Stepsister

Stepsister

Isabelle should be blissfully happy ? she?s about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn?t the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince?s heart. She?s the ugly stepsister who?s cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella?s shoe ... which is now filling with blood. When the prince discovers Isabelle?s deception, she is turned away in shame. It?s Isabelle should be blissfully happy ? she?s about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle i...

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Title:Stepsister
Author:Jennifer Donnelly
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:Stepsister
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Stepsister Reviews

  • Jacob Proffitt
    Jun 18, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

    Arc provided in exchange for an honest review. This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently. The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing ...

    ?They cut away pieces of me. But I handed them the knife.? Essential reading for the She Is That Bitch? and She Did That? lovers. ...

    I know I?ve been disappointed a lot by 2019 releases bUT THANK GOD THIS ONE DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. I LOVE RETELLINGS AND BOY OH BOY, A "VILLAIN" RETELLING?? YES PLEASE AND IT TURNED OUT SO GOOD, I LOVE IT ...

    What I liked: The Prose: Jennifer Donnelly definitely knows how to write, her style flows so well. And there's so many quotable passages I lost count! The Fate vs Chance gamble: I wasn't bothered at all by the absurdity of Chance's entourage, even though "slapstick" doesn't usual...

    Rating 4.5 Stars I have met Jennifer Donnelly many times and I was truly inspired by her talk about why she was inspired to write this book. As a child she was read and told the story of Cinderella many times. But she really could not connect to Cinderella's character. Cinderella wa...

    There has been a whole load of retellings over the past few years changing and subverting age-old tales and in a time when female empowerment is firmly on the agenda, this is a powerful, meaningful and empowering story. In lush, lyrical prose Donnelly rafts a mesmerising and timely tal...

    "...the price of forgiveness is forgiving." Rating: 4.5 stars A beautiful tale written about Isabelle, Cinderella's ugly stepsister. Was she ugly? Was she mean? Did she deserve what happened to her? Step Sister started out from where the Cinderella story left off. With Ella ridin...

    A beautiful cover saying read me. When I was younger being very girly I loved reading the Cinderella story and I'm sure that many women now will remember that excitement. Even seeing Cinderella in pantomime is so magical and enjoyable. I found it thrilling for a change to read this fan...

    ~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~ ?Have you forgotten what I am? I am the heart?s first beat and its last. I am the newborn lamb and the wolf that rips out its throat. I am the bloodsong, crone.? Stepsister is the story of what happens to Cinderella?s f...

    I got bored. Which meant I started picking at things like how it's simultaneously real-world (set in France) but with metaphorical characters (like the Fates and Chance as anthropomorphic personifications) and it takes a better author than this one to pull that off. And how all the rea...

  • Joanne
    Mar 28, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

    Arc provided in exchange for an honest review. This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently. The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing ...

    ?They cut away pieces of me. But I handed them the knife.? Essential reading for the She Is That Bitch? and She Did That? lovers. ...

    I know I?ve been disappointed a lot by 2019 releases bUT THANK GOD THIS ONE DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. I LOVE RETELLINGS AND BOY OH BOY, A "VILLAIN" RETELLING?? YES PLEASE AND IT TURNED OUT SO GOOD, I LOVE IT ...

    What I liked: The Prose: Jennifer Donnelly definitely knows how to write, her style flows so well. And there's so many quotable passages I lost count! The Fate vs Chance gamble: I wasn't bothered at all by the absurdity of Chance's entourage, even though "slapstick" doesn't usual...

    Rating 4.5 Stars I have met Jennifer Donnelly many times and I was truly inspired by her talk about why she was inspired to write this book. As a child she was read and told the story of Cinderella many times. But she really could not connect to Cinderella's character. Cinderella wa...

    There has been a whole load of retellings over the past few years changing and subverting age-old tales and in a time when female empowerment is firmly on the agenda, this is a powerful, meaningful and empowering story. In lush, lyrical prose Donnelly rafts a mesmerising and timely tal...

    "...the price of forgiveness is forgiving." Rating: 4.5 stars A beautiful tale written about Isabelle, Cinderella's ugly stepsister. Was she ugly? Was she mean? Did she deserve what happened to her? Step Sister started out from where the Cinderella story left off. With Ella ridin...

    A beautiful cover saying read me. When I was younger being very girly I loved reading the Cinderella story and I'm sure that many women now will remember that excitement. Even seeing Cinderella in pantomime is so magical and enjoyable. I found it thrilling for a change to read this fan...

    ~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~ ?Have you forgotten what I am? I am the heart?s first beat and its last. I am the newborn lamb and the wolf that rips out its throat. I am the bloodsong, crone.? Stepsister is the story of what happens to Cinderella?s f...

    I got bored. Which meant I started picking at things like how it's simultaneously real-world (set in France) but with metaphorical characters (like the Fates and Chance as anthropomorphic personifications) and it takes a better author than this one to pull that off. And how all the rea...

