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A Cinderella sequel.

Money can’t buy love, but magic isn’t a sure bet either. Cinderella, now officially a princess, finds royal life is not what she once dreamed. When a mysterious elf from her past stirs up long-suppressed passion, Cinderella begins to wonder if there really is love beneath the spell that captured her husband’s heart. But undoing magic can be harder than
Paperback, 3, 172 pages
Published by MDA Books (first published June 23rd 2010)
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An interesting twist to the "Happily Ever After" of Cinderella. This story focuses on Cinderella (also known as Christina) after she is married to the prince. She is now princess to a kingdom. Yet she is not happy. A couple years before she met the prince she met a stranger and has an attachment to him. Rowland the prince chose her as his princess due to a spell that was cast by her fairy godmother. Her fairy godmother was locked in the dungeon for being a witch. Cinderella is given an option to ...more
This one was really hard for me to rate. The story itself is original and intriguing. I love the idea of life after “happily ever after” and the combination of the original fairy tale with mythology. The problem is that it never came together for me. There wasn’t enough detail. There wasn’t enough character development. There wasn’t enough to sink your teeth into. The bones of a great story are here but in my opinion, it needed to be fleshed out. Simply put, it left me hanging.

That being said th
Breanne Braddy
I didn’t intend on reading this novella in one sitting. However, like good stories are apt to do, this one quietly pulled me in and by the time I realized it—I was past the point of no return.

I’ve read quite a few Cinderella sequels: some playful, some humorous, some full of talking animals and other familiar fairy-tale elements. Argyle’s Cinderella while playful in some areas, humorous in others, is haunting in its elegance and simplicity. The prose itself is pitch perfect for the narrative, to
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I would like to thank Michelle D. Argyle who sent the autographed copy of her book all the way to Indonesia. :)




A Cinderella story… like never told before.

Cinders is an adult fantasy fiction and a debut by author Michelle Davidson Argyle.
Most of us are familiar with various kinds of Cinderella stories, which usually follows the same pattern—a damsel in distress, evil stepmother and stepsisters, fairy godmother, Prince Charming, the castle, the ball, and finally th
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Did... I inhale this book in one sitting?: YES.

Did... I develop a tiny crush on Prince Charming: YES. What a goober.

Did... I get teary by the end: YES, in such a good way!

Review: This isn't a reboot or retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale; instead, it's a brief but engrossing take on what might have happened after the story ended. Argyle's writing is simple and straight-forward, in the type of style that fairy tales are told in, but the character motivations and plot are far from simplistic. I
Amber Argyle
Cinders isn't about fairy tales or magic or true love.
It's about truth.
Heartrending, naked truth.
Truth is the beauty Michelle Argyle has woven into her tale, Cinders. The truth that magic won't bring happiness anymore than wishful thinking will.
Happiness is inside us, everday. Like a small child in need of love. Feed it and it grows. Neglect it and it withers and fades. Leaving nothing but the empty space where love once was.
Inside her masterfully written story is a warning. A haunting echo
Ali Cross
I've never read a novella before and wasn't quite sure what to expect. Could I truly enjoy a story completed in so few words? (I'm not a huge fan of short stories for this reason.)

So I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Cinders told a complete story, one that I enjoyed quite a bit.

Cinders tells the tale of Cinderella, now Princess Christina, and her life after she has married her Prince Charming. It's difficult for Cinderella to accept that the love Rowland, her Prince, has for her is tru
Blodeuedd Finland
I saw this cover and knew I had to read this book. And don't expect some happily ever after, no this is what happens after the HEA.

