Bella at Midnight
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This book is sort of a retelling of the…moreThis answer shouldn't give away any more than what you can read on the back of the book but here is a bit more.
This book is sort of a retelling of the Cinderella story but it is changed a lot. The story is told through the eyes of the many characters, each chapter being from a different perspective which really lets you get to know all of the characters. Bella is a young girl who is being raised on a farm with who she thinks is her family. But when a messenger calls for her announcing that her father wants her back Bella's whole story is turned upside down. Living with her new family is difficult and they often mistreat her and shun her. Things grow worse as friendships become broken and war begins to brew.
Overall it is a great book about change, friendships, and family and has a very satisfying plotline and ending.(less)
At any rate, this is a loose retelling of Cinderella. I had no idea what fairytale this was based on when I picked it up. In fact, that it wasn't until mid-way through the book that I even began to see that there were a few Cinderellaish threads woven into the plot ...more
Bella at Midnight is about a girl named Bella. The story follows her as she grows from infancy to womanhood. She befriends Prince Julian in her childhood, and later must rescue him from being killed because of his brother's plans. Each chapter is told by a different character - a technique that I find adds to the story.
I really enjoyed this book because it is very exciting and fun to read. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I couldn't stop reading. Don't be fooled by the 'girly'...more
However, despite the great beginning and quick pace of the book, all the problems really happen at the end. Thinking about it, a lot of authors have trouble with this area-either making it to fast paced, sparce in detail, or just becoming overwhelmed and spitting out a complete disaster onto their paper.' Bella at Midnight' was much like these descriptions ...more
I like Bella and Julian a lot, and the humor is really good. The only part I don't like (well, hate) is that Bella's kitten is killed in the scrum at the very beginning. I hate to think of animals being hurt.
The writing style is very apt for the kind of story being told. It's not only intelligent, it also sets the scene almost better than the actual ...more
So when I was in fourth grade, I read this book, loved it, and then proceeded to forget everything about it, except for a few scattered details, including the title. Then I moved, leaving the library that I'd found the book at. Since I'd forgotten the title, there was no way for me to find the book and reread it. I kept thinking about it on and off, though, until six years later, I had the idea to look on Goodreads for lists of Cinderella adaptations (that this book was an adaptation o ...more
I was halfway through the book before I realized the similarities to Cinderella, and I was thoroughly engrossed in the journey as Bella grows from a peasant child to a beautiful, courageous, yet humble Lady. I ...more
The plot is that a girl is born, and her father wants her to go away, since he is mourning the loss of her mother, who died giving birth, so she is taken to a nursemaid in another city, who has just finished nursemaiding the prince. Bella and the prince grow up as friends.
Things become complicated, though, when they have a misunderstanding, and before they can clear it up, the prince is taken away to a nearby country they ...more
This book is sort of a retelling of the Cinderella story but it is changed a lot. The story is told through the eyes of the many characters, each chapter being from a different perspective which really lets you get to know all of the characters. Bella is a young girl who is being raised on a farm with who she think ...more
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Her mother dies shortly after childbirth and her father doesn't want her, so Isabel - known as Bella - is raised by a village woman who was previously wet nurse to Prince Julian. The young prince still comes to visit, and grows up alongside ...more
Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley is another spin on Cinderella, this one with a Christian twist. God is a fact of life for many of the characters, and Heaven is a comforting place for one of the stepsisters, who has lost her own father. We also have a pilgrimage and a little of the Joan of Arc story thrown in for good measure. And, yes, the spirit of God truly does come to this Cinderella.
I found this incredibly intriguing. What also intrigues me is that I don't see much reference to this boo ...more
I picked this one up because of one of Anne's reviews. And I enjoyed it. Not as much as I enjoyed Ella Enchanted, but Ella Enchanted holds a special place in my realm of books. It's told from multiple POVs, each chapter headed by who's the MC of it, first person all the way, which tended to get a little confusing in spots.
It's based on Cinderella, but loosely. Like, you can see how it's Cinderella (with some of the events) but it's not solidly Ci ...more
I always enjoy a nice fairy tale retelling, and though this story was different than anything I've re ...more
So, I love The Silver Bowl books (link goes to my review of The Silver Bowl). I've had this earlier book by Stanley on my radar for a while, but it got buried under all the other books that were on my radar (i.e. it fell to somewhere in the middle of the infamous Goodreads "to read" pile). A month ago I made a Top Ten post listing ten books I can't believe I haven't read, and this was right near the top. I requested it right after posting ...more
Few stories have been more often retold in modern English-speaking countries than Cinderella, however, and this variant was downright intriguing. Diane Stanley builds her story around the myth of a long-awaited hero known as the Worthy Knight. As th ...more
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Bella has been raised by peasants, the only family she knows. Life is simple, even her friendship from childhood with Prince Julian. As a fourth prince, he was shipped off as a youngster to live with his uncle and train to be a knight. But sudd ...more
Suddenly Bella's world collapses. First Julian betrays her. Then it is revealed that she is not the peasant she believed h ...more
I don't believe I have EVER read a retold tale I like better than this one. Thanks JB & HH for recommending it!!
This was absolutely the most delightful retelling of Cinderella I've ever encountered. I loved the way she told the story from many different character's viewpoints. I loved that there was some sympathy for all of them, instead of just the wicked step-mother and fairy godmother usual fare.
Also, one thing I've realized that is missing from EVERY other retold fairy ...more