A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

A Splindle Splintered
Fractured Fables, book 1
by Alix E. Harrow

When Zinnia’s best friend throws her a sleeping beauty themed twenty-first birthday party, she gets much more into the fairy tale than she expected.

I really didn’t know a whole lot about this going into it, other than I’ve been wanting to read Alix E. Harrow’s works and this is a fairytale retelling. Those two things were all I needed to jump on this short Sleeping Beauty retelling with a quirky, modern twist. A quick read and a wild ride, this retelling finds our modern day main character dropped into the middle of a fairy tale she knows all too well and trying to find her way back home. Very Alice in Wonderland, if Alice could text her sister from Wonderland.

I liked Zinnia and her best friend, Charm. Their relationship and development were nice to see in a story so short. The mix of real world and fairy tale world is one we don’t get to see too often, it’s usually one or the other. It’s an interpretation of Sleeping Beauty while simultaneously depicting the original story turned on its head.

I generally prefer my contemporary stories to feel a bit more timeless than this one, which had some obviously recent elements. That’s a personal preference though. Additionally, there are a few points that require you to suspend your disbelief and just enjoy the ride. That being said, neither of those aspects bothered me at all while reading this book. Definitely one to just go into and have a good time.

I would definitely recommend this if you want something quick and fun, and I’ll definitely be checking out the sequel, A Mirror Mended.