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An outcast prince. A captive healer. A single night that changes their destinies.

She lives a nightmare.

As a Mender, Renna is held captive to an endless cycle of receiving and recovering from the physical ailments of others—a cycle that led her mother to an early grave. When her father becomes deathly ill, Renna is desperate to save her only remaining family. Even if it
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Published September 22nd 2020 by Uncommon Universes Press
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J.M. Hackman
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Met by Midnight is a Cinderella retelling with interesting characters, poetry, and a soul mates trope (which I LOVE). A quick read, this book's happy ending was exactly what I needed. ...more
Tabitha Caplinger
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A creative and unique take on Cinderella that kept me turning pages.
Sarah
May 09, 2021 rated it liked it
This was an interesting take on a Cinderella retelling. It's a good story, and I liked the characters and world concept well enough. I didn't love the story as a whole, but it's still not bad. ...more
Kara
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
One thing I have learned after reading a few stories by Ippolito, you are guaranteed a fresh story that has never been told before. This one is a fairy tale retelling and I'm greatly hoping there is a sequel coming. This is not the Cinderella I remember but so much better!

Renna has been forced into servitude as a Mender, but after a death in the family and her Father's health deteriorating, she has a defiant mindset to escape in any way she can. Then there's these dreams she has of a man whose s
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Christina Morley
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Met by Midnight by Janeen Ippolito is an unexpected Cinderella retelling with a dystopian feel. The pacing is good and the story unpredictable. The characters are refreshingly unique.

There are people called Menders who take other people's sickness, pain, and injuries upon themselves and heal them. Menders have no voice and no choice. They are being exploited by the Royal Family and nobility.

Renna is an 18-year-old Mender who passively resists her bonds. Jaric is a 19-year-old prince and the only
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H.L. Burke
I beta read this. I need to re-read the finished version before I write a "real" review, but overall enjoyed it. ...more
C.O. Bonham
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-met-the-author
Met By Midnight is advertised as a Cinderella retelling, but it's so much better than one.

Let's face it Cinderella always had a choice. She could have left.

Renna is a mender, a slave, locked in a secure sanctuary and forced to heal the ailments of others. She has no choice. She has no step mother, no sisters, only her gift that makes her property and a tool to be used by others. This is not the story of a nice girl getting her hearts desire.

This is a story of defiance. A story of a girl who wi
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Heather Elliott
Mar 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: realm-makers
Completely different take on the traditional Cinderella story. It felt disjointed for a few chapters and really took me a while to get into the story and the setting. Decent read, but not something I'd read again when I'm in the mood for a Cinderella story. ...more
Janeen Ippolito
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I'm pretty happy with it! ;-) Seriously though, this book took me in new and intense directions as an author. Plus, labradoodle. Hope you enjoy! ...more
Lj
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I have to admit I'm not to certain what to say about this book. The story itself is original and innovative, offering a completely new take on the familiar story of Cinderella. Overlooking the snatches of dreams between chapters at the beginning (which did nothing to endear the book to me - too . . . abstract for my tastes) the prose was engaging and very easy to keep reading. The characters were strong and interesting (and if there's ever a seq
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Marjorie
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Unexpected take on the Cinderella trope which injected traditional familiar elements into a unique world populated with people featuring mineral traits. The imagery of the coloring of the people was really beautiful. This story was written in a lyrical, almost poetic manner and veered into the abstract in the interstitials where Renna and Jaric's souls met. The moment when they first recognized each other was beautiful. This clashed with the harsh reality of what their world had become. The magi ...more
Sharon Rose
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Technically, this is a Cinderella retelling but the story is much richer than the common version. Don't worry that you already know the ending. The plot has added depths and twists I didn't expect. The characters have depth and personal challenges, along with some snarky humor. Great plot and characters--what more could I ask for? That would have been enough, but better yet, the characters actually come to know each other and have a reason to fall in love. Yes! (In case you can't guess, I'm not ...more
Laurie Lucking
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved the premise of this story - the Menders were fascinating, and it was so cool the way Renna and Prince Jaric connected through dreams long before they ever met. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and the plot twists along the way, but I would've been interested to delve deeper into the bond between Renna and Prince Jaric since it felt like they embraced and adjusted to it a little too easily. But I'm always a fan of fairy tale romance, and this was definitely one of the most creativ ...more
Amber Gabriel
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This story gripped me from the first page. I consumed it in less than twenty-four hours. I read it as part of a book club, and by the time I got around to starting it, I had forgotten the description and was about halfway through before I remembered it was a dystopian retelling of Cinderella. There are several fun, sneaky parallels to the fairy tale, but Met by Midnight is an original story of its own in a unique setting. I enjoy books about healers, and this one added some creative variations o ...more
Jordan (jojobooklover)
Okay, I am not really a fan of Cinderella retellings, but I loved this one!! It was so unique. And Renna and Prince Jaric meeting in their dreams? Seriously awesome.

I loved that the author centered the story around one line: “I see you.” They we’re letting each other know that at least one person in the world saw them for who they were and cared. Amazing.


I received an ARC from the publisher. This review is my own independent and fair evaluation.
Sharon Hughson
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unique Cinderella Retelling

What if Cinderella had a magical ability for healing? What if the prince couldn’t be healed? These are the guiding story questions for this engaging retelling of the classic fairy tale, complete with the expected happily ever after after a completely unexpected story.
Kate
Jun 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Loosely based on Cinderella, Met by Midnight has a fascinating world with decent characters. Entertaining to read once but I don’t think I’ll read it again. It felt a little fast-paced, spanning about three days so we didn’t get a whole lot of time to get to know the cast of characters. For those who love soul-mate tropes, this is a fun read. I’m just not personally into the insta-love stories.
Jenelle
Jun 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lovely Cinderella retelling // super unique elements // neat poetry segues between chapters // on the edge of my seat worrying about how Renna was going to get away from the Sanctuary // super surprise ending // the whole story reads a little like a poem, minimalistic, imagery, subtle/hinting, letting the reader fill in the gaps with imagination
Crystal Grant
Apr 25, 2021 rated it liked it
An intriguing Cinderella retelling with a unique twist! I loved the concept of Menders. Add a rejected prince, a food-loving dog, and a quirky “fairy godmother” and you have the makings of a truly entertaining tale.
I give it 3.5 stars.
Eileen  Copeland
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not your usual fairy tale

An outcast prince and a Mender who.wishes to be free of her duties to heal others meet in a most unusual way. The.characters were well-crafted.and the story was intriguing. If you like fairy.tale retellings, this book is for you.
Megan
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Original Cinderella retelling and well-written, but the pacing was a tad slow. If you like poetry and pretty writing, read it, but the plot moved a little too slowly for me.
Lisa
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Cinderella retelling at its finest.
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Janeen Ippolito believes you should own your unique words—and make them awesome! She’s a multi-published author of bestselling fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She’s also an experienced book editor and marketing strategist, plus the CEO of Uncommon Universes Press, a publishing company with award-winning books. She hosts the podcast Own Your Unique Words, which helps gutsy fiction authors grow the ...more

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