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Adventurous and Spellbinding: A Review of THE SPINDLERS by Lauren Oliver

Posted by on October 19, 2012
Lauren Oliver
256 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: October 2nd, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LIKED

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.

   Filled with betrayal, love, and deadly secrets, Lauren Oliver’s newest book, THE SPINDLERS, is spellbinding and adventurous.

   Liza’s beloved younger brother, Patrick, isn’t himself. Liza soon discovers that the spindlers, soul stealing spiders, have gotten to him. So she sets out for the dark world that lays beneath. There she meets a rat, to tell the truth a very, very odd rat. Agreeing to help Liza on her quest to save Patrick before it’s too late, the rat joins Liza as they set off into the dangerous, mysterious and sometimes annoying Below.

   Two of the many reasons I picked up this book were because, one- it was written by Lauren Oliver and she wrote one of my favorite books, Leisl & Po. And two- the cover, with its mixture of green, purple, and yellow. I really liked the world Lauren Oliver created in her latest middle grade fantasy. The tests that Liza had to take towards the end were really interesting, and I like the way Liza solved them.

   Though THE SPINDLERS wasn’t as great as Leisl & Po, it was completely different. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a mysterious and exciting read – filled with riddles!

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  1. I love the cover. That is the biggest draw for me. It sounds great too which doesn't hurt its chances of getting read. I love a good MG novel, and Spindlers seems like it is just the thing for next foray into that world. I must admit, I am spooked already. Spiders? Really? Ugghhh!!!

  2. I read and enjoyed The Spindlers. The rat was strange, wasn't she – soooo vain! I thought Liesl and Po was better, probably because it wasn't quite as much magical fantasy as it was just magical. The Spindlers was action packed and had so many creative creatures. My favorite ones were the Nocturni. How about you? Lauren Oliver is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.

  3. I love how this has a creepy feel to it! Lauren Oliver is a genius author, and I'm sure even the rat was done beautifully!!

    Awesome review:)

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