Spindle (Two Monarchies Sequence #1) by W.R. Gingell (review)

August 9, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, Historical, Paranormal, YA 0 ★★★

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Spindle (Two Monarchies Sequence #1) by W.R. Gingell (review)Spindle by W.R. Gingell
Series: Two Monarchies Sequence #1
Published by W.R. Gingell on August 10 2015
Number of Pages: 300
Genres: Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Purchase: At Amazon

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 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.

I tend to like fairytale retellings. At least if they’re done well. This one was for the most part. Lots of unique twists, and funny moments.

I quite enjoyed reading about Poly and Onepiece. I didn’t like Luck at all however. At least not until somewhere around the 40% mark. He never answered questions, was always doing things to Poly magically without her permission. Pretty much, he was an obnoxious character. But somewhere along the way, he started growing on me.

And he grew on Poly as well. I ended up really liking him by the end of the book, and wishing that his character had been toned down just a bit in the beginning. So that I wouldn’t have had to work so hard to like him.

It also took a seemingly long while for Poly to start figuring out how to get around her curse. And then once she did, so much of the untangling happened so quickly it almost seemed too easy. I liked a lot of the secondary characters. The bad guy wasn’t very fleshed out, especially compared to Poly, Luck, and Onepiece.

The magic used in the story was a lot of fun to read about. Nearly sentient hair, being able to travel into a book, three different kinds of magic, taking apart spells and making them into different new ones… I haven’t decided if I’ll be reading the next book in the series.


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