Monday, October 24, 2016

Sinful Cinderella (Anita Valle) Book Review

2016 Reading Challenge

36. Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle
      Topic/Theme: book based on a fairy tale

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 Review:
I was searching for books based on a fairy tale and came across this one. 

In this retelling of Cinderella, Cinderella is the one who is mean and evil. Not entirely evil as her stepsisters, though. It was definitely weird to see a different version of Cinderella herself. This is a novella and after reading it, I can't imagine it as a regular novel. The story was crafted cleverly, but not high quality for me. This version made it seem less believable. I did enjoy the twist at the end and suddenly everything within the story made sense. Anita cleverly combined two fairy tales into one, but I feel that giving the other fairy tale away would ruin the surprise if you decide to read this. 

I'm not a huge fan of story re-tellings, especially classic fairy tales (I like them if they're done properly). Honestly, Sinful Cinderella missed the mark. While it was nice having Cinderella be the opposite, it was just too strange for me. 

Happy Reading and Keep on Writing!



  1. I do like fairy tale retellings (but I prefer them modernized), but this sounds a little off the way you describe it. Cinderella is a good person. That's the whole point.

    1. That was my point of my review. It took guts for the author to recreate Cinderella as an evil person, but it was hard to see Cinderella like that. ~ Meg