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Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella

(Tyme #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  965 ratings  ·  174 reviews
Ella Coach has one wish: revolution. Her mother died working in a sweatshop, and Ella wants every laborer in the Blue Kingdom to receive fairer treatment. But to make that happen, she'll need some high-level support . . .

Prince Dash Charming has one wish: evolution. The Charming Curse forced generations of Charming men to lie, cheat, and break hearts -- but with the witch
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Wow, this book was awesome. I'm a huge fan of Megan Morrison's first book and this one is almost as wonderful (I think I liked Grounded just a smidge more). The shifting povs actually worked (for once) and I love the characters. Morrison does believe characters so well--the fact that both Dash and Ella were willing to recognize and admit when they're wrong is so awesome. I loved the focus on factories and labor laws. It made the book a bit more original and hard-hitting than some other fairy-tal ...more
Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
Reread review:
I remembered more of the details than I did for Grounded, but there was still plenty that felt fresh and I adore seeing everything fit together. The characters are AMAZING, I ship Ella and Dash so very much, I ship Serge and Jasper so very much, I love her stepmother, and I love this series a lot. A lot. I can't wait for more and I can't wait to read it again in the future!

Original review:
I loved this book SO much for many different reasons! Going to save most of them for my blog r
Kathy MacMillan
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just love this book. I read an early version of it, and that was incredible, but now I have just read the final version and I am even more blown away. This is one of those books that I just want to shove at people and say, “READ IT and you’ll understand!”, but I will try to be coherent here in explaining why.
The land of Tyme is the most fully-fleshed out setting I have ever read in a fairy tale retelling. Seriously, there is so much going at every level, large and small, and all of it adds up
A. Frost
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are no words. This book is one of the best I have read both this year and in my life. It's not a simple middle grade book or fairy tale retelling at all.

Lies, there are plenty of words. Let's do this.

The first book, Grounded, was so awesome, with adventures and interesting new magic. And yet Morrison managed to outdo herself with the second one. I literally stayed up an entire night (December 27) reading this. I didn't go to sleep until 8 A.M. I remember looking up from the book and seein
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The first thing that struck me about 'Disenchanted' is that it's a more mature story than 'Grounded', both in subject matter and in tone. But just like the first book in the Tyme series, the characters are beautifully and fully realized, the world building is incredible, and the story leaves you wanting to spend even more time in the land of Tyme.

A few characters that appeared briefly in the first book reappear in this one - (view spoiler)
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This is the second book in the Tyme series, and I absolutely loved and adored it. The protagonist, Ella Coach, is a wonderfully strong, brave and flawed girl who wants a revolution. This was a great retelling of the Cinderella story. There are well-developed three-dimensional characters, strong writing, set in a brilliantly imagined universe. I loved the themes of ethics, poverty and class that were explored in this novel, and that ending. Man, that ending. I need more of the Tyme universe. My c ...more
Devin Smither
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Morrison proves her excellent first book ( is no fluke in this masterfully told companion/sequel.

The most impressive thing about this outing is the three different points of view: they each have a distinct voice (including one rather jaded fairy who nevertheless manages to be middle grade-friendly), and the way the POVs interweave in the plot is just fantastic.

There is also surprising relevance to real life as the plight of garment workers in this obv
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
I absolutely fell in love with Jasper and Serge in this one. I sooooo hope to see more from them...and more Jack and Rapunzel. This story was as beautiful as the first and I'm really loving this unique fairytale world! ...more
Ms. Yingling
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Returning the the land of Thyme that was the setting for Rapunzel's adventures in Grounded, we catch up with several of the characters. Prince Dash has been released from his family curse following the death of the witch Envearia. Now, he is not destined to break the heart of the one who loves him like his father and his father before him, but he is also no longer forced to be charming, and has trouble returning to Coterie Prep and figuring out who he really is. We also have Ella Coach, whose mo ...more
Molly Jeanne
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of fractured fairy-tales
Megan Morrison’s second adventure in the land of Tyme, Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella, is an action-packed adventure that twists the tale of Cinderella and turns it into a new masterpiece. In one narrative, seamlessly switching between the points of view of Ella Coach, the new girl in her town of Quintessential who wants to avenge her mother’s death, Prince Dash Charming, the heir to the Blue Kingdom’s throne who wants to become a new person after the death of the witch Envearia released ...more
Emily Andrus
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I laughed, I cried, I loved this book. The depth of story, what with the look into labor laws and inequality between classes, was heartbreaking and well-researched. And yet, the touch of romance, the humor, the love between family just made it so heartwarming, too (oh my gosh, Cinderella's stepmom is so kick-butt awesome). These range of emotions make it easy to get hooked on the story and characters, cheering them on until the end. And yes, sorry-not-sorry, it is a cheesy happily-ever-after. I ...more
Abigail  F
I thought I couldn't possibly like this one more than Grounded, but wow. Tyme is such an incredibly well thought out world, and Ella is inspiring me to make changes in my own life and consumer habits. The question posed near the end of what constitutes real heroism is so important for the book's target age group, though I'd argue that both Tyme books are needed almost even more amongst adult readers. Totally love this series. Bravo, Megan Morrison.