    3.5 stars ...

    ?Strange, isn?t it, how stories that are never told are the ones we most need to hear.? 3.5/5 I love how this book gave depth to a previously one dimensional fairytale villain. Just like Disney did with their version of Maleficent Isabelle had cut off her toes, but somet...

    I received this eProof for free from Hot Key Books via NetGalley for the purposes of providing an honest review. Trigger Warning: This book features discussion of considering suicide, threat of sexual assault, dead bodies, and war. I had been so looking forward to reading Stepsis...

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    Apr 23, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

  • Emily May
    Oct 05, 2018

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

  • Marquise
    May 27, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

    Arc provided in exchange for an honest review. This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently. The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing ...

    ?They cut away pieces of me. But I handed them the knife.? Essential reading for the She Is That Bitch? and She Did That? lovers. ...

    I know I?ve been disappointed a lot by 2019 releases bUT THANK GOD THIS ONE DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. I LOVE RETELLINGS AND BOY OH BOY, A "VILLAIN" RETELLING?? YES PLEASE AND IT TURNED OUT SO GOOD, I LOVE IT ...

    What I liked: The Prose: Jennifer Donnelly definitely knows how to write, her style flows so well. And there's so many quotable passages I lost count! The Fate vs Chance gamble: I wasn't bothered at all by the absurdity of Chance's entourage, even though "slapstick" doesn't usual...

  • Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
    May 31, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

    Arc provided in exchange for an honest review. This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently. The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing ...

    ?They cut away pieces of me. But I handed them the knife.? Essential reading for the She Is That Bitch? and She Did That? lovers. ...

    I know I?ve been disappointed a lot by 2019 releases bUT THANK GOD THIS ONE DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. I LOVE RETELLINGS AND BOY OH BOY, A "VILLAIN" RETELLING?? YES PLEASE AND IT TURNED OUT SO GOOD, I LOVE IT ...

    What I liked: The Prose: Jennifer Donnelly definitely knows how to write, her style flows so well. And there's so many quotable passages I lost count! The Fate vs Chance gamble: I wasn't bothered at all by the absurdity of Chance's entourage, even though "slapstick" doesn't usual...

    Rating 4.5 Stars I have met Jennifer Donnelly many times and I was truly inspired by her talk about why she was inspired to write this book. As a child she was read and told the story of Cinderella many times. But she really could not connect to Cinderella's character. Cinderella wa...

    There has been a whole load of retellings over the past few years changing and subverting age-old tales and in a time when female empowerment is firmly on the agenda, this is a powerful, meaningful and empowering story. In lush, lyrical prose Donnelly rafts a mesmerising and timely tal...

    "...the price of forgiveness is forgiving." Rating: 4.5 stars A beautiful tale written about Isabelle, Cinderella's ugly stepsister. Was she ugly? Was she mean? Did she deserve what happened to her? Step Sister started out from where the Cinderella story left off. With Ella ridin...

    A beautiful cover saying read me. When I was younger being very girly I loved reading the Cinderella story and I'm sure that many women now will remember that excitement. Even seeing Cinderella in pantomime is so magical and enjoyable. I found it thrilling for a change to read this fan...

    ~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~ ?Have you forgotten what I am? I am the heart?s first beat and its last. I am the newborn lamb and the wolf that rips out its throat. I am the bloodsong, crone.? Stepsister is the story of what happens to Cinderella?s f...

  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
    Apr 24, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

  • Sara (sarawithoutanH)
    Jun 20, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

  • TheYALibrarian
    May 22, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

    Arc provided in exchange for an honest review. This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently. The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing ...

    ?They cut away pieces of me. But I handed them the knife.? Essential reading for the She Is That Bitch? and She Did That? lovers. ...

    I know I?ve been disappointed a lot by 2019 releases bUT THANK GOD THIS ONE DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. I LOVE RETELLINGS AND BOY OH BOY, A "VILLAIN" RETELLING?? YES PLEASE AND IT TURNED OUT SO GOOD, I LOVE IT ...

    What I liked: The Prose: Jennifer Donnelly definitely knows how to write, her style flows so well. And there's so many quotable passages I lost count! The Fate vs Chance gamble: I wasn't bothered at all by the absurdity of Chance's entourage, even though "slapstick" doesn't usual...

    Rating 4.5 Stars I have met Jennifer Donnelly many times and I was truly inspired by her talk about why she was inspired to write this book. As a child she was read and told the story of Cinderella many times. But she really could not connect to Cinderella's character. Cinderella wa...

  • Phoebe Jeziel
    Dec 24, 2018

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

  • Charlotte May
    Jun 25, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

  • Lola
    Apr 16, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

  • ♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥
    May 15, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

    Arc provided in exchange for an honest review. This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently. The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing ...

