The Spindlers: Review

Posted 11 November, 2012 by LilysBookBlog in Uncategorized / 2 Comments

The SpindlersRelease Date: October 2nd 2012

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure

Publisher: Harper Collins

Rating: 4/5

Pages: 256

Source: Won

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One night when Liza went to bed, Patrick was her chubby, stubby, candy-grubbing and pancake-loving younger brother, who irritated and amused her both, and the next morning, when she woke up, he was not. In fact, he was quite, quite different.When Liza’s brother, Patrick, changes overnight, Liza knows exactly what has happened: The spindlers have gotten to him and stolen his soul.

She knows, too, that she is the only one who can save him.To rescue Patrick, Liza must go Below, armed with little more than her wits and a broom. There, she uncovers a vast world populated with talking rats, music-loving moles, greedy troglods, and overexcitable nids . . . as well as terrible dangers. But she will face her greatest challenge at the spindlers’ nests, where she encounters the evil queen and must pass a series of deadly tests–or else her soul, too, will remain Below forever.

From “New York Times” best-selling author Lauren Oliver comes a bewitching story about the reaches of loyalty, the meaning of love, and the enduring power of hope

Liza notices one morning that her brother, Patrick isn’t her brother. He’s too quiet, too perfect and too nice; Patrick’s soul was taken by the Spindlers. If Liza wants her brother Patrick back and she will go great lengths to get him.
Liza sets for an incredibly brave journey down to the basement, through a hole in the wall and is faced with large rats, glow worms and other magical mysterious creatures. Liza meets a not so sane rat named Mirabelle, and the two set on the journey for Patrick’s soul.

I am one of the biggest Lauren Oliver fans out there. Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy books have long stayed with me even after all this time. The Spindlers is the first middle grade book I’ve read in years and the first I’ve also ever reviewed. The Spindlers is very entertaining and highly original, with both it’s plot and characters. The Spindlers has a sort of Alice In Wonderland feel to it, which is funny because Alice In Wonderland also happens to be one of my favourite childhood movies.

Liza’s love for her brother is admirable. Liza braves some serouis creepy creatures to save Patrick’s soul. Liza is the type of perfect heroine for the middle grade genre; she’s brave, compassionate, determined and headstrong while also being a highly tough and lovable protagonist. Young readers will find it easy to relate to her and find little pieces of themselves poking through in certain moments.

The Spindlers is the perfect fun and adventurous story for middle grade readers about how important the love for your family is. A definite not to miss for a feel good family read.

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2 Responses to “The Spindlers: Review”

  1. This does sound like such a sweet book. I got distracted and put it down for a bit but I need to get back to it soon. I’m intrigued with the Alice in Wonderland comparison. Liesl & Po is another great MG read from Oliver – Isn’t she the best? Love your review 🙂

    • I haven’t read Lauren Oliver’s other MG book but dyer reading this one I have put it on my to read list! And yes I do love her every book I’ve read by her so far has managed to stay with me long after I’ve finished it.

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