"The Bone Spindle" by Leslie Vedder
Sleeping Beauty gets a much-needed upgrade in "The Bone Spindle" by Leslie Vedder. In this version of the story, Sleeping Beauty is a prince named Briar Rose who has been waiting hundreds of years for a kiss to wake him up. But instead of a kiss, he ends up with a no-nonsense treasure hunter named Fi, who pricks her finger on a bone spindle and suddenly gains the ability to see Briar Rose. Add in Fi's warrior best friend Shane, and you have a recipe for a fantastic fairy tale with just the right amount of modern flourishes.
Out Jan. 11