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text 2017-06-19 16:43
The Cinderella Deal By Jennifer Crusie $1,99
by Jennifer Crusie (Author) The Cinderella Deal (Mass Market Paperback) - Jennifer Crusie (Author)

Daisy Flattery is a free spirit with a soft spot for strays and a weakness for a good story. Why else would she agree to the outrageous charade offered by her buttoned-down workaholic neighbor, Linc Blaise? The history professor needs to have a fiancée in order to capture his dream job, and Daisy is game to play the role. But something funny happens on their way to the altar that changes everything. Now, with the midnight hour approaching, will Daisy lose her prince, or will opposites not only attract but live happily ever after?
 

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review 2017-06-15 15:48
Funny Fairy Tales 2 - Cinderella by Reut Barak
Funny Fairy Tales 2 - Cinderella - Reut Barak

As a child I loved the story of Cinderella. As an adult I am so gad Reut Barak has come up with the adult version, I laughed through out the story. Instead of being meek little Cinderella, she is Nuts, which the book points out quite often. In this version the Stepmother and sisters were good and loved Cinderella or did they? Cinderella suffers from multiple allergies and keeps herself locked in the attic. The sisters go out to find help for her from a great sorceress, They run through just about every villain in ever fairy tale ever to get to her, now that's love.

This was a really fun version of Cinderella. The ending put me off just a little it seemed a little rushed and disconnected, but it was still a great story.

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review 2017-05-28 00:40
Abandoned -- too young for me in an Afterschool Special way
Cinderella Complex - Rebekah L. Purdy

Stereotypical high school stuff trotting out one clichéd trope after another, all pretty much over the top (not as a spoof or parody).  The POV of the main character wasn't always true to age (but when not teenage-seeming was annoying).

 

Okay, so I didn't give it much of a chance before abandoning.  

 

A premise about inheriting the mantle of the Fairy Godmother should have made for an interesting read.  But synopsis says first thing she'll have to do is help the chick that author already made over-the-top typical bully who even physically assaults MC in opening pages.  Both girls in same grade, junior year of high school.  First day of school, the mean girl matches up to the MC and assaults her right off the bat.

 

Nope, no stomach for more formula YA in high school setting — ending in what is likely to be a "learning" "growing" experience where bully is forgiven and our heroine goes all sappy and repays more than a decade of psychological and physical abuse with friendship now that she has "gained a better understanding of her enemy" and learned blah blah blah blah.  Oh, I'm all for not letting anger and hate rule your life where you do have to let go to move on.  But, move on having as little to do with abusers as possible; don't excuse the behavior, put up with what they dish out and reward them with your friendship.

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text 2017-05-27 21:01
#Random-Available pick
Cinderella Complex - Rebekah L. Purdy

Mr. R picked this one off my available library wish list books.

 

It might get abandoned as being too young for me.  Unfamiliar author.  

 

But, the premise of inheriting the mantle of the fairy godmother intrigued me (I've got a soft spot for Fairy Godmother tales anyway).  Synopsis reads:

"Sixteen-year-old ... Maggie's grandma has decided to retire, which doesn't seem like such a big deal. That is until she finds out her grandma is a Fairy Godmother, and not just any Fairy Godmother. The Fairy Godmother, as in Cinderella, pumpkins, and mice. And she has informed Maggie that she's next in line to become the new Fairy Godmother.

At first Maggie is excited, the whole getting wings, flying (or rather trying not to crash), and a wand that let's her grant wishes. It's like being a superhero, without all the action, explosions, and spandex. Then she gets her first assignment, Katrina Melville, her nemesis. And if that doesn't make her want to poof herself into oblivion, she finds out that part of Katrina's happily-ever-after is Connor Prince. Life is so unfair. Even worse, she can't tell her two best friends about any of it and they're getting sick of her disappearing acts. Then there are the dangerous creatures, called Grimms who will stop at nothing to keep the happy endings from being fulfilled, even if it means destroying the Fairy Godmother responsible. With time running out, Maggie has to make this wish come true or it will ruin the fates of everyone involved, and open the world to darkness beyond imagination. Maggie will soon find out what it truly means to be a Fairy Godmother—and it isn't all about princes, gowns, and wings, but something much more"

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review 2017-05-07 16:26
Review: Sinful Cinderella
Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series Book 1) - Anita Valle

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. Because then they won't suspect what I'm really up to.

 

The ball, the prince - it's all part of my plan to come out on top. Stepmother and her demented daughters will pay for every floor I have scoured, every sneer I have borne. They don't know about the white magic, how I use it to enhance myself. They can't see that my heart is black as midnight, rotten as a poisoned apple.

 

They're about to find out.

 

 

Like I mentioned before, when I think dark, I think George R. R. Martin, because his works are dark. Actually, let me rephrase that, his works are dark and well-written. This story, not so much.

 

Underwhelming describes it well. I can see what Valle was getting at. Sinful Cinderella presents a version of Cinderella who is manipulative, vengeful, and ultimately murderous. She's also really vain. No one is good in this story. Everyone is a terrible person, whether they're a brat or just straight up awful. Stepmother is just as annoying and evil as you would expect in a Cinderella story, except in this one, she helps the prince find Cinderella, mostly because he's a woman beating asshole, which Cindy finds out after she's magicked herself to be the most beautiful woman in the kingdom to seduce him into marrying her.

 

Some kind of twisted justice right there, huh?

 

The book isn't bad. It has a lot of potential, but it felt extremely rushed. Some chapters were maybe two pages long, and the story itself wasn't even 160 pages. Characters weren't well developed, and there was a lot of exposition that could have easily been explained or hinted at rather than, you know, dumped into the story.

 

I like the concepts behind the book, but the execution could have been better. 3/5 mostly because I'm nice. 

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