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Lost (Cinderella's Secret Witch Diaries Book 1) by [Vitale, Ron]
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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 Witch Diaries 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 J. R. R. Tolkien, Stephenie Meyer and French culture, but has never forgotten his roots, and is a lover of classic literature.

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 writing his thesis on a Jungian interpretation of the works of Margaret Atwood and Alice Walker. 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.

Through 2008 to 2014 he wrote the Cinderella's Secret Witch Diaries series that definitely answers the question: What really happened to Cinderella after she married the prince? And in 2015, Ron wrote Awakenings and Betrayals, the first two books in the Witch's Coven series that tells the story of the witch Sabrina who lives in the magical world of the realms where illusions, magic and an ancient evil reign.

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: 918 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IHDX18
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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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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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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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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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