Cinderella is Evil by Jamie Campbell

Posted 13 November, 2013 by Paige in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Cinderella is EvilCinderella is Evil by Jamie Campbell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

History is told from one person’s perspective. Sometimes they don’t get it right.

Ugly Stepsister Anna has wrongly been accused of being mean and evil. Now it is time she got the opportunity to tell her side of the story.

With Cinderella so perfect and wonderful, it is no wonder Anna feels ugly in comparison. Dealing with bullies, a grumpy mother and the death of her step-father, Anna is at her wits end.

When the Prince’s ball approaches, Anna is told she must find a husband to save the family fortune. Attending with her sisters, the sulky Prince Charming only has eyes for Cinderella.

With the burden of being the only one to unite her step-sister with the Prince, will Anna act as cupid? Or will she protect Cinderella from the arrogant Charming?

A charming twist to the story of Cinderella, told completely from the point of view of the Ugly Step-Sister.

I honestly don’t know what to say about this one. It was a tad bit disappointing, which is sad because(as I’ve mentioned before)I really like fairy tale retellings. This one, though, fell through for me.

I felt the majority of the story was spent sort of explaining away what happened in the original tale, making all that was told from Cinderella’s point of view exaggerations, which could’ve been done without being so obvious. Then, I found the title to be misleading. The Cinderella in this story was rather arrogant/self-righteous and a bit of a drama queen, but she was not evil.
Another thing that bugged me, and I don’t consider this a spoiler, is the dress Cinderella received was said to be yellow until the next time it was mentioned in which it was pink. I try to ignore small grammatical errors in novels, but mistakes like this shouldn’t be so easily overlooked.

But, overall I did enjoy the book, especially the ending for Anna. Not to mention, despite all the parts I wasn’t fond of, I found myself really enjoying Anna as a character. She was well written and I found her to be someone you can relate to in ways(again, despite small annoyances) So, I find that some would find this story very lovely, as it does have its charm. I would read more from Jamie Campbell.

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