Spindle by W.R. Gingell (Review)

by W.R. Gingell
NA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 300 Pages
August 10th 2015


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.


My Review

I think I just found a new favorite author. I loved Spindle that much! I've been thinking about how to put into words this crazy, eccentric, magical, steady roller-coaster (yep, those two descriptors don't make sense when you read them like that, but if you read this story you would understand) story and failing at the exact proper words. I will do my best.

The characters. I loved Poly. She is Luck's rock to his crazy forgetfulness (although it's really more of a focus that he has because his brain is always going and he see's things when you think he doesn't see them, but he really does). She's very smart, which also is a match to Luck's. And powerful, compassionate, kind, fierce (when she needs to be), and all around likable. Now, I've already brought up Luck. He's all over the place, both figuratively and physically. I could see how he could get on Poly's nerves (and mine sometimes), but it was really just the portion he let others see. He has such an amazing mind, is powerful, loyal, and a little sly. I loved how he pushed and prodded Poly without her even knowing that's what he was doing and vice versa (although I think he knew what she was doing, but wanted to let her do it). I loved how well they work together and the constant sparks that fly between them - how they stand up to each other and go through some serious stuff together and how it makes them stronger. Together. 

Then you have this crazy and amazing fantasy world. It shifted and changed and was something different depending on where you were. There were interesting characters, scenery, and magic. Sometimes it stretched my brain trying to keep up with it all.

Finally, the plot. It was steady, while also having intense moments, and also having this tension that kept building and building. I literally felt I was going to explode if it wasn't ALL explained or if Polly didn't regain ALL her memories or if they didn't figure it ALL out... I laughed in several spot, sighed in others, even wanted to cry a few times. And then the ending... So. Freaking. Good. Perfect for this book.

Seriously. If you enjoy fantasy, Alice in Wonderland (and remakes of such since this one reminded me of that type of story), and stories that drive you crazy in a good way, then grab Spelled. Now I need to see about getting my hands on the other two books I've seen like this one: Wolfskin and Masque.

Content: Clean

Source: I would like to thank the author for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

W.R. Gingell

W.R. Gingell is a Tasmanian author who lives in a house with a green door. She spends her time reading, drinking an inordinate amount of tea, and slouching in front of the fire to write. Like Peter Pan, she never really grew up, and is still occasionally to be found climbing trees.

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