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 Isabelle should be blissfully happy ? she?s about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn?t the bea...

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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

  • Sara
    Sep 06, 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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 Love This Book A Lot. As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so crue...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. Stepsister tells the story of what happens after the happily ever after, when the prince and his princess have left to be married, and all that?s left behind are the ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother...

  • Mischenko
    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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

  • 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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 Love This Book A Lot. As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so crue...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. Stepsister tells the story of what happens after the happily ever after, when the prince and his princess have left to be married, and all that?s left behind are the ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother...

    3.5 stars ?Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night.? Stepsister is a standard 300-page novel, but I can't help but feel it would've worked better as a novella/short story. The premise and plot are very simple. Whatever ambiguous ...

    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...

    Isabelle has grown up in a society where a girl's ultimate sin is not being pretty enough. Isabelle has been told that women should be: PRETTY not smart. PRETTY not strong. PRETTY not brave. To bad for Isabelle, she was: Not pretty but SMART. Not pretty but STRONG. Not pret...

    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 ...

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

    ?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. ...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars This is a dark tale. A grim tale. It?s a tale from another time, a time when wolves waited for girls in the forest, beasts paced the halls of cursed castles, and witches lurked in gingerbread houses with sugar-kissed roofs. That time is long gone. But the wo...

    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 a wonderfully different take on the after version of Cinderella from the villain's point of view. Complex characters and a layered plot make this telling a wonderful coming of age story about becoming true to yourself and finding meaning in your life. A feminist tale with a wond...

    Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the younger of Cinderella's two stepsisters. Ella is considered beautiful; stepsister Isabelle is not. Isabelle is fearless, brave, and strong-willed. She fences better than any boy, and takes her stallion over jumps t...

    I have been dying to step into this book since I first saw it's cover on GR. Stepsister was an adventure. In it, you will meet Isabelle who is one of Ella's stepsisters. All she wants in life is her mother's damn approval. She does absolutely anything and everything her mother asks ...

    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...

    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...

  • Wendy
    Aug 21, 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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 Love This Book A Lot. As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so crue...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. Stepsister tells the story of what happens after the happily ever after, when the prince and his princess have left to be married, and all that?s left behind are the ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother...

    3.5 stars ?Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night.? Stepsister is a standard 300-page novel, but I can't help but feel it would've worked better as a novella/short story. The premise and plot are very simple. Whatever ambiguous ...

    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...

    Isabelle has grown up in a society where a girl's ultimate sin is not being pretty enough. Isabelle has been told that women should be: PRETTY not smart. PRETTY not strong. PRETTY not brave. To bad for Isabelle, she was: Not pretty but SMART. Not pretty but STRONG. Not pret...

    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 ...

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

    ?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. ...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars This is a dark tale. A grim tale. It?s a tale from another time, a time when wolves waited for girls in the forest, beasts paced the halls of cursed castles, and witches lurked in gingerbread houses with sugar-kissed roofs. That time is long gone. But the wo...

    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 a wonderfully different take on the after version of Cinderella from the villain's point of view. Complex characters and a layered plot make this telling a wonderful coming of age story about becoming true to yourself and finding meaning in your life. A feminist tale with a wond...

  • Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell
    Jul 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

  • 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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 Love This Book A Lot. As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so crue...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. Stepsister tells the story of what happens after the happily ever after, when the prince and his princess have left to be married, and all that?s left behind are the ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother...

    3.5 stars ?Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night.? Stepsister is a standard 300-page novel, but I can't help but feel it would've worked better as a novella/short story. The premise and plot are very simple. Whatever ambiguous ...

    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...

    Isabelle has grown up in a society where a girl's ultimate sin is not being pretty enough. Isabelle has been told that women should be: PRETTY not smart. PRETTY not strong. PRETTY not brave. To bad for Isabelle, she was: Not pretty but SMART. Not pretty but STRONG. Not pret...

    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 ...

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

    ?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. ...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars This is a dark tale. A grim tale. It?s a tale from another time, a time when wolves waited for girls in the forest, beasts paced the halls of cursed castles, and witches lurked in gingerbread houses with sugar-kissed roofs. That time is long gone. But the wo...

    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 a wonderfully different take on the after version of Cinderella from the villain's point of view. Complex characters and a layered plot make this telling a wonderful coming of age story about becoming true to yourself and finding meaning in your life. A feminist tale with a wond...

    Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the younger of Cinderella's two stepsisters. Ella is considered beautiful; stepsister Isabelle is not. Isabelle is fearless, brave, and strong-willed. She fences better than any boy, and takes her stallion over jumps t...