Cinderella is married to her prince, but she is unhappy and bored. Sure Prince Rowland is wonderful and loving but she knows that he is under a spell, and would he love her without the magic? Her fairy godmother is being accused of witchcraft and is rotting in the dungeon, and Cinderella is feeling the burden of her crown. She is no longer sure that this is what she
Cinders is more than a fairy tale. In a way, it harkens back to the real Grimm brother’s story of Cinderella and continues things after she has married the prince. The original Grimm stories were dark, violent, and often didn’t end with “They lived happily ever after.” In a way, Cinders is the same way. It’s a story about a young girl who found her way into a royal family through magic. Things aren’t always rosy and happy in the story, but then things weren’t always rosy and happy in medieval t ...more
I love fairy tale retellings and once I saw the cover for this I had to read it. I didn’t know that this was a self-published book because it’s superbly crafted; beautiful cover, tight editing, and a strong cohesive plot. I’ve read my fair share of poorly created self-published books but this one is probably one of the few that belong in with the cream of the crop.

Michelle David Argyle’s writing is very strong and she has a quite a thorough grasp of what she’s doing. There are no frilly passages
Tara Hall
Originally reviewed on " Bloody Words.

Genre: Adult Fantasy
Rating: 8 out of 10
Buzzword: TRAGIC
Theme Song: "I Can Love You Like That" by John Michael Montgomery (How was I supposed to resist that!?)
Favorite Quote: "The crown on Cinderella's head stood for everything she could change..."


Crisp, clear writing
Strong primary and secondary characters
Creative expansion on a fairy tale world
Genuinely surprising ending


Decidedly NOT happily ever after (t
Rewriting classic tales or legends is as tricky as a cubix cube. I should know because I write a modern twist on norse mythology. The risk is changing it beyond its former self. And Michelle Davidson Argyle has managed to just about stay within that boundary of familiarity and change. She does breath some new life into characters such as the fairy godmother *warning - forget the classic old lady from disney) as she gives her a history and her own magic secrets. She introduces us to the reality o ...more
Was this book short? Yes. Was it truncated? Absolutely not. I actually loved the length. To me, it signified that Argyle took pains to refine the language into a beautiful and lyrical style. I thought this story was refreshing, a book where the author does not descend to insulting filler, gimmicks, or cliffhangers that are obviously meant to wring more money out of readers. The ending left me curious to know more about this world, but completely satisfied with what I had. That is no easy feat.

Cinders is a fantastic continuation of the beloved Cinderella fairy-tale, but if you're looking for cute little talking animals and happily-ever-afters, you're looking in the wrong place. Michelle Davidson Argyle has given us a new look at Cinderella and just what happened after she married her prince. Things aren't all great, and magic could be the problem.

I think the thing I loved most was that there was never a definite answer to Cinderella's problems. She married the Prince and was trying to
Judy Croome
I’ve had this book on my to-be-read pile since the day it was released. But I’ve shirked reading it because, at heart, a romantic. I want Kate Middleton, er, I mean Cinderella, to get her Prince and live happily ever after, and the blurb suggested strongly that this story was not your conventional fairy tale.

Indeed it wasn’t. A well-written, easy to read fantasy, I was drawn into the post-honeymoon stage of Cinderella’s life with the skill of veteran author, although this is Davidson’s debut nov
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Stephanie Haefner
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I do not give one stars lightly, but this was just impossible to get through. Maybe it gets better but I just couldn't stand it any longer. The story in all fairness may have been good, but the execution was sorely lacking. There was no depth to characters, no real world building, I can't say if there was a well done plot or not, because I quit. It felt like reading random nothingness. I was so irritated with a scene on page one about a red powder that she puts on. Then two paragraphs later she ...more
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Rena Willemin
Normally I’m a no-go for fantasy novels, but when Michelle Davidson Argyle announced the release of CINDERS, I knew this wasn’t simply a fresh twist on a beloved story. CINDERS is Cinderella’s not so happily-ever-after story and we all know that things always get juicier once the cameras are off.

I’ve read excerpts of Michelle Davidson Argyle's work before so I expected something very compelling and superbly written. I was not disappointed. The novel masterfully delves into the depth of Cinderel
Why I bought it? Michelle is a friend, and I love her writing. I have a signed copy. (Disclosure: I did some beta reading for her on this project.)

Synopsis/set up: This books begins with Cinderella in the palace, married to her prince. Royal life is not all its cracked up to be, and Cinderella wonders if magic can result in true love. Doubts creep in and lead her in unexpected directions. Not necessarily happy directions.