Re-read on 25 Oct 2017, and I still love this no
Amber Spencer
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m still surprised with this series. I really enjoyed this and will read the next book. Thanks, Sister!
I've been taking more chances on books this year which while good for personal growth has not been so good for personal enjoyment. But, this series is amazing and I'm so glad I found it.

I was worried about this companion novel because I loved Grounded so much and was worried that this book wouldn't be as good - or even worse actively bad. I needn't have worried. To my immense gratitude Morrison maintained the same level of high quality.

This is the story of Cinderella with a labor reform twist. E
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Grounded was one of my favorite adaptations of the Rapunzel fairytale I’ve read, so I was excited to read Morrison’s latest work, this time taking on Cinderella’s fairytale—or so I thought. Instead, what I got was a preachy, “all rich people are evil” narrative without the faintest trace of Cinderella except for the main character’s name.

I mean, it was a good cause Ella was yelling about for the entire book, but it was the complete over-the-top descriptions and the numerous speeches (literally)
This book was a great sequel! I really hope there are more in the series (I'm pretty sure there are; I just haven't looked into it)!


For anyone who loves Harry Potter, this series is a must-read.

Actual Review:

First of all, this book was more mature than the first one-and not in a bad way. The first book, Grounded, focused on younger characters and was about:

a) figuring out who you are

b) parent/child love

c) understanding different Points of View, or just understanding a different w
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
This Goodreads assignment, I read a 404-page book called Disenchanted: the Trials of Cinderella, by Megan Morrison. It is a version of Cinderella (of course), with the main character being a girl named Ella (also of course). Ella Coach came from a poor family— her mother died from disease, her father remarrying a woman named Sharlyn. But Ella's father grew rich from several of his inventions, making Ella able to go to royal balls. At one of them, one of Ella's friends (a girl named Chemise) hur ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Morrison, Megan Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella (Tyme #2), 416 pages. Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic), OCTOBER 2016. Content: G.

Some would say that Ella Coach led a fairy tale life. Her father created a fashion that has earned their family, including her stepmother, stepbrother, and stepsister, a fortune. But Ella is more concerned about the crushing life lead by the workers who make the fashions for the wealthy of the Blue Kingdom. Prince Dash and generations of his forefathers were cursed
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Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
More like four an a half stars, because this one has more romance in it, but this book was, I think, even better plotted and executed than the first. I loved the subplot of the fairy godfather and how it tied into the main story line, and having the steps not being evil was SO refreshing, and main characters of color!!!!! awesome!!! Ella's whole motivation for everything being to get better working conditions for everyone so no one else would suffer like she and her mom did - excellent. A thorou ...more
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Lenni Jones
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first book was better. But it was still an amazing book. I liked how the author took Cinderella and twisted it until you hardly saw Cinderella in it. Wicked stepsisters? No, there was a stepsister and a stepbrother, but they were nice. And you grew to like the stepmother. But there were other evil people and they are defeated in the end(if they hadn't been then this would have been a 1 star book). Word of advice, read the first one before this one, there's a lot of references to Rupunzel's s ...more
Brandy Painter
I liked this so much more than I expected to going into it. I had not read the first book in the series and was expecting a typical fairy tale retelling. You can read this without reading the first book, but now I want to read that too. This was nothing like a typical MG fairy tale retelling. It delved into some pretty deep political and social justice themes. I very much liked both Ella and Dash and how their relationship developed, but how there was also a lot of other important things going o ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Megan Morrison's Tyme series is so absolutely brilliant--every detail so carefully thought through, every character so fully developed. I'm in awe as a writer and so thrilled as a reader each time a new book comes out. Disenchanted is one of my favorite reads in recent memory, and I'm on tenterhooks for the next volume! ...more
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow, this book is great. I loved Grounded but personally I think that Disenchanted was even better.
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazeballs
Definitely one of my favorite Cinderella retellings
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairy-tales
Loved it more than the first in the series.
I absolutely adored this book. I remember reading the first and liking it enough to mark that a sequel was coming out, but not overly impressed. I cannot say the same here. I found Disenchanted to be beyond my wildest expectations.

I work in a middle school library and that means I am always borrowing books from the library to decide if I should spend my tiny budget on it. I'm here to say that yes I will buy this and in hard back. It is an emotional rollercoaster that any teen will have no proble
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Like a lot of the books I've been reading lately, as soon as I started this book, I couldn't stop! I loved this book, and I would totally recommend! ...more
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Megan Morrison is a middle-school language arts and drama teacher and a writer. She cofounded the Harry Potter fanfiction site the Sugar Quill, and has been developing the world of Tyme since 2003, with co-creator Ruth Virkus. She lives near Seattle, Washington. Please visit her at ...more

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