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The Cracked Slipper

(The Cracked Slipper #1)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  265 ratings  ·  70 reviews
When Eleanor Brice unexpectedly wins the heart of Gregory Desmarais, Crown Prince of Cartheigh, she's sure she's found her happily-ever-after. Unfortunately, Prince Charming has a loose grip on his temper, a looser grip on his marriage vows, and a tight grip on the bottle.

Eight years of mistreatment, isolation and clandestine book learning hardly prepare Eleanor for life
Paperback, 354 pages
Published March 9th 2012 by Createspace (first published February 29th 2012)
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What happens when Cinderella meets her prince, they fall in love , get married, and live in the palace??? Have you ever wondered? I have...and The Cracked Slipper is the story of what happens.....after...

Cinderella, aka Eleanor Brice, and her cracked slipper seem miserable... the whole romance of the ball fades fast as she tries to fit in with the royals in the palace. The differences in lifestyles are only part of the reason why she just isn't thrilled with her dream come true life in the palac
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
All of my life, Cinderella (along with Snow White) has been my least favorite Disney princess. I always had zero tolerance for damsels in distress, whether fictional or real. And this is why I thoroughly enjoyed this story, even though strongly inspired by the Cinderella story, Eleanore Brice Desmarais is nothing like Cinderella; she is an educated, smart, strong, willful, ponderous, logical woman, who never relied on her gender or physical attributes to go up the social ladder or get anything s ...more
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
THE CRACKED SLIPPER was an odd, disjointed mix of missed connections and wtfery. I wanted to like it. The synopsis kind of had me at the whole 'talking parrot spy' thing. But the more I read it, the more it just kind of lost me because you had no idea what it was leading up to. There was no character development, the talking animals didn't add a single thing to the story, and then it just ended. Seriously. It JUST ENDED.

The story is basically the 'what happens next' of the Cinderella story with
Natalia Sylvester
Although Stephanie Alexander's novel is a re-imagining of the Cinderella fairy tale, she quickly builds a world and story of her own, so rich in characters, setting, and fantasy-mixed-with-the-perfect-amount-of-realism that reading it felt like discovering a timeless classic for the first time. Her heroine, Eleanor Brice, is no regular princess or damsel in distress, and one of the most charming aspects of this book is that, as the story unfolds, you see that no character is entirely what he or ...more
I enjoyed reading The Cracked Slipper but was deeply disturbed by the turn it takes once we get to the meat of the story. The prologue drops you into this retelling of Cinderella’s escape from the life-changing ball where she loses one of her precious glass slippers (one of which is cracked, hence the title of the novel). If you’ve read Cinderella or watched the animated film, you get the gist. But this tale of Cinderella’s plight has a slight twist—an intimate look inside the happily-ever-after ...more
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-2020
Fun twist on a classic fairy-tale including intrigue, scandal, magic, and unicorns. This story picks up where the happily ever after leaves off. The night before the wedding Eleanor discovers that her Prince isn't so charming after all. After his multiple infidelities, she becomes more disillusioned by her new husband Gregory and closer to his best friend Dorian. Becoming her rescuer and champion against the court gossips only makes her long even more for a love that can never be. But when an im ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

4.5 star review!

I do wish we could give half stars on goodreads and other review platforms as this book is so worthy of that half star!
I've always loved fairytales and as an adult I enjoy retellings too. This is an amazing book full of jealousy, passion, love, magic, a love triangle, friendship, trust, and so much more. Eleanor is such an endearing character and my heart goe
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh
The Cracked Slipper made me think for a long while after reading it.Sadly not in the kind of way the author had intended.

When I read a book ideally the plot, the characters and the setting/world building are good, but most importantly the prose has to be great. I always insisted that if i don't like the style of writing I can't read a book no matter how good the plot, if the prose is great I will still enjoy the book even if the storyline isn't that great. Well, I discovered that even if I do l
Eustacia Tan
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book reminds me of what my friend had for her skype status once "The prince is awake, your shit is wrecked". Only in this case, we should change the word to Princess, because it's our heroine, Eleanor who is the strong one.

