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 shame. It’s no more than she deserves: she is a plain girl in a world that values beauty; a feisty girl in a world that wants her to be pliant.
Isabelle has tried to fit in. To live up to her mother’s expectations. To be like her stepsister. To be sweet. To be pretty. One by one, she has cut away pieces of herself in order to survive a world that doesn’t appreciate a girl like her. And that has made her mean, jealous, and hollow.
Until she gets a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: it takes more than heartache to break a girl.
What I Liked:
- It talked a lot about what it means to be beautiful, and how it’s much more than your apperance – it’s about being strong, a warrior, about doing what’s right even though what is right isn’t easy, etc. This truly meant a lot to me because I struggle deeply with my apperance and it let me know that women people wouldn’t neccessarily call “pretty” are still seen as beautiful because of who they are
- Isabelle’s redeeming arc and charecter development was fantastic – she wasn’t let off easy for what she and her family did to Ella, and she made sure she truly changed from her person that she was into someone better
What I Didn’t Like:
- The first half of this book was really slow, boring and dragged a little bit which meant the overall story was just really difficult for me to get into because it wasn’t interesting enough for me
- It lacked a lot of diversity, maybe because of the time period or something, but that made me feel a bit disconnected from the book
Overall, I gave this one 3.5 stars and I would reccomend it if you enjoy unique storytelling/retellings from fairy tale.