Isabelle should be blissfully happy – she’s about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn’t the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince’s heart. She’s the ugly stepsister who’s cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s sho ...more
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Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the younger of Cinderella's two stepsisters.
Ella is considered beautiful; stepsister Isabelle is not. Isabelle is fearless, brave, and strong-willed. She fences better than any boy, and takes her stallion over jumps that grown men ...more
Rating: 4.5 stars
A beautiful tale written about Isabelle, Cinderella's ugly stepsister. Was she ugly? Was she mean? Did she deserve what happened to her? Step Sister started out from where the Cinderella story left off. With Ella riding the royal Carriage with her Prince, leaving behind her step sisters, one bleeding at her heel, Tavi, and another one bleeding at where her toes had been, Isabelle. They're left behind to suffer the consequences, with the ...more
My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about what’s on the inside.
Plot still sounds interesting enough tho lol.
First sentence from chapter one: In the kitchen of a grand mansion, a girl sat clutching a knife. Her name was Isabelle. She was not pretty.
Premise/plot: Stepsister is a retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella told from the point of view of one of the stepsisters. But is it more than that?
The prologue sets the stage: a battle is coming, a battle between FATE and CH ...more
Final result? Mostly great. Starting off with the Grimm's version (rather more gruesome than Perrault's and - of course - Disney's) is always a good choice. Putting one of the stepsisters in the center of the action is another good choice. So is introducing Fate and Chance. But leaving Chance out of a lot of the action? Spending so much time on the farm? Not as helpful. The pacing is also a little off, ...more
Synopsis: a reimagining of the Cinderella story from the perspective of one of the ugly stepsisters and themed more on the original (and more gory) Grimm's fairytales. Isabelle is turned away in shame when the prince discovers she has chopped off her toes in order to squeeze into the glass slipper. Isabelle has always felt like she cannot be herself, she is feisty and strong in ...more
Jennifer Donnelly's retelling of Cinderella has been a joy to read. The chapters are fairly short and keep you moving along, although I did find it a little slower in the first half I loved the second half of the book.
Leaning on the original Grimm's tale, we start off in the story when the sisters are maiming their feet to fit in the slipper. We meet The Fates who have mapp ...more
Stepsister is a retelling of Cinderella but with the spotlight on one of the stepsisters named Isabelle. The story sends a powerful message that women can be strong too, to take up roles in society that were previously known to be roles for men only. It also speaks of how we can change our fate by breaking the status quo and how circumstances define us. There is so much emphasis on redemption and courage which I believe will liberate it's readers.
This st ...more
This is a terrific Cinderella retelling, from the POV of her younger stepsister. It has heart, soul, strength, humor, and many, many thought-provoking ideas.
Does it challenge your perceptions? yes (so many flawed and broken characters that one finds compassion and understanding for).
Is it inspiring? yes. Heart wrench ...more
Thankfully his monopoly on the concept seems to be at an end. I loved Sea Witch by Sara Henning. And now Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly.
I am going to throw in a few pros/cons here.
Characters - I adored all the charactet ...more
Stepsister is set in the world of Cinderella, starting from the prince's tour with the glass slipper. So it is a fairy tale retelling, but we are treading new ground from the perspective of Isabelle (one of the stepsisters). We explore why the sisters hate Ella, what happens to the stepsisters/stepmother after the wedding, and what drives these women in general?
The story is directed by thre ...more
She was strong.
She was beautiful."
This book is not about an ugly stepsister as much as it is about a young woman who comes to understand and appreciate her beauty. Ugly is a word used to control women and it's very effective. The word had Isabelle and her sister Tavi bound for most of their lives leaving one of them wishing to be pretty when she could just as easily wished for the return of her toes. Pretty is such a shallow desire when one can be daring, intelligent, formida ...more
I'm still fi ...more
“No, it’s called kidnapping,” said Tavi.”