Thread and Spool (A Twisted Fairytale #1)
by Holly Hook
Cursed with the ability to weave thread into gold, Brie has learned to trust no one. Her parents keep her around so they can gamble their money away and now her boyfriend’s only staying because he’s got a collection of game systems to grow.
When Brie grabs the attention of Stilt, the new guy in town, it changes everything. Brie is a Legend—a character in a fairytale—and she belongs in a realm of magic called Fable. But when she crosses over to the new world with Stilt, she soon learns that the cruel ruler of the realm has taken an interest in her ability-and it could cost Brie her life.
Stilt promises that he can help her escape, but in return, he asks for something that she might not be able to give. Can Brie put her trust in Stilt or will she die at the hands of greed?
I have always liked reading retellings, I find myself always amazed by the authors’ ability to twist and fracture and alter the fairytales we all have come to love when we were still children. So I was delighted to read Thread and Spool by Holly Hook and read this story to my kids while lulling them to sleep.
I’m an avid fan of Once Upon A Time and Rumpelstiltskin’s character had grown on me, whether on the TV series or from the book. Brie happened to be the girl who could really spin gold out of straws but she’s in our world. Her foster parents used her gold-yielding power to gain more riches and her boyfriend Hardy was just the same. Then she met Stilt and her world changed when the magical elf took her to Fable – a realm where all fairy tales had come about. A realm where she was originally married to the voracious King Henrik and Rumpelstiltskin was the one who really wove thread into gold. And yes, he was always that elf who got her Queen Brie’s first born. But things had changed now that Brie got that magic tingling power instead.
This retelling was fast-paced and thrilling. But there still seemed to be a lot more stories missing, more holes to fill, more questions begging for answers. There’s a lot of promise in this book, so I am giving this series a chance. My kids did enjoy Stilt’s story and Sylvia’s arc, while I would love to know more about Lavine and other characters too. So yes, we can’t wait to read the next book!
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of Thread and Spool from the “Rachel E. Carter YA Book Club” on Goodreads. All opinions of the book are my own.