A Spindle Splintered Oct. 2021. 128p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250765352.
Teen readers will absolutely love this fantastical, feminist, reimagined version of “Sleeping Beauty” starring Zinnia, a white young adult, newly 21, and living on borrowed time. Zinnia has a (fictional) rare genetic disorder that cuts her life short. On her birthday she pricks her finger and is transported into one of the “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tales. But this Sleeping Beauty, Primrose, is no helpless princess. Quickly, Zinnia bonds with Prim and the two set out to break their own curses. Through the help of a not-so-evil witch and countless Sleeping Beauties from different fairy-tale multiverses, Zinnia learns what it means to save herself and others. Harrow creates a lush and magical world with well-developed characters who are easy to love and root for. Employing the popular technique of multiverses, Harrow is able to give readers a diverse cast of Sleeping Beauties that are anything but passive. Although Zinnia is bisexual, her sexuality is not the focus of the story. Zinnia’s best friend, Charm, is a lesbian who begins a romantic relationship with bisexual princess Primrose.
VERDICT For fans of Laini Taylor, Leigh Bardugo, and Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle.

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