Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Review: The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling

Release Date: June 12, 2015
Publisher: Aya Ling
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Website | Goodreads

When Kat accidentally rips apart an old picture book, she's magically transported into the world of Cinderella--as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters! Life turns upside down now that she’s a highborn lady and must learn how to survive the social season, including how to get through the door in a huge metal hoop skirt. To get back, she'll have to complete the story, right to the end of happily ever after. But the odds are huge: the other stepsister is drop-dead gorgeous, the fairy godmother is nowhere to be found, and the prince, despite being insanely hot, openly dislikes balls. Can she ever return to the modern world?

That ending! Woof! Totally killed it for me. Sorry, but it did. Hated it. Hated it. Hated it!

I mean, what was that? Gah. No. Just...no.

Anyway. Other than my (rather obvious) disappointment with the last few pages, I thought this was a pretty cute way to retell the Cinderella story. Although, I thought The Stepsister's Tale was a much better story if you're looking for something from...well, the ugly stepsister's point of view.

Ok, so this girl rips part of a page out of a magical storybook. See, the Goblin King enchanted this particular Cinderella story. I'm not sure why this kid has possession of it, but she did.
Roll with it...
She ends up in the fairytale, and in order to break the curse and go home to her family (and toilets that flush) she has to make sure Cinderella gets Prince Charming.
Hilarity ensues!

She learns the customs, grows as a person, uncovers family secrets, changes child labor laws, helps a friend elope, and falls in love with the prince.

Yeah, so she has to make a choice. Stay with the man she's grown to love, or try to force him to marry Ella (who is in love with his cousin). Can the magic of love fix her problems?

If you know me, then you know I like my Happily Ever Afters. Nothing else will do, and if I don't get what I want, a tantrum usually happens. One-starring usually occurs, and vitriol spews out of my mouth...er, keyboard. So, I'm feeling pretty mature right now. Still. Very, very, very unhappy.


Krazzyme(Young Readers) said...

This sounds pretty interesting as I love retellings. Little worried now that the ending isn't that great. Love HEA's as well

Braine TS said...

Sorry this was a bust. But you''re still generous for giving it 3 stars.

Anne Hannah said...

Don't pay attention to me, I just get all crazy when a book doesn't end the way I want it to.

Maranda Hymes said...

I came into this book with very high hopes and they were dashed. I gave it 2/5 stars in the end.

Tiffany said...

I hadn't heard of this before, but I think it looks interesting. I loved your review! Especially the Hercules gif :) I don't necessarily need a happy ending, so I might check this one out.

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