Spinning Starlight by RC Lewis
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling/Futuristic
Thanks NetGalley for this ARC!
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?
I was very much looking forward to Spinning Starlight, and was absolutely dreading the fact that I had to wait until October to get my hands on it. When lo and behold, NetGalley came through for me. And omg was I not disappointed. Loosely based on the Wild Swans fairy tale, Spinning Starlight was everything I wanted it to be. There was adventure, space, futuristic tech, romance, mystery, and danger.
It was a little slow at first, I'll admit. I didn't really immediately click with Liddi and the flashbacks weren't doing anything for me, except to confuse me on which brothers were twins or the oldest vs. the youngest or whatever (eight brothers, so many brothers). But once the mystery and adventure started, Liddi grew exponentially as a character and had a pretty self-deprecating humor by the end that I found to be pretty funny. I would love to hear this one as an audiobook!
RC didn't rush into the story (as I mentioned), she took her time to build up the world Liddi lives in and what's expected of her and her everyday life and struggles. This was the part that I found slow initially, but it ended up making the rest of the story richer. I understood more about Liddi to see how much she did actually change. Especially when she can't talk and has so much trouble communicating with others. Her frustrations were so realistic; I felt I would've done exactly the same things in her situation.
I also really like RCL's writing style. She had a very interesting obstacle to overcome: her main character didn't speak aloud for the majority of the time. There were a lot of one sided conversations and inner monologues that could have easily been information dumps or boring sections of information. The writing was so rich and beautiful that I didn't even realize Liddi wasn't actually speaking aloud to any of the other characters. I had to go back and realize that she wasn't talking aloud.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It hit on a lot of my favorite things: fairy tales, space/travel to other planets, brothers, romance, etc., and I will probably be coming back to this author in the future!
4 out of 5 stars.