    ?They cut away pieces of me. But I handed them the knife.? Essential reading for the She Is That Bitch? and She Did That? lovers. ...

    I know I?ve been disappointed a lot by 2019 releases bUT THANK GOD THIS ONE DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. I LOVE RETELLINGS AND BOY OH BOY, A "VILLAIN" RETELLING?? YES PLEASE AND IT TURNED OUT SO GOOD, I LOVE IT ...

    What I liked: The Prose: Jennifer Donnelly definitely knows how to write, her style flows so well. And there's so many quotable passages I lost count! The Fate vs Chance gamble: I wasn't bothered at all by the absurdity of Chance's entourage, even though "slapstick" doesn't usual...

    Rating 4.5 Stars I have met Jennifer Donnelly many times and I was truly inspired by her talk about why she was inspired to write this book. As a child she was read and told the story of Cinderella many times. But she really could not connect to Cinderella's character. Cinderella wa...

    There has been a whole load of retellings over the past few years changing and subverting age-old tales and in a time when female empowerment is firmly on the agenda, this is a powerful, meaningful and empowering story. In lush, lyrical prose Donnelly rafts a mesmerising and timely tal...

    "...the price of forgiveness is forgiving." Rating: 4.5 stars A beautiful tale written about Isabelle, Cinderella's ugly stepsister. Was she ugly? Was she mean? Did she deserve what happened to her? Step Sister started out from where the Cinderella story left off. With Ella ridin...

    A beautiful cover saying read me. When I was younger being very girly I loved reading the Cinderella story and I'm sure that many women now will remember that excitement. Even seeing Cinderella in pantomime is so magical and enjoyable. I found it thrilling for a change to read this fan...

    ~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~ ?Have you forgotten what I am? I am the heart?s first beat and its last. I am the newborn lamb and the wolf that rips out its throat. I am the bloodsong, crone.? Stepsister is the story of what happens to Cinderella?s f...

    I got bored. Which meant I started picking at things like how it's simultaneously real-world (set in France) but with metaphorical characters (like the Fates and Chance as anthropomorphic personifications) and it takes a better author than this one to pull that off. And how all the rea...

    3.5 stars ...

    ?Strange, isn?t it, how stories that are never told are the ones we most need to hear.? 3.5/5 I love how this book gave depth to a previously one dimensional fairytale villain. Just like Disney did with their version of Maleficent Isabelle had cut off her toes, but somet...

    I received this eProof for free from Hot Key Books via NetGalley for the purposes of providing an honest review. Trigger Warning: This book features discussion of considering suicide, threat of sexual assault, dead bodies, and war. I had been so looking forward to reading Stepsis...

    Advance copy provided via Netgalley* ...

  • Hollis
    May 11, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    May 11, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

    Arc provided in exchange for an honest review. This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently. The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing ...

    ?They cut away pieces of me. But I handed them the knife.? Essential reading for the She Is That Bitch? and She Did That? lovers. ...

    I know I?ve been disappointed a lot by 2019 releases bUT THANK GOD THIS ONE DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. I LOVE RETELLINGS AND BOY OH BOY, A "VILLAIN" RETELLING?? YES PLEASE AND IT TURNED OUT SO GOOD, I LOVE IT ...

    What I liked: The Prose: Jennifer Donnelly definitely knows how to write, her style flows so well. And there's so many quotable passages I lost count! The Fate vs Chance gamble: I wasn't bothered at all by the absurdity of Chance's entourage, even though "slapstick" doesn't usual...

    Rating 4.5 Stars I have met Jennifer Donnelly many times and I was truly inspired by her talk about why she was inspired to write this book. As a child she was read and told the story of Cinderella many times. But she really could not connect to Cinderella's character. Cinderella wa...

    There has been a whole load of retellings over the past few years changing and subverting age-old tales and in a time when female empowerment is firmly on the agenda, this is a powerful, meaningful and empowering story. In lush, lyrical prose Donnelly rafts a mesmerising and timely tal...

    "...the price of forgiveness is forgiving." Rating: 4.5 stars A beautiful tale written about Isabelle, Cinderella's ugly stepsister. Was she ugly? Was she mean? Did she deserve what happened to her? Step Sister started out from where the Cinderella story left off. With Ella ridin...

    A beautiful cover saying read me. When I was younger being very girly I loved reading the Cinderella story and I'm sure that many women now will remember that excitement. Even seeing Cinderella in pantomime is so magical and enjoyable. I found it thrilling for a change to read this fan...

    ~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~ ?Have you forgotten what I am? I am the heart?s first beat and its last. I am the newborn lamb and the wolf that rips out its throat. I am the bloodsong, crone.? Stepsister is the story of what happens to Cinderella?s f...

