So, Spinning Silver was one of those “you-have-to-read-this” books that I dove into because of #bookstagram. There’s: feminist ideals via retelling, themes of greed and sacrifice and family, strong and well-developed main characters…but, in the end, I found Spinning Silver just plain old boring.
If you’re into (lots of) multiple points-of-view stories, this might be your thing. Each character’s voice is colorful and distinct-ish, although I did struggle in a couple sections to decipher who was who. Possibly there’s some masterful-arc in how Novik chose which character was going to tell what piece of the story but I wasn’t smart enough to take note. Heck, I don’t know. It was just too much jumping around for my taste.
Also, there’s very little-to no romance. So, if you’re going into this thinking there’s going to be some lustful flame – you’ll be disappointed. There’s a lustful flame, let me tell you, but not of the variety you’re probably hoping for.
Overall, it was a good read, don’t get me wrong. I’m a sucker for a fairytale-retelling and SS was definitely a neat spin on Rumpselstiltskin elements. Plenty of girl-power. Just not the “mind-blowing” read I thought I was walking into.