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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Spin the Sky by Jill MacKenzie - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Magnolia has lived in Summerland her whole life. In the past the towns people were always kind and loving towards Magnolia and her sister Rose, but the last six months their lives have changed immensely. After a horrible event that their mother was part of, they're left to fend for themselves. Now that their mother isn't here to take responsibility for what happened, the girls have to live with the snide remarks of the people in town. Magnolia is a passionate dancer. This is what keeps her going every single day. Is there anything she can do, so people will be kind to her again?

Magnolia and George have been best friends ever since they were little. She has a secret crush on him, but she knows he'll never feel the same way about her. When Magnolia is waiting for her dance class to begin, George walks in with a flyer of a nationwide dance competition, Live to Dance. He talks her into going with him to try out and audition for a spot on the show. Magnolia thinks that if she'd win this competition she can show everybody that she's not the 'no good girl' people thinks she is. Will she be able to hold her own in a tough competition like Live to Dance?

Spin the Sky is a moving and emotional story about a girl who tries to outshine the hate that she gets to deal with on a daily basis. Magnolia is a skilled dancer and she absolutely has what it takes to become a contestant on the show. She can be insecure about herself, but she can also speak up and be bold when she needs to. I loved those contrasts in her character. She's still very young and this shows in some of the decisions she makes. Magnolia only has her sister and I wished for them to have a happy and carefree life.

Jill MacKenzie captured the essence of dancing perfectly. Magnolia really lives to dance. She embodies the movements and feels what she's doing with her whole heart. I loved that about her. I've watched many dance competitions and I'm always amazed when I see all of those stunning skilled dancers. With a nationwide competition also comes drama and I loved to read about the dynamics between the dancers. Jill MacKenzie's writing is amazing and I fell in love with Spin the Sky straight away.


If you love YA books about friendship, dance competitions and overcoming problems you will definitely like Spin the Sky.

About Jill MacKenzie

Jill Mackenzie spent a good part of her youth reading books that she wasn’t supposed to while wandering beaches in Hawaii, Australia, and Oregon. Though Jill danced for most of her life, the most important thing she learned from dancing was how good it feels to dance herself clean on a regular basis. Currently, Jill is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing with a focus on Children’s Literature from the University of British Columbia. Jill lives in Florida with her non-dancing husband, two beach-loving daughters, and two cats who (Jill swears) dance whenever the music is on.


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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed hardcover copy of Spin the Sky and a watercolor dance picture from Jill MacKenzie. One runner up will receive a signed hardcover copy of Spin the Sky.

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  1. Spin the Sky sounds like an emotional story about dance, paying for someone else's mistakes, friendship and dreams for the future.

  2. It sounds like a really amazing story.

  3. This is an amazing novel and a very good read.

  4. Amazing - I'd love to read this!

  5. Pretty cover, and the story sounds great.

  6. This story sounds great, I would love to read it!

  7. Great review. Magnolia is like the perfect name reflecting this story.

  8. This book sounds really interesting!

  9. Sounds like a good read!

  10. Magnolia sounds like an amazing main character. I'm excited to read it.

  11. Michelle FergusonMay 17, 2018 at 11:03 PM

    The book looks great, fingers crossed

  12. Thank you for a great giveaway!

  13. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  14. Sounds like a fab summer read!

  15. Sounds a great read for sitting out in the garden with something cool. Makes you think about when things happen and the consequences for those left behind. Going on my TBR pile now.