    I got bored. Which meant I started picking at things like how it's simultaneously real-world (set in France) but with metaphorical characters (like the Fates and Chance as anthropomorphic personifications) and it takes a better author than this one to pull that off. And how all the rea...

    3.5 stars ...

    ?Strange, isn?t it, how stories that are never told are the ones we most need to hear.? 3.5/5 I love how this book gave depth to a previously one dimensional fairytale villain. Just like Disney did with their version of Maleficent Isabelle had cut off her toes, but somet...

    I received this eProof for free from Hot Key Books via NetGalley for the purposes of providing an honest review. Trigger Warning: This book features discussion of considering suicide, threat of sexual assault, dead bodies, and war. I had been so looking forward to reading Stepsis...

    Advance copy provided via Netgalley* ...

    ? I was lucky enough to have an ARC and this is my honest review* This isn't a Cinderella tale, one about sweet pretty girls who, through all the troubles in their lives, find prince charming and become a princess. No, this is the tale of a girl who is brave and strong and defian...

    3.5 - 4 stars Steel your stomach for the start of this book because it delves in all twisted up and the story that ensues is every kind of unexpected. The protagonist of this book, Isabelle, is the kind of character that you have to grow to admire. She's an ugly stepsister with past...

  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    Jan 22, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

    Arc provided in exchange for an honest review. This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently. The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing ...

    ?They cut away pieces of me. But I handed them the knife.? Essential reading for the She Is That Bitch? and She Did That? lovers. ...

    I know I?ve been disappointed a lot by 2019 releases bUT THANK GOD THIS ONE DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. I LOVE RETELLINGS AND BOY OH BOY, A "VILLAIN" RETELLING?? YES PLEASE AND IT TURNED OUT SO GOOD, I LOVE IT ...

    What I liked: The Prose: Jennifer Donnelly definitely knows how to write, her style flows so well. And there's so many quotable passages I lost count! The Fate vs Chance gamble: I wasn't bothered at all by the absurdity of Chance's entourage, even though "slapstick" doesn't usual...

    Rating 4.5 Stars I have met Jennifer Donnelly many times and I was truly inspired by her talk about why she was inspired to write this book. As a child she was read and told the story of Cinderella many times. But she really could not connect to Cinderella's character. Cinderella wa...

    There has been a whole load of retellings over the past few years changing and subverting age-old tales and in a time when female empowerment is firmly on the agenda, this is a powerful, meaningful and empowering story. In lush, lyrical prose Donnelly rafts a mesmerising and timely tal...

    "...the price of forgiveness is forgiving." Rating: 4.5 stars A beautiful tale written about Isabelle, Cinderella's ugly stepsister. Was she ugly? Was she mean? Did she deserve what happened to her? Step Sister started out from where the Cinderella story left off. With Ella ridin...

    A beautiful cover saying read me. When I was younger being very girly I loved reading the Cinderella story and I'm sure that many women now will remember that excitement. Even seeing Cinderella in pantomime is so magical and enjoyable. I found it thrilling for a change to read this fan...

    ~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~ ?Have you forgotten what I am? I am the heart?s first beat and its last. I am the newborn lamb and the wolf that rips out its throat. I am the bloodsong, crone.? Stepsister is the story of what happens to Cinderella?s f...

    I got bored. Which meant I started picking at things like how it's simultaneously real-world (set in France) but with metaphorical characters (like the Fates and Chance as anthropomorphic personifications) and it takes a better author than this one to pull that off. And how all the rea...

    3.5 stars ...

    ?Strange, isn?t it, how stories that are never told are the ones we most need to hear.? 3.5/5 I love how this book gave depth to a previously one dimensional fairytale villain. Just like Disney did with their version of Maleficent Isabelle had cut off her toes, but somet...

    I received this eProof for free from Hot Key Books via NetGalley for the purposes of providing an honest review. Trigger Warning: This book features discussion of considering suicide, threat of sexual assault, dead bodies, and war. I had been so looking forward to reading Stepsis...

    Advance copy provided via Netgalley* ...

    ? I was lucky enough to have an ARC and this is my honest review* This isn't a Cinderella tale, one about sweet pretty girls who, through all the troubles in their lives, find prince charming and become a princess. No, this is the tale of a girl who is brave and strong and defian...

    3.5 - 4 stars Steel your stomach for the start of this book because it delves in all twisted up and the story that ensues is every kind of unexpected. The protagonist of this book, Isabelle, is the kind of character that you have to grow to admire. She's an ugly stepsister with past...

    *"I can't read this, I've spent all my life practicing darts on Cinderella step sis. I hate them."* goodreads: it's a hype [one day later book is on my dressing table] and so this is my pathetic life story oh all the glass slippers in the world, you don't even fucking exist, yet b...

    Feminist Cinderella retelling? From the Stepsister's POV? Like? My fairytale retelling-loving heart is so happy right now. ...

