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Posted September 13, 2011
Jess @ Starcrossed
They weren't kidding when they said that it was a Fairy Tale not meant for kids. Within the first few pages adult situations were introduced that had me sitting back and going.. "Wow...already?"Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Don't get me wrong, I have read books that are way more adult then that, it was just so blunt and fast that it caught me off guard. The whole book seemed fast paced in fact.
It had all the great qualities of turning into one of those different versions of a fairy tale that is almost as good as the first but I wish there had been more detail and more time. It seemed like there was very little emotion placed behind the characters, they didn't jump off of the page at me, instead they remained words that were easily forgotten.
I did like the spin they put on the classic Cinderella story. Instead of Cinderella being a meek, petite, blonde haired sweetie. She isn't the stick thin model every girl wants to be, no Ember, her counter part, was a fiery red headed, witch with a taste for vengeance. As was proof of the hex doll she kept to continuously torture a man until he later hung himself to escape her torments. She isn't the picture perfect type of beauty, in fact she has a missing pinky and a club foot.
The step family are not hated and cruel to Ember, but instead a trio of beloved whores, one of which happens to be a werewolf.
I really liked that for once, even Prince Charming was different as well, suffering from a curse placed upon him when he was a babe, anyone who sets eyes on him automatically loves and adores him. You would think this curse would be more a gift right? Not so in the case of Prince Charming who gets respect for nothing, who hates it because everyone does everything he commands without blinking an eye.
In the end, the book could have been a lot better. It isn't one I would re-read or recommend as I have read better versions of Cinderella, I am still hoping they will decide to elaborate on the idea they ingeniously created.
Posted October 19, 2012
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