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Stepsister
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
A startlingly fresh, fiercely feminist reimagining of Cinderella from the bestselling, Printz Honor-winning author Jennifer Donnelly.
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always_booked
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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Started this a few days ago, can't wait to dive deeper into this! #booked #bookworm #fantasy #stepsister

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Charityann
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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#book fitness challenge week 3 - Did well with my goals this week! Over 10k steps everyday, and six books completed. 😊🏃🏻‍♀️ @wanderinglynn #bfcr2 #bfc

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A fantastic week! 🎉 4d
Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4d
sudi 👏👏👏 4d
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hannah-leeloo
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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So it was my husband's turn to pick my next book and this is what he chose. Let's see how this one goes then @Jackal121. Happy reading everyone 📖🙃📚

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Molly_the_mezzo
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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Bailedbailed

I tried to do this on audio, and I couldn‘t focus on the narrator‘s accent. I may try to read it as a physical book when my headache goes away.

LibrarianRyan I had to listen to this at 1.75x the speed to get through. I would never have finished if if I was reading. 6d
Molly_the_mezzo @LibrarianRyan Maybe I‘ll try that! 6d
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Charityann
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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#bookfitnesschallenge I was able to get my bike out of storage and go for a ride today!😊🚴🏻‍♀️

#bookfitnesschallenger2 #bfcr2 #bfc #bikerides

kindergartenkat Love your bike! 2w
Charityann @kindergartenkat Thanks! 😊 (edited) 2w
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Book_yogi
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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Mehso-so

This is a story of what happens after the fairytale, in this case, the two ugly stepsisters and their mother. For the most part I liked it, and it is a creative idea with some interesting plot developments.There are points where it feels like Cinderella‘s (Ella) character is rewritten a bit and where Isabelle (ugly stepsister) is made to be different than I think probable, but, it is a fairytale and that‘s what fairlytales are made of.

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SenatorMothma
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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Finally finished this audiobook - seriously, who needs 100+ chapters?? A couple other minor annoyances, like a particular overused phrase, and a few really frustrating decisions (or lack of decisions...) on the part of the characters, but overall I really enjoyed it. An empowering twist on a classic fairy tale that was darkly funny.

LibrarianRyan I had to listen to the audio at 1.5x speed and it still felt never ending. Glad I listened instead of reading. 3w
SenatorMothma I listened at 1x speed for the majority and wished I had sped it up! Finally increased it to make it thru the last hour 😓 3w
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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"There is magic in this sad, hard world. A magic stronger than fate, stronger than chance. And it is seen in the unlikeliest of places."

This was a fun book, it had all the magic of a fairy tale but none of the nonsense. The author made the main character really relatable. Strong, smart but flawed and still growing. I liked the trade-in of princes & balls for swords & battles. I definitely recommend, especially if you enjoy other retellings.

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SenatorMothma
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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This book is so dark and yet so fun! Really enjoying the #audiobook version! #30junebooks

@howjessreads

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Butterflyamore
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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Today was a really spectacular book mail day! Aside from the ARC I received, my exciting giveaway win from an Instagram giveaway arrived! I am really looking forward to reading this dark Cinderella retelling and I love the beautiful dedication from the author. I didn‘t have any glass slippers on hand so a rhinestone shoe seemed like a good prop substitution! 😂

Lovesbooks87 I really enjoyed this one! 3w
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Cityofamber
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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I enjoyed this book, it was a fun quick read. But it did feel a bit unoriginal and over the top at points.

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Lindy
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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Magic & redemption. Starting just before the traditional Cinderella story ends, this is what happens next for the ugly stepsisters, Octavia & Isabelle. Can a selfish, mean & bitter girl become a brave, determined & responsible hero? Message-y & marred by writerly missteps, this ultimately worthy #YA #audiobook is narrated with warmth by Jayne Entwistle. #feminist #retelling

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Dietz123
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
Mehso-so

Pros: This re-written fairytale gives a role to everyone, not just the heroine. Also, friendship is valued as much as romantic love.
Cons: I almost DNF‘d early on, because it‘s not an enjoyable tale at the beginning. I almost quit again, because the author hits you over the head repeatedly with the moral of the story. I kept going because the feminist themes warmed the cockles of my heart.

