Before Midnight: A Retelling of ''Cinderella'' (Once upon a Time Series)

Before Midnight: A Retelling of ''Cinderella'' (Once upon a Time Series)

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by Cameron Dokey
     
 

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"ONCE UPON A TIME"
IS TIMELESS


Etienne de Brabant is brokenhearted. His wife has died in childbirth, leaving him alone with an infant daughter he cannot bear to name. But before he abandons her for king and court, he brings a second child to be raised alongside her, a boy whose identity he does not reveal.

The girl, La Cendrillon,

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"ONCE UPON A TIME"
IS TIMELESS


Etienne de Brabant is brokenhearted. His wife has died in childbirth, leaving him alone with an infant daughter he cannot bear to name. But before he abandons her for king and court, he brings a second child to be raised alongside her, a boy whose identity he does not reveal.

The girl, La Cendrillon, and the boy, Raoul, pass sixteen years in the servants' care until one day a very fine lady arrives with her two daughters. The lady has married La Cendrillon's father, and her arrival changes their lives.

When an invitation to a great ball reaches the family, La Cendrillon's new stepmother will make a decision with far-reaching effects. Her choice will lead La Cendrillon and Raoul toward their destiny -- a choice that will challenge their understanding of family, test their loyalty and courage, and, ultimately, teach them who they are.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439120309
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
11/30/2010
Series:
Once upon a Time Series
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
379,557
File size:
586 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Cameron Dokey is the author of nearly thirty young adult novels. Her other fairy tales include, The Storyteller’s Daughter, Sunlight and Shadow, and Golden. She has also written the #1 bestselling How Not to Spend Your Senior Year. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and four cats.

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Before Midnight 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
Reads_a_lot More than 1 year ago
Before Midnight was an interesting retelling of Cinderella. Though it started off a little slow, it kept my interest the entire book and wrapped up with a really great ending. Though it wasn't the best book I've ever read, I enjoyed it very much and would say to anyone looking at it that it's certainly worth reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not written well. The first part of the book is so slow and boring (you almost get lost). The second part of the book is where all the action takes place--and it's a bit disappointing in the action. The characters are not well-developed or realistic---everyone seems too polite and perfect. I like the fact that the author tried to go a different route in telling the story, but the plot was resolved too fast and I still feel like I have no idea who the characters really are. This book was also very redundant about wishing, true love, and love at first sight--I would've liked more time getting to know more about the character's and their lives. The only thing that gives you a hint that they are in France is that the girls call the stepmother 'Maman' and Cinderella's name is turned to Cendrillon (which I didn't even know was French). Another thing I didn't like was how the characters don't know what time era they are in. One minute they are speaking in modern language, and the next they are trying to use formal phrases that are supposed to make them sound like they are from a long time ago. Other than all of that, it is an okay book.
Whisperlynn More than 1 year ago
Though this version didn't have as much conflict as the classic tale, the invusion of original (and actually, more acurate to the original Grimm Brothers' version) angles and characters kept this one compelling and whimsical. There is even a bit of twist!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good book. It switched things around from the original story, for example the father was the the bad guy. I might not have loved the stepmother and stepsisters but i came to really like them. I loved to see how they became a close family that loved each other. I liked reading about Cenderillon's relationship with raule and i was anxious to learn who he really was but when that part finally came it came suddenly and i had trouble following it to. The beginning of the book lacked the action that i hoped to see sooner and its ending was really rushed and it could have been more drawn out and it could have at least had an epologue. On the bright side i feel like this story had deeper meaning than it let on. Overall i think that this was a very creative and good book that is capable of being enjoyed by everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so much fun! I am a super sucker for fairytale re-imaginings and I love that this one was completely different than anything else I have read ( fairytale-wise ). If you like twists on classics, this book is for you. I have also read Snow in this series and I loved that as well. Guess I'll have to get them all!! you should too.
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Very good. Cameron makes Cinderella very exciting and interesting. Many new twists! Loved it!
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it was a great read but too many errors like spellng
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever! I love cameron dokey!
Nicole1450 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book. It was touching and lovely written. I loved the way that Cameron Dokey created the story in a new light. Using this book, I even got my sister addicted to this series. That is not an easy task. I think it is a delightfully enchanting story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, I love how the Author twisted the story, instead of a evil step mother she was a lot nicer and treated Cinderalla as one of her own!
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This was a great twist on a famous fairy tale i say everyone should read it
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This book was great. There were a lot of twists which kept it interesting and exciting. I recomend this book to anyone who likes fairy tales.
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