The Sevenfold Spell by Tia Nevitt (e-book, novella)
What is it about:
Have you ever wondered what happens to the other people in the fairy tale?
Things look grim for Talia and her mother. By royal proclamation, the constables and those annoying "good" fairies have taken away their livelihood by confiscating their spinning wheel. Something to do with a curse on the princess, they said.
Without the promise of an income from spinning, Talia's prospects for marriage disappear, and she and her mother face destitution. Past caring about breaking an arbitrary and cruel law, rebellious Talia determines to build a new spinning wheel, the only one in the nation-which plays right into the evil fairy's diabolical plan. Talia discovers that finding a happy ending requires sacrifice. But is it a sacrifice she's willing to make?
What did I think of it:
An original take on the Sleeping Beauty Fairy Tale. The above description may give you the idea this story focuses on the building of the new spinning wheel, but that's not true. Far more it is a tale about Talia and how she must adjust to a whole different sort of life than she thought she would live. Her choices aren't easy and not always smart, but her strenght of will and her kind nature are what make you feel for her and make you wish she will get as much a happy end (if not more so) as the Sleeping Beauty. All in all a refreshing and nice read.
Why should you read it:
If you like fairy tale retellings with something extra this is your story.
* I got this book for review from the publisher through Netgalley
It will be released 09/27/2010