Lexa Hillyer Nabs Two-Book Deal for a ‘SLEEPING BEAUTY’-Inspired YA Series 

Paper Lantern Lit co-founder Lexa Hillyer gets a two-book deal for her YA-inspired Sleeping Beauty story.

Spindle Fire is the first novel by Lexa Hillyer that is inspired by the story of Sleeping Beauty.  The book was acquired by HarperCollins in a two-book deal.

In this story, there are actually two princesses, half-sisters, that go through very different journeys as one is asleep and the other is blind. Need more info?  Read on.

Half-sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood, a Faerie Queen who is preparing for war, a strange and enchanting dream realm—and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

Spindle Fire is a tour de force fantasy set in the dwindling, deliciously corrupt world of the fae, and featuring two truly unforgettable heroines.

We’ve seen the fairytale stories go through re-imaginings through the recent years in both literature (see Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles, Splintered series)and on TV (Once Upon a Time) and film (Maleficent, Snow White and the Hunstman), so it’s no surprise given the popularity of changing the damsels in distress into fierce females.

Lexa Hillyer, who co-founded content generator Paper Lantern Lit with New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver (Before I Fall, Delirium series), also wrote Proof of Forever and the poetry book Acquainted with the Cold, which one the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize in 2011.

Hillyer will fellow Paper Lantern Lit co-founder Lauren Oliver
Hillyer will fellow Paper Lantern Lit co-founder Lauren Oliver | Photo by Ben Rayner/Fast Company

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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