SYNOPSIS: Liddi is the youngest and only daughter in the Jantzen family and is set to inherit the family company when she turns eighteen, but she discovers that there are strange things going on in her company. With her eight brothers missing, Liddi must find a way to free them and save the people of the galaxy who could be hurt by the mismanagement.
I adore fairytale retellings and this was no exception. This particular story is a retelling of The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Anderson which is a fairytale that I haven’t read before. I appreciated that R.C. Lewis decided to go with a less frequently retold tale because there are so many books that are retellings of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and even Little Red Riding Hood! I also loved that this particular fairytale revolves around a sister being the one to save her brothers which I feel is rare in a lot of fairytales. There are so many examples of sister/sister and brother/brother relationships and very few brother/sister relationships that are the backbone of the story. I loved that Liddi’s driving force was to save her brothers and that she was going to do absolutely everything in her power to get them back, even when she felt like she should give up and thought she wasn’t smart enough she pushed through to find a way. I also liked the backstory passages at the end of each chapter because I thought it was a nice way to give exposition, but it also helped to really define Liddi’s character. We get to see where her tenacious attitude comes from and we know before she does that she is just as smart as her brothers. Another interesting thing is the sci-fi element. I felt like Lewis did a great job in setting up this futuristic world in a different galaxy with all sorts of crazy technology without over explaining anything. She let the world speak for itself and I was able to latch on instantly. The only thing that I wish is for Minali to have had just a smidge more power against Liddi, but all the obstacles Liddi did have to overcome really made her to be a spectacularly well-rounded character. I hope R.C. Lewis writes more of these sci-fi fairytales and continues to choose stories not often retold! Any fairytale lover will eat this book up!
Thanks Disney Hyperion for letting me read this book! Buy it here!