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The Ugly Stepsister

(Unfinished Fairy Tales #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  2,184 ratings  ·  372 reviews
When Kat accidentally rips apart an old picture book, she's magically transported into the world of Cinderella--as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters! Life turns upside down now that she’s a highborn lady and must learn how to survive the social season, including how to get through the door in a huge metal hoop skirt. To get back, she'll have to complete the story, righ ...more
ebook, 452 pages
Published June 12th 2015 (first published June 10th 2015)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
4.5 stars. Best fairy tale re-telling that I've read so far.

That's normally one way that authors go with the re-tell of a fairy tale. Wait, I would probably read and like that one. Let's scratch that and start again.

Kat is told by her mom to head up to the attic and clean up some of her old books for a yard-sale. In doing so she finds an old copy of Cinderella. She is kinda clumsy so she ends up tearing the book when she falls down the stairs.
When she wakes up their is a troll there waiting and
$.99 on Amazon today 11/17/15

That ending! Woof! Totally killed it for me. Sorry, but it did.
Hated it. Hated it. Hated it!


I mean, what was that? Gah. No.

Anyway. Other than my (rather obvious) disappointment with the last few pages, I thought this was a pretty cute way to retell the Cinderella story. Although, I thought The Stepsister's Tale was a much better story if you're looking for something from...well, the ugly stepsister's point of view.

Ok, so this girl rips part of a page out
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Aya Ling and NetGalley.)

“Am I one of the ugly stepsisters?”
His grin grows wider.
Damn. “If I have to be in the story, why aren’t I Cinderella?”

This was an interesting retelling of Cinderella, in that it didn’t follow the original story very rigidly at all.

I felt quite sorry for Kat in this story, she seemed to be given an insurmountable task in order to return home and to her family, and I wasn’
Simona Bartolotta
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Simona by: Muse-ic ♬
Sorry, Sandra, it turned out it wasn't for me. But, people, I still invite you to read her review because it's a breath of fresh air. I just love the enthusiasm of those words.

"You ought not be going out unchaperoned, Miss Katriona," he says, rubbing the back of his neck. "It ain't proper."
Unchaperoned, my foot. Next thing I'll be donning a veil and keeping my head covered."

This quote, all in all, has nothing to do with the "bigger picture", it's just a little sample of how this book is written.
Rachel Maniacup
OMG! This book is surprisingly very good!
This is my first book of Aya Ling,and my first time to read a fairytale retelling,(most were watched)and I am instantly bewitched both by the author and the book!

This is a story of a 17 year old,Katherine,who devours book after book since she was four(wow,she really love books!).She is the student editor of their school paper,who stumble,stutter,and falls silence when she encounters a gorgeous guy.In short,she's a klutzy-shy girl!

One day,when Kat was cle
Muse-ic ♬
That was hands down one of my favorite Cinderella retellings EVER!
Step right over into swoon-ville ladies and gentlemen!

Katherine was cleaning out her attic that is filled with her books, when she drops a copy of Cinderella. It's so old that it falls apart. Katherine trips, blacks out, and wakes up in the story as Lady Katriona Bradshaw, one of Cinderella's stepsister.
She's the "ugly" stepsister, but the term ugly is arbitrary, just because her sister is drop-dead gorgeous (like you also kind
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I received a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

3.5/4 stars. At first, the opening chapter made me think "is this a joke?" Cliché high school with shy, clumsy, average-looking girl who's actually probably beautiful enough, gorgeous new student in front of whom she ends up tripping, beautiful rival with a queen bee attitude...

But then, it became fairly obvious that this was completely in jest, a wink to the usual stereotypical introductions of the kind, and it set the tone
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)

When Kat accidentally rips a page from an old Cinderella book, she’s transported right into the story – as one of the ugly stepsisters. To return home, she needs to ensure the happily ever after – but while Cinderella is a maid, the other stepsister is gorgeous, the fairy godmother is missing and the ridiculously hot prince has his eye on someone else. Kat needs to muster all of her modern-day-girl wiles to complete the story or she’ll be trapped in a story world with no electricity, inte
♛ Garima ♛

Ever since I read 'The Selection', I turned bit skeptic while picking up book with gorgeous gown on cover. I didn't like Selection that much and you can't blame me for being cautious. But this was a clear winner.

