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Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story Paperback – March 3, 2009
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- Publisher : Crown; Original edition (March 3, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 279 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0307407993
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307407993
- Reading age : 14 - 18 years
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,872,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The fairy realm and it's dealing with humans is the centerpiece here. Cinderella's fairy godmother,instead of being the matchmaker, attempted to take the prince for herself. Her effort earned her banishment to the human world that she so envied forever.
What follows is her struggle to earn back her place in the fairy world. Or is it? Is she really what the story implies? The story is dark and incredibly sad. And as it ends this reader was left with more questions than answers. I believe the author did this deliberately, wanting the reader to draw their own conclusion. I didn't like the conclusion I came to.
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Pleased I didn't read all the reviews before reading as there is at least one with a massive spoiler which would have destroyed the story for me.
Well written and the descriptions of actual New York were well balanced against the fairies and their environment. The book is about emotions & feelings rather than action, maybe that is why It came across as a bit repetitive to me.
on the surface we see a light and fluffy Cinderella story. But the deeper levels of the story later become apparent.
so, the good points-the writing style is, for the most part, beautiful and fluid. the description of Lil's past fairy life is full of life and joy! the new 'Cinderella' of our time is extremely likeable and eccentric. these points helped to make the book a fun read!
however, on the flip side of this were the many details that were, bluntly, just annoying! Lil's constant self-loathing and repetition of her former beauty may have made me feel sorry for her, sympathetic, but Lil remained unlikeable to me. secondly, though 'Cinderella' is full of character, it seems that the author may have forgotten about our 'prince'! we are told he is, of course, handsome and that he loves books. but there is little more to go by!
finally the biggest annoyance was the ending! you have probably guessed that there is a twist in the end, which i am fine with! but not when the alternative was so unexplained! almost the whole book was leading up to and explaining the expected ending, yet the twist was barely explained! around the last 10 pages seemed like they were written by another person!
i enjoyed most of this book but personally, the ending wasn't enough! 3stars for what was a mostly beautiful read.
I struggled through the first dull chapter feeling no empathy for the protagonist at all. I rarely, if ever, abandon a book this early and hoped it would improve so I skim read the rest, but was similarly disappointed.
The entire book is flat and overwritten, and the fairy sections simply aren't engaging! As for the ending... Well. I suspect that the author thought she was being edgy and clever in her suggestion that Lil is in fact not a fairy godmother at all but a woman driven mad by the death of someone close to her. However, as another reviewer had suggested it is just plain confusing.
A very interesting premise; sadly a terrible book. Avoid.