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Cinderella: Ninja Warrior (Twisted Tales #1)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  1,062 Ratings  ·  197 Reviews
In this fast-paced story full of adventure and romance, Cinderella is more than just a servant girl waiting for her prince—she's a tough, fearless girl who is capable of taking charge of a dangerous situation. Seeking to escape the clutches of her evil stepmother, Cinderella perfects her ninja skills and magic talents in secret, waiting for the day when she can break free ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Silver Dolphin Books
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Apr 22, 2011 Stella rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, for-review, ya, 2011
I loved fairy tales as a kid and Cinderella was my absolute favourite (I watched the Disney movie so many times I knew it by heart when I was around 4-5), so of course when I heard about this extraordinary retelling of my favourite childhood fairy tale my curiosity was piqued.

The Twisted Tales series is described as

"Adventurous fairytale adventures where the heroines are very capable of saving themselves, but also get their handsome princes. Fast-paced fun stories, full of danger, adventure an
Molly O'keefe
Jan 18, 2011 Molly O'keefe rated it it was amazing
Cinderella is a ninja!!! Come on!!
Christy Stewart
This is not choose-your-own-adventure. It does not count when half the chapters end with "What happens next? Turn the page to find out!" That's called reading-a-fucking-book.

It's like if I told you I was going to show you a magic trick and then spit in your mouth.

"That wasn't a magic trick," you'd say, "You just spit in my mouth!"

And I was all, "Do you have any idea how complicated your immune system is? If you can't appreciate what wonders your body is working to defend against my germs then al
It was an AMAZING twist on a classic fairytale. The classic Princess is no longer a damsel in distress. She is a powerful warrior trapped by her step mothers spell. No one is coming to rescue her, not her stepmother, not her new handsome friend Ty, and defiantly not a Prince Charming. Join Cinderella as she battle for not only her freedom, but her happily ever-after.
Wandering Librarians
Nov 06, 2011 Wandering Librarians rated it did not like it
Cinderella's real mother was a powerful wizard, but after her death, Cinderella's father hid her wand. Shortly after he remarried, he died under suspicious circumstances. Now Cinderella is held prisoner in her own house, thanks to her wicked step-mother's black magic, which is illegal in the kingdom. Cinderella bides her time until she can make her escape, training herself to be a ninja warrior and working on developing her magic. Now if only she could find her mother's wand...

When I saw the tit
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
I hated this book, so the review is short, just like every other review of mine.

I got really mixed up in the choosing a decision. I ended up reading EVERYTHING, it was like i kept seeing everything twice.

Plus, the book was all lovey-dovey. She was supposed to be bad-ass, for fucks sake! She wasn't let me tell you.

Those were the two major reasons for hating this.
Jan 16, 2011 Logan rated it really liked it
First impressions: This is not your average Cinderella story. From the beginning it's a little bit darker, with more magic and more action. McGowan wastes no time immersing us in this world, so I found it easy to adjust to this atypical Cinderella character.

Lasting impressions: So much fun! The more I think about this book, the more I smile. If you were ever a fan of Choose Your Own Adventure books, you will love this one. McGowan has another title in this Twisted Tales series called Sleeping Be
Jun 01, 2011 Evie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Originally posted to: Evie - Bookish

Cinderella Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan is the first book in the Twisted Tales series brought to us by Silver Dolphin. This fast-paced and action packed story is so much more than the classic fairy tale we all know! Loaded with magic, kick-ass ninja actions, adventures and romance, this fairytale is nothing like you've ever read before.

First and foremost, this is not a book that you'll read once and then put on your bookshelf to collect dust. You can re
Mar 01, 2012 Katy rated it liked it
3.5 stars - What a great twist of the classic fairy tale. I really liked it, but I had two problems with it.

1) This book had almost nothing to do with being a ninja warrior. Yeah it was dropped off here and there, but it seems like the book should have been entitled something with magic or wizard instead. And when it was mentioned, McGowan had to say, "with her ninja training" like she's trying to re-emphasize, oh yeah, this is what the book is about. I think the book would have been just as goo
Xena Elektra
Lost my review while saving, so this won't be as in-depth.

