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The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines
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Jan 15, 09

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy
Read in January, 2009

After the ball and the glass slipper and the wedding, Cinderella (whose real name is Princess Danielle Whiteshore) expects her "happily ever after." Instead, she's attacked by one of her stepsisters, who seems to have developed frightening new powers. The assasination attempt fails, but Danielle learns that her new husband has been kidnapped and that the queen has two secret agents who are about to search for him. When she insists on helping to rescue her prince, Danielle finds herself on the way to the town of the fairies with two other princesses. Talia is a fighter as well as an exotic beauty with an aversion to sleeping, and Snow is a powerful sorceress who uses mirrors in her spells. They soon learn that the stepsisters aren't working alone, and the princesses must face their pasts in order to save both the kingdom and themselves.

You know the basics of the characters, but Hines uses bits and pieces from several versions of their stories in addition to some entirely new ideas. The result is fairy-tale princesses that are both familiar and interesting. The world is very detailed, which I loved. The plot moved along at a good pace, but there was still plenty of time for character development. I found myself completely drawn in. There was one point where we learned something about the prince that introduced an entirely new tension, and I found myself getting really anxious for poor Danielle.

I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next.
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Janice (Janicu) Oo, sounds good, I'll keep an eye out for it.


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