The Cracked Slipper follows what happen after the prince (Gregory) finds Cinderella (Eleanor). Only unlike Cinderella 2, the Disney version, this reads a lot more like life here.

But with some crucial differences. For one, this is a magical kingdom. There are unicorns and
Kari Anderson
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

We all know the story of Cinderella. However, we don’t know what happens after the run away into the setting sun. All we get is “Happily Ever After.” Stephanie Alexander picks it up for us, but in this book, Cinderella is Eleanor. The names are different, story just picks up where we were left wondering.

And unfortunately for Eleanor, things arent’ quite what she hoped. She lives in a huge castle, barely sees the prince, and her intelligence and education are not appreciated at all. What makes
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Eleanor Brice, Alexander's Cinderella character, is no gentle soul with a sweet singing voice. She's a thoroughly modern woman navigating a society that isn't. And it turns out Prince Charming can't stop being everyone else. Each character was so well written and each scene was thoughtfully created. In this tale, animals can talk, unicorns and dragons are real, and fairies are jerks. Outside of the fantastic world-building, there is a beautiful love story wrapped up in tragedy. The ...more
A.G. Howard
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: book clubs and fans of fantasy, fairy tales, and women's fiction
Stephanie Alexander gives happily ever after a dose of reality while expanding upon the beloved story of Cinderella. On her journey from peasant to princess, Eleanor (Cinderella’s counterpart), realizes destiny and fate aren’t all they’re "cracked" up to be in a kingdom where witches and women are oppressed by men and wizards.

The premise of this book is so unique, and I'm a huge fan of fairy tale adaptions, pseudo-renaissance settings, and unicorns. On a personal level, this really hit the spot
Mar 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this Cinderella story. I liked the plot and how it really started after the ball. I didn't need to read the explicit details about their sex lives....with each other and everyone elses! I also don't think people back then swore. ESPECIALLY the F bomb. Really? You think a prince will yell that at his wife? Nope. It ruined the book for me.
Leonie Byrne
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Thank you to Netgalley, Stephanie Alexander and Books Go Social for my arc of The Cracked Slipper in exchange for an honest review. 

Synopsis: A retelling of the Cinderella story finds Eleanor Brice winning the heart of the Handsome Prince, Gregory Desmarais. But things are not as they should be for the happy couple. Eleanor who has spent her time learning, educating herself and being confident and outspoken outside of her time of drudgery and cleaning, finds that in Eclatant Palace women should
Danielle Bush
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
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Book Him Danno
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not sure how to feel about The Cracked Slipper it feels like a retelling of Cinderella and ends up being more twisted than anyone will expect. The pacing needs more editing as it has moments of stopping and starting or at times feeling the character was written and place into the story with lack of connection. There are also several spelling errors that are a little hard to over look taking reader out of the story the author worked so hard to bring to life.
Not sure why the author used more moder
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I expected to like and enjoy this book, but not to like it as much as I did. It wasn't as sweet as I expected, but instead showed a girl who dreamed, fell in love, and found herself trapped. And everything didn't just work itself out.
The characters were multifaceted, and even the ones I didn't particularily like, were ones I could understand or sympathise with.

I'm greatly looking fortward to reading book two!
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is not the classis cinderella story we all know, since it is about what happens after the ball. Being married to the prince is not what our heroine dreamed of. I thought it was rather depressing. What I disliked is that their was a love triangle, which seems to continue in the next book... I'm not going to read the next book.