LibrarianRyan I soooooo agree. If I had been reading it I would have never finished, but since it was on audio...I had to speed it up to 1.75X because the reader was putting me to sleep. I like the idea, and some scenes, like the play. The ending was great, but the journey to there.....UGHHHHHHHHHH 4w
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Lindy
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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Strange, isn‘t it, how the stories we are never told are the ones we most need to hear?

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Lindy
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The skin-and-bones dog who shows up at your door, the broken-winged bird you nurse back to health, the kitten you find crying at the side of the road—you think you‘re saving them, don‘t you? Ah, child, can‘t you see? They‘re saving you.

wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️🐱 1mo
Lindy @wanderinglynn My friend is fostering this rescue kitten. 1mo
LibrarianRyan It took a bit for me to get through this audio book. Hope you enjoy it. 1mo
Lindy @LibrarianRyan I‘m at 81% in the audiobook. It was touch and go during the first hour, but I have enjoyed it once I got past the early part. 1mo
Lcsmcat What a sweet 😻 1mo
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LibrarianRyan
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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Mehso-so

3 🌟 What happens when Fate and Chance make a bet over a map?
I almost DNFed. The book moves along very slowly, and the audiobook makes it worse. On top of that, beauty is a big thing in this book. Isabella asks the fairy queen to give her beauty, and the fairy queen says she will only grant this wish if Isabella can find all three pieces of her broken heart. This book is that quest. listen @ 1.75 speed to stay awake.

Full Review GR and LT

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LibrarianRyan
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Uggghhhhhhh. I have just spent 2 hours in the car driving through farm traffic and closed roads to get to mu aunts SURPRISE retirement party. Just to find out I am a month early. And then I had to lie to my aunt that I went to the wrong dead grandmothers house. I didn‘t read the text correct. I double checked because I was originallly told The 7th which would have been Friday. It‘s July 7th. A Sunday at two. 👇🏻

LibrarianRyan Part of the confusion was mom was told the 7th and dad was told Sunday. Like I said I double checked but didn‘t read close enough. At least I am almost done with the tagged book. 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh my goodness!!! I think written invitation cards should make a comeback based on your day alone!! 1mo
SW-T Oh wow. So sorry folks couldn‘t quite get their info together so things were clearer. Least you‘ve got quite the story to tell! Safe travels home 🤗💕 1mo
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Lmstraubie Ugh! Hope you at least had a good audio book to carry you through. 🙃 1mo
marleed Dang. I hope you had an audio book! 1mo
jb72 Oh that sucks! Maybe audiobook time? 1mo
Hooked_on_books On the up side, you‘ll look back on this someday and laugh. The wasted drive sure sounds like a pain in the butt. 1mo
Crazeedi Sounds like something I'd do!😉 1mo
AlaMich I‘m sorry about your mixup. But I love your Juke! Do you like it? I think they redesigned it and renamed it the Kicks, which has to win the dumbest car name ever award. 1mo
Megabooks Yikes!! So sorry!!! 1mo
LibrarianRyan @AlaMich I love mine. I have racing specs so if mine was sitting next to another it would be about 4” lower. I think they still make the juke. The kick is a bit bigger. An adult human can sit comfortably in the back seat. And the front end has been de frogged. 1mo
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The Mushroom Forest
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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This is one of the best feminist books I have read. Isabelle turns slowly into a gloriously strong, independent woman, and the story is all about how women can be every bit as fierce and clever as men.
I think that Jennifer Donnelly did a fantastic job with Stepsister, both carefully stewarding the integrity of a classic fairytale we all love, whilst simultaneously creating her own ingenious twists and fairytale elements with a professional hand.

