I finished reading Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis for an Around the World ARC Tour.
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 show 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 strings the heart of the classic with a stunning, imaginative world as a star-crossed family fights for survival in this companion to Stitching Snow.
As we all know, I'm a sucker for fairy tale retellings. And while I've actually never heard of The Wild Swans, I still wanted to read this one.
But I was confused for a lot of it. I enjoyed it but I think a lot of it was over my head. I liked Liddi and the basic plotline of how she has this large family of older brothers who she was super close to. And she was set to take over the company when suddenly her brothers all go missing. And there's a villain who makes it so that if she talks, her brothers die (which makes me think of the Little Mermaid because Ariel lost her voice). So I got all of that. But the actual other worlds and the whole Khua thing really lost me. I think it was too techy or sci-fi for me to really get.
But I liked how at the end of each chapter we got a snippet of an important part of Liddi's life. I think seeing those sides of her is what really made me like her and root for her.
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.
Spinning Starlight will be released on October 6, 2015.
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.