The idea of Ugly stepsister is appalling but what if stepsister was actually Cinderella's friend? What if she was genuinely happy for her to be with the Prince?

And what if in becoming friend with Cinderella and everyone else, 'The ugly stepsister' actually becomes favourite of Prince?
Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
The review was first posted on For The Love of Fictional Worlds

I received a digital copy of the book via the author in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating 4.5 stars

There are honestly way too many fairy tale retellings in bookworm world, so it should be totally used up idea that doesn't have anything new to give anymore! BOING!! WRONG!! I shouldn't be, but I am so happy that authors, different authors still continue to surprise me!

"If Beast gave me a library like he gave to Belle, I'
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ya, fantasy
Why dear author whyyyy
Half way through the book I was ready to give this book 5 stars but whyyy
Why did you end it that way????
I can't.
I picked this book after a bad experience with Geekerella so I asked my friend to recommend a Cinderella retelling that she thinks I would love.
And I did love this book.
But the ending just broke my heart T_T
Victoria Erin
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ecopy of this book from the author Aya Ling. Thanks!

5 out of 5 stars on goodreads
10 out of 10 stars on my blog

3 Words...

"I loved it"

Plus 2 words...

"So Much!!!"

This is the first book of 2015 (probably the first book of my life) that has a good retelling of stories. Especially... It's CINDERELLA!!!!

Aya Ling, she did well on this book. I knew I was going to have fun reading this book and I got it right. I really did enjoy book. It was fast paced and by fast paced, I mean like its a f
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd

I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'm a bit of a sucker for fairytale retellings, so I snatched this one up right when I saw it! I thought this was a very interesting take on a well known tale and I got sucked in (ha ha) right from the start! This book can now go down as one of my favorite retellings!

Kat is told to clean out the attic and comes across an old stash of picture books,
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, fairy-tales, dnf
DNF at 19%

I just couldn't get into this book. I liked the idea, I liked the twist on the classic fairy tale (I skimmed it to get the gist of what happened in the end), and I like the unconventional protagonist.
However, I just couldn't handle the writing style and the vernacular choices. There was also a lot more telling rather than showing.
Max Baker
Thank you Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review

Wow, I can honestly say this is one of the few times where a book has actually surprised me. Not just in the "oh you had a unique character/trope" kind of way, but in the "wow, I was not expecting this type of book at all" kind of way. If I had to compare it to anything, it would probably have to be Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time, which is arguably the least awful direct-to-video Disney sequel.

Like Cinderella
Where has this book been my whole life? This is one of the best fairytale books I have read in a long time, and I read a lot of them because they are my favorite genre. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did; it definitely surpassed my expectations!

Our heroine is Kat, who is an awkward, clumsy, but endearing bookworm. She is cleaning out the old books in her attic when she runs across an old copy of Cinderella. Unfortunately, she trips and ends up ripping the book, which gets he
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, requested
I gave it 4.5 stars

I honestly still think about THE UGLY STEPSISTER days after reading it. It was so fun to read a whole new take on Cinderella.

Kat LOVES to read and when her old picture book rips apart in her hands she is forced to play out a story and make sure she gets the characters to the end. She is cast in the role of one of the ugly stepsisters, but she is anything but ugly. She is a bit of a clutz, but she is very loyal and caring. She doesn't like how some of her new friends are treat
C.P. Cabaniss
*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.*

I was actually quite surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel. While I thought the beginning was rather slow and too descriptive, it developed into a quite compelling read as it progressed. It wasn't just a generic copy of Cinderella either, it had its own twists that made it unique. It was actually a nice blend of Cinderella, Jane Austen (almost any of her novels), with a hint of Dickens and Gaskell.

