by Jamie Campbell
“I shall be excited when there is something to be excited about. This [the ball] is not it.” - Anna
Title: Cinderella is Evil
Author: Jamie Campbell
Book: #1 of Fairytales Retold
Genre: Fairytale retelling
Found: Kindle clearout
Rating: 2 voodoos
History is told from one person’s perspective. Sometimes they don’t get it right.
Ugly Stepsister Anna has wrongly been accused of being mean and evil. Now it is time she got the opportunity to tell her side of the story.
With Cinderella so perfect and wonderful, it is no wonder Anna feels ugly in comparison. Dealing with bullies, a grumpy mother and the death of her step-father, Anna is at her wits end.
When the Prince’s ball approaches, Anna is told she must find a husband to save the family fortune. Attending with her sisters, the sulky Prince Charming only has eyes for Cinderella.
With the burden of being the only one to unite her step-sister with the Prince, will Anna act as cupid? Or will she protect Cinderella from the arrogant Charming?
A charming twist to the story of Cinderella, told completely from the point of view of the Ugly Step-Sister.
This is a short novella and I was quite surprised at how disappointed I was with it.
I didn’t really want Cinderella to be evil, but when she wasn’t I was really disappointed.
When I first picked it up, I was thinking flip world – or maybe something along the lines of the Zombie Fairytales I’m still yet to read. Nothing so exciting. The basic principle is misunderstanding and the concept of ‘ugly step sister’ has been taken literally. Poor Anna is the ugly duckling and her time is spent wishing she had the freedom of the ever beautiful Cinderella. her only ugliness however seems to be that she’s got spots, doesn’t sleep enough and has dry hair (‘unmanageable hair’ is used frustratingly often to make a person ‘ugly’ and it’s simply hair not treated properly or beaten and burnt into submission.) which isn’t really ugly at all. Nor is she a person whose ugly inside. Everyone else seems to be however because they really are quite horrid to her, quite against propriety too.
In the end everyone got a Happily ever After,except the really horrid people, because that wouldn’t have been just.
An interesting start to a series, but not the sort of series I was hoping for.