Fairy Tale Retelling: Cinderella #1 of 4

Gilded Ashes (Cruel Beauty Universe # 1.5)

Rosamund Hodge

Rate: 3

There’s not much I want to say about Gilded Ashes other than read it. This isn’t your typical Disney Cinderella. This story is dark. In Gild Ashes, Maia (Cinderella) lives a terrible life where she puts the well-being and safety of others before her own. Even when given a chance at love, Maia helps her stepsister instead of indulging herself. Maia’s behavior is nothing like your typical Cinderella and you’ll find yourself liking her because of how strong she is.

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Fairy Tale Retelling: Sleeping Beauty #1 of 1

A Long, Long Sleep (UniCorp #1)

Anna Sheehan

Rate: 3

For most of the story, I was a little confused about the point of the story and where it was going, but by the end I realized that was the point of the book. The book follows Rose’s readjustment to society after being “asleep” for sixty-two (62) years. We’re supposed to feel confused and sad and overwhelmed because that’s how Rose is feeling. As Rose adjusts to everything around and comes to term with how her life is now, the story begins to take on a more calm feeling. I think Sheehan does a good job of having the reader follow Rose’s life and feel her emotions without making the book boring. But I still deducted stars because that epiphany didn’t hit me until the end of the book.

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