Kiss of the spindle

Nancy Campbell Allen, 1969-

Book - 2018

"Dr. Isla Cooper must travel to Port Lucy in Jamaica to locate the witch that placed a spell on her--one that puts her into a death-like sleep every night--before the spell becomes permanent"--Provided by publisher.

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Proper romance.
Steampunk fiction
Paranormal fiction
Fantasy fiction
Romance fiction
Salt Lake City, Utah : Shadow Mountain [2018]
Item Description
"A Steampunk Sleeping Beauty"--Cover.
Includes discussion questions.
Physical Description
360 pages ; 22 cm
Main Author
Nancy Campbell Allen, 1969- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

No matter how hard Doctor Isla Cooper tries, she cannot stop herself from falling into a death-like sleep at midnight. When she realizes her condition will develop into a permanent coma within weeks, she blackmails her way onto Daniel Pickett's Caribbean-bound airship to hunt down the witch who cursed her. An empath who specializes in supporting shifters (people who transform into animals during the full moon), Isla realizes Daniel is illegally carting three such shifters out of the country. Vivacious and charming, she befriends them easily, and the handsome, reserved Daniel—though miffed at the way Isla bullied herself onboard—also finds himself drawn to her warmth and spirit. In Allen's imaginative adaptation of the famed fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty," tensions fly as high as the airship itself as Isla and Daniel explore their attraction while protecting the shifters' secrets, and their own. As in Beauty and the Clockwork Beast (2016), Allen crafts a witty romance set against an exciting steampunk backdrop, capitalizing on both the sweet appeal of a Victorian romance and the adventure of a light fantasy. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Allen (Beauty and the Clockwork Beast) delivers pure reading joy in a steampunk riff on "Sleeping Beauty" that is equal parts race-against-the-clock adventure, social comedy of errors, sweet romance, and clever alternate history, with a strong moral compass befitting its fairytale heritage. Isla Cooper, a kind and empathetic physician and advocate for peaceful shape-shifters (and a hunter of criminal ones), negotiates passage on the private airship of wealthy, dashing Capt. Daniel Pickett, who smuggles shifters to the Caribbean. She has a sleeping sickness that plagues her for six hours a day; the voyage is her last hope of obtaining a cure before she falls permanently asleep. The charismatic and delightfully developed other passengers—the automaton servant who's part Data and part Jeeves, the shape-shifting older English intellectuals sadly leaving home, the antagonistic government official with an awkward secret—come together to support Isla in the tricky work of solving her problem, while Daniel starts looking like a good candidate to deliver the fabled curative kiss. Allen turns Sleeping Beauty's passive story upside down with Isla's active competence and frustration with how the curse interferes with her work; fans of strong heroines will be deeply satisfied. Agents: Bob DiForio and Pam Victorio, D4EO Literary. (July) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Dr. Isla Cooper must travel to Port Lucy in Jamaica to locate the witch that placed a spell on her--one that puts her into a death-like sleep every night--before the spell becomes permanent"--Provided by publisher.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Cursed to fall into a death-like sleep every night, Dr. Isla Cooper blackmails her way onto an airship bound for the Caribbean in a desperate attempt to find the witch who cursed her before the spell becomes permanent.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Cursed to fall into a death-like sleep every night, a doctor desperately works to break the curse to prevent it from becoming permanent, a quest that is complicated by discrimination targeting the world's shapeshifters. Original. 17,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A steampunk Sleeping Beauty story from the author of Beauty and the Clockwork Beast.

Doctor Isla Cooper is cursed. Literally. Each night, at the stroke of midnight she falls into a death-like sleep from which she cannot be awakened for six hours. To make it worse, the curse has an expiration date--after a year, it becomes permanent. And the year is almost up.

In a desperate attempt to find Malette--the witch who cursed her--Isla blackmails her way onto Daniel Pickett's private airship bound for the Caribbean, only to discover she's traveling with three illegal shapeshifters and the despicable Nigel Crowe, a government official determined to hunt down and exterminate every shapeshifter in England. Isla and Daniel must work together to keep the identities of the shapeshifters hidden while coming to terms with their own hidden secrets, and their blossoming attraction to each other.

Filled with suspense, intrigue, and plenty of romance, Kiss of the Spindle is steampunk Sleeping Beauty story. It is a race against the clock as Isla and Daniel try to hunt down the elusive Malette before Isla's death-like sleep becomes permanent.