    I have been dying to step into this book since I first saw it's cover on GR. Stepsister was an adventure. In it, you will meet Isabelle who is one of Ella's stepsisters. All she wants in life is her mother's damn approval. She does absolutely anything and everything her mother asks ...

    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...

  • 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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....

  • Natalie Monroe
    Jul 03, 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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 Love This Book A Lot. As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so crue...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. Stepsister tells the story of what happens after the happily ever after, when the prince and his princess have left to be married, and all that?s left behind are the ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother...

    3.5 stars ?Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night.? Stepsister is a standard 300-page novel, but I can't help but feel it would've worked better as a novella/short story. The premise and plot are very simple. Whatever ambiguous ...

  • 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

  • Nastassja
    Aug 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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 Love This Book A Lot. As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so crue...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. Stepsister tells the story of what happens after the happily ever after, when the prince and his princess have left to be married, and all that?s left behind are the ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother...

    3.5 stars ?Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night.? Stepsister is a standard 300-page novel, but I can't help but feel it would've worked better as a novella/short story. The premise and plot are very simple. Whatever ambiguous ...

    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...

    Isabelle has grown up in a society where a girl's ultimate sin is not being pretty enough. Isabelle has been told that women should be: PRETTY not smart. PRETTY not strong. PRETTY not brave. To bad for Isabelle, she was: Not pretty but SMART. Not pretty but STRONG. Not pret...

    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 ...

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

    ?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. ...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars This is a dark tale. A grim tale. It?s a tale from another time, a time when wolves waited for girls in the forest, beasts paced the halls of cursed castles, and witches lurked in gingerbread houses with sugar-kissed roofs. That time is long gone. But the wo...

  • 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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 Love This Book A Lot. As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so crue...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. Stepsister tells the story of what happens after the happily ever after, when the prince and his princess have left to be married, and all that?s left behind are the ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother...

    3.5 stars ?Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night.? Stepsister is a standard 300-page novel, but I can't help but feel it would've worked better as a novella/short story. The premise and plot are very simple. Whatever ambiguous ...

    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...

    Isabelle has grown up in a society where a girl's ultimate sin is not being pretty enough. Isabelle has been told that women should be: PRETTY not smart. PRETTY not strong. PRETTY not brave. To bad for Isabelle, she was: Not pretty but SMART. Not pretty but STRONG. Not pret...

    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 ...

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

    ?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. ...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars This is a dark tale. A grim tale. It?s a tale from another time, a time when wolves waited for girls in the forest, beasts paced the halls of cursed castles, and witches lurked in gingerbread houses with sugar-kissed roofs. That time is long gone. But the wo...

    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 a wonderfully different take on the after version of Cinderella from the villain's point of view. Complex characters and a layered plot make this telling a wonderful coming of age story about becoming true to yourself and finding meaning in your life. A feminist tale with a wond...

    Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the younger of Cinderella's two stepsisters. Ella is considered beautiful; stepsister Isabelle is not. Isabelle is fearless, brave, and strong-willed. She fences better than any boy, and takes her stallion over jumps t...

    I have been dying to step into this book since I first saw it's cover on GR. Stepsister was an adventure. In it, you will meet Isabelle who is one of Ella's stepsisters. All she wants in life is her mother's damn approval. She does absolutely anything and everything her mother asks ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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?...

  • 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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 Love This Book A Lot. As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so crue...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. Stepsister tells the story of what happens after the happily ever after, when the prince and his princess have left to be married, and all that?s left behind are the ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother...

    3.5 stars ?Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night.? Stepsister is a standard 300-page novel, but I can't help but feel it would've worked better as a novella/short story. The premise and plot are very simple. Whatever ambiguous ...

    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...

  • 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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 Love This Book A Lot. As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so crue...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. Stepsister tells the story of what happens after the happily ever after, when the prince and his princess have left to be married, and all that?s left behind are the ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother...

    3.5 stars ?Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night.? Stepsister is a standard 300-page novel, but I can't help but feel it would've worked better as a novella/short story. The premise and plot are very simple. Whatever ambiguous ...

    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...

    Isabelle has grown up in a society where a girl's ultimate sin is not being pretty enough. Isabelle has been told that women should be: PRETTY not smart. PRETTY not strong. PRETTY not brave. To bad for Isabelle, she was: Not pretty but SMART. Not pretty but STRONG. Not pret...

    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 ...

