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Riches to Rags

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  840 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Most girls dream of being princesses, but one princess just wants to be a normal girl.

Ella Carina, crown princess of Aelawyn, knows brutality and lies—she’s seen the way her father rules. Princess. Possession. To her father, the words had the same meaning. She was only as valuable as the alliance formed with her betrothal. Her freedom comes from an unlikely place: an attac
Published (first published October 31st 2017)
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I loved this story so freaking much!

Riches to Rags was a really fun read that I wanted to take my time to devour. It was good and had really likable characters. Princess Carina was so freaking awesome that I loved her instantaneously. I felt so bad for because everyone she knew was dead and she was thrown into a new environment which definitely helped her grow and become an overall likable and sort of relatable character. She didn't let her new life or the drastic changes hurt her. No, she learn
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Princess Carina is whisked away after an attack on her castle leaves everyone she knows dead. Sent to live with a family of peasants, she learns to live off the land and flourishes in her new life. But soon she learns of secrets that will change her life forever and she has to make decisions only a Princess can make. Will her new life be ripped from her? Or will she be able to be both a Princess and a Pauper?

Great story with fantastic characters. In fact, I found that there were a couple storyl
selina ☾
I'm very sad that I didn't enjoy this as much as the only other Casey L. Bond book that I read.
I'm too busy with life to actually form a review for this but thank god I read this as part of a buddyread with my lovely friend Heather and there's a thread that contains most of my thoughts regarding this book.
Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
👠 April Kindle Clean Out Club (COC™) BotM at the URR™ 👠

1.5 Stars

Gather everything you know about Cinderella into a tight little ball, except for the Glass Slippers tidbit, leave that one aside.

Now go to the window.

Open it.

Rear your arm back and throw that balled up knowledge out through it.

What is left is what this book has in common with Cinderella, and that is by association only!

It was presented as a retelling but honestly has only one little thing in common with the original ta
J. C.  Red
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this a while ago and forgot to review it, so I can’t really do it properly now.

I don’t remember reading any other fairy tale romance previously and I’ve quit YA romance a while ago, but for some reason this blurb attracted me.

And, I loved it - in some respects, it was what I expected and wanted, and in others, it surprised me.

A few things about it that I do remember…:

- it’s not a love triangle and there’s no cheating - the heroine knows what she wants (btw, thats something that kind of
michaela ✿
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The ending really got me-
I was debating if this was a four star read or a five star read. I settled with four stars only because I questioned the beginning a little bit.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
If you think you’ve heard or read every Cinderella story out there you are wrong...this is a twist you’ve never seen before!

Carnia Ella had her life turned upside down when a neighboring kingdom attacked hers and she lost her parents and her sister and was whisked away. She was placed into a family to stay hidden in case they came looking for her.

Asher is the blacksmiths son who had his heart broken by a royal and no longer trusts anyone. He stays to himself and does his job...that is until Ell
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my 1st book by Casey l. Bond...and it was awesome! I absolutely loved this book. I am so ready for next book in the series. This was truly a unique spin on Cinderella (which never was a favorite of mine) until this story! I can't wait for the retelling of Sleeping Beauty next! *insert happy dance*

This book had a great romance, the right amount of angst, suspense, family love, drama and a lot of heart. Bravo and job well done!
Mummy's Naughty Corner
I enjoyed this book and felt the story was well thought out. The characters were intriguing and fit well. The story was full of twists and turns. The characters had to battle many problems to get what they wanted. It was one of those books were you couldn't really trust anyone. You thought you knew a character and then something happened and you were proved wrong or you thought you were until later on. A really good book for those that like fairy tales. ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"It was for those times with Ashor that I live and breathed
It was only when I was with ashor that I was alive "

Casey L Bond -Riches to Rags
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this one and I loved it! This is a re-telling of Cinderella with a few twists!

Ella Carina is known as Princess Carina of Aelawyn. At 14 years old she has lived a brutal and lonely life. When the neighboring kingdom of Tierney attacks and kills everyone in the castle except for her, she is taken back to the land of Tierney and is given to a family. For three years she thrives in the land of Tierney as Ella, the visiting cousin of a farmer. She falls in love with Asher, the son of
Emily Goodman
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rags to Riches is Bond’s new take on an old favorite, Cinderella. In Rags to Riches we meet a princess locked away in her castle with a ruthless, tyrant king for a father. Her only wish is to be a normal, fun girl with no worries or fears overshadowing her heart. That is until another ruthless king attacks forcing her into peasantry and hiding.

Ella is strong, sweet, innocent and has so much more patience than I ever could have with her evil stepsister Millie. She is everything you remember from
Jenny Zimmerman Black Words-White Pages
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Once upon a time, all was right in the world. All because one girl was brave enough to follow her heart, trading riches to rags. And because a charming young man ignored both to become Prince of her heart.

And the two of them lived happily ever after. -Riches to Rags

I have no words as tears run down my face after reading this magical story.....

Two hours later....

