This Twist on Cinderella: The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling

ugly stepsister

Title: The Ugly Stepsister
Author: Aya Ling
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Retellings
Publication Date: Self Published
Publisher: June 12th, 2015
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 5 Stars
Format: eBook

When Kat accidentally rips apart an old picture book, she’s magically transported into the world of Cinderella–as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters! Life turns upside down now that she’s a highborn lady and must learn how to survive the social season, including how to get through the door in a huge metal hoop skirt. To get back, she’ll have to complete the story, right to the end of happily ever after. But the odds are huge: the other stepsister is drop-dead gorgeous, the fairy godmother is nowhere to be found, and the prince, despite being insanely hot, openly dislikes balls. Can she ever return to the modern world?

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Gracie’s Review:

I never read a Cinderella Retelling and I’m glad that The Ugly Stepsister was the first one that I read. It was so different and refreshing read and it was so creative. There are some factors that I didn’t like in this book that can be overlooked by its perfections. Like how Kat keeps bring up looks, like I know a lot of girls have insecurity issues including me and I’m working on it. And I believe that beauty doesn’t matter it’s what inside that counts. But besides that the book was amazing, I love how witty and sarcastic Kat is. Another thing I love about Kat is that when she feels passionate about something, nothing can stop her, she’s a spitfire.

As amazing this world is I wouldn’t be able to live in this world, with all the child labor and no women’s rights thing. It’s like 5 steps back for women rights, and I’ll be speaking up a lot. Also the book ended the way I knew it was going to end, sometimes when I read books I feel physic when I read books. If you want a creative retelling on a Cinderella story this book is for you.

About the Author:
Aya Ling
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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