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Stepsister
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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ajewel7
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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Really enjoying this so far I am almost done. Love that this follows one of the step sister's there is some great theme's and very teachable moments!

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Charityann
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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Hard to believe week six of #bookfitnesschallenger4 is over! I did pretty well over all. I love how these challenges motivate me to stay active and keep reading! 😊 Thanks to @wanderinglynn for being such a positive, encouraging host!!😃📚🏃🏻‍♀️

#bfcr4 #bookfitnesschallenge #readon

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 5d
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ReadingSusan
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I enjoyed this Cinderella retelling from the perspective of one of the stepsisters. It was inventive and fresh. I hater to put it down.

Book_ish Loved Stepsister!! 2w
Frecks-Booklover4life I‘ll need to check this one out! I love reinventions of classics ! 1w
ReadingSusan @Book_ish it was so good! 1w
ReadingSusan @Frecks-Booklover4life I do too! 1w
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Charityann
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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#bookfitnesschallenger4 check-in - pretty good week! Got in lots book since I participated in #24B4MONDAY last weekend. And a decent week for steps. 😊📚🏃🏻‍♀️ #bfcr4 #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 3w
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Charityann
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1. Outward appearance- my hair, character - my intuition
2. @Clwojick was a wonderful host during #scarathlon! She was enthusiastic and gave lots of encouragement!😊
3. I‘m painting my nails today! 💅 #bookfitnesschallenge #bfcgiveaway #bfcr4 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for entering! 💜 3w
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bookmom921
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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⭐⭐⭐⭐

I was so excited that my library finally got a copy of Stepsister in so I could read it after waiting for what felt like forever.
It had a nice flow to it and I loved the ending.
My only issue was that some of the paragraph's phrasing was abrupt and, at times, confusing.
Overall, I was very satisfied with the book and enjoyed it.

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silentrequiem
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I loved this "post-happily ever after" story about Cinderella's stepsisters. It's a feminist story of finding your own happy ending instead of the one society thinks you should have. It's so different from other fairy tale inspired books I've read.
#catsoflitsy

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Purrsistently
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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The audiobook version is performed SO well and it is beautifully written.💕 There is a lot more to this than I expected!

Reggie I loved Chance and his unfailing belief in the potential of people. This was so good. 1mo
Purrsistently @Reggie same! 😭 1mo
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Butterflyamore
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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It‘s time to talk about the books we read in September! Come watch my latest video and chat with me about your reads from last month! https://youtu.be/Y_Bhj5MAaxk

#booktube #septemberwrapup #monthlywrapup #booksreadinseptember #septemberreads #bookreviews #booktalk #goodreads #bookvideo #readersunite

EadieB @Butterflyamore The only book I read from your list is Recursion. I have a few books from Jennifer Donnelly and need to read them. I have the Tea Rose collection and Northern Lights and Revolution. I have the DI Patrick Lennon books from Mark Edwards which he wrote with Louise Voss. @Andrew65 read them and loved them and we have similar tastes. I hope to read them soon. Now I‘ll tell you about what I read in September in my next post. 2mo
EadieB @Butterflyamore I read 14 books and about 6 were mysteries from series I am reading. First off, my rating system is usually 3 stars is a so-so read, 4 stars is I liked it a-lot and 5 stars it was great! Anything below 3 I didn‘t like at all. 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie was 4 stars, The Caller by Chris Carter was a 5 star read but his books are over the top gore but I read them with a group and we do enjoy them. 2mo
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EadieB @Butterflyamore Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler was a 5 star read. I read this one for my 100 years mystery book challenge. I love those old time classics. A Better Man by Louise Penny was a disappointing 3 stars. I have read her series for 15 books and she needs to get back to writing about Three Pines village like her earlier books. Her last two have been off track. I think her reviews will wake her up as to what she needs to do. 2mo
EadieB @Butterflyamore After the Fire by Jane Casey is a 4 star read and a great series too! The Funeral Boat by Kate Ellis was 4 stars and another series read with a group. The Beekeepers Apprentice by Laurie R King was 5 stars. It is about Sherlock Holmes at the time of his retirement and Mary Russell who will be his new female partner. This was the 1st book in the series so I‘m looking forward to read more. I‘ll tell you next about the fiction books. 2mo
EadieB @Butterflyamore Hammer of Eden by Ken Follett which is a 4 star read. I am reading all his standalone books with @Andrew65 and @Tove_Reads and we are really enjoying his writing. What Rose Forgot is a 4 star read from NetGalley. Ask Again Yes is a 4 star. I think you may have read this one. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was an excellent 5 star read. If you haven‘t read this yet, you should! Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy was 4 stars 2mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Yes, totally loved the DI Patrick Lennon Books, I just wish they‘d write more. Hope you enjoyed them @Butterflyamore 2mo
Andrew65 The Caller by Chris Carter and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo were two of my favourite books in September along with The Moon Sister by Lucinda Riley. @eadieb @Butterflyamore 2mo
EadieB @Butterflyamore I‘m reading all of Binchy‘s books with another group and we enjoy them. They are books usually about Ireland and interesting unique characters. Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl is 4 star read. This book is very different. It is a YA book with many genres; magical realism, science fiction, psychological suspense. I read her Night Film book so I decided to try this one too. The Words Between Us is a 5 star read from NetGalley. 2mo
Butterflyamore @EadieB It sounds like a pretty good reading month for you! I definitely want to read more of books by Mark Edwards. I haven‘t read Ask Again, Yes yet but I do have it. I see so many positive things about Evelyn Hugo. I have to say that it has never appealed to me but I‘m hoping to do one thing outside of my comfort zone each month so I‘m sure I will read it eventually. 2mo
EadieB @Butterflyamore This last book i told you about is by Erin Bartels and I really liked her writing alot and her characters too. @Andrew65 Thanks for chiming in and confirming about the books we read in September! (edited) 2mo
Butterflyamore @Andrew65 The Moon Sister sounds interesting. I haven‘t read the DI Patrick Lennon books yet but I read The Retreat by Mark Edwards last month and loved it so I‘d definitely like to check out more of his work. 2mo
Andrew65 @Butterflyamore The whole Seven Sisters Series by Lucinda Riley is excellent. 2mo
Andrew65 @EadieB You Know me, can‘t not! James Rollins and James Oswald in October so should be another good month. 2mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Yes! I'm looking forward to reading those! Thanks again for joining in! 2mo
Andrew65 @Butterflyamore will be interested to see what you both think of the DI Patrick Lennon Books. @EadieB 2mo
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Reggie
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Yeah, so never in a million years would I have picked up this book on my own but my LPMBC chose this. I wanted to bail because it just seemed like some Disney/Lifetime cheese. But the longer I read the more I realized this cheese was delicious. That this retelling of one of Cinderella‘s stepsisters had whimsy, had magic, was funny when it needed to be and dark, and had a great message of forging one‘s own path in this world. I really liked this.

