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14 January 2022

Book Beginnings: The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder *AD gifted

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence.

I am currently reading The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder (AD - gifted).

The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder book cover

In a faraway time, in a kingdom of magic, a baby was born to the last king and queen of Andar.

I was sent a free review copy of The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder.

I love the fairytale vibes to this first line. I think it sets the scene for a gender-flipped re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty perfectly and it has me excited for the story ahead.

I love the details on the cover. All at once it's a simple concept yet it's really busy. You know what you're getting, straight away you have those hints of the fairytale it is inspired by. I love the vibrancy of the roses and of the blood.

I feel like this is going to be a pretty easy book to read when it comes to writing style, and I can't wait for the adventure to start.

Fi shook her head, chasing away thoughts of spindles and relics and beautiful boys with rose-red lips who disappeared like ghosts.

This is from page 56 in my review copy.

I am intrigued. This sentence just... It makes me wonder, probably as much as Fi.

I am excited to read this story, and I do have pretty high expectations. Wish me luck!

About the Book

Filore, a treasure hunter with a knack for riddles, is busy running from her own deadly curse, when she pricks her finger on a spindle. Bound to the sleeping prince Briar Rose with the spindle's magic - and chosen as the only person who can wake him - Fi is stuck with the prince's ghost until she can break his ancient curse and save his kingdom.

She's going to need a partner. A warrior huntswoman with an axe to grind (literally), Shane couldn't care less about curses and ancient texts. But instead of riches, the two girls find trouble.

Dark magic, witch hunters, nightmarish beasts - and of course, curses - all stand in their way as Fi and Shane undertake the dangerous journey into a forgotten kingdom where the sleeping prince's body waits.

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What are you reading this week?


  1. I love fairytale re-imaginings and add in gender reversal! How fun! I haven't heard too much about this one although I have seen the title pop up from time to time. I am definitely drawn in by the excerpts you shared. I hope you have a great weekend!

  2. I do think it sounds like a fascinating read and I like the cover as well. Have a great weekend!

  3. I like the sounds of it!! Happy weekend!

  4. Oh, I love fairy tale retellings! This one looks like it would be a great read. Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this one. It sounds like I need it.


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