  • Katie.dorny
    Jun 11, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

    Arc provided in exchange for an honest review. This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently. The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing ...

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    May 25, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

  • Sophia Triad
    May 17, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

  • booksneedcaffeinetoo
    Jun 04, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

    Arc provided in exchange for an honest review. This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently. The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing ...

    ?They cut away pieces of me. But I handed them the knife.? Essential reading for the She Is That Bitch? and She Did That? lovers. ...

    I know I?ve been disappointed a lot by 2019 releases bUT THANK GOD THIS ONE DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. I LOVE RETELLINGS AND BOY OH BOY, A "VILLAIN" RETELLING?? YES PLEASE AND IT TURNED OUT SO GOOD, I LOVE IT ...

    What I liked: The Prose: Jennifer Donnelly definitely knows how to write, her style flows so well. And there's so many quotable passages I lost count! The Fate vs Chance gamble: I wasn't bothered at all by the absurdity of Chance's entourage, even though "slapstick" doesn't usual...

    Rating 4.5 Stars I have met Jennifer Donnelly many times and I was truly inspired by her talk about why she was inspired to write this book. As a child she was read and told the story of Cinderella many times. But she really could not connect to Cinderella's character. Cinderella wa...

    There has been a whole load of retellings over the past few years changing and subverting age-old tales and in a time when female empowerment is firmly on the agenda, this is a powerful, meaningful and empowering story. In lush, lyrical prose Donnelly rafts a mesmerising and timely tal...

    "...the price of forgiveness is forgiving." Rating: 4.5 stars A beautiful tale written about Isabelle, Cinderella's ugly stepsister. Was she ugly? Was she mean? Did she deserve what happened to her? Step Sister started out from where the Cinderella story left off. With Ella ridin...

    A beautiful cover saying read me. When I was younger being very girly I loved reading the Cinderella story and I'm sure that many women now will remember that excitement. Even seeing Cinderella in pantomime is so magical and enjoyable. I found it thrilling for a change to read this fan...

    ~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~ ?Have you forgotten what I am? I am the heart?s first beat and its last. I am the newborn lamb and the wolf that rips out its throat. I am the bloodsong, crone.? Stepsister is the story of what happens to Cinderella?s f...

    I got bored. Which meant I started picking at things like how it's simultaneously real-world (set in France) but with metaphorical characters (like the Fates and Chance as anthropomorphic personifications) and it takes a better author than this one to pull that off. And how all the rea...

    3.5 stars ...

    ?Strange, isn?t it, how stories that are never told are the ones we most need to hear.? 3.5/5 I love how this book gave depth to a previously one dimensional fairytale villain. Just like Disney did with their version of Maleficent Isabelle had cut off her toes, but somet...

  • Nadhira Satria
    Apr 23, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

    Arc provided in exchange for an honest review. This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently. The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing ...

    ?They cut away pieces of me. But I handed them the knife.? Essential reading for the She Is That Bitch? and She Did That? lovers. ...

    I know I?ve been disappointed a lot by 2019 releases bUT THANK GOD THIS ONE DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. I LOVE RETELLINGS AND BOY OH BOY, A "VILLAIN" RETELLING?? YES PLEASE AND IT TURNED OUT SO GOOD, I LOVE IT ...

  • Lou
    May 15, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

    Arc provided in exchange for an honest review. This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently. The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing ...

    ?They cut away pieces of me. But I handed them the knife.? Essential reading for the She Is That Bitch? and She Did That? lovers. ...

    I know I?ve been disappointed a lot by 2019 releases bUT THANK GOD THIS ONE DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. I LOVE RETELLINGS AND BOY OH BOY, A "VILLAIN" RETELLING?? YES PLEASE AND IT TURNED OUT SO GOOD, I LOVE IT ...

    What I liked: The Prose: Jennifer Donnelly definitely knows how to write, her style flows so well. And there's so many quotable passages I lost count! The Fate vs Chance gamble: I wasn't bothered at all by the absurdity of Chance's entourage, even though "slapstick" doesn't usual...

    Rating 4.5 Stars I have met Jennifer Donnelly many times and I was truly inspired by her talk about why she was inspired to write this book. As a child she was read and told the story of Cinderella many times. But she really could not connect to Cinderella's character. Cinderella wa...

    There has been a whole load of retellings over the past few years changing and subverting age-old tales and in a time when female empowerment is firmly on the agenda, this is a powerful, meaningful and empowering story. In lush, lyrical prose Donnelly rafts a mesmerising and timely tal...

  • Sarah Theis
    Apr 17, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

    Arc provided in exchange for an honest review. This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently. The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing ...

    ?They cut away pieces of me. But I handed them the knife.? Essential reading for the She Is That Bitch? and She Did That? lovers. ...

