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- Print Length: 276 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 20, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06X1G1DHM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Of Cinder and Madness (Once Upon a Darkened Night Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"The Summer Children" by Dot Hutchison
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Elenore is quite strange and evil. Angelic is amazing for still wanting to help her after everything Elenore has done. She cares so much for her stepdaughter, though she is all the girl has left. Her mother died a tragic death when she was small. Then years later, after Angelic married Elenores dad, he passed away in a hunting accident leaving Angelic with his daughter. She sees the girl is beside herself with grief and is not herself. That may be the case, but still needs to be locked awaysy! If only for the safety of everyone!
One night Angelic decides its time for her two daughters to live a little, she decides to take them to a royal ball, in hopes her daughters will find nice men to marry. She leaves Elenore at home, under a potion induced sleep, or so she thought. When angelic spots Elenore looking like a princess dancing with the prince she is shocked and frightened for everyone's wellbeing. Things go badly when Elenore sees the Prince dancing with her sister and unleashes birds that do her bidding, scaring everyone and forcing angelic to spill her secrets to the open and handsome ear of the king.
Angelic realizes something must be done when the prince disappears to hunt for his love Elenore.
If you are wanting a book that is full of creativity and portrays a very different take on Cinderella than this is a must read!
This might be one of my new favorite Cinderella stories. I didn’t want it to end, and look forward to reading more from Nicole Zoltack.
I read this book for my own enjoyment. You can see this review on my site, linked in profile.
I tend to love fairy tale retellings, so I was excited to snap this one up.
I kind of expected this story to be a bit dark (I mean, just look at the title). But as I wound my way through the story, I was somewhat perplexed at the complete rewrite of the original story, having little in common besides the roles of the characters (barons, prince, step children, etc.) and the settings in which they participated. Honestly, I kept reading it wondering if the stepmother was the one who was afflicted by madness, and the Cinderella story I've come to love would be restored.
I found the pacing a bit difficult as well. The story starts not in the middle of action, but somewhere floating before the action. the opening statements make Angelique seem bitter, almost vengeful, but we find out through the story this is not the case (over and over again). Between the current story chapters are flashback chapters, detailing how they got to this place. The flashbacks skip around, and it ended up being a bit confusing at times, trying to decipher where I was in the story. Besides that, the constant back and forth, even when the current story finally got interesting, interrupted the flow.
Finally, though I wanted to like the characters, Eleonore was less than sympathetic, and Angelique's constant struggle felt overdone, and she wallowed in self pity more than I could truly enjoy. The prince was perplexing as well (was he disturbed, too?).
The story is imaginative, and it totally turns the original on its head. It was obviously not the right fit for me, but I think others who like dark and twisted fantasies/fairy tales with a more casual pace and somewhat experimental format would enjoy this book.
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of the fact she relies on the darker, older origins.Read more