TrishB Great when books surprise you. 2mo
Lindy I‘m glad you liked it. I almost bailed on this a few months ago because I found it message-y and marred by writerly missteps, but it was ultimately rewarding and I‘m glad I stuck with it. 2mo
Reggie @TrishB totally!!! @Lindy Me too, because something very special rose out of this book. I loved the interactions between Chance and the fate crone and the Fairy Queen. 2mo
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GatheringBooks I like Donnelly. She manages to surprise me even while she appears very “pop” in the beginning. (edited) 2mo
Centique This sounds fabulous. I loved the quote too! 😍 2mo
Lauram Cheese IS delicious! Happy to stack cheese. 2mo
Reggie @GatheringBooks your use of “pop” is very apt. 2mo
Reggie @Centique there are some very memorable scenes in here. Very girl power. 2mo
Reggie @Lauram I hope it is very Gouda for you. 😉Lol 2mo
Rissreads This sounds very interesting! Stacked! 2mo
Reggie @Rissreads it ended up being pretty good. 2mo
Rissreads I love that you read a diverse range of books! 👍 2mo
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Reggie
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I have grossly underestimated this book.

Bookish_Gal I officially want this book now 2mo
Reggie @Bookish_Gal yay!!! I hope you like it! 2mo
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Butterflyamore
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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4.75 stars

I think there is so much depth that readers can take away from Stepsister, as we are reminded that we are not who the world tells us we are and we don‘t need to be who others demand we should be. It‘s a book that chases us away from the path of conformity.

Full review: https://www.facebook.com/262384764521804/posts/337312710362342?sfns=mo

Or follow me on Goodreads. Link in profile.

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silentrequiem
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Three quotes that spoke to me while I was reading on the plane.

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silentrequiem
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Airplane reading!

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Butterflyamore
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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Never listen to such small-souled folk.

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 on the side of the road.

You think you‘re saving them, don‘t you?

Ah, child. Can‘t you see?

They‘re saving you.

~Jennifer Donnelly/Stepsister

MrBook 😻😻😻 #ferretsofLitsy 2mo
MicheleinPhilly ❤️❤️❤️Thinking of you. 2mo
youneverarrived ❤️❤️ 2mo
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Sharpeipup
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”Don‘t you see? A pretty girl must please the world. But an ugly girl? She‘s free to please herself.”

Agree?

#audiobook #fairytaleretelling #quote

Eggbeater If you're a woman you're expected to please everybody. Period. 2mo
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Butterflyamore
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“Sometimes it‘s easier to say that you hate what you can‘t have rather than admit how badly you want it.” ~Stepsister/Jennifer Donnelly

But really, all of this. This book is incredible so far. Have you read it?

Book_ish Luuuvvved it!!! 2mo
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MellieAntoinette
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#unpopularopinion Bailing at 90%. 90% y‘all!!!

This was like a crystal ball - lots of good thoughts spinning around each other, with momentary diamonds in the rough, but never dancing together long enough to hook you into the magic. A classic case of it can‘t possibly be you, it must be me, but I‘m just not that into you, Stepsister!

