In this loose retelling, Cinderella is a citizen of Trieux which was invaded three years before by Erlauf. There wasReally disappointed with this one.
In this loose retelling, Cinderella is a citizen of Trieux which was invaded three years before by Erlauf. There wasn’t much of a battle and Erlauf became part of Trieux, any nobles, which was most of them, who fought or stood against Erlauf was killed and heavy and relentless taxes followed for those who did survive. This resulted in many selling their possessions and land and letting go many of their servants.
Because Cinderella, who once had everything she could ever want and didn’t seem to give much thought to anything of real substance, was saved by her loyal servants, she’s since become determined to hold on to her land and all of her servants. This means she works in the local market, has sold many of her things (including her hair) and works her land. Her stepmother and sisters aren’t in the book too much, but Shea puts a bit of a twist on that relationship.
The lead guy in this book is a colonel in the Erlauf military, Friedrich, who first meets Cinderella at her stall in the market and decides to pursue her, much to Cinderella and her fellow Trieux citizens’ dismay. Eventually, they spend time together and…well, you know how it goes.
If that description wasn’t too exciting, you’ve got how I felt about this book down pat. I read Shea’s retelling of Beauty and the Beast and I really liked it. I liked the characters, both main and secondary, as well as how their relationship developed. Unfortunately, I felt no real connection to either of the main characters, especially Cinderella. She was so intent on saving everything she decided that she needed to make herself available to a guy who would be able to help her keep her property and her servants. To this end, she wouldn’t let Friedrich kiss her, and barely let him touch her (in totally innocent ways). To me, she came off as a huge, freaking prude while also managing to seem whorish. She said, “Physical affection, for me, is a matter of loyalty and wealth.” Really?! What about love? Like I said, whorish. It gets even better when, later, Friedrich confesses something to her which is basically what she was doing, and she gets angry.
Then, this whole Cinderella can save both countries from some impending dark forces by leading everyone in forgiveness; “Hate cannot drive out hate” and “If you can forgive us, you will set not only yourself free, but your countrymen as well.” I don’t know what’s up with the cat poster philosophy, but, gag! A sudden 180 by another character brings everything to a far too easy, unbelievable ending. Throw in typos and misused words (gratuity instead of gratitude, than instead of then) and this book was pretty much a dud for me. Like I said, I liked Shea’s Beauty and the Beast and would recommend that book over this one. ...more
I got a lot of books for Christmas and have a bunch of others on my TBR list, but started reading this because I was pissed at the reaction to Jay's nI got a lot of books for Christmas and have a bunch of others on my TBR list, but started reading this because I was pissed at the reaction to Jay's now defunct Kickstarter campaign. I hadn't planned on mentioning it, but people's reactions are getting ridiculous and some of you need to calm the fuck down. Seriously....more
Eh. Could've been much better. Liked the idea of something hidden going on with the male main character, but I think he was supposed to come off as anEh. Could've been much better. Liked the idea of something hidden going on with the male main character, but I think he was supposed to come off as an alpha-male, and he came off as an alpha-douche to me, instead....more
4 1/2 stars.In Since You’ve Been Gone, it’s the beginning of summer and, upon biking to her best friend Sloane’s house, Emily finds Sloane and her fam4 1/2 stars.In Since You’ve Been Gone, it’s the beginning of summer and, upon biking to her best friend Sloane’s house, Emily finds Sloane and her family are gone with no indication of where they went. Emily tries getting in touch with her and attempts to find out where she might gone all while wondering why she wouldn’t tell her. Emily wants to believe the family just went on vacation (they were all a little flaky) and Sloane forgot to tell her, but, deep down, she knows it’s for good.
Then, Emily gets a letter, which is actually just a to-do list, from Emily. No note, no explanation, just a weird to-do list. Sloane was the person who pulled Emily out of her shell and pushed her to do things she normally wouldn’t have done, but she’s willing to try anything if there’s a chance that completing the list will help her find her best friend. Along the way, Emily befriends Frank Porter, a guy who goes to her school, when he asks her to help him become a runner and he offers to help with the list once she eventually tells him about it.
It’s been a while since I read this book (I’ve been horrible about writing reviews lately), but I liked it so much, that I wanted to do at least a short one for it. The writing was so easy to read and, though it might sound doofy, the book was just charming and fun. That’s not to say the characters were perfect (Emily should’ve employed more willpower on one occasion, even though the reader pretty much knew what was going on, and I wanted to smack her for the way she treated one character, even though it wasn’t with the intention of being a bitch) I loved almost all of the characters in this book. There was no over-the-top drama, no one had a life-threatening illness and one character who I was sure going to be a jerkwad turned out to be soooo sweet and nice (if the author ever reads this, I hope you know who I’m talking about and I’d like to vote for a companion novel with him as the lead!).
Yes, there were little dramas and problems, but they were pretty normal and what you might expect for regular people. Honestly, my biggest problem with the book was the crappy music (with the exception of The Format) on Frank and Emily’s running playlists, though I have to admit that I loved that they made them for each other (musical tastes aside :) ).
I’m not going to say if Emily completed the list or if she ever found out where Sloane went, but I highly recommend this book. When my sister asked me if I liked Since You’ve Been Gone, I told her that it reminded me of summer when we were kids growing up in the Midwest; I never wanted it to end. ...more
Colt and Olivia have been next door neighbors forever and, though they’ve never really even talked have been attracted to the other for a long time. OColt and Olivia have been next door neighbors forever and, though they’ve never really even talked have been attracted to the other for a long time. Olivia had been at a boarding school for two years, but had to come back after her junior year because her parents couldn’t afford it. Over the summer, Olivia and Colt finally talk and hang out a couple of times and it seems that they might finally get together when Colt just stops talking to Olivia because he thinks he’s not good enough for her. She, of course, doesn’t know this and is hurt because she thinks that he just decided she wasn’t interesting enough for him.
The thing was, this was like so many YA/NA books, the two main characters never talked to each other because one was too shy and the other felt he/she wasn’t good enough (usually the girl and guy, respectively) and there are several misunderstandings and one sees the other kissing, hanging out with, whatever, someone else, which makes that person go out with someone else. The writing was fine, though there were some weird spelling things, and this was fine as a beach or rainy day read, but it’s just not one that’s overly memorable....more