I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Title: Spinning Starlight
Author: R.C. Lewis
Series: Standalone but Stitching Snow is like a companion novel
Published: October 6, 2015 by Disney Hyperion
Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it’s hard to escape it. So when a group of men shows up at her house uninvited, she assumes it’s just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired. Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi’s vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word, and her brothers are dead. Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home—a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers’ survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?
Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans fuses all the heart of the classic tale with a stunning, imaginative world in which a star-crossed family fights for its very survival.
What an amazing novel and story!!! I actually finished this back in August but because of moving and such I am only now getting around to writing the review for this AWESOME book! It’s a retelling of The Wild Swans fairy tale and not a very widely popular one you can guess. The only other book that I’ve read that uses this fairy tale is Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier which I highly recommend reading!
In this retelling we follow Liddi who is the only girl in a family of 8 brothers who are all geniuses and have invented a lot of technology. Sadly, their parents died in an accident years ago and has made Liddi the sole heir to their technology empire. Liddi feels like a disappointment because she is not as smart as her brothers and doesn’t know how to run a technology business she has no idea what its all about. Then one night as Liddi is taking a night walk she sees men in black outfits surround her home and one of her brothers mysteriously appear to lead her away. Only then does she realize and find out that her brothers are missing and her voice is now under blackmail. If she speaks one word her brothers will die and her only hope is to travel to another world to learn more about where her brothers are.
Liddi is a strong character and since she has no voice we get to really listen to what is going on inside her head. She is strong willed but insecure in her place as heir to the technology empire. She is stubborn and makes silly choices but she is 16 and is used to her brothers taking care of her so for once in her life it is up to her and she is full steam ahead.
The world building is a little lacking and the science behind some things can be a little hard to understand. I had to read sections over again to fully understand it but it was worth it. There is romance but it’s a subplot-doesn’t take away from the story and the guy (forgot his name is a little blah anyways).
I LOVED this retelling and I highly recommend anyone to read this that loves fairy tales and retellings-this is a unique story!