This is for sure the best fairy-tale story I have EVER read this year an
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bond puts her own unique touch on the classic Cinderella fairytale with Riches to Rags. From loss, to villains, even glass slippers, we are thrown headfirst into the fascinating world created for us.
Within this story, we are gifted with an incredibly strong female lead. Ella might be young but she is strong, noble, kind, and good. When reading YA, I often find myself rolling my eyes at the main characters and their decisions but I found myself quite impressed by this group. They were wise beyond
C. Erani Kole
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from Lady Amber's*

I'm a total sucker for fairy tale retellings and though this is Cinderella's, this in no way replicates the story you grew up with. It's such a beautiful and original take on a poor princess born of fear and carnage, a young woman who continues to live her hard life with a kind heart and a bravery that isn't expected. I love the village feel, the horrible people with their cruelty, the beautiful people who continued the act
Anna Aurora
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Have I said that I love fairy tales and retelling of classic fairy tales?!Well, I do..a lot.And guys this one was really good, like REALLY good.I totally enjoyed this one and would recommend if you like fairytales
4/5 stars!
Mayra M
Can't say it enough, these retellings are amazing!

A little wishy washy on decisions and childish. But had a cute twist ending and was a.nice love story. .
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, got-in-2017
This was cheesy. I felt some of the duel points of view were unnecessary, but it was enjoyable and fun enough. I’m glad Ella was a strong character, but I wish for a love story for Trevor.
Megan Johnson
What was that ending!!!! Loved this book so much! Starting the next book in the series now. If you haven't read any of her books you should. ...more
Pam James
A different Cinderella story

This book had me torn. 2 great men hold my fascination. I kept waffling between the two. Asher is so strong and handsome. Trevor is a Prince. Both want/love Ella. The way this is told, keeps you turning the pages. If you want a great love story with an HEA please get this book. From a Fan... Pam James.
Lenni Jones
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The summary for the book confused me, so I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not. Luckily, I ended up really liking it. Sure, the beginning’s a little gory and may not be for everybody, but it gets better. After the first couple scenes, Ella’s world is much happier to read and it’s great to see how loved she is. It was also really fun reading the relationship between her and Asher. I would really recommend this book. Also, I’m surprised by the so little amount of reviews for this book. It’s good and ...more
Jade aka MrsTosh
I was actually drawn to this book by the pretty cover.

After logging it onto my currently reading shelf, I noticed it was tagged as 'young adult' I have to say first off this wasn't apparent when I started reading. Whilst the book doesn't contact explicit sex or offensive content it was written in a adult way and I didn't find the writing or characters to be juvenile...well exceeding Millicent, but this was obviously done on purpose. And the book could be read by any age group.

The book isn't bas
Feb 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Story falls short

I really wanted to love this story. The idea of a Cinderella retelling about a princess who wants to be a commoner sounded wonderful. This story didn't do it justice. The characters and plot are inconsistent and it seems like the whole thing could use another round of editing. Ella was the biggest flaw for me. She is written as though she's a wonderful, kind person but she called someone who took their own life a coward for choosing to end their life. She also makes ridiculous d
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not the typical Cinderella story! Absolutely loved! Proven fact that not everyone wants a prince and that life as a princess isn’t really what it’s cut out to be. Beautifully written. Why Casey Bond is one of my favorite authors
Sharon Obelenus Holland
Fantastic!!! Must read!!

Who doesn't love fairy tales? What I love even more, is when a author, takes a old tale, and put their own spin to it. Casey does a great job on this. A princess living in Hell, until a neighbouring kingdom attacks. The sole survivor, the king hides her in his own kingdom. Now living in a farm, she has everything she was missing with her own family, including finding love with one of the blacksmiths. But her life is about to change, when the man, her father the king, prom
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was ok

The storytelling was a bit juvenile, the romance(like connecting the characters together in the first place) was underdeveloped and a lot of scenarios were unrealistic. I admit to being pulled in by the high ratings on this book, but for me, it didn't really add up. I probably would have given this a 3 star rating except the ending just didn't do it for me and just wasn't believable for me. But really, not the worst thing I've ever read. I may even rethink and give it three stars if I feel li
Jennifer Showalter -  MAMA Bookasaurus
I'll post a full review this weekend, but I wanted to give you a quick bite review.
Casey took the old fashioned yet trusty Cinderella story, combined it with decadent plots, a heaping of character depth and a dash of modern girl power to whip up a fresh, appetizing, delectable, rich and scrumptious twist. I devoured this novel in one sitting, and was left craving more! You'll definitely want to read it!
Marnie Warren
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully Written and worth the read

Once again, Casey Bond has created a story that takes you on a timeless journey. Well written with relatable characters, this story is a must read for everyone.
Janine - The World Was Hers for the Reading
Ella Carina, Princess of Aelawyn, knows brutality. She has lived it at the hands of her father and has seen it as her family and the people of her kingdom were cut down by a neighboring kingdom. As the only survivor, she is given a choice . . . she can follow through with the betrothal to a King she has never met that is more than twice her age, or she can leave the life she has known to live quietly as a farmer with a peasant family.

Wanting only to be free, she gladly accepts the life of a peas
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Casey Bond lives in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She likes goats and yoga, but hasn't tried goat yoga because the family goat is so big he might break her back. Seriously, he's the size of a pony. Her favorite books are the ones that contain magical worlds and flawed characters she would want to hang out with. Most days of the week, she writes young adult fanta ...more

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