Spindle by E.K. Johnston
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This book was a major disappointment from the first one; it just fell flat for me.I think the the problem was that the author was trying too hard to live up to her first magnificent novel, and this one didn’t live up with the characters, plot, or writing. Regarding the writing style, it was not poetic, instead being dialogue-heavy and simply predictable.
Set thousands of years later, although the setting is still the “Kingdom of Sleep”, this companion novel follows a group of two teenagers who are like family, across the wilderness of the mountains and the dusty desert. They’re on a mission to get to Little Rose and break the curse that is plaguing the weavers and the land.
This is a retelling of sorts, but in my opinion the two major events are similar to what happened in Rapunzel and the Beauty and the Beast. Yashaa our MC and romantic involved partner is basically risking his life to accomplish this mission, but honestly this type of retelling that leans towards tropey isn’t anything new to YA fantasy/. The chemistry of Little Rose and Yashaa is unremarkable and didn’t stick with me in any way. I didn’t feel like this “love” was swoon-worthy even though I badly wanted to. Instead, I felt like it was rushed, done mostly out of duty/obligation, and distracting to what was going on in the main plotline.
The “squad” as I like to think of them in my head, is a tightly bonded group of survivalists who also are teenagers . I’m sorry, I just find it pretty realistic that four young adults were able to do what they were able to pull of but thank god the author inserted something (view spoiler)[When Tariq died against the powerful demon (hide spoiler)] I still wanted more character development from all of them individually though.
Plotting and pacing was not thought-out well or planner out, because literally for 99% of the book we see them walking and talking. Thanks for reminding again and again that they are just doing the thing every day of this journey. I’ve come to realize that I always hate when there’s physically/geographical journey that happens because it drags on and on. Maybe it’s just not my thing.
In recap: Nothing happened, this is a meh-bleh book.
**Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review**
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