  • Kimberly Antill
    Sep 30, 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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 Love This Book A Lot. As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so crue...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. Stepsister tells the story of what happens after the happily ever after, when the prince and his princess have left to be married, and all that?s left behind are the ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother...

    3.5 stars ?Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night.? Stepsister is a standard 300-page novel, but I can't help but feel it would've worked better as a novella/short story. The premise and plot are very simple. Whatever ambiguous ...

    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...

    Isabelle has grown up in a society where a girl's ultimate sin is not being pretty enough. Isabelle has been told that women should be: PRETTY not smart. PRETTY not strong. PRETTY not brave. To bad for Isabelle, she was: Not pretty but SMART. Not pretty but STRONG. Not pret...

  • 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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 Love This Book A Lot. As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so crue...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. Stepsister tells the story of what happens after the happily ever after, when the prince and his princess have left to be married, and all that?s left behind are the ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother...

    3.5 stars ?Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night.? Stepsister is a standard 300-page novel, but I can't help but feel it would've worked better as a novella/short story. The premise and plot are very simple. Whatever ambiguous ...

    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...

    Isabelle has grown up in a society where a girl's ultimate sin is not being pretty enough. Isabelle has been told that women should be: PRETTY not smart. PRETTY not strong. PRETTY not brave. To bad for Isabelle, she was: Not pretty but SMART. Not pretty but STRONG. Not pret...

    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 ...

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

  • 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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 Love This Book A Lot. As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so crue...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. Stepsister tells the story of what happens after the happily ever after, when the prince and his princess have left to be married, and all that?s left behind are the ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother...

    3.5 stars ?Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night.? Stepsister is a standard 300-page novel, but I can't help but feel it would've worked better as a novella/short story. The premise and plot are very simple. Whatever ambiguous ...

    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...

    Isabelle has grown up in a society where a girl's ultimate sin is not being pretty enough. Isabelle has been told that women should be: PRETTY not smart. PRETTY not strong. PRETTY not brave. To bad for Isabelle, she was: Not pretty but SMART. Not pretty but STRONG. Not pret...

    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 ...

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

    ?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. ...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars This is a dark tale. A grim tale. It?s a tale from another time, a time when wolves waited for girls in the forest, beasts paced the halls of cursed castles, and witches lurked in gingerbread houses with sugar-kissed roofs. That time is long gone. But the wo...

    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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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 Love This Book A Lot. As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so crue...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. Stepsister tells the story of what happens after the happily ever after, when the prince and his princess have left to be married, and all that?s left behind are the ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother...

    3.5 stars ?Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night.? Stepsister is a standard 300-page novel, but I can't help but feel it would've worked better as a novella/short story. The premise and plot are very simple. Whatever ambiguous ...

    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...

    Isabelle has grown up in a society where a girl's ultimate sin is not being pretty enough. Isabelle has been told that women should be: PRETTY not smart. PRETTY not strong. PRETTY not brave. To bad for Isabelle, she was: Not pretty but SMART. Not pretty but STRONG. Not pret...

    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 ...

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

    ?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. ...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars This is a dark tale. A grim tale. It?s a tale from another time, a time when wolves waited for girls in the forest, beasts paced the halls of cursed castles, and witches lurked in gingerbread houses with sugar-kissed roofs. That time is long gone. But the wo...

    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 a wonderfully different take on the after version of Cinderella from the villain's point of view. Complex characters and a layered plot make this telling a wonderful coming of age story about becoming true to yourself and finding meaning in your life. A feminist tale with a wond...

    Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the younger of Cinderella's two stepsisters. Ella is considered beautiful; stepsister Isabelle is not. Isabelle is fearless, brave, and strong-willed. She fences better than any boy, and takes her stallion over jumps t...

    I have been dying to step into this book since I first saw it's cover on GR. Stepsister was an adventure. In it, you will meet Isabelle who is one of Ella's stepsisters. All she wants in life is her mother's damn approval. She does absolutely anything and everything her mother asks ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Alaina
    Jul 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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 Love This Book A Lot. As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so crue...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. Stepsister tells the story of what happens after the happily ever after, when the prince and his princess have left to be married, and all that?s left behind are the ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother...

    3.5 stars ?Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night.? Stepsister is a standard 300-page novel, but I can't help but feel it would've worked better as a novella/short story. The premise and plot are very simple. Whatever ambiguous ...

    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...

    Isabelle has grown up in a society where a girl's ultimate sin is not being pretty enough. Isabelle has been told that women should be: PRETTY not smart. PRETTY not strong. PRETTY not brave. To bad for Isabelle, she was: Not pretty but SMART. Not pretty but STRONG. Not pret...