The romance wasn't ov
Paula  Phillips
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing

As readers of The Phantom Paragrapher will know, I am a huge fan of rendition based stories and tales. One of my favourites is Cinderella. In The Ugly Stepsister, Kat is sent upstairs to the attic to clean out her old books and boxes. In one of them she finds a real old copy of Cinderella , she opens it and "ripppppp" the books pages fall apart in her hands. All of a sudden, she wakes up as Katriona , one of the Ugly Stepsisters from the tale of Cinderella. She is now living in the storybook wor
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
At first I was sceptical: how good could this be? The answer: very good. Katriona accidentally tears a book and finds herself trapped in the story, cast as one of the players in Cinderella - and she has to fashion a happy ending if she ever wants to go home again. From the beginning it all starts to go horribly wrong as Kat, a modern-day teenager, is thrown into an early industrial society as a lady of standing, about to be presented at court. The culture shock Kat suffers, the customs and speec ...more
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-books
I recieved this free for review thanks to Netgalley and Aya Ling.

This book was a fairytale retelling of Cinderella.

It is about Kat Who is going through some of her old books when she comes across a very old copy of Cinderella. When the pages are accidently ripped from the binding of the book Kat is transported into the story and world of Cinderella. However instead of being Cinderella she is one of the ugly stepsisters. In order for Kat to get back home she has to complete the story of Cinderell
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, dnf
Read to: 6%

I can't even with this.

I love the concept - that is why I am giving it two stars. We can't all be the pretty special snowflake.

However, the writing is just way off for me. Here are so many exclamation points and "Noooooo!" is used a few too many times for my taste. I also find it hard to believe that a serial reader doesn't understand how the plot works in Cinderella. She is shocked when the maids are thrown off by her thankful attitude. Hello! You are one of the SPOILED STEPSISTERS!!
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 - I really loved this book :) Cinderella has always been my favorite Fairy Tale and this book is so entertaining I liked and enjoyed it so much.
Haadiya // Hiatus
4.5 Stars
GAAAHHH *cries uncontrollably* Why? Why? WHY?

The ugly stepsister is without a doubt the best retelling I have ever read. It was the perfect blend of originality mixed with the actual story of cinderella.

The story is about an average looking girl, who accidentally rips apart a book- which coincidentally turns out to be the book that the goblin king made, designed as so that whenever it would be ripped or damaged, the damager would be trapped inside the book- and t
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me get this out first: If I hadn't known that there is a second (and third and fourth...) book in this series, I would have thrown the book out of the window for that ending!! However luckily for me there are more books in this series and while I am not 100% sure if I really like that there are that many books, I have to say that I grew so fond of these characters in the short time I spent with them, I am happy that there is more.

Kat is definitely not a very unique character and she is young
Wow, just wow.

I started this book with no expectations, and soon enough I couldn't stop reading it.

Sometimes you want to read something fun and light without dark deep story, right? In such cases, this is your very book to read.

This Cinderella retelling is fast paced and fun, main character is alright, romance is above average but not perfect. And that ending!!! I will describe this book in just one word - entertaining.

Sadly, this book didn't make it to my "favourite" shelf. Prince Edward ma
Karla Luna
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es tan inesperado y lindo y con el toque justo de romance sin ser empalagoso y de fantasía sin ser del todo mágico. Muy balanceado
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Plus une 3 1/2 en fait. J'ai eu du mal à accrocher au début mais passé les 20%, l'histoire devient prenante.
To attract me, a good fairy tale retelling needs to follow one simple rule: to twist the story a little bit. Aya Ling followed this magical formula and the result was The Ugly Stepsister – a fun retelling of Cinderella.


* Interesting twist to the story. Cinderella is one of more popular fairy tales for girls. Aya Ling retells the story from the point of view of the ugly stepsister, or at least from the point of view of the modern girl who gets stuck in that role.

* Main character I could re
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Aya is from Taiwan, where she struggles daily to contain her obsession with mouthwatering and unhealthy foods. Often she will devour a good book instead. Her favorite books include martial arts romances, fairy tale retellings, high fantasy, cozy mysteries, and manga.

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