Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: 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'sThe 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.
My Thoughts: I really loved Stitching Snow last year when I read it! And, I enjoyed this one I’m not too familiar with the story of The Seven Swans.
We are introduced to Liddi who lives in a world where she’s the richest of them all and will have a lot of power one day. A day very soon.
She has eight brothers! What a big family. Her mother and father are both dead. Her brothers are all some kind of inventors and she’s expected the same fate but she has a lot more trouble than any of them. She doesn’t have as many ideas or she thinks not.
Well, when Liddi gets put in a position where she’s under siege and people are out to get her, she travels to another place to get help. But, she actually doesn't quite end up where she wants to go and ends up somewhere else. She meets a boy named Tiav. I really liked him. I was drawn to get from the get go. Just something about him was sweet and sincere.
I really liked watching Liddi get to know Tiav, even without speaking and how things happened slowly between them. I also liked seeing how her mind worked on how she was going to get everything back to the way it should be.
I really did like this one. It was complex yet a fast read for me. And, I was happy with the ending.
Overall: This was a bit confusing at times, but I flew right through it. Its one of those books you have to go into with an open mind and know things can happen that might not happen in our world. I really enjoyed getting to know Liddi and Tiav.
Cover: Like it. I think the colors work!
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