I was provided a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
When I found out about this book, I was really excited. After all, a modern day Cinderella story sounded like something right up my alley. Of course, there was a twist to the modern day Cinderella story. The book started with an interview between Princess Ava (the Cinderella character) and Jill, a reporter. Jill wanted to know how Ava was able to go from being a miserable, poor girl to a princess.
As the book progressed, there was a mixture of present day scenes and flashbacks. Normally I enjoy flashbacks in books, but they simply didn’t work in this book. There were no apparent transitions between the two time periods, making it a very choppy read. The author used a unique approach by writing a couple of different present day scenes, but this just added to my confusion. Some of the scenes were therapist sessions, conversations with the Queen and King who both had dementia, and the interview with Jill. It seemed to me that most of the chapters that contained these scenes were fillers. The only problem is, I’m not sure which chapters were fillers and which were supposed to be the main story. I really couldn’t tell what the main point of the story was, which just made me even more confused.
In addition, I wasn’t impressed with the characters at all. The main character, Ava, was very unlikeable. She was superficial, whiney, and not satisfied with anything. The fairy godmother seemed to only care about herself. The stepmother was cruel and the father was a spineless coward. Normally I don’t care if I don’t like most of the characters, but during this book, there wasn’t one character that I wanted to support!
One thing that is very important to me when reading is how well I can visualize the story. While reading this book, I never felt as though I was inside of the story.
Although I liked the plot, I felt that it was poorly executed.
I would give this book 1/5 stars.