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- Print Length: 340 pages
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- Publication Date: November 3, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B076YXCV75
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The Murano Glass Slipper: A Cinderella Retelling (Fairytale Masquerades Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Of all the things that surprised me about the books, what surprised me most was that it was a fresh retelling of Cinderella. Actually, digging deeper, I'd say it's not exactly a Cinderella retelling. It is a story that cleverly incorporates all the Cinderella elements - stepmother, stepsisters, working like a servant, fairy godmother, three balls, leaving the balls at midnight / too early, glass slippers, and a search for the owner. Yet, none of these elements fit together in the way any other Cinderella story will. This is a story about lies, scams, deception, and secret identities (and secret identities within secret identities), which happens to have Cinderella elements (albeit rather deliberately on the author's part).
And it turns out, I rather loved the characters, and my misgivings about them were completely unfounded. They were interesting characters plagued with their own interesting set of problems that made for a very entertaining read. And also, Victoria Leybourne has this unique writing style that's a mix of humorous, witty, light, and sarcastic, which also makes for a very entertaining read.
For those skeptical of how could there possibly be a fresh retelling of Cinderella that's not even an actual retelling of Cinderella, here are some key elements that are unique:
1. The reason why she was a servant in her own home;
2. The reason she went to the balls and had a "fairy godmother" helping her;
3. The entire purpose of the glass slippers.
Remember, it all has to do with lies, scams, deception, and secret identities. Oh and magic and curses too.
If you've read The Rose and the Mask and felt a little confused or underwhelmed by the explanation of the magic, here it is done much better and it also is woven into the story much better. Several characters and locations from the previous story show up here, but you don't need to have read it in order to follow what is happening here, although it will certainly help. I would recommend reading them in order, but if for some reason you want to read only one of the two, I recommend this one. (But really, you should read both. They're quick, fun reads.)
I definitely recommend this series! Both novels are fun, adorable, wholly unique, and have great undertones of humour!