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SiriuslyWeasley
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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My dearest companion, Penguin. We've spent our day introverting, cuddling and reading peacefully at home. 🐧💜

Purrfectpages Great picture! 2mo
Erofan 😻 2mo
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LibrarianRyan
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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Out for a walk with the doggies. Checking out the walking park. Just waiting for Josh to arrive.

#bfc listening to tagged book.

lahousewyfe Cuties! 2mo
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Lovesbooks87
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I have never wondered what happened to Cinderella's stepsisters after she marries the prince. But when I read about this book I just had to read it. I am a sucker for fairy tales. Isabelle is Ella's mean stepsister. When she cuts off her toes to fit into the glass slipper she thinks she has tricked the Prince but she didn't. Now everyone knows how awful Isabelle really is. She wants to change, but can she? I really enjoyed this story!

Lovesbooks87 This was my 3rd completed book in the #24b4monday readathon. This is probably the end of reading for me tonight. I didn't get as much reading done as I planned! (edited) 2mo
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introvertedbooks
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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Let's see how much reading I can get done between now until Monday night. Here are the 4 books im hoping to plow through this weekend. What are you reading?
#longweekendtbr #readathon #tbr #whatareyoureading

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Sara_Planz
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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I love fairy tale retellings and this one has been on my radar for awhile. Really looking forward to this!!!

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Jen_Reads
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The struggle is real. I do not want to read any of the books I own 🤦🏻‍♀️. Has anyone read the tagged book and is it good if you have?

MellieAntoinette Been there! That‘s rough! Keep trying to slog through but find I‘m so not interested. 2mo
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kezzlou85
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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What an interesting idea for this. We all know what happened to Cinderella but this is about her sisters. I loved the concept and it works really well. The plot was interesting and kept me turning the page and I loved the ending. It was well written and delved into what life would have been like for them. A wonderful story with an important message.
#readersfirst

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BookishRedhead
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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I was planning to buy Captain Marvel:Liberation Run but they didn't have it so....
The Doll Factory is signed

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Karen3
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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I love ARC day at work! I am so happy about Stepsister! It‘s been on my to buy list for a bit. Can‘t wait to read it!!

Cailey_Mac Ooooo those look good!! 2mo
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Birdsong28
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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I am using the tagged book for this prompt for my #52booksin52weeks challenge.

@Schnoebs

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Birdsong28
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Good. Enjoyed reading about what might have happened to the ugly stepsister once Cinderella's story had finished. Fast paced and enjoyable. Loved how it kept to the original story i.e how the stepsister cutting parts of their feet to get into the slipper. Only downside to this book is that there were lots of very little chapters so even though the story flowed well, some could have been combined to create a shorter book. Thank you #Readersfirst

Birdsong28 @Clwojick Just seen this on your bullet journal. 😘📚📖 3mo
Clwojick ❤️woohoo! I‘ll be on the lookout for it 3mo
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Birdsong28
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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Really?! 🤦🤦🤦🤦📚📖

GypsyKat Oh no! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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Birdsong28
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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Have won a copy of the tagged book from #Readersfirst 🎊🎉 Thank you to everyone who wished me luck 😘📚📖

