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.
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.
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.
"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.
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! 😂
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
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.
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.
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.
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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. 👇🏻
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.
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!
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.
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
Have won a copy of the tagged book from #Readersfirst 🎊🎉 Thank you to everyone who wished me luck 😘📚📖
Currently reading this book. Sorry I wasn‘t active lately. It‘s been hectic weeks. How are you?
Have entered to win this from #Readersfirst . Wish me luck 🍀🤞📚📖
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
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.