sometimes breaking the curse is just the beginning of the journey.

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    1. Sylvia Mercedes on said:

      I'm offering a giveaway for a paperback copy of this AMAZING book on my website! Along with a hardbound copy of "Strange the Dreamer," another incredible read. Visit my page to enter the giveaway. Open to everyone, including internationals!So you know how I said I read HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE as a kid, loved it, and now spend my reading life trying to find books that can somehow recapture THAT feeling? W.R. Gingell's Spindle is, BY FAR, the closest thing I've found to match! It's certainly not the [...]

    2. Lauren (Shakespeare & Whisky) on said:

      Awesome indie book. First few chapters where a little rough. But as it went along the story was engaging enough to override the poor prose. This is the second time recently I have read and loved an indie book. (The other is The Silence of Medair and you should check it out as well). The story was sweet and funny, the relationship between Onepiece and Poly was a delight and the dialogue, after an indifferent beginning, gets very snappy and funny once the author is in her stride.Will fix up later, [...]

    3. Tressa (Wishful Endings) on said:

      I think I just found a new favorite author. I loved Spindle that much! I've been thinking about how to put into words this crazy, eccentric, magical, steady roller-coaster (yep, those two descriptors don't make sense when you read them like that, but if you read this story you would understand) story and failing at the exact proper words. I will do my best.The characters. I loved Poly. She is Luck's rock to his crazy forgetfulness (although it's really more of a focus that he has because his bra [...]

    4. Intisar Khanani on said:

      This story had an almost dreamy quality to it, and while you figure out the villain early on, just how things will come together, and what exactly the curse is doing to Poly and why, will keep you guessing. I could have wished for a slightly stronger conclusion to the curse itself, but the story as a whole had a lovely (and humorous) climax. Another enjoyable read from Gingell!Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

    5. Estara on said:

      I got this on the strength of enjoying Twelve Days of Fairy, so I checked the author's website and thought this one sounded really good.It's a riff off Sleeping Beauty with a magic system all its own, but very much based on the European fairy tale tradition, although Fae don't make an appearance in this book. There's a cool twist on who the Sleeping Beauty actually is and who awakens her, and because it's all interconnected her missing memories are not mcguffins but necessary to the development [...]

    6. Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm) on said:

      Thanks to W R Gingell for giving me this book to review.Poly has been woken by a kiss after she has been asleep for 300 years, but the man who woke her, Luck is not a prince but then Poly isn’t a princess either. Poly cannot figure out who would want to curse her and why, why she has no memories of the day she went to sleep and how come her hair keeps on growing at an extraordinary rate. With someone trying to kill her and Luck, will Poly be able to figure out why she was cursed in time. As po [...]

    7. Denae Christine on said:

      New and familiarThe end felt jumbled together rather than exactly satisfying, but I loved everything else!Reader thoughts: This book is a LOT like Howl's Moving Castle. In both, the girl is keeping a secret, the boy is a powerful/self-interested wizard trying to break her spell, she has to save him, he has magical doorways, she has magic she doesn't understand, he pretends to visit ladies in order to break the curse, she finds a dog person, he never explains enough, she's not as old as she looks [...]

    8. MB (What she read) on said:

      That was a lot of fun to read, with a lot of creativity. It had a distinctly Diana Wynne-Jones flair to it.Added later: I'm still wondering about Onepiece. (view spoiler)[With that name, and with his dual nature, I was expecting him to have some major role to play in breaking the spell. I guess not. Now they have an adopted dog/boy to raise/adopt??? Hmmm. (hide spoiler)]

    9. Sage Knightly on said:

      *I received a free physical arc of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. (Sorry it took so long!)**Also posted on my blog Fishing For Books. Rating: 4.5/5 Stars This book is incredible, as is the author. It took me far too long to finally read Spindle as I got much busier than expected, but now I have read it and I can say it's definitely worth a re-read. I rarely re-read books. The characters in this novel are so lovely you can't help but fall in love with them! They're w [...]

