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Cinderella Girl [Kindle Edition]

Ava Smith
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ten year old Briony Duke and her parents own a prestigious girls’ school in the country. This is in contrast to Mrs. Eyres, a middle-aged woman who has just been sacked by Briony’s father for embezzling funds. When Briony’s parents are killed in a car crash, Mrs. Eyres and daughter Lucy take over the school and Mrs. Eyres now becomes Briony’s guardian. Mrs. Eyres makes Briony sleep in the kitchen, cook, clean and tend to her and her daughter’s every whim. Seven years pass and Briony grows to be a beautiful and highly intelligent 17 year old. One day she meets Tom Logan, the sixth richest man in the country. She starts to fall in love with the charismatic 19 year old. The only question is, can she win his heart before her evil stepsister does?



Product Details

  • File Size: 994 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FNXKE2I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't even finish January 12, 2014
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This book is awful. I could not even finish it. It is written in a narrative, simply telling you what happens step by step with no emotional pull. It is a good story just not well written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Firm NO February 6, 2014
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Even though the book had a interesting twist to the Cinderella tale, I felt the narrative style stilted, poorly written, and lacking any emotional investment of the reader to their characters. It seemed to be written in a style that was so simplistic that it was geared to adolescents or written by an adolescent for a school writing project.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars no... just no November 14, 2013
By Aislynn
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This story had potential, but it falls flat. Instead of pulling you in and letting you live the story, you're just told what happens. It's like an outline that has not been filled in. It doesn't engage the reader at all. I just... No.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new twist on a classic tale May 22, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Ava Smith's "Cinderella Girl" is a fresh retelling of the Cinderella story with modern elements. Although the book has elements of the present age (cars, etc), Smith's writing style is reminiscent of classic writers. Her writing is detailed, and there is very little colloquial speech, which suits the story well. The characters are well-rounded and interesting. Ten-year-old Briony Duke was my favorite character. She must deal with the death of her parents, moving the into the home of people who hated her family. As the reader, you see Briony grow up and fall in love with "prince charming." The plot, although it maintains the classic Cinderalla format, has enough additions to keep it interesting and engaging. If you like the original Cinderella story, you will really enjoy "Cinderella Girl." Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book reminds me of the 2004 movie, "A Cinderella Story" that stars Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray. The plot of this book is also predictable in that it matches that of the original Cinderella story book. Basically, it is the Cinderella story told with a modern day twist.

Personally, I think the story would have been better without the addition of the mysterious, magic stranger. But sometimes youth need a little magic in their life. This book is what I would suggest for those kinds of youth.

One con is that sometimes I couldn't tell what character was talking. This is because the composition of paragraphs and sentence structure needs a little bit of work in some places.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun to Read Remake of the Classic Tale January 16, 2014
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Cinderella Girl is a new take of the classic tale, Cinderella. You’ll find resemblance to the old version, such as the evil stepmother (the guardian), the also-very-evil stepsister, the Prince Charming (the heir to a huge enterprise), etc. but there are also new elements added to the story. There is a fine balance to make between keeping the classic melodrama plot and breathing in new ideas. The author managed to do it satisfactorily.

The style of writing is good. The story is not boring at all (despite you already have a sense of how this classic plot would develop). The characters are well portrayed. Overall it’s a lot of fun to read this book, I’m giving it a 5/5 rating which it really deserves. I look forward to reading more classic re-makes from this author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Modernized Cinderella Throwback May 30, 2014
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I am a sucker for fairy tales and know quite a bit about them, as I've mentioned previously, so if there's a version of a tale, I'll read it.

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Ava Smith's Cinderella Girl is a familiar fairy tale modernized, yet not due to a costume ball. The aspects to the tale that were retained were quite good. I enjoyed that there was a bird involved, albeit it toward the very end, as birds played a large role in one of the earliest renditions of the tale to notify the prince of sisterly deceit.

I quite enjoyed the manifestation of the "fairy godmother" as a lovable little man, Albert Tiddle. Quirky, older men are always entertaining.

I didn't really have a connection to any of the characters. They were basic shells that relied heavily upon prior knowledge of the fairy tale. Going along with being a shell, the character's weren't fully fleshed out and their reactions, ie. fast turn around for someone like Lucy from being cruel to understanding, were not quite in the believable realm--even with suspension of disbelief. I'm willing to go along with the insta-love aspect for Tom and Briony, because that's what Cinderella and Prince Charming have...and that's the fairy tale THING to do with respect to love...but other than their quick "development," the characters fell rather flat.

This could use a thorough editing, for both grammar as well as story holes. There was one particular instance where Briony had a tray in her hands and the next sentence said that she was using both her hands to carry a basket of laundry. How? Where did the tray magically go? And for the grammar, how can you have a serial list and not have one single comma?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing story; poorly executed May 28, 2014
By C Mc
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Cinderella Girl brings a modern twist to the old story, with a young university student and heir to a wealthy business as the Prince Charming, and a mysterious old man as the "fairy godmother." The storyline is interesting but the writing is in need of serious help. The increasingly popular first person, present tense style is very jarring and disengaging unless done skillfully (and this wasn't). The constant description of emotions was tedious and didn't match the actions of the characters. Honestly, it felt like a sixth-grader's first attempt at writing fiction. This is unfortunate since it could have been a good story. But it was a very painful read.
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