    I know I?ve been disappointed a lot by 2019 releases bUT THANK GOD THIS ONE DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. I LOVE RETELLINGS AND BOY OH BOY, A "VILLAIN" RETELLING?? YES PLEASE AND IT TURNED OUT SO GOOD, I LOVE IT ...

    What I liked: The Prose: Jennifer Donnelly definitely knows how to write, her style flows so well. And there's so many quotable passages I lost count! The Fate vs Chance gamble: I wasn't bothered at all by the absurdity of Chance's entourage, even though "slapstick" doesn't usual...

    Rating 4.5 Stars I have met Jennifer Donnelly many times and I was truly inspired by her talk about why she was inspired to write this book. As a child she was read and told the story of Cinderella many times. But she really could not connect to Cinderella's character. Cinderella wa...

    There has been a whole load of retellings over the past few years changing and subverting age-old tales and in a time when female empowerment is firmly on the agenda, this is a powerful, meaningful and empowering story. In lush, lyrical prose Donnelly rafts a mesmerising and timely tal...

    "...the price of forgiveness is forgiving." Rating: 4.5 stars A beautiful tale written about Isabelle, Cinderella's ugly stepsister. Was she ugly? Was she mean? Did she deserve what happened to her? Step Sister started out from where the Cinderella story left off. With Ella ridin...

    A beautiful cover saying read me. When I was younger being very girly I loved reading the Cinderella story and I'm sure that many women now will remember that excitement. Even seeing Cinderella in pantomime is so magical and enjoyable. I found it thrilling for a change to read this fan...

    ~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~ ?Have you forgotten what I am? I am the heart?s first beat and its last. I am the newborn lamb and the wolf that rips out its throat. I am the bloodsong, crone.? Stepsister is the story of what happens to Cinderella?s f...

    I got bored. Which meant I started picking at things like how it's simultaneously real-world (set in France) but with metaphorical characters (like the Fates and Chance as anthropomorphic personifications) and it takes a better author than this one to pull that off. And how all the rea...

    3.5 stars ...

    ?Strange, isn?t it, how stories that are never told are the ones we most need to hear.? 3.5/5 I love how this book gave depth to a previously one dimensional fairytale villain. Just like Disney did with their version of Maleficent Isabelle had cut off her toes, but somet...

    I received this eProof for free from Hot Key Books via NetGalley for the purposes of providing an honest review. Trigger Warning: This book features discussion of considering suicide, threat of sexual assault, dead bodies, and war. I had been so looking forward to reading Stepsis...

    Advance copy provided via Netgalley* ...

    ? I was lucky enough to have an ARC and this is my honest review* This isn't a Cinderella tale, one about sweet pretty girls who, through all the troubles in their lives, find prince charming and become a princess. No, this is the tale of a girl who is brave and strong and defian...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    May 24, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

  • Basyirah
    Dec 30, 2018

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

    Arc provided in exchange for an honest review. This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently. The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing ...

    ?They cut away pieces of me. But I handed them the knife.? Essential reading for the She Is That Bitch? and She Did That? lovers. ...

    I know I?ve been disappointed a lot by 2019 releases bUT THANK GOD THIS ONE DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. I LOVE RETELLINGS AND BOY OH BOY, A "VILLAIN" RETELLING?? YES PLEASE AND IT TURNED OUT SO GOOD, I LOVE IT ...

    What I liked: The Prose: Jennifer Donnelly definitely knows how to write, her style flows so well. And there's so many quotable passages I lost count! The Fate vs Chance gamble: I wasn't bothered at all by the absurdity of Chance's entourage, even though "slapstick" doesn't usual...

    Rating 4.5 Stars I have met Jennifer Donnelly many times and I was truly inspired by her talk about why she was inspired to write this book. As a child she was read and told the story of Cinderella many times. But she really could not connect to Cinderella's character. Cinderella wa...

    There has been a whole load of retellings over the past few years changing and subverting age-old tales and in a time when female empowerment is firmly on the agenda, this is a powerful, meaningful and empowering story. In lush, lyrical prose Donnelly rafts a mesmerising and timely tal...

    "...the price of forgiveness is forgiving." Rating: 4.5 stars A beautiful tale written about Isabelle, Cinderella's ugly stepsister. Was she ugly? Was she mean? Did she deserve what happened to her? Step Sister started out from where the Cinderella story left off. With Ella ridin...

  • Brianna
    Jun 12, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

    Arc provided in exchange for an honest review. This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently. The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing ...

    ?They cut away pieces of me. But I handed them the knife.? Essential reading for the She Is That Bitch? and She Did That? lovers. ...

    I know I?ve been disappointed a lot by 2019 releases bUT THANK GOD THIS ONE DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. I LOVE RETELLINGS AND BOY OH BOY, A "VILLAIN" RETELLING?? YES PLEASE AND IT TURNED OUT SO GOOD, I LOVE IT ...

