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.
Source: Hollywood Reporter