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The Ugly Stepsister (Unfinished Fairy Tales Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Kat is a female protagonist that takes ahold of the story and pushes it along through the power of her will. She’s not a damsel in distress. She doesn’t allow the story to happen to her, but shapes the story as she marches towards the end, forgetting stereotypes and what a ‘proper’ lady should do. And she’s flawed. She makes mistakes. She falls on her bum. She asks for help when the odds are insurmountable.
Another awesome aspect of this light romance is that Kat isn’t supposed to be gorgeous. It’s easy to write a love story when pretty people think they might want to hook up with other pretty people. Perceived beauty has been a demarcation of a person’s status for as long as people cared to gossip about such things. Kat catches the eye of the prince with sheer will and personality.
Sex is not even a theme in this story. In a world of little girls dressing up to emulate the latest titillation, there has been a trend to over-sexualize childhood ideas and fairy tales are no different. The Ugly Stepsister adheres to a propriety that’s been out of favor in recent years, and it’s refreshing to not have to wade through sexy-this or sexy-that.
The story, while a retelling of Cinderella, has it’s own voice and its own uniqueness. The author uses what we know and expect of Cinderella, and molds our expectations to trick us into complacency, only to twist the tale a little bit more. As a unique story, the only other book I can even think to compare it to would be Household Gods, by Judith Tarr.
I read half the book in one sitting, and gave serious thought to just finishing it and calling in sick. I ended up stopping, dragging myself through the workday knowing that the reward of finishing this delightful tale awaited me. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a light fairy tale with romance with threads of girl power.
I received a free copy on NetGalley
The book is just like the brief summary says. It is a story where a seventeen year old girl named Kathrine, nicknamed Kat, is transported into the Fairy Tale book Cinderella. In order to escape the book, however, she must finish the story to the "They lived happily-ever-after." She isn't Cinderella but Katriona Bradshaw, one of her stepsisters. The problem is that all the information is messed up. Cinderella is a servant but lives separately with her mom and two younger brothers. The fairy godmother is no where to be found and the Prince is falling for her instead of Cinderella. If her situation wasn't hard enough, Kat finds herself being sucked into the story, fighting against child labor and falling madly in love with the Prince.
I would like to say that I wasn't excited about the ending of the book. It upset me that she didn't remember her whole adventure except the familiarly of the story. Why couldn't she get the guy and her family. I know I'm being very traditional in the happily ever after stories but I felt very disappointed that after developing so many characters in the story and relationships between them and Kat to have them all forgotten by her. I'm looking forward to Aya Ling's squeal book "Ever After" but I wish there was an alternate ending where Kat gets everything.
So when I did discover this one I was suspicious of it following the same route. Once I started the first paragraph though I was pleasantly surprised and gradually was drawn into a Victorian style world with the main character struggling to comprehend her new reality.
The twist to this story is that Aya Ling portrays a realistic view of the world at the time the book is set. So in effect the fairytale is more alive in a sense and this is what I connected with. The main characters actions could really effect how the 'fairytale world' could be shaped. Entrenching the reader in suspense as you wonder what Kat (the main character) could do to improve this new world while still trying to finish the true story of Cinderella.
Seems easy enough, but she sticks out like a sore thumb, attracting all the wrong attention, thus stealing the thunder from poor "Cinderella." Should she ignore her own feelings, suppress her growing love for the prince, to escape the book once and for all? Or should she throw out the script and follow her heart, even if she is not sure how long it can last?
This is an original take on the "Cinderella" tale that reminds all readers that within every story are many other stories--other characters to understand, other futures to ponder, and other hearts to follow.
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