In anticipation for the release of Winter Glass, which releases NEXT WEEK (FINALLY!!), today we review the first book in this duology, Spindle Fire!


Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

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Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.
And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood–and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.
As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.
Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape . . . or the reason for her to stay.
Spindle Fire is a lush fantasy set in the dwindling, deliciously corrupt world of the fae and featuring two truly unforgettable heroines.


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 Lexa Hillyer is the Founder and President of Publishing at Glasstown Entertainment, a creative development and production company located in New York and Los Angeles. She is also the author of Spindle Fire, Winter Glass, and Proof of Forever, all young adult novels published by HarperCollins, as well as the poetry collection Acquainted with the Cold from Bona Fide Books. Acquainted with the Cold was the 2012 gold prize winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Poetry and received the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize. Her work has been featured in a variety of journals and collections including Best New Poets 2012, and she has received several honors for poetry. Lexa earned her BA in English from Vassar College and her MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. She worked as an editor at both HarperCollins and Penguin, before founding Glasstown Entertainment along with New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Oliver. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter and their very skinny orange tree.


Overall: A fairy tale retelling with a feminist twist that will make all little girls go out and find their purpose in life–and it’s not waiting idly by for her prince charming.

Isabelle is a troublemaker. Aurora is bright and beautiful and everything her parents ever dreamed of. But due to their parent’s inability to negotiate, Isabelle’s sight and Aurora’s voice were tithed away to fairies. What made Isabelle and Aurora’s story so interesting to me is that instead of whiling away in despair, Aurora and Isabelle developed a closer sibling bond–their own language, a series of taps and touches. When Aurora’s future husband is murdered, their adventure really begins. Isbe sets out on her own to make her own way while, left behind, Aurora falls into a sleeping sickness.

Isbe sets our on a journey, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Aurora sets upon her own journey while in sleep–she is set upon an Unside-Down-type world of fae trickery and deception. Their worlds upended, each must find a way out and way back to each other and themselves.

There are other storylines outside the sisters. There is a history with other sisters, Malfleur and Belcoeur, that reveals itself as the impetus for much of what happens in the book and parallels Isbe and Aurora’s relationship. There are swoony princes, boys from the forest, and tons of prickly situations that the girls must get out of. This fairy tale will draw you in and keep you vested until it leaves you dangling on a precipice waiting for it’s conclusion in Winter Glass.


Judge a Book by its Cover: There is no debating that aesthetically, this is a duology you want on your shelves and to bookstagram into infinity.


Me Talk Pretty: The other thing you can not deny about this book? Lexa’s lyrical, lush and lovely prose that could pass for coming from the pages of Grimm’s fairy tales. You can read the first three chapters for yourself or just take our word for it and read the quotes below.

“One night reviled, Before break of morn, Amid the roses wild, All tangled in thorns, The shadow and the child Together were born.”

“Light, too, can be a curse.”

“Aurora is all light. She is fresh, fluffed cream, and the smell of a spring bulb’s first shoots pricking up through the earth while Isbe has always been the expendable one. All angle and elbow and hard as a gooses’s honk.”


Audiobook Narration: Fiona Hardingham narrates the audiobook and while I don’t have a sample from Spindle Fire, you should definitely check out some of Fiona’s work. She has a perfect voice and effect for the Spindle Fire story. The audiobook did give me a little bit of a hard time understanding whether we were in the present or past, but


Body Count:  Our reviews are spoiler-free, BUT….





Open tab/Last call: Did you know that there’s a Sleeping Beauty cocktail? I would definitely try one with Lexa and then move on to more traditional cocktails or champagne after the taste test. I’m SO READY for a Spindle Fire/Winter Glass chat with Lexa!!

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