    What I liked: The Prose: Jennifer Donnelly definitely knows how to write, her style flows so well. And there's so many quotable passages I lost count! The Fate vs Chance gamble: I wasn't bothered at all by the absurdity of Chance's entourage, even though "slapstick" doesn't usual...

    Rating 4.5 Stars I have met Jennifer Donnelly many times and I was truly inspired by her talk about why she was inspired to write this book. As a child she was read and told the story of Cinderella many times. But she really could not connect to Cinderella's character. Cinderella wa...

    There has been a whole load of retellings over the past few years changing and subverting age-old tales and in a time when female empowerment is firmly on the agenda, this is a powerful, meaningful and empowering story. In lush, lyrical prose Donnelly rafts a mesmerising and timely tal...

    "...the price of forgiveness is forgiving." Rating: 4.5 stars A beautiful tale written about Isabelle, Cinderella's ugly stepsister. Was she ugly? Was she mean? Did she deserve what happened to her? Step Sister started out from where the Cinderella story left off. With Ella ridin...

    A beautiful cover saying read me. When I was younger being very girly I loved reading the Cinderella story and I'm sure that many women now will remember that excitement. Even seeing Cinderella in pantomime is so magical and enjoyable. I found it thrilling for a change to read this fan...

    ~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~ ?Have you forgotten what I am? I am the heart?s first beat and its last. I am the newborn lamb and the wolf that rips out its throat. I am the bloodsong, crone.? Stepsister is the story of what happens to Cinderella?s f...

    I got bored. Which meant I started picking at things like how it's simultaneously real-world (set in France) but with metaphorical characters (like the Fates and Chance as anthropomorphic personifications) and it takes a better author than this one to pull that off. And how all the rea...

    3.5 stars ...

  • Mary S. R.
    Jan 25, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

  • Prince Charming Doesn't Exist
    Jun 04, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

    Arc provided in exchange for an honest review. This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently. The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing ...

    ?They cut away pieces of me. But I handed them the knife.? Essential reading for the She Is That Bitch? and She Did That? lovers. ...

    I know I?ve been disappointed a lot by 2019 releases bUT THANK GOD THIS ONE DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. I LOVE RETELLINGS AND BOY OH BOY, A "VILLAIN" RETELLING?? YES PLEASE AND IT TURNED OUT SO GOOD, I LOVE IT ...

    What I liked: The Prose: Jennifer Donnelly definitely knows how to write, her style flows so well. And there's so many quotable passages I lost count! The Fate vs Chance gamble: I wasn't bothered at all by the absurdity of Chance's entourage, even though "slapstick" doesn't usual...

    Rating 4.5 Stars I have met Jennifer Donnelly many times and I was truly inspired by her talk about why she was inspired to write this book. As a child she was read and told the story of Cinderella many times. But she really could not connect to Cinderella's character. Cinderella wa...

    There has been a whole load of retellings over the past few years changing and subverting age-old tales and in a time when female empowerment is firmly on the agenda, this is a powerful, meaningful and empowering story. In lush, lyrical prose Donnelly rafts a mesmerising and timely tal...

    "...the price of forgiveness is forgiving." Rating: 4.5 stars A beautiful tale written about Isabelle, Cinderella's ugly stepsister. Was she ugly? Was she mean? Did she deserve what happened to her? Step Sister started out from where the Cinderella story left off. With Ella ridin...

    A beautiful cover saying read me. When I was younger being very girly I loved reading the Cinderella story and I'm sure that many women now will remember that excitement. Even seeing Cinderella in pantomime is so magical and enjoyable. I found it thrilling for a change to read this fan...

    ~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~ ?Have you forgotten what I am? I am the heart?s first beat and its last. I am the newborn lamb and the wolf that rips out its throat. I am the bloodsong, crone.? Stepsister is the story of what happens to Cinderella?s f...

    I got bored. Which meant I started picking at things like how it's simultaneously real-world (set in France) but with metaphorical characters (like the Fates and Chance as anthropomorphic personifications) and it takes a better author than this one to pull that off. And how all the rea...

    3.5 stars ...

    ?Strange, isn?t it, how stories that are never told are the ones we most need to hear.? 3.5/5 I love how this book gave depth to a previously one dimensional fairytale villain. Just like Disney did with their version of Maleficent Isabelle had cut off her toes, but somet...

    I received this eProof for free from Hot Key Books via NetGalley for the purposes of providing an honest review. Trigger Warning: This book features discussion of considering suicide, threat of sexual assault, dead bodies, and war. I had been so looking forward to reading Stepsis...

    Advance copy provided via Netgalley* ...

    ? I was lucky enough to have an ARC and this is my honest review* This isn't a Cinderella tale, one about sweet pretty girls who, through all the troubles in their lives, find prince charming and become a princess. No, this is the tale of a girl who is brave and strong and defian...

