Its got the basic framework of all the Cinderella retellings: mother dies (check), stepmother and sisters(check), and a happily-ever-after with the prince (check). The stepmother and stepsisters don't ever appear until a quarter of the book is over and the ball takes even longer to even come up. This book was all right but I think there are better Cinderella retellings.
There have been tons of Cinderella retellings and begs you to ask the question what could this little book have to offer? The stepmother and sisters are way more interesting in this story and aren't depicted as being dumb as most other retellings make them out to be. Wishes and love at first sight played big roles in the story. must the love of their lives come at the end of the story? I do love the background work Dokey puts into it but I don't think it's too much to ask to put the guys earlier into the story.
Again, if youre going to retell a story, make sure it actually resembles the original piece of work. And from the outside, this book does; a girl named Cendrillon, a stepmother, two stepsisters, and ball, a glass slipper and a prince. Except make Cinderella have a stepbrother, have the stepmother not even be remotely dislikable and the sisters change heart halfway through the book, a ball thats not grand, the slipper doesnt even make an appearance, and a prince whos plot line resembles more The Man in the Iron Mask than Cinderella. Another thing I expect from retellings is for it to add more depth and character development to the original, and the book did the exact opposite. Those two gave no hint whatsoever that they liked each other beforehand, so either Im just really dumb at reading emotional signs, or nothing was there to begin with and the author made it up on a whim to please future readers. Instead of taking Cinderella and retelling it with the respect of the original, the author completely went YOLO on it and trampled the story so it becomes unrecognizable.
There a millions of Cinderella retellings out there, most of them following the traditional Evil step mother and step sister's story. Cendrillion's (as she's called in this retelling) mother died giving birth to her, her father was away when she was born, and came back a few days later. So Since the father (who was some duke, a favorite of the evil queen) didn't come back, the servants raised Cendrillion and the boy, Raoul as their equals. After the father's fit in the garden the crops grew weird, they would plant one type, and a diffrent kind all together would grow. Over time one of the step sisters broke into the father's office, which had been locked; in the office was a giant portrait of Cendrillion's mother, who as luck has it happened to look exactly like her.
The writing wasn't half bad and I enjoyed reading it.
I feared this small book, one of the "Once Upon A Time" series, would be a poorly written disappointment.
It is significantly different than most Cinderella story retellings, but that is what I liked most.
1. Smart and Sweet Heroine: CHECK Cendrillon was a great version of the classic Cinderella. 4. Extraordinary Side Characters: CHECK All the side characters added dimension and politics to the story. 5. Plot Twists: CHECK I actually did not see Raoul's little reveal coming at all.
Her favorite read is J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings." Her favorite TV show is "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." When she's not writing, Cameron likes to work in the garden and is learning to quilt.