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La Cenerentola sbagliata

(Unfinished Fairy Tales #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,881 ratings  ·  491 reviews
Quando Kat strappa accidentalmente un vecchio libro illustrato, viene magicamente trasportata nel mondo di Cenerentola – come Katriona, una delle brutte sorellastre! La vita si è capovolta adesso che è una signora nobile di nascita e deve imparare come sopravvivere alla stagione mondana, compreso passare attraverso la porta indossando una gonna con un enorme cerchio di met ...more
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Published April 18th 2019 by Hope edizioni (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
$.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
Sarah Elizabeth
(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 was
Simona B
Apr 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Prabhjot Kaur
This was hilarious, absolutely brought tears to my eyes. I was expecting it to be more like a romantic read. It does have romance but it was also funny and a very charming read.

Kat is amazing. Even though I found her a bit annoying in the beginning but as I read on I thought that she was funny, witty, charming, does surprising things in a good way and may not be the best looking girl in the story which works wonders for the story and for me reading it. It's a very different take on a fairytale
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had so much fun with this book! I haven't read too many retellings but I was quite curious about this Cinderella story. Unfortunately, I was quickly distracted by other new shiny books and this one was lost in my virtual stacks. I came across the audiobook and decided it was time that I give this book a try and I am so glad that I did. I flew through this audiobook and really enjoyed my time with it.

Kat lives with her sister and mo
A Cinderella-retelling with some interesting twists, some boring tropes (clumsy-shy-teenage-girl & stuff) & a rather annoying ending.
I can see that the show goes on for another 2 books, but I'm not invested enough in the MCs to go on right away .... or ever. We shall see.

More details to come.
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
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
What would have happened if Cinderella needed the ugly stepsister to get her happy ending?

“Books open new worlds to me.”

I picked up this book because I was intrigued by the notion of hearing a fairy tale told from the point of view of one of the lesser characters in the story. I didn't completely get what I was hoping for, but all the same, this book kept me entertained and I am going to continue with this series.

Kat is awkward, to say the least, when it comes to talking to guys. It often en
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?
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya, romance
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
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 Bel
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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 book
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
Χριστίνα Ψύλλα
Oh my God! I just finished it and I feel soooooo frustrated! I mean... what a book?!
I totally loved it ❤ It was funny, anxious, astonishing and in simple words a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
That end though... 😭😭 I need the second one right now!
I cant believe that I didn't persuaded earlier... Now I have to wait 😣
Anyway, dont miss these books. They are a MUST !
Victoria Erin
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Fifi | A Fairytale Dream
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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!!
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
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales, arcs, 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.
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
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read
3rd read thoughts

Lord I can't help it! I just HAD to re read it again. ( And I've done so WAY more times than the mentioned three here so far ) This story is never far from my mind. I always keep reminiscing about Kat and Edward ....about how they met....all major character development moments....witty banter....AHhh the wonders! (sighs)
And just reminiscing is never enough. And so I find myself re reading all over again. Sometimes just specific parts (okay not so specific as I'm bound to ge
Paula  Phillips
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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