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Saturday, October 24, 2015
The Spider Ring by Andrew Hartwell
Maria's grandmother has always loved spiders, something Maria does not understand. When Grandma Esme dies she leaves Maria a spider-shaped ring and a note saying "The spiders are your friends. Do not abuse their friendship." The night Maria idly wishes that she had something new to wear and is stunned when a pack of spiders sets to work getting her a new outfit. Maria realizes that with the ring she now has the ability to command brown recluse spiders who will do whatever she asks. Soon, however, Maria is approached by a mysterious man from her grandmother's past which leads her to realize that there are several spider rings and one person who wants to own all of them - someone who is willing to kill whomever gets in her way.
A fine book with a good premise but the story overall was an "eh" for me. It should make for a good booktalk and be a fairly easy sell, especially because it is short, but I didn't care all that much about what was happening.