The Ugly Stepsister

The Ugly Stepsister

by Aya Ling


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ISBN-13: 9781511956727
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/11/2015
Pages: 452
Sales rank: 440,446
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.01(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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The Ugly Stepsister 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
A Cinderella retelling from the POV of one of the stepsisters. Surprisingly, it works. Kat is an adorable character, kind of clumsy, resilient, determined, and I hoped she’d be reunited with her family soon. The ending was a bit shocking, but I enjoyed it. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Best-of-YA More than 1 year ago
For more reviews go to: When Kat accidentally transports herself into one of her old fairytale books as Cinderella’s ugly step-sister, she finds herself in quite the predicament. The only way to get home is ensure that the story ends as it should—with a happily ever after. Unfortunately for her, the rest of the characters don’t seem to be playing along; she has no idea where the fairy godmother is hiding, the handsome prince seems to hate all the attention that comes with his status, her beautiful sister is dead set on becoming queen, and if all of that weren’t enough, Cinderella has her eyes set on someone else. How is Kat supposed to make sure the story runs smoothly and still learn how to navigate the social season as a highborn lady? I am not a huge fan of retellings because I feel like they all end up being the same so I almost didn’t bother reading this. And omg, how horrible would that have been? Because I honestly loved everything about this! I think that just the small change of making this from the ugly stepsisters perspective added so much to the story. But that isn’t even the best part. The characters were so well-written and amazing. I loved every single one of them—even the actual evil, stepsister. Kat predictably started off as shy and clumsy but quickly turned into the brave heroine. It was great seeing her grow and become assertive and bold. She challenges various issues in the fairy tale world including child labor and sexism. I thought it was funny how everyone is either impressed or scandalized by her behavior and was happy that she felt the need to do something about these injustices despite knowing she wouldn’t be in Athelia long. Prince Edward is very down-to-earth and passionate about his position, despite the fact that he doesn’t like all the attention that comes along with being the crown prince. He was so cute and sweet and understanding—I just loved him. Another thing I really liked was the distinction between Kat’s voice and that of all the other fairy tale characters. They really sounded like they came straight out of a fairy tale while she had a modern vocabulary—it was very comical at times. Eventually she kind of starts to sound like them, but there was always that modern slang that confused the hell out of everyone else. This is by far one of my favorites and I hope Aya continues to write such amazing and strong female characters! The only thing I would change about this is the cover. The current one does not do this justice and I think this is definitely deserving of a prettier and more magical one.
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting story. I thought this was a very interesting concept. I love my fairytale retelling, but this one was different, as we have a modern girl who gets transported into the world of Cinderella as one of the stepsisters. And the only way back is to make sure the story ends how it is supposed to. I am quite mixed on this story. I actually almost DNF'd it at 50%. I wavered for a while, because I was curious as to what happened. So, I skipped to the end to see if all was made right, and read something that made me to go back and read the whole story. I don't think I've ever done that. While normally I would dock a star for the near-DNF, I felt that this was a solid three-star book and left it. Kat was an interesting character. There were times when she was complex and likeable and I enjoyed reading about her. But other times, she just felt flat and shallow. However, she did take being transported into a Story World and having to find Cinderella, a fairy godmother, convince the prince to host a ball, and still make everyone think she is the real Katriona pretty well. Better than I would have taken it. There were the normal clashes that come about when a modern girl goes back into the past (or a past-like world) where she is so used to our world today that she forgets the time and place she is in, which always annoys me. There were a few things that I felt didn't add up. I even believe that I stated that the story was turning into a mess around 60%, as so many things were happening. And I was not really satisfied with the ending. BUT all that aside, I think it was an enjoyable story. It was well-written, and solid, and I liked the twist on a normal retelling. It does take some time to get into, but the world was fleshed out well. I actually liked this prince. There was humor and fun along with the serious moments. I thought it was a very solid story.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Such a fun read! Okay, so if we're going to be technical, I found the very beginning and last few pages to be kind of on the clunky side--getting Kat into the Story World happened waaaay to fast and what happens after was head-scratchingly anticlimactic--but everything in the middle was a delight. I'm a total sucker for fairy-tale retellings, so I was glad that this one was well done overall. (Except for the cover. What is up with that dress???) I really enjoyed Kat's character, even if she was a bit slow on the uptake at times. She stood up for the people she cared about and went above and beyond in her attempts to fix the wrongs she saw in the world she was thrown into--both the ones that should (hopefully) get her back to her own place and time and the ones that were completely unrelated to her plight. And the prince? Totally sigh-worthy. Absolutely loved him and all of his attempts to make his kingdom a better place. And the fact that he believed in Kat 110% made him that much more of a hero, IMO. :) This was my first book from this author, but it definitely won't be my last. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
TerryMitchell More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic new twist on the Cinderella story, what happens when the main character in the Cinderella story is actually one of the ugly step sisters? How different would you picture the story being told from an alternate character. Kat isn't your typical stepsister either, she is mean and cruel, but a caring and educated woman who when accidentally cursed to live out the story of Cinderella finds herself confronted with a world where children are exploited to work terrible hours for almost nothing in the factories with great risk to their person and as well as many facing death. Kat is far too passionate of a woman to sit back and hope that the men folk can change things on their own and becomes an amazing advocate for the children. This is perhaps my favorite part of the story, you think she is going to be one of those typical swoon over the prince (not that he isn't swoon worthy) and act like she can't think for herself and kindof hope that someone will come along and save her...but not this girl. She is determined to be her own hero and changes the story as she goes. I have read a few retelling of fairy tales, but this has got to be my favorite! I just loved it!
