Thursday, March 2, 2017

Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

Page Count: 246 Published on: October 2, 2012
Published by: Harper Collins Genre(s): Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure, Retelling Source: Print: Paperback Age Rating: PG- Middle Grade- 8+
Where To Find It: Goodreads // Amazon
Twitter: @OliverBooks
My Rating: 3 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

Evocative of Alice in Wonderland, this novel from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver is a bewitching story about the reaches of loyalty and the enduring power of hope. Perfect for fans of the author’s other middle-grade novels: Liesl & Po and the Curiosity House series.

Looking across the breakfast table one morning, twelve-year-old Liza feels dread wash over her. Although her younger brother, Patrick, appears the same, Liza knows that he is actually quite different. She is certain that the spindlers—evil, spiderlike beings—came during the night and stole his soul. And Liza is also certain that she is the only one who can rescue him.

Armed with little more than her wits and a huge talking rat for a guide, Liza descends into the dark and ominous underground to save Patrick's soul. Her quest is far from easy: she must brave tree-snakes, the Court of Stones, and shape-shifting scawgs before facing her greatest challenge in the spindlers' lair, where more than just Patrick's soul is at stake.


Hey, guys!

      It's been quite a while since I read Spindlers, but it's not too late to review it! I picked this book up while supporting my sister's school's book fair. I've always been a fan of Lauren Oliver's writing. I've read 2/3 of Oliver's Delirium trilogy, but have yet to pick up the last book. I had heard some really great feedback about Spindlers from many different reviewers and booktubers who's opinions I trust. 

      I started this book while taking part of a winter read-along, and I didn't enjoy it as much as I anticipated. The plot wasn't too engaging and I didn't care for the characters as much as I would have hoped for a middle-grade novel. Regardless, the writing was beautifully done and the imagery throughout was stunning. I enjoyed the setting aspect of it. The whole twist on an Alice retelling was really refreshing though it gave me vibes from some older and better-written plots (just my opinion, though). 

      This really gave me a Coraline and Gregor the Overlander kind of vibe rather than an Alice vibe. I liked it, though! I honestly didn't even think about a connection to Alice in Wonderland. I love it when I make fantastic connections to other classic stories. Retellings are some of my absolute favorite things to read, and this just added to the overall charm of this book. 

      Overall, this wasn't the best middle-grade novel for me. There weren't enough twists for my taste and the plot and characters fell short. The whole world that Oliver created in such a short novel was phenomenally written. I loved the creatures that she created and the whimsical world that Liza entered to save her little brother. I really enjoyed the bond Liza and Patrick had as well, it was so innocent and lovely. 

     My little sister, Bailey, is either currently reading this book or she's finished it and hasn't told me. She is becoming a huge fan of Lauren Oliver's middle-grade books. I bought her Liesel and Po for Christmas and I'm pretty sure she's read it 3 or 4 times if not more. She is so infatuated with Lauren Oliver's writing, and I love seeing her passionate about something. She says she wants to do a double review over Liesel and Po & Spindlers, so stay tuned for that. If you would like to read Bee's other reviews click below!!!

Bailey's Reviews{click here} 

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