    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 ...

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

    ?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. ...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars This is a dark tale. A grim tale. It?s a tale from another time, a time when wolves waited for girls in the forest, beasts paced the halls of cursed castles, and witches lurked in gingerbread houses with sugar-kissed roofs. That time is long gone. But the wo...

    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 a wonderfully different take on the after version of Cinderella from the villain's point of view. Complex characters and a layered plot make this telling a wonderful coming of age story about becoming true to yourself and finding meaning in your life. A feminist tale with a wond...

    Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the younger of Cinderella's two stepsisters. Ella is considered beautiful; stepsister Isabelle is not. Isabelle is fearless, brave, and strong-willed. She fences better than any boy, and takes her stallion over jumps t...

    I have been dying to step into this book since I first saw it's cover on GR. Stepsister was an adventure. In it, you will meet Isabelle who is one of Ella's stepsisters. All she wants in life is her mother's damn approval. She does absolutely anything and everything her mother asks ...

  • 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

  • Amira
    Jul 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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 Love This Book A Lot. As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so crue...

  • 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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 Love This Book A Lot. As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so crue...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. Stepsister tells the story of what happens after the happily ever after, when the prince and his princess have left to be married, and all that?s left behind are the ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother...

    3.5 stars ?Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night.? Stepsister is a standard 300-page novel, but I can't help but feel it would've worked better as a novella/short story. The premise and plot are very simple. Whatever ambiguous ...

    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...

  • Nana
    Sep 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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 Love This Book A Lot. As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so crue...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. Stepsister tells the story of what happens after the happily ever after, when the prince and his princess have left to be married, and all that?s left behind are the ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother...

    3.5 stars ?Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night.? Stepsister is a standard 300-page novel, but I can't help but feel it would've worked better as a novella/short story. The premise and plot are very simple. Whatever ambiguous ...

    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...

    Isabelle has grown up in a society where a girl's ultimate sin is not being pretty enough. Isabelle has been told that women should be: PRETTY not smart. PRETTY not strong. PRETTY not brave. To bad for Isabelle, she was: Not pretty but SMART. Not pretty but STRONG. Not pret...

    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 ...

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

    ?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. ...

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars This is a dark tale. A grim tale. It?s a tale from another time, a time when wolves waited for girls in the forest, beasts paced the halls of cursed castles, and witches lurked in gingerbread houses with sugar-kissed roofs. That time is long gone. But the wo...

    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 a wonderfully different take on the after version of Cinderella from the villain's point of view. Complex characters and a layered plot make this telling a wonderful coming of age story about becoming true to yourself and finding meaning in your life. A feminist tale with a wond...

    Stepsister takes up where Cinderella's tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the younger of Cinderella's two stepsisters. Ella is considered beautiful; stepsister Isabelle is not. Isabelle is fearless, brave, and strong-willed. She fences better than any boy, and takes her stallion over jumps t...

  • Hafsah
    Sep 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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

  • ;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?...

    I read Jennifer Donnelly's Lost in a Bookwhich is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I truly loved it, soStepsister was highly anticipated.There's a special place in my heart for fairy tales, especially Cinderella. To be honest, I haven't read that many Cinderella retellings. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fairytale retellings are hard-- ideally, you're taking a story that most people are intimately familiar with and trying to put a spin on it that keeps it fun and fresh, while also reminding people about why they loved th...

    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...

    "Once upon always and never again. In an ancient city..." ...called Bristol, a girl named Hafsah read a book that changed her life. A book that shattered her long-standing views on the characters of a beloved fairy tale. A book that showed her an extra dimension, the full pictur...

    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 Love This Book A Lot. As you can see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because when I was a little girl out of all the Disney villains, the 'ugly' stepsisters didn't strike fear or menace in me. Disdain ? Maybe because I wondered how could a person could be so crue...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. Stepsister tells the story of what happens after the happily ever after, when the prince and his princess have left to be married, and all that?s left behind are the ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother...

    3.5 stars ?Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night.? Stepsister is a standard 300-page novel, but I can't help but feel it would've worked better as a novella/short story. The premise and plot are very simple. Whatever ambiguous ...

    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...

    Isabelle has grown up in a society where a girl's ultimate sin is not being pretty enough. Isabelle has been told that women should be: PRETTY not smart. PRETTY not strong. PRETTY not brave. To bad for Isabelle, she was: Not pretty but SMART. Not pretty but STRONG. Not pret...

    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 ...

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

    ?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. ...