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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle (Book Review)

I'm not much of a YA fan, but I spied this book in one of my daily newsletters (I can't remember which one), and the description intrigued me. I added it to my to-read, then, seeing that it was available on Overdrive, recommended it to my local e-library.

And then promptly forgot about it. Until, that is, my library e-mailed me to tell me they'd purchased a copy.

It was awesome. Really, a completely different take on our hapless stepsister. The beginning of the book was absolutely identifiable as Cinderalla, but towards the end, it takes a different turn. A darker turn? Certainly. A more believable turn? Debatable.

The chapters are also deliciously short, each one able to be read in five minutes or less. And I do so love short chapters.

I came into it knowing that it was a novella, and sometimes, shorter works are best, so that wasn't a problem for me. The thing was, I kind of got the impression, based on the title, that this book was erotica. If that's what you're looking for, be warned: it's not.

Thankfully, it wasn't what *I* was looking for. I mean, I don't mind erotica, and I would've read this book even if it were, but it's actually refreshing that there is no bad language, and only mild violence and sexual references.

If you enjoy fairy tale re-tellings, this one's more familiar than most, but also offers a really satisfying twist.

My Review: 4 / 5 Stars

About the Book

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.

Click here to find out where you can pick up a copy.

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