squirrelbrain Ooh I tried for that one too, but didn‘t get it.... well done! I just got my copy of The Beekeeper of Aleppo from last week‘s draw so excited to start on that... 3mo
Birdsong28 @squirrelbrain I will pass it on to you when I am finished. 😘. I try and get my first impression in early as I do it on the Monday morning first thing, that seems to the best thing. 📚📖 3mo
squirrelbrain Oh you are sweet! Yes, I need to get a bit more organised, but I‘ve only tried twice in two weeks and one once, so not so bad! 3mo
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Birdsong28 @squirrelbrain You will win, I have been on there for about 1 and a half and I have only lost twice. I only bid for books that suit my reading tastes but I have noticed that some people do a first impression on a book and don't actually want it which I find annoying as it lessens my chances but they do it for the points as you build them up so you can claim a free book, so you are guaranteed it rather than doing a first impression. 😁📚📖 3mo
TrishB Yay 🎉🎉 3mo
kezzlou85 I got this with my points. I never leave a first impression if I dont want the book as its not fair on those that do. I've had quite a few wins since I've joined. 3mo
Birdsong28 @kezzlou85 Congrats 🎉🎊. You do tend to win on here as I entered a couple of Goodreads giveaways a couple of years ago and won nothing so this is a good website. I have points to use but I am waiting for a book I really want so it's worth it. 📚📖 3mo
BridgetteM Yay! Congratulations! 🎉🎊🎈 3mo
Megabooks 🎉🎉 3mo
kezzlou85 @Birdsong28 yeah I was quite surprised by how often I was winning. I never won on goodreads so gave up. That's a good idea. I dont think the book choices are as good as they used to be though. 3mo
Birdsong28 @squirrelbrain Did I send this to you? I have had a manic few months so I can't remember if I did lol! I am so sorry if I haven't and will get it out to you soon 😘📚📖 3w
squirrelbrain Don‘t worry @Birdsong28 - a friend of mine entered and won it, so if I want to read it I can borrow hers. She didn‘t rate it though, so not sure if I will.... 3w
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elvinareads
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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Currently reading this book. Sorry I wasn‘t active lately. It‘s been hectic weeks. How are you?

Birdsong28 Is it good? I have just entered a competition on Reader's First to win this 📚📖 3mo
elvinareads @Birdsong28 it‘s good so far! I really love reading from Isabelle (ella‘s step sister) point of you 3mo
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Birdsong28
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Have entered to win this from #Readersfirst . Wish me luck 🍀🤞📚📖

Cathythoughts Good luck 🤞🏻✨ 3mo
TrishB Good luck ! 3mo
Ms_T Good luck! 3mo
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Birdsong28 @Cathythoughts @Ms_T @TrishB Thank you 😘📚📖 3mo
j.rye Good luck! I wonder if there are any sites like this for the US? 3mo
Birdsong28 @j.rye There is an American counterpart. I signed up for it but then realised that it was for America. I am off to work now but will have a look and get back to you later 😘📚📖 3mo
Birdsong28 @j.rye this is the website https://www.bookishfirst.com/ I couldn't leave it till later!! Enjoy and good luck 🍀🤞📚📖 3mo
j.rye Thank you!!! 3mo
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LibrarianRyan
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I have seen show covers done much better. Heck ive seen independent books with better shoe covers. But this would fill that #Booked2019 spot.

May 14

#CoverLove #YAedition

SaturnDoo ❤❤❤ I do like this one. Is it a retelling? 3mo
SaturnDoo Ohhh and I just realized it's by an author I like 😊😊 stack add!!! 3mo
LibrarianRyan @SaturnDoo Cinderella retelling. It‘s a good author. But not a great cover. It is like it wants to belong with the Redwine “series” but is the ugly step sister. The Spelled series knows how to do a good shoe cover. 3mo
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Hope_a
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🌻 Stepsister- Jennifer Donnelly
🌻 My Lovely Wife - Samantha Downing
🌻 Lost Roses - Martha Hall Kelly
Vincent & Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers - Deborah Heiligman
#weekendreads

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Missusb
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#currentlyreading #preview #mayrso2019 #retelling This is a lively and seemingly long book about the younger of the two ugly stepsisters. She is going to go through the wringer. #icantell great author.

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bookseller_cate
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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Mehso-so

I‘m a big Jennifer Donnelly fan, so perhaps I‘m being too picky, but I felt like this wasn‘t her best. The book seems to waver in tone between “fun mid-grade” and “gritty teen” fantasy. It also is sometimes a little too “on the nose” with its message.

But a mediocre Donnelly is still pretty darn good. I‘ll will be recommending if I can find the right reader. #arc

Bonus picture of Zelda, upset that the petting has stopped. #catsoflitsy

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It‘s one of my favourite days of the year: my day at bookfair! This is where we sit down with the publishers‘ reps and decide what to order.

Got to see the Scholastic rep first thing, and she gave me an ARC I was really anticipating, so I‘ll be pulling it out between appointments today.

Full ARC haul pic to come this evening.

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