Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Open Books Blog Reviews // Spinning Starlight // R.C. Lewis

Spinning Starlight
Author // R.C. Lewis
Publication Date // October 6, 2015
Description // Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it's hard to escape it. So when a group of men shows up at her house uninvited, she assumes it's just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired. Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi's vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word, and her brothers are dead. Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers' survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back? Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans fuses all the heart of the classic tale with a stunning, imaginative world in which a star-crossed family fights for its very survival. 
Pre Order:
Amazon: Spinning Starlight

Review //

From the author of Stitching Snow, we get a new fairytale retelling a twist on the fairy tale of The Wild Swans. I drew several similarities between this story and The Little Mermaid, so I had to do a little digging. I didn't find anything directly linked to The Little Mermaid, but I did find some interesting information in my search.

And here is an animated version I found on YouTube.

And here is just some fun fan art from around the web

So... if there isn't really a link between The Wild Swans and The Little Mermaid, why am I making the connection.
1. Both The Little Mermaid and The Wild Swans are Hans Christian Andersen stories.
2. Widowed King // In both TLM (The Little Mermaid) and TWS (The Wild Swans) the king had lost his wife. Not so in Spinning Starlight, where the children are orphaned.
3. Lot's of Siblings // In TWS the king has 11 sons and 1 daughter, Liddi has 7 brothers plus her in Spinning Starlight and in TLM has 5 sisters, plus her. Hans Christian seems to have kind of a about siblings.
4. The Protagonist loses her ability to speak. 
5. The Protagonist falls in love with the prince who rescues her and then she rescues him. 

I did enjoy this story, though it didn't quite live up to the standards of Stitching Snow. I just felt like Stitching Snow) had more on the line. And I guess looking at it, Liddi is about to lose her entire family and started an interplanetary war, but she was rich and privileged.  I didn't feel for her  as much as I felt for Essie who was living in next to poverty and working her butt off.
Essie (who is the protagonist in
There are a lot of similarities between the two books and the two protagonist. 
Neither girl currently has a reliable parental figure in her life.
Both are uber smart and highly technologically advanced. 
Both girls like to build things/ take things apart. 
Both girls have moments of self doubt. 
And both girls have trouble with their significant others turning on them at some point.

4/5 Stars 

I am giving it a 4/5 stars because I thought the prose was good, the characters were fairly developed, and the story was interesting and not too hard to follow.  Overall, I really enjoyed this book, I thought the inter species mingling was believable and interesting. My only complaint is that I just didn't like Liddi as much as I liked Essie in Stitching Snow. Liddi is an ok character, I just didn't feel for Liddi like I did for Essie.

You Might Enjoy If...

I think that you might enjoy this if you are a fan of The Lunar Chronicles, The Throne of Glass, The Selection, and of course Stitching Snow.

About the Author //
R.C. Lewis teaches math to teenagers—sometimes in sign language, sometimes not—so whether she’s a science geek or a bookworm depends on when you look. That may explain why her characters don’t like to be pigeonholed. Coincidentally, R.C. enjoys reading about quantum physics and the identity issues of photons.

Stay Thoughts and Observations //

When I got Stitching Snow, I thought R.C. Lewis was a guy! I figured out fairly quickly that wasn't the case but she really pulled a J.K. Rowling on me! (If you don't know the back story J.K. Rowling is called J.K. because her publicist didn't want boys to think it Harry Potter was a book for girls.)

What is with the SS names? Stitching Snow, Spinning Starlight? Theme or coincidence? R.C. Lewis if you are reading this please let me know!

So what do you think? Have you read Stitching Snow? Do you think you will checkout Spinning Starlight?
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