The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder

Five words…

Gender swapped Sleeping Beauty retelling.

YES PLEASE!

Briar Rose is the Prince of the last magical kingdom and has been asleep for the past 100 years. Fi is a treasure hunter, on a (reluctant) quest with huntswoman Shane to find a way to erase her own curse. When she pricks her finger on a bone spindle, Fi not only attracts the spirit of Briar Rose but also Witch Hunters and the fearsome Spindle Witch. Can Fi and Shane face dark magic, forests of thorns and, worst of all, exes to break the spell?

The Bone Spindle is a fun, wild adventure of a book. Fi and Shane as main characters were perfection! Fi is a bookish, practical character whose previous heartbreak has caused her to reject the idea of fate, destiny and love at first sight. Shane, however, is the complete opposite! Where Fi is analytical, Shane is impulsive and passionate. Preferring girls to boys, her axe to books and sarcasm to silence, Shane is the best friend we all need in our lives! Both young women are running from the lives they left behind…and straight into a massive adventure!

Although Fi and Shane dominate the storyline and the POVs within The Bone Spindle, the award for best supporting character has to go to Briar. He was so cute and genuine, desperate to impress but also a victim of his own trauma. His POV chapters perfectly demonstrated his turmoil and ensured that his character really resonated with the reader.

If you want a fairytale mashup with excellent worldbuilding (I’m here praying for a book map), amazing characters, magic, action, treasure and sapphic romance then look no further. I absolutely adored this book and cannot wait for the sequel.

Thank you to Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book ahead of it’s release on February 3rd 2022.

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