Review: Sinful Cinderella

Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series - Book 1)Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’m not who they think I am. A docile girl who meekly obeys her stepmother and stepsisters. Some kind of sick angel who cheerfully bears their mistreatment. That’s what I WANT them to think. Because then they won’t suspect what I’m really up to.
The ball, the prince – it’s all part of my plan to come out on top. Stepmother and her demented daughters will pay for every floor I have scoured, every sneer I have borne. They don’t know about the white magic, how I use it to enhance myself. They can’t see that my heart is black as midnight, rotten as a poisoned apple.
They’re about to find out.

A twist on the timeless tale of Cinderella, Sinful Cinders brings us a darker side to the beautiful princess we all grew up reading (and sympathising with) about.

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Cinders uses “white magic” which she gains when she is nice to people (namely her terrible step sisters and step mother) to make wishes. Only small wishes, like changing the size of her feet or the colour of her eyes, but wishes all the same. But at the root of it all, Sinful Cinderella is not that much better than her horrible family members.
A prince who isn’t very princely soon shows her that not everything is as black & white and a revelation from her step mother tells us that maybe Cinders really is bad. What I felt about this was that it was plugged with so little importance that although it was supposed to be the main reason Cinders was dark, nothing more was really built upon it. And it occurs near the end of the story so it seemed to have been thrown in for effect.

This is a short but fairly decent retelling of the traditional story but I wish it was longer, maybe a bit more substance to some of the characters would have pushed this into a higher rating for me. That being said, I have added the second in this series to my TBR pile.
And although I mentioned that it brings a darker side, I would like to have seen this go a bit further, made her truly darker instead of just a little bit mean. I can almost sympathise with her being mean after the situation she has ended up in.

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Currently Reading – 17th July 2017

Having recently cleared out my "Currently Reading" pile, I tried very hard to keep it to one or two books at a time. I failed big time. Now I am currently reading six books. Five of those are eBooks and one is a paperback. Five of those are brand new reads and the sixth is a re-read. I thought I'd share what I am hoping to finish and review over the coming weeks.

The Re-Read

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J K Rowling

I hadn't planned on re-reading this just yet but my daughter asked me to read it at bedtime having finished The Chamber of Secrets a month or so earlier. Hence, my journey towards Harry meeting Sirius for the first time begins all over again. As well as the only re-read on my list at the moment, this is also the only paperback.

 

The New Reads

All of these reads were offered free on iBooks, therefore I downloaded them and decided to start them all at the same time.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

This one is off to an interesting start that's for sure. I bought this based on Facebook book group chatter alone, I'd heard it discussed multiple times so decided to start it.

 

 

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Clockwise by Elle Strauss

This is a complete blind buy. Decided to try something I hadn't read before, and this fit the bill perfectly. Time Travel. We are off to a good start.

 

 

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Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle

Sinful Cinderella was chosen because I have an interest in retellings or reimaginings of Fairytales. I'm pleased with what I have read so far.

 

 

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Memory Man by David Baldacci

I've heard good things about Baldacci's books but never gotten around to reading any of them. This is my first, and also, coincidentally, the one I have read the most of so far from this list. I'm loving the main character, Amos.

 

 

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Lie with Me by Sabine Durrant

Again with this one, I had heard people mention it in book groups so when I saw it was the "book of the week" on iBooks, and they were offering it for free, I decided to purchase it. I like this one so far, and when I planned to read two chapters of each I actually ended up reading four of Lie with Me.

Once I've finished reading them, reviews will be posted here on my blog so stay tuned. If you want to see my progress, check out my Goodreads page.