LibrarianRyan I agree with you. It took the ending to me me like this book. And it wasn‘t the ending it was the almost ending. If I wasn‘t listening while on a long car trip I never would have finished it. 2mo
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MellieAntoinette
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Bailedbailed

#unpopularopinion Bailing at 90%. 90% y‘all!!!

This was like a crystal ball - lots of good thoughts spinning around each other, with momentary diamonds in the rough, but never dancing together long enough to hook you into the magic. A classic case of it can‘t possibly be you, it must be me, but I‘m just not that into you, Stepsister!

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hjreviews
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Not typically into fairytale retellings but this was recommended by my favorite local bookstore so…

#day6-8 I didn‘t post the last few days for my #30daychallenge because I‘ve been sick as a dog. I‘m still quarantined to the bed, but at least feel good enough to get some reading done today.

Birdsong28 It's so good!! 📚 📖 3mo
CarolynM Hope you're feeling better today💐 3mo
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Charityann
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#bookfitnesschallenge week 4 check-in: Not as many steps this week, but read 8 books (2 not pictured) this week. 😊📚📖 @wanderinglynn

#bfcr3 #bookfitnesschallengeround3

TheSpineView Good week! 👏👏👏 3mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 3mo
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Foragingfantasy
Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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I‘m really enjoying this one! It‘s about the ugly stepsisters and the power of redemption. It‘s got wonderful anti-bullying undertones.

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Wildly_Bookish
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I'm a sucker for a happy ending.

Finished this book today. I liked the mini chapters. I didn't like the lack of white space on the pages. I LOVED the untraditional telling of an extremely traditional story. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

See my full review at http://www.goodreads.com/Wildly_Bookish

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Wildly_Bookish
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I LOVE my little library. To know that I have shelves and shelves of books to pick from, at any moment, day or night, is a comfort. I'm posting the pictures of my collection to share with you book lovers.

Picture 1 of 3

#homelibrary #books #endlesschoices #tbr #showmeyours

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Wildly_Bookish
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"History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out of it, behave ourselves.

The wrong thing, the cowardly thing, the easy thing. You do it fast. You put it behind you. It's over, you tell yourself as you hurry off. You're finished with it.

But it may not be finished with you."

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Lovesbooks87
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1. I really enjoyed the tagged book!
2. Being able to make the children that I teach listen all the time! That would be amazing! 😀
3. Pisces
4. Running errands, going to Barnes & Noble and seeing how much trouble I can get into from their bookhaul sale. Also watching my nephew for a couple hours so my niece can work.
5. Done

Happy Friday Everyone! 😀

#friyayintro

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ShyBookOwl
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"Strange, isn't it, how stories that aren't ever told are the ones we most need to hear?"

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Amie
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This retelling of Cinderella was amazing! I loved every bit of it.

monogamist_reader This is on my TBR, and i cant wait to give it a go. 3mo
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funnypages
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This is what you get when your ugly stepsisters are feminists out to smash the patriarchy. The ending is a bit convenient, but otherwise great fun.

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ShyBookOwl
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Crocheting while I audiobook Stepsister... Bandit seems to like both so far!

#audiocrochet
#catsoflitsy

julesG Weaving in ends? My least favourite part. 4mo
ShyBookOwl @julesG yep! I have soooooo many ends on this piece because I used 5 skeins 😖 4mo
julesG Every time I tell myself I'll weave in ends while working on the project and then I ignore it again. 😑 4mo
ShyBookOwl @julesG same! I lie to myself about that too lol 4mo
brit91 Look at that kitty face!!😻😻 4mo
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ShyBookOwl
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I can never resist a fairytale!

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TamTracy
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I absolutely loved this book and the message it sends to young women and girls. Soooo empowering and also a great story.

Lizzie2219 Ive been waiting to buy it I can‘t wait to read it 4mo
TamTracy @Lizzie2219 It was really good! 4mo
Buechersuechtling Pity the database entry doesn‘t provide a summary. But I‘m impressed by the cover. 4mo
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JenD1
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One of my favorite reads this year.

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Book_ish
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Beach day with Jennifer Donnelly 🏖

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anOriginalCreation
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"I think we all make mistakes, what matters is that we don't let our mistakes make us."

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Charityann
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#bookFitnessChallenge Week 4 check-in: Two books this week, and 10,000+ steps six days this week.😊🏃🏻‍♀️ #BFC #bfcr2 @wanderinglynn

sudi 👏👏👏 4mo
Lucy_Anywhere Well done.🙌 you had an awesome day of steps on Monday! 4mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 Great week! 🎉 (Just don't forget to tag me so you get credit for checking-in 😉) 4mo
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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
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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! 🎉 4mo
Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
sudi 👏👏👏 4mo
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hannah-leeloo
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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
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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. 4mo
Molly_the_mezzo @LibrarianRyan Maybe I‘ll try that! 4mo
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Charityann
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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! 5mo
Charityann @kindergartenkat Thanks! 😊 (edited) 5mo
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Book_yogi
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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
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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. 5mo
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 😓 5mo
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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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
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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
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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! 5mo
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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
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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