Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Sleeper and the Spindle

Guys, this book is beautiful. I had heard whisperings about this book and then, suddenly, my Tumblr was flooded with imagery from it. I had to get it. Had to. 

While out and about, visiting a nearby town that I've never gone to before, we stopped by a quaint little independent bookshop that had this on display. I grabbed it and showed it to my boyfriend, claiming right then and there I was DEFINITELY buying this book. And of course I followed through and of course I whizzed through it and of course I went back to linger over the beautiful artwork.

Seriously it's just overwhelmingly beautiful. (I'm throwing up some of the pictures at the bottom of this post--obviously not my creation).

We've discussed that I'm not a big fan of Snow White and yet this was the first time I really enjoyed the character. She's brave, beautiful, kind and a good person. She sets off to save a kingdom that has fallen under an enchantment where everyone sleeps--Sleeping Beauty's kingdom. 

We all know the tales of these two but there's a twist in this book that makes it so much more than the original stories. I don't want to get into it, because if I do I'm ruining everything, but I can continue to vaguely discuss the book.

This is short and sweet and could easily be a full novel. I think, if it were a full novel, it would lose some of the spot-on fairy tale feels. Fairy tales are often so short, beautifully written but done too soon, and this book is much the same. If it was a full novel, it could cover so much more, but it would lack that fairy tale-feel. With the shortness of this book, we also lose out on better character development and details. This could've gone on for so long, the worlds could've been so in depth, but they aren't because of the shortness. See? That's what we lose out on. It's either too long to be as "fairy tale" like or too short to fully cover elements of writing: character development and world building. 

But I think the imagery makes up for it. You still get a sense of satisfaction that you know everything about the book and all the characters within it if you don't look too closely, and the imagery definitely helped. Honestly, had it not been for the imagery I think I would have liked the book half as much as I do. The imagery lends so much help to the story as a whole. 

Want a quick read? Grab this. Want to marvel at beautiful artwork? Grab this. Really, too short or not, I loved this.

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