Let the Darkness Consume You | Blog Tour, Review, Playlist + Favourite Quotes: Night Spinner by Addie Thorley

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Can you believe that not only is today my birthday, but my tour stop for one of my favourite YA releases? HELLO, Night Spinner. It's time to let darkness consume. (Also, HOW BEAUTIFUL IS THAT COVER? I'm swooning. Always.)

About Night Spinner 
by Addie Thorley 
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release Date: February 11th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings
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A must-read for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, transforming The Hunchback of Notre Dame into a powerful tundra-inspired epic.

Before the massacre at Nariin, Enebish was one of the greatest warriors in the Sky King’s Imperial Army: a rare and dangerous Night Spinner, blessed with the ability to control the threads of darkness. Now, she is known as Enebish the Destroyer―a monster and murderer, banished to a monastery for losing control of her power and annihilating a merchant caravan.

Guilt stricken and scarred, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary, until her adoptive sister, Imperial Army commander Ghoa, returns from the war front with a tantalizing offer. If Enebish can capture the notorious criminal, Temujin, whose band of rebels has been seizing army supply wagons, not only will her crimes be pardoned, she will be reinstated as a warrior.

Enebish eagerly accepts. But as she hunts Temujin across the tundra, she discovers the tides of war have shifted, and the supplies he’s stealing are the only thing keeping thousands of shepherds from starving. Torn between duty and conscience, Enebish must decide whether to put her trust in the charismatic rebel or her beloved sister. No matter who she chooses, an even greater enemy is advancing, ready to bring the empire to its knees.

Night Spinner by Addie Thorley 
Rating: ★★★★★  
As always, a copy of this book was provided by the authors in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. 

Honestly, I'm breathless right now. Wow, Addie Thorley. Wow, Night Spinner. Where to start? I feel like I've just gone and run miles through an enchanted forest or something and now I have to bring myself back down to earth/reality. Something that needs to be said straight off the bat is that Night Spinner is truly a breathtaking and action packed fantasy--Thorley has crafted something that is pure magic.

She breathes new life into the story that inspired Night Spinner, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and transforms it into something new. Even if you don't enjoy the story that it is re imagining, you will devour Night Spinner.

My heart is racing a bit as I look back on the ride that is Night Spinner. Like all good retellings, it has a spark of its original story but is, ultimately, something of its own. Whiplash can be expected from its varied plot-twists. Thorley's prose is awe inducing in its vividness. Each page is full of descriptive magic and a lush landscape of mythology, world-building and romance. Night Spinner is the sort of novel that gives you an electric charge that lasts for days.

Once you pick up Night Spinner, you won't want to put it down. If you love a classic and diverse fantasy, Night Spinner is a total must-read for you. From the moment you meet the darkness that is this magical system, and the bleak and mysterious past of our lead, Enebish, you'll be engrossed in this richly drawn world.

Night Spinner is fast paced and thrilling; beautifully written and energetic. For every danger, there is a romantic turn. For every swoon-worthy exchange, there is a heart aching twinge of regret. For every revelation, there is a new question. And for the ending? There's nothing but anticipation of what could possibly come next.

In short? Addie Thorley is a total pro at weaving a story that is engrossing, romantic and intriguing. It is everything a reader could want out of a fantasy and will leave readers wanting more. Night Spinner is a surefire standout of 2020 and a definite must-read. Night Spinner is not only YA at its finest, but retellings.

Unputdownable. Breathtaking. Epic. Atmospheric. Incredible.

Favourite Quotes

"You miss many things when your world is so small." I just adore this quote. Within the first quarter of this book, I actually highlighted and made notes on several quotes. (Including the novel's opening line.) But this is the quote that struck me most of all and made me think, oh, yes, I'm definitely going to love Night Spinner.

"If you want to cleanse a house of termites, you must burn it to the final board, lest it infect other buildings on the street." As Enebish's eyes begin to open to the world around her, this quote felt like a big significance to the central story arch. Not only does it show what the bad guy was willing to do, to stay in power, it also fuels the rebellion in some ways.

"When people think you're flashy and brazen, they'd never expect you to operate out of a run-down bedroom at the back of a tavern. It's all about showing one thing, then serving something else." This quote is just really big on foreshadowing and I think it's important because it was one of those moments that gave me an idea of what the bigger picture might be. Thorley snuck in a lot of nods to what some of the story's big twists would be.

"It's a heavy thing, living with regret." We all have our regrets. This quote sums up very well not only what Enebish is feeling, looking back on the past and her mistakes and what wound up being her undoing. But, I feel like we all have felt this. Many times. To a lesser degree.

"Good is relative, Enebish. There are a thousand sides to every story. A million shades of gray between black and white." This line... just... this line. I love it. It's bleak. It's morally gray. It sets a tone.

"Not all wounds can be seen." I don't even need to say it about this one.

"I am not what they make of me, but what I make of me." Again, I don't think I need to explain this one.

"Be humble, for you are made of earth. Be noble, for you are made of stars." I started this section with a sticker for this quote because... sigh. Love it.


In my mind I kept picturing the novel as a television series. That's how vivid Addie Thorley's writing is. Night Spinner had so many moments that were emotionally charged and I wanted that represented in song. At least, in a playlist that could tie-into the novel. As always, it all played out in my mind. Sometimes it was aggressive, sometimes it was melancholic, sometimes it was romantic.

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About the Author

Addie Thorley is the author of An Affair of Poisons, a YA historical fantasy, which was chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and is a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee. Her forthcoming novel, Night Spinner, will be released on February 11, 2020.

She spent her childhood playing soccer, riding horses, and scribbling stories. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in journalism, Addie decided “hard news” didn’t contain enough magic and kissing, so she flung herself into the land of fiction and never looked back. She now lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and wolf dog. When she’s not writing she can be found gallivanting in the woods or galloping around the barn where she works as a horse trainer and exercise rider.

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