Liked the idea. Enjoyed the romance and the fact that this version of Cinderella had a legitimate reason for not changing her situation. (I hate when Cinderella doesn't just LEAVE when she could walk out and get a paying job doing the same thing)

Didn't enjoy a few aspects. Touch on them briefly. The love magic at the end was cheesy. I rolled my eyes several times as the magic of love would constantly "save" Cinderella and Ty. Thought Ty b
Apr 29, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
I admit I jumped to get this one. First, it was described as a twisted fairy tale (heh... twisted!). Next, Cinderella was a ninja warrior! I was sold and didn't even read the blurb. Anyhoo... I do admit I did enjoy this book. The choices laid out for you to make seemed like easy choices and no brainers to me. So, the story I read I really enjoyed. Cinderella was a girl that, despite the torturous, and even more physically abusive Stepmother than we are used to seeing, we find learns to stand up ...more
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May 22, 2011 Book Flame rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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I've always been a huge fan of fairy tales with Cinderella being one of my top three favorites. So of course I jumped at the chance to review Cinderella Ninja Warrior. Maureen McGowan did an excellent job of taking a classic and adding major twists that actually made the world in which Cinderella lives in much more entertaining.

The main idea was still there - Cinderella living with her evil stepmother and stepsisters and a ball where the prince will pick hi
May 08, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was thrilled when I recieved this book in Good Reads giveaways.

Loved it. Nice quick read (well is a teen book but I do read alot of those) The idea of Cinderella being trapped in the house by dark magic answers alot of my questions from childhood. I will admit it the begining took a couple of page to warm up but then the flow found itself and the pace was fun.the

Cinderella's mother died in child birth and then her father died when she was 5. Sound familier? Ok so far nothing new BUT did you k
Feb 25, 2011 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Girls
Cinderella: Ninja Warrior (Twisted Tales #1)
Maureen McGowan

Cinderella wants to be free of Stepmother and Stepsisters, she hopes one day she can become a ninja warrior wizard and she practices every day with the help of her cat Max. One day a messenger comes knocking on the door she can never pass. The messenger brings invitations for the Prince's Ball, Ty is the messenger's name, Ty also invites Cinderella to participate in the Wizards Competition, who ever wins will dance with the Prince. Will
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Apr 03, 2011 Kayleigh {K-Books} rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I am a big fan of fairytales so when i heard about this book i knew i had to read it.

Its an amazing twist on the classic fairytale of Cinderella. Cinderella's mother was a powerful wizard who died during childbirth. When her father re-married, he was not aware that his new wife was a powerful wizard who practiced dark magic who used him to try and get her hands on his late wife's wand. After her father mysteriously dies, Cinderella is taken prisoner by her step-mother at the a
May 11, 2011 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance, fantasy, wizards
GENRE: YA Fantasy
THEME: Wizards
RECEIVED: Copy from Baker & Taylor Publishing Group

I’ve always loved the story of Cinderella and her fairy godmother, in the end her evil stepmother and sisters get what they deserve and Cinderella lives happily ever after with the prince. But in this tale Maureen McGowan takes Cinderella and adds a twist of ninja skills mixed with wizards to bring an original aspect to an old tale.
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Mar 09, 2011 Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota* rated it really liked it
When i got the book for review, i was like "there is no way i like it". I kinda loved it you know. I was never fun of Cinderella to tell you the truth. But this book...oh my...! I wish the original stories were like that! Forget the sweet cliche love story and the poor girl. Here we have witches, championships, warriors, villains and even dragons! How awesome is it? The author keeps simple the writing and it's still like you read a fairytale. And while she doesn't change the final outcome or the ...more
Apr 27, 2011 Jess rated it liked it
I didn’t realise that this book was a choose your own adventure book until I opened it and started reading. Now, I’m not a fan of those kinds of books. I avoided them as a child, and, though this wasn’t as terrible as my childhood experiences, I will continue to avoid them as an adult. I decided to review this, as hard as it was, what with all the different possibilities. Plus, I wasn’t going to drop a book for a reason as petty as that. But, this will lower the plot rating significantly, simply ...more
May 27, 2011 Chioma rated it really liked it
Cinderella Ninja Warrior is definitely what I call an incredible modern take on a fairy tale. I was engaged the whole time, and even though I know the story Cinderella and it is the basis of this book, that did not take away from the fact that this book is 100% original.

This book was a lot different from Maureen's other "pick your plot" book Sleeping Beauty, Vampire Slayer. The Cinderella plot of this book was evident but with the wizard and magical parts thrown in also, it created a much more i
Jan 20, 2011 Tien rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young adult who loves fantasy / fairy tales
My favourite princess made even stronger, it couldn’t be better! A world filled with magic with love being the strongest magic of all. A wonderful concoction of Maureen McGowan: a retelling of Cinderella mixed in with wizardry, martial arts, and choose-your-own-adventure! Unfortunately, I don’t have a daughter to share this with (well, maybe not yet...)

