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What happened after Cinderella married her prince? How did the evil sorceress in Sleeping Beauty turn evil in the first place? Discover these stories and a world filled with magic, forbidden love, elves, sprites, dragons, and the most powerful creatures of all— the fairies —in Bonded, a collection of three fairy tale inspired novellas.

CINDERS: A Cinderella sequel. Money ca
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Rhemalda Publishing (first published October 20th 2012)
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When I think about fairy tales, I think about happy endings with true love conquering all. Bonded takes what you've always thought about fairy tales and gives it a major shakeup. There isn't always a happy ending, and evil is not always conquered. Such a unique twist that really takes you places you never considered.

I was able to read Cinders back in 2010 when Michelle originally self-published it. The story was so different from any Cinderella story I'd ever read. It definitely goes against the
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
Michelle Davidson Argyle has stopped by A Backwards Story twice with guest posts about BONDED!

The first, "A Different Sort of Fairy Tale," talks about how she came up with the idea for CINDERS, the
Cinderella tale in her collection that was first self-published before making its way into the BONDED collection.

The second, "A Darker Collection of Fairy Tales," gives readers a sneak peek at the three tales used for the BONDED anthology!

I've been anxious to read BONDED since first hearing about the
Jul 31, 2012 Ladylane marked it as to-read
OMG This is exactly the type of book I have been waiting for! Something to answer the millions of questions in my head. I cant wait to read this;)
BONDED by Michelle Davidson Argyle is everything fairy tales should be!

In CINDERS, Cinderella has her happily ever after—or not. Life as a princess isn’t everything she suspected it to be, and now she craves true love, not the magical kind. She must learn where her heart lies. In THIRDS, Issina is special, but not in a good way. One sister has three eyes, her other has one, and she’s stuck in the middle with two plain and ordinary eyes. She lacks magic and is treated a little worse than the aver
Tamara Epps
I was very excited to read the latest book by Michelle Davidson Argyle as, not only am I almost always impressed by the fresh and unique writing that she always seems to release, this one is about fairytales. Before I go any further I should warn you that these are not the happy, fluffy ‘happy ever after’ fairytales of Disney (although I think one of them gets fairly close to it), so if you’re looking for endings where everything is wonderful and fine, this is probably not the book for you. Howe ...more
Amie McCracken
Bonded by Michelle Davidson Argyle is a book made up of three novellas about magic and fairies and life. The three heroines find love, lose love, and learn a great deal. Cinders is a sequel to Cinderella continuing her life with the prince and how she really managed to snag a prince. Thirds is a retelling of Grimm's One Eye, Two Eyes, Three Eyes which embodies the original story and takes it far beyond what I imagined. Scales is a prequel to Sleeping Beauty, and wow does it dig deep to find reas ...more
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CINDERS: I thought that it started off great, but then headed into a really dark and dreary place that I felt took away from the magic of the start. The writing is great, and the imaginative and creative license taken with classic characters was refreshing and fun. But poor Cinderella had me wishing for a another, new happily ever after for her!
A 3.5 star read :]

THIRDS: I really enjoyed the storyline - again, this was reminiscent
Different takes on fairy tales. Not the fairy tales that are told today--all light a fluffy where everyone gets their "happily ever after" and there is no more talk about what happens after that. That is where Bonded picks up. Dark and lovely thought-provoking.

Cinders is the "continuation" of Cinderella. What happens after the "happily ever after". And it takes you into a world that would seem real. Not the Disney version to say the least, but a "realistic" view of what could happen after you've
Cinders --4.5 Stars.

This is the first time I have read about after the happily ever after for Cinderella. I loved it. It was dark and full of unforeseen consequences. There were a few issues, though. The language was all wrong for this tale. I felt having it modernized while still keeping the setting in another time and full of magical ambiance really detracted from the nostalgic feel to the tale. There was also a lack of explanation for the hows and whys. There was a brief touching of the subj
Bonded was a magical, enchanting, and captivating read! It is comprised of 3 short novellas all relating to fairy-tales. Cinders is a sequel to Cinderella, Thirds is based on a Grimm fairy-tale called One Eyes, Two Eyes, Three Eyes, and Scales is a prequel to Sleeping Beauty.

I thoroughly enjoyed all three novellas in Bonded, but in particular I absolutely loved Scales, (prequel to Sleeping Beauty). I didn't want it to end. It was such a wonderful story I wanted to keep on reading after I had fin
It was an interesting read for sure. I liked Cinders, even though it's kinda sad. It's fun to have a speculative story of "what happened after the happily ever after". Cinders definitely didn't end in the manner I would have expected, but I loved the speculative thoughts Cinderella had when she wondered whether the prince actually loved her or if it really was the illusion of the magic spell.

Thirds was good too, although I wasn't as familiar with the Grimm's fairy tale. It was enjoyable.

Lissa Clouser
Bonded was a brilliant re-imagining of the fairy tale world as a whole. Michelle has truly bound three seemingly unrelated stories together into the same universe where they coexist quite nicely. And for those people who were never quite satisfied with the happy-go-lucky Disney versions of the old tales will love the darker elements to each of her stories. The happily-ever-after you expect isn't here, but what we are given in its place is grittier, more heartfelt, and real. These are characters ...more
Sara Raasch
BONDED is one of those rare, beautiful books that truly does fairy tales justice. The way Argyle writes is ripe with the long-ago cadence and descriptions that made fairy tales so perfectly a league of their own. You will feel both like you're reading a modern series of delightful fantasies as well as that small, warm embrace of reading a childhood fairy tale. This combination is what works so well with Argyle's writing of BONDED -- it combines the best of childhood fairy tales with the best of ...more
Be careful with this book. Bonded has a sexual connotation in all 3 stories. There is more sex in the first story than you would think necessary. My young teen daughter wanted to read it but luckily I read it first! In Cinders, Cinderella whimpers and whines and doesn't know what she wants until she loses everything. There are some interesting ideas in the other 2 stories and thus the 2 stars. Ultimately, unsatisfying.
Three very interesting and moving fairytales. I particularly loved the first one telling what could have happen to Cinderalla after her wedding to the prince if she was convince that he loved her only because of her godmother's spell. It was very moving and I was weeping by the end. The last one did not interest me as much and I had trouble finishing it. The second one was ok.
Aug 13, 2012 Liana marked it as to-read
I love fairy-tales. I love retellings. This book looks so good! When I saw the giveaway, I immediately joined. I'm sure that I'll get some inspiration from this for my writing.
Beatriz  Lins
Well... I don't know exactly how I feel about this book. The first two novellas were decent, and even entertaining, but the last one wasn't good.

Full review to come.
Oct 04, 2012 Cindy marked it as to-read
As I read the discription I kept thinking something sounds familier about this book,or I should say one of the books in it Cinders.....
Beautifully written. Three different but well written stories. Full review Feb. 18
Chantele Sedgwick
Loved this book. Beautiful writing and three unique and magical stories.
Liz DeJesus
Amazing book!!!! Can't wait to read more books written by this author. :D
In process...
Thea Lambayan
it's nice
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Michelle lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She adores cheese, chocolate, sushi, and lots of ethnic food, and loves to read and write books in the time she grabs between her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She believes a simple life is the best life. Michelle writes contemporary Young Adult and New Adult fiction (and other genres when she feels up to it).
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