Cursed Beauty by Dorian Tsukioka (review)

November 23, 2014 All Reviews, Fantasy, Romance, YA 0 ★★★★

Cursed Beauty by Dorian Tsukioka (review)Cursed Beauty by Dorian Tsukioka
Published by Dorian Tsukioka on November 14th, 2014
Number of Pages: 73
Genres: Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Romance
Source: Purchased
Format: eBook
Purchase: At Amazon
four-stars

A pair of glass slippers that can change her life? When something is too good to be true, it usually is...

Adelaide has lived her entire life cursed with a birthmark that makes people shy away. When an invitation to the Elder Prince’s ball falls in her lap, she knows attending would only cause people to shun her more.

A fairy godmother feels her pain and offers her a pair of glass slippers that not only transform her ragged dress to an elegant gown, but also removes the mark that covers her face. However, Adelaide soon learns that the beautiful slippers can steal away more than just her birthmark, leaving her cursed in a far worse way.

 

“She knew that when something was too good to be true, it usually was.”

Everyone knows some variation of Cinderella’s tale. How the lovely girl is forced to become a slave in her own house by her wicked step-mother. And a fairy godmother helps her go to the Prince’s ball, where they fall in love etc. But… what if the fairy godmother was actually wicked? Or what if she was not a fairy godmother at all?

I really enjoyed this retelling. It had such a fun twist, one I haven’t seen before. And since I love fairy tale retellings, that is getting harder to find. I also liked the way the characters were portrayed. Celeste had good reason to be an evil stepmother. Adelaide held a grudge for years, and while her turn around was quick, it IS a fairy tale and the book was not overly long. So I can forgive that, especially as she had good reason to drop it.

The younger prince I would have liked to learn more about, though he got much more story time than his elder brother. There isn’t a lot I can say without horrible spoilers (you learn in the first pages about the godmother, so I don’t consider telling you that to be much of a spoiler), so I’ll stop here. But if you like to read fairy tale retellings, and want a book that sucks you in until you have read the last word, this one is definitely a must-read.

I can’t wait to see what the next book in the series is like.

four-stars

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