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Lost (Cinderella's Secret Diaries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ron Vitale
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Book Description

This is the first book in the Cinderella's Secret Diaries series. Lost will captivate readers who love New Adult fiction and fairy tales. Lost is a perfect match for fans who have read Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series.

Everyone knows the story of Cinderella and the glass slipper, but what happened to her after she married the Prince? Set in the late 1700s as Napoleon is rising to power, Cinderella embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to come to terms with her new life. Her journey leads her to find her long lost Fairy Godmother and aids her to solve the mystery behind her mother's death. Yet the Fey Lord, the Silver Fox, also takes notice in her and suddenly her world is turned upside down . . .

Find out if Cinderella does find her happily ever after in Lost, the dark and intriguing first book in the Cinderella’s Secret Diaries series!


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Book reviewer Jess Olsen Faulkingham: "The intrigue in this story pulled me in and wouldn't let go."

Book reviewer Tania Collins: "Written in a rich, beautiful style, so as not to take away from the original story, Cinderella's secret diary is definitely worth a read as well as a re-read."

About the Author

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ron Vitale was influenced by the likes of Tolkien, Stephenie Meyer and French culture, but has never forgotten his roots, proud to be able to correctly order a cheese steak at Pat's steaks.

During his early 20s, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and French and then went on to obtain his Master of Arts in English, at Villanova University. After graduation, Ron entered the world of medical publishing, utilizing his editing and technological skills. In October 2007, Ron published his science fiction short story collection The Jovian Gate Chronicles that answers the question: What happens when humans cross paths with intelligent aliens who claim to be prophets from God? In the fall of 2008, he released his fantasy novel Dorothea's Song, a tale of a young high school student who copes with his parents' divorcing by dreaming up the story of Dorothea, an elf who lives in the magical forest.

Currently, he is keeping himself busy, penning articles on social media and writing, and on learning how to be a good father to his kids all while working on his next novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 610 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615530443
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IHDX18
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,912 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, original imagining of the Cinderella myth August 24, 2011
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The Secret Diaries of Cinderella: Book One, Lost, is an original, heartfelt imagining of what life was like for Cinderella after the prince saved her from her evil stepmother and stepsisters. No longer a "cinder girl," Cinderella finds herself in a not-so-elevated position when, after 4 years of marriage, she has failed to conceive an heir for the royal family. Increasingly sensing that something in her life is not right, Cinderella begins a diary, and thus ensues a journey of painful, and often treacherous, self-discovery.

Like the old fairytales, before modern-day softening, much of what Cinderella experiences on her quest is not necessarily good or happy: a kind yet passive father, a mother whose past is cloaked in darkness and eerie entanglements, a witch who seems most concerned with wielding the power and magic of her old religion, and a fox, whose gradually revealed true nature manifests as a disturbing and terrifying testament of how deeply twisted true love can become.

Cinderella is appropriate for a young adult fantasy fiction audience and more than substantial enough for an adult readership. It may be especially inspiring for young female readers, for its support of female independence, imagination, and fortitude.

Readers of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, The Gemma Doyle Trilogy, and The Dead Father's Club may find this book particularly enjoyable.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Enjoyable Read March 30, 2012
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I chose the title of this review, not because I was surprised that I liked the book, but more because I came upon it, really, by chance. Regardless, as many of the other reviewers have already given a little "back-story" to this work, I mainly wanted to focus on the fact that what I enjoyed most about it were not just the surprising twists and turns that take you far from where you thought you were going, but also the way that the message you think you're ultimately receiving, ends up not being the message at all.

While I think it's important to never discount the miracle of "true love" (I am, after all, a die-hard romantic), I love that this work points out that self-love must exist prior to the success of any other type of love we may pursue, whether romantic or familial. To many, this may seem an obvious message, but considering the demographic for this book, I think it's still an important one.

At the risk of repeating others, this is not a "sweetness and light" Cinderella story; it is dark and permeating, but the reader comes out the other side having had a very unexpected adventure, which, frankly, is what I think reading is all about. Give it a try...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Whopping Disappointment April 23, 2013
By Tabby
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When a book turns out to be a disappointment it's hard to continue onward, but in an effort to merit being worthy (to myself) of writing a review I continued through the pages. I'm not going to paint a pretty picture here. Instead I'll say straight up that it was really hard to make myself keeping going beyond the 10% marker (as I read the e-book version) yet I did, and it did not get any better. This story had such potential. Generally I enjoy re-tellings of fairy tales, but this one I found highly unsatisfying.