Cinderella was trapped. Her stepmother is a powerful wizard and has employed spells to keep Cinderella in her place: a servant who is practically
Apr 17, 2011 Kt rated it liked it
I've always wondered why Cinderella never ran away from home as her life couldn't have really gotten any worse if she did. Well, this book finally answered that question for me. She never escaped because her stepmother was a very powerful wizard who used black magic to entrap her. Cinderella also isn't as meek and mild as she has seemed in the past fairy tales. She is actually very strong willed and tries to make the best of an impossible situation. Her determination and strength are nothing sho ...more
Christy (TheReaderBee)
Cinderella: Ninja Warrior is a retelling of the classic fairytale Cinderella, with an added mix of wizardy and ninja fighting. Another plus is that the book allows you to chose your own adventure!

After the death of her mom, and then her dad, Cinderella is at the mercy of her evil step-mother and step-sisters. She waits on them hand and foot, and is treated badly in return. She trains in secret, hoping to one day defeat her evil step-mother and escape with her cat, Max, and to one day live happil
Jan 17, 2012 GardeniaPearl rated it really liked it
Cinderella: Ninja Warrior, is a clever retelling of the classic fairytale. After Cinderella’s father dies, Cinderella is kept prisoner in her own house by her stepmother who is a powerful wizard. Secretly, Cinderella trains as a wizard and a ninja, in order to escape. When it is announced that a royal ball and magic tournament is being held, Cinderella knows this is her chance to escape from her stepmother.

It’s difficult to give a summary of this plot, because at three different places in the bo
Mar 31, 2011 Lisarenee rated it really liked it
Have you ever read a book and wished you could tell the Hero or Heroine what to do? Well, your wish has been granted. In this fun rendition of the classic tale of Cinderella, Maureen McGowen let's you make the decisions at three different points within the story. This version generally follows the traditional version, but adds some twists - wizards are found throughout the kingdom and, as the title implies, Cinderella's picked up some new moves.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found the fact I
Feb 01, 2011 Aleksandra rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I loved it! It's really great retelling of Cinderella! Let's start with the title. I have to admit that I used to giggle every time I read the title of this book, but not anymore. I think that it fits the story perfectly & let's just say that Cinderella isn't the ninja I used to imagine when I read the title every time.
So, what's the story about?
Cinderella's mother used to be really powerful wizard & her stepmother is powerful wizard, too, but of course she's evil. Now she's keeping Ci
Ana Mardoll
Jun 06, 2011 Ana Mardoll rated it liked it
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Cinderella, Ninja Warrior / 978-1607102557

I really love a good fractured fairy tale, and I am very partial to the "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" phenomena that has popularized zombies and ninjas and the like in modern renditions of old classic stories. I also really like "Choose Your Own Adventure" books where the reader gets the choice to guide the story at key points along the way. I was therefore very surprised to find myself somewhat bored and uninterested in this potentially delightful b
Apr 20, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it
It's about time someone brought choose your own adventure books back! I used to LOVE those as a child, and I even tried to write one myself. Turns out, even at 22, I still love 'em! This book was a very fun, entertaining read. I also LOVE Cinderella, so it was pretty much already decided that I would enjoy this book. The writing was fast-paced and filled with action. Cinderella as a ninja warrior and wizard in training is a pretty awesome Cinderella! She's such a strong character, and she was ma ...more
Mar 26, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
Two things here: (#1) I thoroughly enjoyed the random mental picture I got just thinking about Cinderella as a ninja warrior and (#2) choose your own adventure type books don't work as well on a Kindle as you'd think. There was a lot of paging forward and back when I wanted to see the different routes I could have taken. That's just a little mental note to myself, though, since most people won't be reading this on their Kindle (is it even available as an ebook?) so don't let my weirdness turn yo ...more
Sharon Tyler
Apr 12, 2011 Sharon Tyler rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sharon by: recieved from NetGalley
Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowen is a young adult novel that holds the elements of the classic fairy tale, choose your own adventure and the feel of the classic mash ups that have been coming onto the scene. The story line is familiar, poor Cinderella has an evil stepmother and wants to get away to live happily ever after. In this version there is magic, the evil stepmother is a wizard and magic is a rather normal thing in the world. Cinderella is under spells that keep her confined ...more
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Wow, what a magical tale on a classic story. This book was full of surprises. I have never read anything like this book before. I loved how I was able to choose Cinderella's fate and went straight to the chapter that specified. I borrowed this book from my local library and I highly recommend this read to all to enjoy.
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Maureen has always been making up stories, but side-tracked by a persistent practical side, it took her a few years to channel her energy into writing novels. After escaping a previous career in finance and accounting, she hasn't looked back.

Aside from her love of books, she's passionate about films, fine handcrafted objects and shoes.

She lives and writes in Toronto, Canada.
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