The Stepsister's Tale

The Stepsister's Tale

Book - 2014
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Jane cares for her mother and sister until her stepfather dies, leaving nothing but debts and Jane's spoiled stepsister behind, but a mysterious boy from the woods and an invitation to a royal ball are certain to change her fate.
Published: Don Mills, Ontario, Canada :, Harlequin Teen,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780373211210
037321121X
Branch Call Number: YA BAR
Characteristics: 260 pages ;,22 cm
Alternative Title: Cinderella. English.

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JEM_LPL
Sep 22, 2015

"Cinderella" is probably the most famous fairy tale in the world; there's a version of it on virtually every continent. Disney even remade it this year. But what if the world's most famous servant wasn't actually a servant at all?

Two sisters live with their delusional mother in a crumbling mansion. which is all they have left after the father ran through their mother's fortune and then deserted them all. They struggle to keep themselves and their mother alive through hard work (despite their mother's declaration that "ladies" should not lift a finger). Then they get a piece of good news; they're getting a new stepfather! The problem? His beautiful, spoiled daughter comes with him.

That's only the first of many twists and turns in this clever retelling of the Cinderella story. It isn't the fairy tale we're all used too, but it's more realistic and in many ways more entertaining.

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julia_sedai
Feb 05, 2015

I read this one very quickly because it was really good! It's a retelling of Cinderella but most of it will surprise you. It is a fairytale retelling, but there is no magic, or at least, it's not explicit. It's written for teenagers but I think young adults and even older adults who like fairytales will like it just as much. Jane is a strong and likable main character. Her struggles seem very real. The only part that bugged me was something that I think the editor should have caught - chapter 2 starts at sunrise, and then only a few pages later with barely any passage of time (the carriage comes, and they go inside to eat), it's sunset. Also, the cover is not great. It makes it look like there are two petty girls who dislike each other. But the book is about so much more than that. And there are three girls and a mother. Besides that, the book is great.

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marthabwaters
Dec 02, 2014

I picked this one up after seeing it got a starred review and was not disappointed. The YA world is not short on fairy tale retellings, but this one still manages to not feel superfluous, even though it tackles Cinderella, which is surely one of the most-retold fairy tales. It has memorable characters and a believable but not overdone romance, and was a fast, enjoyable read.

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