Isabelle, one of the beautiful Ella’s ugly step sisters, must learn to accept herself to change her fate with help of the Fairy Queen and the Marquis de la Chance.
- As a child and teen, I was an avid fairytale reader, so I had huge expectations. I found this story brilliantly dark, inspiring, and emotional.
- Even though I guessed several plot points, I loved the characters and themes enough that I read with rapt attention.
- The overall message was powerful and heartwarming, and the nods to the Brother’s Grimm telling of Cinderella (Aschenputtel) were meaningful to me as a fan. Not many modern fairytale adaptations include the warning doves or the stepsisters cutting off parts of their feet.
- The storytelling was gripping, the redemption and transformations were raw and romantic, and the magic didn’t discount the power and choices of the characters.
- I would absolutely read this again and suggest it for others to read!
- It was an effective way to reinforce the dark mood, but the animal violence was upsetting. It’s always hard for me to watch or read.