- Paperback: 326 pages
- Publisher: Entangled Publishing; 2 edition (June 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1682810232
- ISBN-13: 978-1682810231
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have to admit that Cinderella was not one of my favorite fairy tales growing up and I am ambivalent towards the Disney cartoon. I do like the Rodgers and Hammerstein version, especially the one starring Brandi and Whitney Houston that came out back in 1997. If the musical comes to San Francisco any time in the future, I’ll be there with bells on. That said, this is not Cinderella. And that’s a good thing. The last thing we need is yet another re-telling of the original. This was different. It focused not on Kate finding her Price Charming (or Prince Christopher if you’re a R&H fan like me) or looking to escape her everyday life, but rather on a girl coming to grips with her destiny and choosing whether or not she wants it. It is a coming of age story with a bit of magic and a little romance.
You can read the rest of the review at: http://thefictionvixen.com/2015/09/19/review-of-cinderellas-dress-by-shonna-slayton/
Kate Allen is a teenage girl just trying to cope with her dad off in war and her ambitious mother trying to get her in a movie. She has a special, amber necklace given to her by her grandmother, but she never knew it had anything to do with the strange Polish couple who show up on her doorstep. And what? They have Cinderella’s dress…?
A Cinderella retelling of sorts with fantastic twists and turns. How interesting to set this fairytale retelling in the midst of World War II, with Cinderella’s stepsisters’ descendants sneaking around sinisterly. Movie stars. Window decorating. Fashion shows. War. Breath-taking gowns. Soldiers writing letters to their sweethearts… I just loved this tale! :-)
It was so fun to join Kate on this unexpected fairytale adventure. She’s a bit timid, and sometimes awkward; and foolishly gets herself into trouble time and again. But she has heart and courage, and a soul ready to take on this journey set before her.
I rather liked her big brother Floyd. We didn’t get a lot of him, but he was a pretty charming older brother. Teasing. Sweet. But yet… an older brother all the same, :-) I hope to see more of him!
At first Johnny Day made me mad. (Perhaps I’m more like Kate than I thought…) But he quickly grows on you throughout the story. And turns out to be a great young man! Aw… it’s just too cute! He really ends up being a gem of a guy. No, not perfect. But a perfect match, :-)
Mother, Elsie, Josie, and the rest of the “nice” characters were also great in their own ways. Just lovely characters. Easy to connect with. To understand. To laugh at. Or get irritated at. :-)
As I sort of mentioned above, the romance was just adorable! It was more subtle and sweet, but swoon-worthy all the same! There were a few really cute, “grinning”, moments. One kiss I believe. But just overall a more realistic, slow, tender romance. Depth to it. *Sigh* I just love the part where the uncle says something (you’ll know what I’m talking about when you read it), and a little thrill just shoots through your heart…and Kate must be experiencing the same, and more, of course! :-) Can’t wait to see where this romance goes in the next book!
There were a few slightly creepy moments, what with stepsister descendants lurking around. Some moments were a bit frightening/intense. But nothing major at all. And the romance was all sweet. I would say 13 and up or so would be alright for this book.
There were some things that I would have liked to be expounded on more. Like the war’s end. And even the budding of the romance. Sometimes I was slightly confused because things happened quickly, without my really going through it, if you know what I mean. Like all of sudden, it was this way, and I was like, “Oh! That happened. Okay.” I don’t really know how to explain it. It’s not a huge deal at all, but I just thought I would mention it. Overall, Cinderella’s Dress makes for a short(er), easy to read, more fast paced novel.
It was a grand tale really! I enjoyed this new spin of Cinderella’s story. I love the era surrounding World War II. Adore Johnny and Kate, :-) And the dresses, eep!! Cinderella’s Dress is a gorgeous, fascinating, heart-warming, and mysterious novel. I’m so excited to get a copy of Cinderella’s Shoes and continue this exceptional adventure!
First, the timeline of the book was confusing. At the beginning it states that it's 1944, but throughout the book there are hints that a lot of time has passed, yet the book seems to end not long after the war ended. This isn't a huge issue, but it was frustrating as I kept jumping back through the book to try to figure out the timeline.
Second, the characters were not fully developed. Most situations that arose in the story were solved with very little conflict and made me wonder what the motivation was for the characters. As stated above, I did enjoy the book and look forward to seeing what this author has to offer in future books.