What I thought? The writing is incredibly well done, and, when you think th
Bethany Huang
Sep 09, 2010 Bethany Huang rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Gail Carson levine
Shelves: books-owned, fantasy
Reading the summary of Cinders already made me excited enough to read the book. As I watched the book trailer, my eagerness to read this book grew. I happened to recieve the book just today, and I raced through it in atleast 2-3 hours. Michelle Davidson Argyle is a great original fairytale story reteller. I did happen to enjoy her book-I just had a few things I wished could be changed.

I thought Cinderalla was a character that couldn't decide what she wanted anymore-the stranger or Rowland, Peas
A kingdom rife with problems, a cruel royal family, a mysterious man, and at the head of everything, a reluctant princess who thought she knew what she wanted when she got into this mess.

I’m reminded of the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.”

Don’t expect talking mice and happy tweeting birds. This is no cartoon rendition of Cinderella (though you might see a sprite or two). This is a refreshingly gritty take on the idea of what happens next.

Weeks have passed since s
Cas Peace
Cinders by Michelle Davidson Argyle is a continuation of the Cinderella fairy story. But don’t come to this book expecting cute white mice and pumpkins that turn into golden carriages. No, this book covers what happens when the magic palls, when a fairytale Princess learns to live in the real world. When a young woman who thought she knew what she wanted suddenly realizes she doesn’t know at all. This is a gritty tale of indecision, and unfulfilled desires. Of the yearning to know that love is r ...more
Cheryl Anne Gardner
Poor disappointed Cinderella, or rather, Christina, in this case. Her wish was granted, and now, ironically, life isn't turning out to be the ideal happy ever after she wanted or expected. Written in the gothic styling of traditional fairy tales like Aesop's Fables, what we have here is a "be careful what you wish for" cautionary tale. An allegory, if you will, about the brutally honest awakening -- the enlightenment -- of an impetuous child dissatisfied with her current life. Sure, we all know ...more
I think this is the best retelling I've read in a while. I like the idea of retellings but generally don't have a lot of luck with them. That almost made me not want to read this book at all, even when I'd already ILLed it from the library and gotten it home, but once I started I was drawn right in. I loved the tone—it was probably one of my favorite things. The way Cinderella felt after coming to the castle and marrying the prince was believable. I liked the addition of sprites, but wasn't sure ...more
There’s a lot to like about Cinders, so let’s start there. First of all, let’s dispense with the whole self-publishing stigma right at the outset, shall we? There’s nothing even remotely second rate about the quality of the book: lovely cover design, great production standards, and if there were more’n 3 typos in the entire thing, I’d be surprised. Hell, even Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book had a misspelling or two, and that was professionally edited, so Michelle did a fantastic job with that.

As for
Conventional wisdom holds that there are two ways to reimagine old folk tales. The first is to wrench the plot out of its traditional setting while retaining its original concerns. (Consider how Steven Spielberg placed Pinocchio in a high-tech dystopia with his film A.I.). The second uses an opposite approach -- maintain the surroundings while shifting the thematic focus. ("Snow, Glass, Apples," Neil Gaiman's grisly take on the story of Snow White, is a prime example.) One can usually tell which ...more
Ever wonder what happened to Cinderella AFTER she had her happily ever after? What was her life like after the wedding and after she became a Princess? Cinders gives you a new look on her life within the castle walls and it's not as happy as everyone thinks.

Cinderella's life isn't exactly as she expected, though her relationship with Prince Rowland is filled with affection and everything she could ever dream of, Cinderella feels like there's something missing. As her dreams become haunted by th
Gabriela Pereira
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I recently read Michelle Davidson Argyle's "Cinders" and found it to be a thoroughly engaging story. I was taken in by the depth of emotion and dark turns in the plot, and I found it difficult to put this book down.

The language is lyrical and beautiful, but not overly fluffy as to distract from the story. While the story is set in a medieval, magical kingdom filled with knights and peasants, Argyle doesn't get bogged down with trying to make the characters sound "of
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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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