    3.5 - 4 stars Steel your stomach for the start of this book because it delves in all twisted up and the story that ensues is every kind of unexpected. The protagonist of this book, Isabelle, is the kind of character that you have to grow to admire. She's an ugly stepsister with past...

    *"I can't read this, I've spent all my life practicing darts on Cinderella step sis. I hate them."* goodreads: it's a hype [one day later book is on my dressing table] and so this is my pathetic life story oh all the glass slippers in the world, you don't even fucking exist, yet b...

  • Bookread2day
    Feb 08, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

    Arc provided in exchange for an honest review. This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently. The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing ...

    ?They cut away pieces of me. But I handed them the knife.? Essential reading for the She Is That Bitch? and She Did That? lovers. ...

    I know I?ve been disappointed a lot by 2019 releases bUT THANK GOD THIS ONE DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. I LOVE RETELLINGS AND BOY OH BOY, A "VILLAIN" RETELLING?? YES PLEASE AND IT TURNED OUT SO GOOD, I LOVE IT ...

    What I liked: The Prose: Jennifer Donnelly definitely knows how to write, her style flows so well. And there's so many quotable passages I lost count! The Fate vs Chance gamble: I wasn't bothered at all by the absurdity of Chance's entourage, even though "slapstick" doesn't usual...

    Rating 4.5 Stars I have met Jennifer Donnelly many times and I was truly inspired by her talk about why she was inspired to write this book. As a child she was read and told the story of Cinderella many times. But she really could not connect to Cinderella's character. Cinderella wa...

    There has been a whole load of retellings over the past few years changing and subverting age-old tales and in a time when female empowerment is firmly on the agenda, this is a powerful, meaningful and empowering story. In lush, lyrical prose Donnelly rafts a mesmerising and timely tal...

    "...the price of forgiveness is forgiving." Rating: 4.5 stars A beautiful tale written about Isabelle, Cinderella's ugly stepsister. Was she ugly? Was she mean? Did she deserve what happened to her? Step Sister started out from where the Cinderella story left off. With Ella ridin...

    A beautiful cover saying read me. When I was younger being very girly I loved reading the Cinderella story and I'm sure that many women now will remember that excitement. Even seeing Cinderella in pantomime is so magical and enjoyable. I found it thrilling for a change to read this fan...

  • ;3
    May 23, 2019

    Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl?s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what?s best for her. Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool. First off, I want to say I really en...

    This book: *is a bold, subversive and startingly original reclamation of one of literature's most reviled women which, by recasting Cinderella's evil stepsister as a hero in her own right, illuminates a known story from a new evolving and multifaceted perspective while eking out depth ...

    This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn?t pretty. The world isn?t pretty. The characters aren?t pretty. Even the magic isn?t pretty. It?s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I?m not saying the contrary applies?...

    5 ugliest, wittiest, fantastic, anti-fairy tale, bravest ,strongest, applause to the strength of women, Hell yeah stars! Retellings crash into art of war doctrines, feminism thesis and here?s an amazing, smartly written fantasy book! You never thought that you could love this ...

    Did not realise this was written by the same author who wrote A Gathering Light, which I loved. Just treated myself to this one ? ...

    I started reading Stepsister on 4/19/2019 and finished it on 4/23/2019. This fairy tale retelling is an excellent read! I like that it started out with the Cinderella story and expanded further after Cinderella went off to her happily ever after. I love that this story focus on the ste...

    Guys, you can tell I liked this book because I wrote a legit review!! Just call me meltotheany ???(jk don?t do that, my reviews would be a disgrace to her name) ?Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.? Y?ALL ARE SLEEPING ON THI...

    Kind of want to read this, but am simutaniously annoyed at how this story is being marketed as if Cinderella wasn?t feminist to begin with. My homegirl survived an abusive household, became queen, snagged herself someone who truly loves her and showed that beauty was always about...

    It took me a little while to get into it, but I LOVED THIS BOOK. The message is so important, so relevant, and it had me in tears more than once. The author did such a wonderful job making the point that not every girl is the same, and we shouldn't all JUST want to be liked and pretty....

    I mean, when you say ?a feminist retelling of the darker versions of Cinderella? you should know that now you pretty much own my pocket?and also all the money in it. Seriously. Here. It's all yours! :/ Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the you...

    Holy shit, guys, this book is flying under the radar right now but it shouldn't be!! History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don't believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out it, behave ourselves. I was completely un...

    ?Go now, girl. Remake the world.? I never really liked Cinderella.... Review pending ...

    Arc provided in exchange for an honest review. This was another average retelling that has been saturating the market recently. The last 50 pages were better than the rest of the story. I did enjoy the character development but the unnecessary romantic couplings and the writing ...

    ?They cut away pieces of me. But I handed them the knife.? Essential reading for the She Is That Bitch? and She Did That? lovers. ...