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Out of the Ashes by Olivia Duncan Craig
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Mar 09, 13

bookshelves: m-m-books, mm-reviewbook, m-m-contemporary
Read in July, 2012

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As a child I always liked the story of Cinderella and movies that go along with it: from the classic Disney movie to Ella Enchanted and Ever After. So it comes as no surprise that I’d like ‘Cinderfella’ stories, Out of the Ashes being one of them.

Out of the Ashes follows along the lines of the classic story. One moment Noah is happy with his caring father and grandmother, the next his world is turned around when his father dies and his grandmother suffers a stroke.

Taken by the evil stepmother to a remote location, he is worked hard and cares for his ailing grandmother. Then his Prince Charming comes along. The question is: will Noah have a happily ever after and how does it come about?

If you know the tale of Cinderella, it’s not hard to guess where this story is going. So it’s not the beginning that matters and you can guess how it ends, but the middle that is the important part and Out of the Ashes doesn’t disappoint.

Noah is a very likable, sweet character. He is strong too, to be able to work so hard and care for his grandmother at the same time. There were moments when reading the story that I just wanted hug Noah and tell him it would be all right.

His Prince Charming is definitely a ‘Prince Charming.’ Matthew, Noah’s neighbor on a nearby property, has it all. Good looks, money and charms and an all-around good life. He is a little clueless though, not to notice Noah. He needed to be hit over the head… hard.

Both main characters are well worked out and round. The rest of the cast suffers a bit of the typical stereotype style of writing. But then it’s to be expected given that it’s a retelling of a fairytale. There is no sympathy for the wicked step-bitch or her kid.

Out of the Ashes is a sweet if not a little fluffy, story that makes for a good read on a dreary Sunday afternoon, cuddled up with cats and hot chocolate. The writing is lyrical and well done, though it would have helped the story if an editor had gone over it one more time for the spelling and grammar mistakes. While I’m not one who condones books with bad editing, this story makes up for it if you put your spelling/grammar blinders on.
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