And you thought the stepsisters were wicked….
I’m not who they think I am. A docile girl who meekly obeys her stepmother and stepsisters. Some kind of sick angel who cheerfully bears their mistreatment. That’s what I WANT them to think. Beca
SUMMARY: When Cinderella’s dear father died, she was stuck with her stepmother and two stepsisters. Visited by her fairy godmother, she found that doing good deeds and behaving kindly earned her some white magic– magic that gave her power to change her appearance, change animals to other animals, object to other objects. But Cinderella’s heart festered with bitterness. She does good, but only with the end goal of evil. Her prize, the prince, may not be the easy and happy ending she searched for. The prince has his own darkness. And true darkness is not pleasant.
the not so best parts: I guess my main problem was Cinderella started out a bit vindictive and bitter. But in all honesty, she wasn’t that bad. She even had moments of genuine kindness. I would have preferred to see development of her compassion, than see her slowly dissolve into bad habits. This truly is a negative story. There are a few pinnacle moments of badness, but they don’t have the proper motivation to inspire compassion in the reader, or to make you think that there is possible compassion in the character. The result makes you think the character is shallow and very one dimensional.
the best parts: the magic is interesting, the step characters are realistic. The line between malicious but not ridiculous was perfectly toed with all step characters. The prince was a fresh surprise, well written, and it was interesting for Cinderella to basically see herself reflected in this faux-amazing man. A refreshing change of pace, and an interesting read.
All in all, the writing was good. The story was fleshed out, the characters sharp. A good novella. I just didn’t like that this story didn’t have a resolution or even real development of character. A novella shows, in my mind, important snipers of a story to bring a full picture. This felt like the beginning (of the end). The dark edginess might just not be my thing. For certain, I’m not eager to reread for a character that I just think will never change– especially because she had so many opportunities for goodness– and isn’t particularly emotion provoking. If you’re looking for something new and with a dark feel, this might be it for you. If you’re looking for a dark fairy tale, or different fairy tale with a solid conclusion and moral– this just doesn’t have that structure. I liked reading this, and found it interesting food for thought– but I didn’t feel like I really wanted to see more of Cinderella. This just doesn’t have THAT MOMENT– the one where you cry for that transition to evil, or you cry cause you see the inner pain. This just felt like you wanted to shake Cinderella.
If you want to see a different Cinderella, this is your novella. If you want a full tale revolving around a dark Cinderella, where you see a clear ending and you feel sudden understanding and compassion towards an evil Cinderella, this isn’t for you.
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I found it hard to sympathize with the characters. The only character I actually liked was the youngest stepsister, and I stopped liking her at the end. At least the dysfunctional family is consistently dysfunctional. I get that this is a dark retelling, but there should have been at least one likeable and good character that remained likeable and good. Even a very minor character!
I was not a fan of the ending. It’s sort of left hanging. Yes, Cinderella does some bad things, but she doesn’t deserve the ending she gets. And while life isn’t fair and people don’t always get what they deserve, the ending wasn’t satisfying. I want to learn how Cinderella’s fate affects her as a person. Does she slowly become more and more bad to the point of being evil? Does she find justice? Does she escape? Now, there is supposed to be a sequel (about the prince’s daughter, I think), so hopefully Cinderella’s story gets a little more wrapped up then.
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