Spindle’s End

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In the small town of Foggy Bottom, only Katriona (Rosie's kidnapper/savior), Barder, and Katriona's aunt know Rosie's true identity.

In the small town of Foggy Bottom, only Katriona (Rosie's kidnapper/savior), Barder, and Katriona's aunt know Rosie's true identity. In the book "Spindle's End," by Robin McKinley, Rosie is the queen's daughter; the princess. On Princess Briar-Rose's name day, Pernicia, the evil fairy, casts a curse on baby Briar-Rose: on her twenty-first birthday, Briar-Rose will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and she will fall asleep forever… no one will be able to wake her from this dreaded curse. Katriona kidnaps Briar-Rose. She brings Briar-Rose back to safety by bringing the Princess back to her house in Foggy Bottom. Katriona explains everything to her aunt and they raise the baby together. They name her Rosie and tell everyone in Foggy Bottom that she is Katriona's cousin. Then a surprise visitor arrives and Rosie's life changes forever…

 

"Spindle's End" is a great twist on Disney's classic "Sleeping Beauty." It has some memorable scenes from "Sleeping Beauty", but other than that, this story is WAY different from the movie. "Spindle's End" has tons more detail, and there are several more characters in "Spindle's End." This book is romantic, action-packed, and heart-pounding. It's the perfect fairy-tail for teenagers.

 

I thought "Spindle's End" was a great story, but not quite a page-turner. The beginning of this book was kind of slow, but it gets a lot more intriguing the second half. Spindle's End is extremely long; it has 422 pages. If you love fantasy books in general and have lots of time to read, "Spindle's End" is the perfect book for you.