I don’t have much to say that won’t be said in this review. So, I suppose that means we simply get into it?
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers Ahead
Spindle Duology by Lexa Hillyer
What I Liked:
Isabelle and Aurora; This relationship was intense. The fact that Isabelle loved Aurora so much that she would risk everything for her sister is a sign of true love. Its the true love Aurora always needed, and Aurora loves her sister just as fiercely back. Their relationship is built on trust, on secrets, on whispers, and on a mutual understanding of almost everything the other is. It is true love that breaks Aurora’s curse, and true love that breaks Wren’s. There relationship is what built this story, and what made is possible. I support it fully.
Isabelle; Isabelle’s path for growth is a fascinating one. She shifts roles in the story, fitting what is needed. The older sister. The knight in shining armor. The guardian. The Replacement. Herself. She has to find herself, and her story, not the story she has been living for everyone else. Her having to find herself leaves her lost, as she goes from being everything everyone needs to being who she wants to be. I found this a very interesting transformation indeed, and I love her.
Aurora; Where as Isabelle goes on a fascinating path, Aurora goes on a traditional path. She gets stronger, works from being the damsel, and learns to be the person who can protect herself. She moves from being soft to being hardened, a flower to a diamond, and it’s beautiful to watch.
Parallels and Foils; This is one of the best parts in the book. The parallels between the sisters and the fae twins, are echoed across the pages. How love destroyed them, and how love saved them. How one decision ruined the fae twin’s relationship, and how one saved the human sister’s lives. Isabelle is Belcoeur, the shadow sister, where as Aurora is Malfluer, the shining sister. They have the path for madness and evil as their counterpart, but with each other they choose good.
Twist on the Myth/True Love; Traditionally true love of a prince wakes the princess, but in this case it was a sister. A sister who loved her sister, and risked everything for her. I liked how the myth played out, how the gifts were taken, how everything spun. It was fascinating to read and I would read again.
Progress of Knowledge; In the first book, we see how the girls come to different conclusions based on the information they gather and stumble upon the same story in the end. In the second we have ice that holds stories, and wishes that can change them. This book series is all about stories, and how knowledge with holden, can change everything, does change everything. Its why the sisters who hold nothing from the other, are the two to save the day.
Magic System; The fairy tithe system, of taking for a gift, was not something I anticipated to like so much. But by the end, wondering what the magic would take to get was fun to read into. For all gifts come at a price, these ones were just easier to see, and even with the prices given, it doesn’t mean happiness. Happiness is something else that can be achieved.
Wishing; Wishing is to have hope. It is to seek change. It is to believe. Everyone wishes, everyone hopes, but wishing doesn’t change anything. Actions have to. Yet, we still wish. We still hope. And hopes do still come true. I like how Isabelle’s gift is over wishes, and while I don’t believe her wishes were the reason the story turned out the way it did, I do understand that a part of her may wonder. Because it did turn out as she hoped, but her actions were what led her there. So yes, she may have wished for Aurora to find true love, but Aurora always already had it.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
Other Characters; I do wish that we got a bit more on them, especially the guys, as well as just one sentence on how their worlds were in the end. But I suppose, it makes sense that we did not. It ends with the fact that that is not our story to know, its outside of the pages. That’s okay, I just want more.
Why You Should Read:
Its one thing to fall in love with a good first book. Its another thing to love the sequel just as much, and feel that the story was wrapped up in the way it needed to be. This story is about true love, and that true love is not necessarily the romance that story books are written about. I find the message endearing, the fluidity of the writing beautiful, and the hope clear. This book series left me speechless and touched. Its an adventure, yes, but its also a story about love and all the sorts of loves. Loves that can not be taken from us.
Time Taken To Read
2days + 4hrs 7min
I’m doing it and none of you can stop me.