Spinning Starlightby R.C. Lewis Published by Disney Electronic Content on 2015-10-06
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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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.
I do love a good retelling, a re-imagination of a beloved story. I do however must admit, I was not familiar with the story of “The Wild Swans” so I won’t have anything to compare it to.
A fantastic world, set in the future will of SciFi elements and some magical mystery!
What I loved most about the story was the setting. It’s set in the future (at least it feels like it) where technology is quite advances and the knowledge that the are more planets out there. The travel between the planets is through some magical portals and the knowledge about these portals is somehow lost and we are about to hunt down this lost knowledge together with Liddi, because her 8 brothers are caught and lost in these portals and she must free them.
A little more backstory and world building please..
It feels unfair of me to start right away with what I found lacking, but it’s the biggest complain I have with the story, which otherwise could have been pretty awesome! I found the whole world building and backstory to be lacking. I wished to know more about Liddie’s family, why the heck she has so many brothers and what makes them all so damn special, but also about the world and the whole galaxy. I felt lost a few times throughout the story and it also prevented me from fully connecting and getting lost in the story.
Also, what completely confused me where these portals – I would have wished we would have spent more time exploring their magic what they really are.
Liddi herself was a great, strong heroine and the romance sweet and cute
I did love Liddie a lot, I loved her fierceness when it came to rescue her family, her beloved brothers. And Tiav, a boy she meets on another planet was her perfect hero and counterpart. The romance cute and made up for the lack of world building.
Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis is a highly enjoyable story with a great heroine, but the lack of backstory and world building confused me a few times and prevented me from fully connecting. It still is a story I would recommend to everyone who likes an imaginative retelling
What is your favorite retelling? Or, what is your favorite classic that you wish would be picked up by an author for a reimagination?