    10. Margaret Standafer on said:

      3.5 StarsAfter reading for a few minutes, it was clear to me I would never have the type of imagination required to write a story such as Spindle, by W.R. Gingell. After reading for a little longer, I started to worry I didn’t have the type of imagination required to even read such a story. Spindle is a wild fairytale that chronicles the adventures of Poly, a princess (maybe!) woken after being under a spell for three hundred years, and Luck, the sorcerer who wakes her. Poly doesn’t remember [...]

    11. J.M. Stengl on said:

      I absolutely loved this one!A sleeping beauty retelling like none other, filled with magic and mystery.The opening can be confusing, since we experience it through the eyes of the heroine while she awakens from an enchanted sleep, and into a time and reality she didn't expect.I love Poly--our talented, plucky, strong-willed heroine who has to figure things out with almost no help. I adore Luck, who would no doubt drive me crazy in real life but is a marvelous fantasy hero! And One-piece. Who cou [...]

    12. Cherry (_forevermint) on said:

      "How long have I been asleep? I only meant to have a little rest because of the Midsummer Night Festival." Luck slid her a narrow-eyed look. "My time scales are relative, but even I don't call three hundred years a little rest."In Spindle, W.R. Gingell takes the fairytale Sleeping Beauty and creates a story that's overflowing with magic, taking the reader on a journey across a fantasy land, falling in and out of reality right alongside the heroine all the while a curse looms over her head and fa [...]

    13. Adina on said:

      REVIEWED ON BOOKLIKESSpindle is a retelling of the story of Sleeping Beauty.One that spans form the minute our "princess" Poly is awakened, rudely, by a kiss. She was put under a spell long ago and you'd think being awoken solves everything, but things only get more strange and complicated from there forward. Why are people trying to kill Poly and Luck, the wizard who broke the spell? Why are they running, from whom, why can't Poly remember so many things about her past? What leads to her lying [...]

    14. Jill on said:

      Seriously, the best fantasy book I've read in a while. Clever, refreshing, surprising, and totally delightful!Be prepared to be confused right along with the heroine during the opening chapters--but the confusion is well worth the delight of discovery when those loose threads begin to tie together. I loved Poly and Luck and Onepiece and look forward to seeing Melchior in the next book. It was also fun to see Isabella (from Masque) as a young girl.I agree with other reviewers who liken this book [...]

    15. katayoun Masoodi on said:

      3 1/2 but i really enjoyed this story and so it's showing as 4. looking forward to reading the second book and would recommend this to everyone. mind it's not amazing, as in dwj or hardinge, it's standard but with a nice flow, likeable characters and feel good feeling at the end.

    16. Michelle on said:

      Not very long ago, I was introduced to W.R. Gingell’s writing through her book Masque, and I was immediately enchanted by her writing and her characters. Masque was fun, creative, and hilarious and to date has one of my absolute favorite heroines. I wasn’t disappointed when I picked up Spindle expecting the same awesomeness I experienced in Masque. Quick overview: Poly has been asleep in a castle tower for 300 years. She’s no princess despite what everyone thinks, but that’s okay, becaus [...]

    17. J. on said:

      Why does this book not have more reviews!? It's wonderfully reminiscent of Diana Wynne Jones- magical, funny, mysterious and exciting. Very glad I randomly found it at my public library. Why am I not seeing Book 2?

    18. Ann Brookens on said:

      Fairytale awryTake a classic fairytale curse and begin the story at the moment the curse is broken, rather than starting in the victim's childhood. Then follow the hapless victim as she tries to figure out "what happened" and " why". Gingell makes it work beautifully. I loved this take on the Sleeping Beauty story and intend to check out the rest of her books!

