Review: Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis.

Title – Spinning Starlight
Author – R.C. Lewis
How I Got It – From the library
Pages – 327 pages
Publication Date – October 6th 2015 by Disney Hyperion
ISBN – 9781423185154
My Rating – ★★★★/5

Sixteen-year-old heiress 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. When a group of men show up at her house uninvited, Liddi assumes it’s just the usual media-grubs. Until shots are fired.

Liddi escapes but is soon pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex that she could have imagined. Her brothers are mixed up in it as well, they’re trapped in the conduits between planets. When their captor implants a device on Liddi’s vocal chords to monitor what she says, their lives are in her hands. One word and her brothers will die.

Liddi is desperate to save her family and travels to another world, where she meets someone who may be able to help bring her eight brothers home. But without her voice, Liddi must use all of her strength and smarts to convince him to help her. With the tenuous balance of the planets intertwined with her brothers survival, how much is Liddi ready to sacrifice to bring them home.

I was actually looking for Stitching Snow at my library when I found this. I’d never heard of it but I thought it sounded good so I got it. This is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans.

I haven’t read a lot of sci-fi books. It’s not a genre I’ve really been interested in until recently but out of the ones I’ve read I have enjoyed them. I think I might have to start reading more.

I really liked Liddi. She’s put in an impossible situation, where saying just one word will kill all her brothers. But Liddi doesn’t let that stop her from finding a way to save them and her world. Liddi has doubted her place as heir to her family’s company but when she’s away from the spotlight, pressure, gossip and judgement she finally finds her way and her confidence in herself grows.

Liddi is also faced with prejudice from another species when she travels to another planet. When she arrived on this other planet she meets Tiav, who, despite all the evidence against Liddi, decides to help her. I really liked Tiav and thought him and Liddi were cute together.

Spinning Starlight was such a great read and I was completely hooked from the start. I was planning on reading The Wild Swans before posting my review of Spinning Starlight but that never happened. I hope I can find a copy of Stitching Snow to read one day.

– Aimee

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