Spinning Tales by Brey Willows is a spectacularly written tale about how the real world and the fairy tale world collide. It all happens when the villains of the fairy tale world revolt, take over their realms, and then enter the real world with plans to take over New York City. But in their way is Maggie McShay, a young woman with a boring life who lives in the city with her less than loving cat. Only she isn’t really a boring young woman and her cat is not just a cat. As Maggie discovers who she really is, and realizes her cat is really a shape shifting creature from the fairy tale world, she and Blech/Shamus the cat, together with Shepherd Kody Wilk and Brenda the romance-driven dwarf must figure out how to save both worlds from the villains’ plans.
I must say that I am awed at the brilliance and the complexity of this story. The plot is well developed and even though it flows through multiple worlds, the reader is easily able to follow and understand the story. The characters, both human and mythical are so well drawn, they seem real enough that you would not be surprised to meet them at your door. The pace of the story was appropriate for this genre. In fact, the biggest problem I had was to put the book down and return to real life before I finished it. This book has it all: fantasy, friendship, love,, heroes, villains, mythical beings, steamy romance, and a riveting story.
I’m giving this book my highest recommendation. It is also going into my favorites folder, and I hope it will be in yours as well.
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.