    19. Candice Allen on said:

      Fantastic fantasyA fresh take on sleeping beauty with twists and turns to delight the mind and engage your imagination. Loved it. Onepiece is my favorite

    20. Courtney on said:

      For as rocky as this book started, I was absolutely astounded at how quickly I became enthralled with it. I'd heard the beginning was a little rough so I made the decision early on to stick with it for a bit and I'm so glad I did. What began as a whirlwind of nonsense and poorly explained concepts soon became a quirky book with lovable characters and a smart plot. Having the magic represented so differently really threw me for a while but after you get used to it, it really does seem genius. Luc [...]

    21. Rebecca on said:

      This is such a cute and delightful read! It's Sleeping Beauty, but written in a lighthearted way, with a whodunnit plot and some cool magic stuff. Delightful. I was so charmed. Totally recommend it, what an enjoyable read.

    22. Miss Ginny Tea on said:

      This is the second book I've read by this author, and I found both delightful. This was interesting and complex and lovely.

    23. Merry on said:

      MagicalMs. Gingell delivers quite a magical twist to the story of Sleeping Beauty. With a bit of Luck and a clever little dog, Sleeping Beauty fights to stay awake while holding on to that cursed spindle.

    24. Alyson Stone on said:

      Book: SpindleAuthor: W.R Gingell Rating: 2 Out 5 Stars I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I really, really hate to give this rating to this book, but I would not be giving the honest review if I didn't. I really did like the concept of a princess being saved by a paid man. Lately, I have been in the mood to read rewrites of fairytales and starting out, this did remind me a lot of Sleeping Beauty. A princess in a deep sleep for thre [...]

    25. Priscila on said:

      I received this ebook in exchange for a honest review.If you know me at all, you know I'm a sucker for fairytale retellings. In Spindle we meet Polly.Polly is no princess, but when she is kissed awake from a sleeping curse she's been under for 300 years, by the very curious Luck, everyone thinks she is Luck is no prince either, in fact he's the furthest thing from it, he's an enchenter, a very powerful one, who had been sent to find the sleeping princess and bring her back to the capital to sett [...]

    26. Zionasis on said:

      Wow. Spindle is definitely a keeper, and W.R. Gingell an author to look out for. Gingell mentioned Diana Wynne Jones in a dedication. Jones, who is one of my favorite fantasy authors, appears in Spindle's whimsicality and a certain looseness of magical worldbuilding that gives the reader welcome license for imagination. At the same time, Gingell possesses her own style, and I think Jones would be proud of her as a peer.Spindle is sometimes thorny and convoluted, with clues and details abound, bu [...]

    27. Mariela on said:

      First of all I would like to thanks W.R. Gingell for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review.This is a version of sleeping beauty, Poly has been sleeping for 300 years and was woken up by an awesome man named Luck.At the beginning of the book to be honest I really could not stand Poly, she complained too much, but way too much , then as I went on reading the book she got a little bit better but she never grew on me.Luck: what can I say? Miss W.R Gingell writes great ma [...]

    28. Gita Reddy on said:

      Spindle is the creation of a highly imaginative mind, capable of visualizing magical worlds, complex situations, and mysterious encounters. Sleeping Beauty was never so full of character, or so ordinary. W.R. Gingell is undoubtedly talented, and weaves an intriguing tale but it took me the better part of the book to conclude this.Spindle starts with Sleeping Beauty, Polly, entangled in a dream, or is it her hair? Her hair is all over the place, even entangling strands of magic. She doesn’t kno [...]

    29. Jemma on said:

      It was so good!! I loved it!The characters were awesome, I loved all the main characters which doesn't often happen. They were whimsical, fun and just great in general. Poly was adorable and fun, one of those characters who you enjoy being in her head (Quite literally sometimes hehe). Luck was also great, very scatterbrained, honest, sweet, crazy and awesome. And Onepiece (who calls their kid Onepiece though???) was verra cute and fun :DThe plot was interesting and fun. It was a little confusing [...]

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