Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle

About

And you thought the stepsisters were wicked….

I’m not who they think I am. A docile girl who meekly obeys her stepmother and stepsisters. Some kind of sick angel who cheerfully bears their mistreatment. That’s what I WANT them to think. Because then they won’t suspect what I’m really up to.

The ball, the prince – it’s all part of my plan to come out on top. Stepmother and her demented daughters will pay for every floor I have scoured, every sneer I have borne. They don’t know about the white magic, how I use it to enhance myself. They can’t see that my heart is black as midnight, rotten as a poisoned apple.

They’re about to find out.

Book Details Length: Approx. 150 pages Genre: Fractured Fairy Tale Mood: Dark / Humorous Content: Moderate violence. A few mild sexual references. No sex scenes or erotica. Audience: Teens and Adults Author’s Note: For anyone who enjoys a dark fairy tale retelling. This Cinderella book has all the elements of the original story: beauty, magic, glass slippers, and a handsome prince. But like any “Grimm” fairy tale it gets twisted into dark places. Sinful Cinderella is the first book in the Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series.

And you thought the stepsisters were wicked….

I’m not who they think I am. A docile girl who meekly obeys her stepmother and stepsisters. Some kind of sick angel who cheerfully bears their mistreatment. That’s what I WANT them to think. Because then they won’t suspect what I’m really up to.

The ball, the prince – it’s all part of my plan to come out on top. Stepmother and her demented daughters will pay for every floor I have scoured, every sneer I have borne. They don’t know about the white magic, how I use it to enhance myself. They can’t see that my heart is black as midnight, rotten as a poisoned apple.

They’re about to find out

My Thoughts

I love fairytale retellings. It’s one of my favorite things to read. I love to see how an author takes what most people know, and give it a good twist.

I love it even more when it’s a dark twist.

I think you can tell from the title and cover that this is a dark retelling of Cinderella. It’s a short retell, but it’s SO GOOD, IT’S GREAT.

We all know Cinderella is supposed to be sweet, innocent, and naiive. But this Cinderella. She’s so much better. She’s dark, sinful, evil. Her only thoughts revolve around getting more magic. She has to be good for more magic to form in her decanter. But on-board being good, when you’re born to be bad. When the Prince sends out a royal invite,inviting all single females to come to a ball, Cindy knows she must go. But first, she must help her ugly, dumb stepsisters.

Cinderella gets to Β the ball with help from her fairy godmother. She has 2 hours. Stroke of midnight. Upon arrival, Cindy is clearly the most beautiful, the most everything. The Prince finds her to be exactly what he wants. But, she runs away. Leaving behind a tiny glass slipper.

What makes this story different, since as you can see it’s quite the same story, is the devil in it. Everyone it seems is evil. Her godnutter isn’t evil per say, but fairies are. The Prince is evil, and abusive, which i don’t like but it does add a new level of toxic to Cinderella’s reasons for being bad. Cinderella has an evil heart and wicked soul. All her thoughts are sinful. The stepmother is evil, vindictive, unloving, as are the stepsisters.

When the Prince finds Cinderella, Cinderella does try and escape. But her Stepmother breaks her magical decanter which causes Cinderella to lose her shit. She stabs her Stepmother, killing her. She then agrees to marriage so she isn’t hung for murder. And her revenge on her sisters is to throw them in prison.

Then…y’all…then we find out the Prince’s daughters name is, Snow White.

And Cinderella becomes an evil stepmother herself. Or as she refers to herself, the Evil Queen.

Tell me , this isn’t good! I dare you.

5 out of 5 stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

I read this for a book club I joined in my neighborhood. I made the mistake of reading book reviews about the book before actually reading it. I usually don’t do that because I like to just give books a chance. Reading the reviews gave me a sour taste in my mouth right away so it took me FOREVER to read this book.

About

Despite their differences, Erika and Clementine have been best friends since they were children. So when Erika needs help, Clementine should be the obvious person to turn to. Or so you’d think.

For Clementine, as a mother of a two desperately trying to practise for the audition of a lifetime, the last thing she needs is Erika asking for something, again.

But the barbecue should be the perfect way to forget their problems for a while. Especially when their hosts, Vid and Tiffany, are only too happy to distract them.

Which is how it all spirals out of control…

My Thoughts
Like I said, it took me forever to read this book because I read reviews beforehand.

That being said…

I liked this book. It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. The ‘accident’ wasn’t what I thought the whole book was leading up to at all. The entire book I was thinking that Tiffany and Sam, and Clementine and Vid had all had affairs together. But nope. Something much worse. I think as a mother, thinking about this situation made my heart hurt so bad. Because I would be like Clementine in that situation. I wouldn’t know what to do. I would freeze. The ‘accident’ for those of you wondering, and this is such a spoiler, if you plan on reading the book ever, is that the little girl, Ruby, falls into the fountain at Tiffany and Vid’s house and drowns.

You may wonder how the summary on the back of book has anything to do with what happened at the bbq. Well, the main theme of the book is friendship. It’s about how Clementine and Erika have been friends for so long. How they’re the best of friends. But not really. Clementine hates Erika, despises her. The only reason they are even friends is because of Clementine’s mother. Erika comes from a bad home life. Her mother’s a hoarder. So Erika, to fix it in her world, is a very straight and narrow type of person. Everything in it’s place, and a place for everything. She has such a longing for a mother (a good, loving mother) that she clamps on to Pat (Clementine’s mom) for that relationship. The whole book is about how Clementine has always resented their friendship because it’s been forced upon her, but she has never, ever done anything about it. So her complaining is aggravating.

I feel for Erika because she can’t help what she’s become. And you sympathize with her because you can’t imagine what it’s like to have a mother like that, to have no one until someone forces their daughter to befriend you. It’s sad. The ENTIRE STORY is depressing.

It’s full of drama. It’s full of annoying drama. But, it’s believable drama. Seriously, this shit could definitely happen to people in real life. And you PTL that it’s not in your life.

Would I recommend this book? Maybe. Once you get into the guts of the book, it’s good. It grabs you. But the first few chapters makes you want to do anything else but read it. So if you can wait it out, read this book.

3 out of 5 stars.

Update

It’s been forever since I’ve posted anything! That’s due to having a baby! She’s now 6 1/2 months old so I think it’s time to start back on my book reviews.

I know y’all are all so excited about this since I know y’all missed me.

 

So, prepare yourself, first review is coming at ya, SOON!

 

M