When the prince discovers Isabelle’s deception, she is turned away in shame. It’s ...more
Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl’s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what’s best for her.
Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool.
First off, I want to say I really enjoyed this book. There are so many good things I want to say about it (and will), but I also think I have to admit that for the first 25% I thought I was going to love it more than I did. The opening is very strong, the ...more
Me, completely immune to critical thinking: BE THE UGLY, BITTER AND ...more
Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here’s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book!
You never thought that you could love this new version of Cinderella story! You already knew the old version of fairy tale before Grimm Brothers rule the stories with their honest reality, the beautiful ones are always kind, good hearted, vulnerable and their faces a ...more
Will my review spoil this book? Not totally...although I do mention the plot and certain themes which lead into the ending.
Stepsister begins right at the end of Cinderella as the prince seeks the girl to fit the slipper ...more
“Three horses and one ugly horse-faced girl.” “What they said...it isn’t true.” “Then why do they say it?” “That’s not the question Isabelle, the question is why do you believe them?”
God this book spoke to me! Isabelle and her sister Octavia have always been called ugly, their mother is terrified no one will want to marry them and it’s caused no end of bitterness between them and their step sister Ella.
We all know the story of Cinderella - this one picks up right at the end ...more
This was an excellent redemption story that didn't shy away from the ugly stuff. I mean, the bitch cut her damn toes off in the first few pages!
WHAT?! <--I was hooked.
The story takes a lot of twists and turns from there, but it's a great tale about finding out who you really are & then learning how to being true to that person. It's about not letting other people decide the role you play in your own life, not letting jealousy eat ...more
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Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved the original so much, too. STEPSISTER is interesting, in that it tries to keep to the dark, original retelling. When we first meet Isabelle, our heroine, one of the evil and ugly stepsisters, she is cutting off her toes to ...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.
“Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.”
Y’ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THIS BOOK. This seriously might be a new favorite of mine! It reminded me a lot of Ella Enchanted - it could be because they’re both Cinderella retellings, but it’s also because they both have deeper messages and generate a feeli ...more
“Call a girl pretty once, and all she wants, forevermore, is to hear it again.”
Do you remember the original version of Cinderella? Not the fluffy Disney one. The one, in which, stepsisters cut their toes and heels. Let's get to that scene. The first daughter is pale after cutting her heels. The stepmother is scowling at the other daughter while she is cutting her toes. Now look closely at the second daughter. Did you see her concentrated eyes? Yes, you di ...more
This was pretty awesome, it was Cinderella’s ugly Stepsister’s tale from the moment the Prince came doe to door having all the village maidens trying on the glass slipper. The stepmother has one stepdaughter, Tavia chop off part of her heel and our heroine Isabelle chop off a few toes to try to fit the shoe on. Both girls start bleeding into the shoe before they make it into the prince’s carriage though.
The entire village finds ou ...more
Not only is it a beloved story we all grew up knowing, it shows a d ...more
“Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night.”
Stepsister is a standard 300-page novel, but I can't help but feel it would've worked better as a novella/short story.
The premise and plot are very simple. Whatever ambiguous morality there is is Disney-like, which means Tavi and Isabella are about as morally grey as Elsa is for accidentally hurting Ana. Villains are villains, and good guys are good guys.
The prose has a strong fairy tale vibe, too. It' ...more
But I did! This book was totally amazing in so many ways - the least of them, that it made me like Cinderella's ugly stepsisters! There were so many plusses to this story that I had not anticipated and perhaps that made me like it even more.
“Don’t you see? A pretty girl must please the world. But an ugly girl? She’s free to please herself.”
👍 WHAT I LIKED 👍
Isabelle: I really never thought that I would like an ugly steps ...more
...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life.
A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale.
A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full picture, the true story.
This book was called,
I really liked this (more than I expected to actually) and it's because the story felt nostalgically familiar and yet so new and exciting. I LOVED the added concept o ...more
As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so cruel not only to others, but mostly to himself.
I think I got the answer.
'm quite enjoying it.
when they cut parts of their feet to fit the glass slipper, it wasn't that much different from when they had to cut parts of their ...more
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
When you are little, you watch a lot of movies. For us girls, life is filled with princesses and happy ever afters. With castles and knights in shining armours. And it’s always that the beautiful girls get their princes. Only beautiful girls get to be happy.
In this book, we get to really see the reality of what I have said above. It is all true. Only beautiful girls get the happy ever after. But beauty doesn’t always mean pretty.
In a world o ...more
History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves.
I was completely unprepared for how quickly, and how hard, I would fall in love with STEPSISTER. This book immediately opens up with a warning about how this is a darker take on the well-known tale and it is definitely that. But it's not clo ...more
Stepsister tells the story of what happens after the happily ever after, when the prince and his princess have left to be married, and all that’s left behind are the ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother. Isabelle is one of those sisters, maimed from her attempt at fitting the glass slipper, and shunned by the village who finally see her for what she is...ugly, mean, spiteful. But is it her fate to always to be seen as ...more
All the asides, flashbacks, and authorial intrusion with heavy-handed metaphor slowed th ...more
This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently.
The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing style just made this novel mediocre overall.
It also felt that the author just decided to stick anything into the plot that she felt like. I remember essences of it from my childhood, but the way this trundled along felt li ...more
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
This is a dark tale. A grim tale. It’s a tale from another time, a time when wolves waited for girls in the forest, beasts paced the halls of cursed castles, and witches lurked in gingerbread houses with sugar-kissed roofs. That time is long gone. But the wolves are still here and twice as clever. The beasts remain. And death still hides in a dusting of white. It’s grim for any girl who loses her way. Grimmer still for a girl who loses herself. Know that it’s dangerous to
Isabelle has been told that women should be:
PRETTY not smart.
PRETTY not strong.
PRETTY not brave.
To bad for Isabelle, she was:
Not pretty but SMART.
Not pretty but STRONG.
Not pretty but BRAVE.
But Isabelle has lost sight of who she is which is what led her to become the "ugly stepsister". Now, through a deal with Fate and Chance she will be reminded who she once was and learn that true beauty is about what's in ...more
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