Gold Spun is an golden (ha) novel with an intricately woven plot, unique world building, and loveable characters!
Rating: 3.2/5 stars
Some parts were good, some were great and some were… not.
Gold Spun started off really fast and unpredictable! But at around 170 pages in it started to feel like the main problems were resolved and I didn’t care too much about anything else. I was still full of surprise, but sort of bored near the end. It followed a very common pacing, picks up fast, then slows, and finally very action packed at the end.
I really liked most of the plot! It was thickly layered with lots of little details that would be important later! But about 60 pages from the end I was predicting a lot and that really annoyed me. Some things were very common in young adult fantasies (which I’ve read a lot of) and that’s why I was able to predict the plot with such ease.
The main character, Nor, was great! She was kind, compassionate, and spoke her mind. The second main character, Casper, was fine. I liked him, he was courageous and I related to him in some ways, but nothing more. And for Pel… I knew it. I won’t say whether I knew he was good, bad, or neutral, but I had a feeling. The side characters were fine, good additions to the story but not much more. Except Ilana who was a whole new side story. I really liked Flora, she was welcoming and selfless!
“I won’t pretend to know what it’s like for you, but I do know what it’s like to be without parents and lose a sibling.”
The world building was almost as layered as the plot, with wars that left ashes possibly still having a few sparks left, and the fay! The fay were really interesting! I knew they were going to be in the story from the synopsis, but I didn’t know they and their magic would be so present in the story!
The writing style was standard, but I enjoyed the way Brandie described events and scenery. I did find a lot of errors which was frustrating to a grammar perfectionist. I found Brandie’s humor delightful and light-hearted as well!
“No, there weren’t a lot of queen lessons for war orphans.”
The romance was sweet, but not overly so. It was a love triangle– which is not my favorite, but in this case, it was tolerable. I can see why Casper liked Nor- but not why Nor liked Casper.
“I can send you to the dungeon if you like, but I thought a walk in the garden might be more pleasant.”
All in all, Gold Spun was a quick read, and I’d recommend it to retelling lovers and people who like books with medieval-type worlds!
Here is the book mood board I created:
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Genres: Young Adult, Retelling, Romance
If Nor can’t spin gold, she can always spin lies.
When seventeen-year-old Nor rescues a captured faerie in the woods, he gifts her with a magical golden thread she can use to summon him for a favor. Instead, Nor uses it for a con—to convince villagers to buy straw that can be transformed into gold. Her trick works a little too well, attracting the suspicion of Prince Casper, who hates nobody more than a liar. Intent on punishing Nor, he demands that she spin a room of straw into gold and as her reward, he will marry her. Should she refuse or fail, the consequences will be dire.
About the Author:
Brandie June loves storytelling in all sorts of formats, whether she is marketing animated movies or writing fantasy novels. Most of her early life she was on stage or at least as close to the front row as she could get. Initially an actor, she got her B.A. in Theatre from UCLA and branched out into costume design and playwriting, eventually getting her M.B.A. Her first stand-alone play, a dark comedy about Oscar Wilde, premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival to a sold-out run and won the Encore Producers Award. As a writer, she is especially passionate about fantasy and mythology, has published several pieces in anthology, and is a recent finalist with The Writers of the Future Award. Her debut novel, Gold Spun, is a fresh retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin tale through the miller daughter’s POV. Except now the miller’s daughter is a con artist and Rumpelstiltskin is a mysterious faerie with a dark secret. Gold Spun will be coming out Spring 2021 with CamCat Books. You can find out more about her at www.brandiejune.com and follow her @brandiejune.