Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Historical, Fairytale Retelling
Rating: 5 Stars
Cendrillon de Louvois has more grace, beauty, and charm than anyone else in France. While she was once the darling child of the king’s favorite adviser, her father’s death has turned her into the servant of her stepmother and cruel stepsisters–and at her own chateau, too!
Cendrillon–now called Cinder–manages to evade her stepmother and attend the ball, where she catches the eye of the handsome Prince Louis and his younger brother Auguste.
Even though Cendrillon has an immediate aversion to Louis, and a connection with Auguste, the only way to escape her stepmother is to compete with the other women at court for the Prince’s hand.
Soon, as Cendrillon glows closer to Auguste and dislikes the prince more and more, she will have to decide if she can bear losing the boy she loves in order to leave a life she hates.
Melissa de la Cruz takes a lush, romantic hand to this retold fairy tale classic.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
This is probably my favorite re-telling of the classic Cinderella tale that I’ve yet to read. There’s something special about taking a familiar fairytale and intertwining it with real history. It makes the story feel more real and compelling – and the author did a fantastic job in that regard.
The book was well-written. I didn’t run into any typos, grammatical errors, or pacing problems, despite reading an ARC copy. The narrative flowed effortlessly and was easy-to-follow, even with the unfamiliar French names and court antics. I especially adored the characters. They were all very distinct and interesting if not likeable – I’ll admit that Auguste was my absolute favorite.
Overall, if you like the story of Cinderella, fairy-tale retellings in general, or historical romances, I’d recommend you give this book a try. I thoroughly enjoyed it.