The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
To Be Published: October 2nd, 2012 Length: 256 pages
Genera: Fantasy
Subjects: middle grade, siblings, talking creatures

[Goodreads Summary]
Looking across the breakfast table one morning, twelve-year-old Liza feels dread wash over her. Although her younger brother, Patrick, appears the same, Liza knows that he is actually quite different. She is certain that the spindlers-evil, spider-like beings-came during the night and stole his soul. And Liza is also certain that she is the only one who can rescue him.

Armed with little more than her wits and a huge talking rat for a guide, Liza descends into the dark and ominous underground to save Patrick’s soul. Her quest is far from easy, and the road to the spindlers’ nests is riddled with danger. She must brave tree snakes, the Court of Stones, and shape-shifting serpents before facing her greatest challenge in the spindlers’ lair, where more than just Patrick’s soul is at stake.

I haven’t read Middle Grade books for years yet a middle school book by Lauren Oliver I had to read and I’m glad I did. This book was original and cute. I really loved it and didn’t want to write a review but since it’s a ARC, I haz to. Be warned, I’m not really sure how to review this. It’s probably going to be a very short review.

If you loved Alice in Wonderful, Coraline, or maybe the Redwall series, you’ll love this one too. Even though it’s not exactly YA, it’s still a cute book to read. Let’s start the review guys!

Liz was strong, kind, and loyal. She never gave up even when the times got tough. She wasn’t exactly the smartest but she was very brave. Liz seemed like my brother, full of imagination and spunk. She also seemed a lot like Coraline from Coraline and Alice from Alice in Wonderland. She was adorable.

Mirabella was he rat from the Below. A fashion obsessed rat that is highly offended by the word “rat”.  She is sweet, sarcastic, and witty. Mirabella cracked me up on more than one occasion.

All the characters seemed very familiar. THey all seemed like characters from Alice in Wonderland which I really enjoyed.

Plot and Writing:
It wasn’t exactly the most unpredictable plot.  I guessed most of the book from around 10% in. The plot was cute and more or less unique. I did enjoy it and found myself grinning like an idiot throughout the book. It was cute but if I looked more into the plot like I usually  do, it wouldn’t be as enjoyable. So, my rule: read this one, don’t look deeply into it.

It was childish, much more simple than what I’m use to, yet it was lyrical and Alice-ish. It will be downgrade if you don’t often read MG books. I really don’t have too much to say about this.

What I liked and disliked:

  • Nice characters
  • Cute plot
  • Alice and Coraline references


  • Predictable
  • Boring riddles

In conclusion:
I really enjoyed this book, it wasn’t anything special really but it was nice as a lazy read which is what I needed right now. I recommend reading it even if you’re way past the MG range.


Favorite Character: Mirabella
Favorite Quote: 

That they [her parents] dreamed at all was a revelation. She had always assumed, in some way, that they powered off at night, like computes, and booted up again in the morning, with a whole new series of downloaded complaints and annoyances and problems and irritations. She could not begin to imagine what they would dream about. Taxes, perhaps…?

Rating: ★★★★☆

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