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Best Cinderella Retelling I've Read
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
0.0
Writing Style
 
0.0
Reader reviewed by The Library Lurker

I'm generally a fan of Cinderella retellings ( Ella Enchanted and
Just Ella
are at the top of my list), and this one deserves to be
up there with the best of them. There a lot of traditional elements, and
just as many non traditional ones. It all adds up to one great book.



I really don't want to say too much because I think that the best way to
enjoy this is to discover the similarities and differences on your own.
I am going to say that the Evil Stepmother is indeed evil, and
sometimes I really just wanted someone to hurt her. I liked Ash. She was
impulsive and reckless at times, unsure and shy in others, which
balanced out nicely.



One thing that I noticed was absent from the book was character
description. It wasn't necessarily a bad thing, just different. I got a
hair color here, an age there, maybe some height thrown in, but never
the whole picture at the same time. It was interesting, and sometimes a
little annoying, but most of the time it didn't really affect anything.



I really liked this book and thought that it was beautifully written.
The story telling was gorgeous, as was the story. It was similar enough
to Cinderella that you could see the parallels, but different enough
that it was entirely its own story.

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