I received this book from NetGalley in return for a honest review.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
This story about what happens next after the EHA is one that unfortunately didn't work for me. I found it over the top weird, conducing and well did I mention weird. I think it just needed better editing or something.
Jill Long
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the story of what happens after Cinderella and the Prince get together. I was intrigued with this because it did not go where I expected it to go. The ending seemed abrupt. I would have liked more.
Thank you for the ARC. This is my honest review.
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Even as a child, I knew the ending "and they lived happily ever after" was the biggest "fairytale" of all. These character are more alive. The situations more realistic. I like the strong women in this tale.
Lovey Dovey Books
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Move over Cinderella! Eleanor Brice enters the stage with a flourish of confidence and intelligence. Stephanie Alexander introduces a heroine with a head on her shoulders and a heart as big as the sun. The Cracked Slipper tells a tale that's more than just about what happens after the servant girl marries the Prince. The story navigates through trials, betrayals, jealousies, and the hardships of court in a kingdom that under appreciates women. Eleanor's journey is inspiring and will make any rea ...more
**✿❀ Maki ❀✿**
The Cracked Slipper is the story of Cinderella after "happily ever after" has worn off, and real life has set in.

Despite being based on Cinderella, this book breaks away from the fairy tale, and becomes its own story. Starting with the ending of the original story, Cracked Slipper tells the tale of Eleanor realizing that "love at first sight" probably isn't a good basis for a stable relationship.

This book is 80% Eleanor falling out of love with Prince Charming or attending parties, and only 20%
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
In this fairy tale retelling, Stephanie Alexander reveals what happens after Cinderella falls in love with the prince. Unlike most fairy tale heroines, Eleanor Brice is strong-willed and well-learned. She is a feminist before the word existed. Living without many social opportunities, Eleanor does not adjust well to palace life and she finds herself with only a few friends. The prince’s actions and thoughts are not at all princely and she soon falls in love with his best friend, Dorian. But she ...more
Highly enjoyable read, I was through it in two days. The pacing and the story itself was well done and quite interesting, and the characters really kept my interest. I also really liked Alexander's ability to easily and clearly switch POV, I thought it was quite well done. And the romantic tension was quite engaging, along with the main plot. I enjoyed following Eleanor, she was an interesting character, and I thought her and Gregory's relationship was well done. (view spoiler) ...more
Teresa Jones
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Life at the Eclantant Palace in the enchanted kingdom was not all that Eleanor thought that it would be. When she was to be wed to the Crown Prince, visions of a happily ever after were what went through her mind, not a future of being alone and not being able to have a voice of her own.

Her soon to be husband, spends his last days of freedom with a bottle and loose women and after the marriage little changes, only that Eleanor now knows that she has wed herself right into a prison of being unha
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The was such a beautiful, more "realistic" spin on the "Cinderella story." While it has just a few similarities to the old-time, classic fairy tale in the beginning, there is much more "reality" to it than your old favorite. This is set with a much more authentic "golden days" environment, with a bit of fantasy in the mix. No fairy god mothers, but witches; instead of talking woodland friends (like mice) you get a much better intelligent dialogue from the family pet fowl and the revered unicorn ...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
This story is basically Cinderella II (for those that have Disney films still in their lives) but more gritty and definitely not with a Prince Charming or a HEA.

Our princess, Eleanor, has to learn about the machinations of court life as well as dealing with Witches vs. Wizards; plus falling out of love with her soon to be husband and falling in love with his best friend.

This story showed promise and it always make a nice change when someone is prepared to try something a bit different but this j
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Cracked Slipper was alright-- more of a 2.5 rather than a 2. The re-written fairy tale genre has always appealed to me, thus I gladly downloaded this book, as the premise was so promising.

Right off of the bat, I rooted for the protagonist, Eleanor, and continued to do so throughout the story. Some sections of the story really dragged, however, and the love triangle was exceedingly predictable. Also, the language used in the book was awfully modern for something that seemed to be taking place
I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review.

The Cracked Slipper is a fairy tale twist (my favorites, it seems) on Cinderella. In this book, we pick up where the handsome prince finds Cinderella (Eleanor) and they are about to be wed. Everything from that point on is different, though.

I have to say, I loved this book. Each character was so well written and each scene was thoughtfully created. In this tale, animals can talk, unicorns are read, and fairies are jerks. Outside of the
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Stephanie Alexander is the bestselling author of The Cracked Slipper Series and Charleston Green. She grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Drawing, writing stories, and harassing her parents for a pony consumed much of her childhood. After graduating from high school in 1995 she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the College of Charleston, South Carolina. She returned to Washing ...more

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