Perhaps it was the fact that it didn't stick to the rules of a re-telling. Usually when you are doing a re-telling of a fairy tale the goal is to make some changes to make it your own while keeping the general structure and not utterly destroying the tale in itself. This does the latter in every way imaginable. From altering the details of the fairy tale in the first place (we don't get to see this part just the aftermath) to destroying it altogether with the book itself. At which point you begin to wonder why it's even a Cinderella story when the story has enough elements to be something of its own in its entirety.

On top of that something that is a fairy tale is shot into a mix with the real world. Now, at times this isn't so bad to do. . . so long as you do it well. In this instance though it turned out extremely poor, and cheesy, as not only is it added with certain historical elements (at one point, as a small example, they actually mention being in a newly discovered America with a "John" who has visited the shores many times) yet at random intervals tossed into the far future.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not your Cinderella story July 16, 2012
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Cinderella is not happy. After four years of marriage, her happily ever after has failed. The Prince is a drunk and womanizer. The independence she wished for doesn't match her dreams. The castle is much larger than their humble home and the chores leave her eyes red rather than her hands, but it is still a prison. She tells her tale through her personal journal to her fairy godmother. Magic exists. It brought her from a life of servitude to the Prince, and now she begs her help to escape. As Cinderella's days fall further into despair, her fairy godmother finally answers, but other troubles keep her away. Unhappy, Cinderella goes to the Queen, the true power in their kingdom and requests she be allowed to visit Paris.

The Queen agrees, but on one condition. She must meet with the witch, take her potions, and bear an heir to the crown. She agrees to everything, but can she go through with her promise for the fairy godmother warns her that the queen and the witch mean trickery? Do they really mean her harm rather than just allowing her to disavow the marriage?

Cinderella vacations with her best friend and companion, Clarissa. At Josephine's luxurious mansion, she meets Henri. This is true love. How can she convince the royal family to let her go? Especially when they learn the potions are not necessary. She is pregnant. She has everything to lose. Whom can she trust?

Cinderella's Secret Diary, Book 1 Lost by Ron Vitale is a young adult novel with romance and fantasy elements. It is a stretch of the original storyline and provides the author's interpretation of what happens next. What can possibly go wrong? Although it is well written, I didn't like the storyline.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars a little slow at times.
A little slow at time and boring but over all it was a three. I'm going to read the next book for sure though. Everyone should atleast give it a try
Published 2 days ago by Ariel Smith Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book.
This book is great. I never wanted this book to end. This is a Cinderella story with a few twist and turns but it is still great. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Amber
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
definitely different..
Published 20 days ago by DebbI
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost Interest and found much of it boring
This could have been a really good book but it was disappointing at best. I cannot recommend it to anyone unless you have time to waste. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Lady Song
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This was an interesting take on the Cinderella story. I am going to have to read the next one.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't for me, but you decide
I've waited a while to write a review for this book, and then I couldn't decide if I wanted to give it two or three stars. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DLM
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting Lost to Be Found
We all know the story of Cinderella. But we rarely think about what happens after "and they lived happily ever after." Is it really happy? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive
A unique spin on the classic tale. I found this book extremely addictive and impossible to put down. If you love fairy tales, you simply must read this. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Brantley
4.0 out of 5 stars Cinder who
The author gives an idea of what may have been Cinderella life. Maybe fairy tales do have unhappy endings. A different idea to happily ever after
Published 3 months ago by Thomas Hudak
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinderella is a strong independent woman who don't need no man
I was expecting cheesiness from LOST, to be perfectly honest--something like the numerous paranormal romances that have become so popular--but Vitale really delivered with this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Saya Leland
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More About the Author

Ron Vitale was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Influenced by the likes of Tolkien, Margaret Atwood, C. S. Lewis, and Philip Pullman, he began writing at an early age, creating short fiction for his classmates.

In the fall of 2008, he published his fantasy novel Dorothea's Song as an audiobook on Podiobooks and for sale in the Amazon.com Kindle store, and in 2011 he published Lost, the first book in the Cinderella's Secret Diaries series, in 2012 the second book in the series, Stolen, was published and in 2014 the third book in the series, Found: Cinderella's Secret Diaries, was released.

Currently, he is keeping himself busy by writing his blog, and on learning how to be a good father to his kids all while working on his next book.

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