CrossMyHeartAndHopeToRead More than 1 year ago
*I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.* I absolutely LOVE retellings of fairy tales. I just can't seem to pass one up and I'm glad that I didn't pass this one up. The Ugly Stepsister is a retelling of Cinderella and is told in a different and refreshing way. Kat is transported into the world of Cinderella when she rips apart an old picture book. Instead of becoming a simple bystander or even Cinderella, she becomes on of the ugly stepsisters. She then has to figure out how to complete the story so she can get back to the real world. Kat was an interesting character to read about and I enjoyed seeing her figure out how to finish the story. I think it was interesting that Kat became one of the ugly stepsisters when she wasn't actually a mean girl. Kat is kind and cares for others and that was definitely different than the way she was supposed to act. There were a few other interesting characters that I enjoyed reading about as well. I loved seeing Kat interact with the other characters and mix things up in the story world. The Cinderella story itself wasn't exactly like the Cinderella we are all used to hearing about. Aya Ling changed things up but kept the reader's attention at the same time. This was definitely an enjoyable read that was a little bittersweet at the ending. I recommend it to lovers of retellings and fairy tales in general. Give it a try!
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
What a unique twist on Cinderella! Kat is actually a really sweet, very caring teenage girl, so when she gets stuck in a place where only playing out the role of the ugly stepsister will let her return home, she's got quiet the quest on her hands. I wondered right away how she was going to go against her own being and help Cinderella find her Prince Charming. The result is a bunch of unexpected twists and surprises. It took me a few pages to get into this simply because the first chapters felt a little if it still needed a little work. But after that, I was grabbed up in Kat's world and couldn't let go. Kat is a wonderful character, full of heart and strength and good sense. . .even if she does some spontaneous things at times. It's easy to love her and cheer for her as she hit the realm where she's captive in unexpected and earth-shattering ways. The fairy tale world is easy to dive into, the descriptions bringing it to life. Although it takes part in a whole different reality, there's still bits of our modern world thrown in, making it that much more fun to be apart of. Of course, there's all the wonderful dresses and foods and parties and all those rich things a Cinderella would never have been able to take part in. I enjoyed getting lost in this high-society world. The plot runs along nicely, never missing a beat. The author throws in all sorts of twists which added a lot of depth and dimension to the traditional story. There were times where the twists were extremely predictable (and it was hard to believe Kat couldn't see it), but many came out of nowhere and were nice surprises. I especially enjoyed the added bits of magic and could practically feel the fairy dust by the end as everything slid into place. The ending was not unexpected, and felt a little too familiar, but it was still fun to read. I was a little disappointed at the end, but there's nothing really wrong with it--more a matter of personal taste. Maybe my disappointment came because I'd grown to like Kat that much. Summed up, this is a great twist on Cinderella and while it adds a lot of new twists and original ideas to the story, there's also enough from the original tale to make the entire thing feel familiar. I can only recommend it to fairy tale retelling fans who dream of happy ever afters. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
VoluptuousBDiva More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions are my own. I love fairy tales so when I saw this was available for review I quickly jumped to it and requested it. Though this is a retelling of Cinderella its been changed because it is the tale of one of the step sisters. Kat is told she needs to clean the attic and while doing so she ends up ripping one of the books and in doing so she ends up back in time...fairy tale time that is. In order to get back to her time she must play the role of step sister and see to it that the story has a happy ending. Well written story line that quickly pulls you in. Strong characters that have you falling in love with the entire book. Author's world building is simply amazing. This is a must read book. This book gets 4 and 1/2 stars.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Xpresso Reads in return for a fair and honest review. First off, let me start by saying that I LOVED THIS BOOK! There, I feel better now. This book left me with a book hangover and I found myself regurgitating things that were done and said within the pages. Let me also say that, like so many others, the ending slayed me. I won't go into why - you either know already or you want to find out for yourself. I understand why she did it but still couldn't believe it. I found myself the following morning going back through the start of the book to find out if there were any links between the two males mentioned! And before you panic, NO there isn't a love triangle! There is so much more to this story than just Cinderella and the antics that Kat gets up to and involved with are both brilliant and also understandable given the circumstances. This was both well written and well paced. It is a slow burner as it sets the scene but once Kat is in StoryLand, the ball just keeps on a-rolling. Funny, poignant, roll your eyes and laugh out loud, all these things were felt or done whilst I was reading this story. Absolutely adored it and am definitely adding Aya Ling to my list of authors to look out for. Highly recommended. *And yes, just in case you're wondering, I did go and sign up for the newsletter to gain an extra scene of Kat and Edward after the ball!* Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Crytal More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley, in return for an honest review. I love a good retelling, and a good rags to riches story. I do not like Cinderella or Cinderella stories. But I LOVED this book! The first thing that attracted me to this book was the fact that it was not told from Cinderella's point of view. The story starts out in modern times, and after an accident, Kat sort of falls into the story, taking the place of the younger step-sister. I loved that Kat was a real person. She was klutzy, smart, caring and motivated. It was a bit predictable as to where to story was leading, but I didn't know how they were going to get there, nor did I imagine that the ending would play out the way it did. Kat eventually found herself at the end of the story, and had to decided to stay to go. To go back to her family in present day, or stay with her love in Story Land. I was crestfallen and a little surprised to see how she chose. But I do understand why the book ended they way it did. Overall, a great read, that I hated to see end! 4.5 stars if I could. Highly recommended for anyone who loves a good retelling. I hope that the author will be writing more of this type of book.