First Impression Friday | Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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• Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.
• Did you think you’d love and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right?
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Title: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Publisher: Del Ray

Published: June 10, 2018

Reading as: Audiobook from Audible

Expected rating: 5/5

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand. (from Goodreads)

Anger was a fire in a grate, and I’d never had any wood to burn. Until now, it seemed.

When I first saw this book getting buzz last summer I dismissed it as not for me. Mostly, if I am being honest, I hated the cover (and still do) with a burning passion and wanted nothing to do with it.

But, I’ve been in a mood lately, so I, on pure whim, used an Audible credit to download this book. I could absolutely kick myself for not having done so sooner.

As of this writing I am around 30% through this book and never want to put it down. I listen to it in the car, in the shower, while folding laundry, when I’m taking the dog for a walk, at the gym…pretty much everywhere I can get away with it. I am in love

The story is engaging and full of just the right amount of detail to make things vivid without bogging the world down. The lead characters are all strong, proud women who have learned or are learning to make their way in a cruel world. All three of them amaze me and I wanted to gobble up every bit of this book to see what happens with them.

Another thing that strikes me is that this is exactly what I always wanted fairy tales to be. I was never that into Disney, it felt too perfect and too easy and that annoyed me. This story is absolutely told like a dark fairly tale and I am in love. It is a story I always wanted and never knew that I needed. My preteen heart would have been glad to have been given this as a fairy tale instead of Cinderella or Snow White.

I fully expect to give this book a solid 5/5 when I reach the end. In the future I can easily see myself picking up books by Novik again and again. Her beautiful writing speaks to my bitter soul.

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