|this is the cover of the book I had, but I thought this cover was really pretty!|
Simon and Shuster
I’ve heard of this series for a long time now, but I hadn’t gotten a chance to read any of the books until just recently. I really did enjoy this retelling of Cinderella, although there were things about it I didn’t care for. However, it was one of those books whose flaws you don’t notice until you’re done reading and sit back and reflect on the story. One thing I did like about this book was the way it was written, and that it really drew me right in.
The twists on the story of Cinderella were interesting, and a few were unexpected. Another thing I liked was that the main character was called Cendrillon, the original French version of the name Cinderella, and that her nickname was Rilla.
However, the romance wasn’t really as great; it felt like almost an afterthought. The Prince was barely in it, and their relationship wasn’t given much “screen time” for lack of a better word. Though I don’t always like it when romance is the main focus and I’ve read plenty of books where something like this would be just fine, here it just made the ending of the book feel rushed.
The magical element of the book was strange; there wasn’t really anyone performing magic as magic just happened (like signs with the weather or crops) and there was superstition and making wishes. Most of that was at the beginning of the book.
Though this book wasn’t astounding- it's a quick, light read and doesn't pretend to be anything else- I still liked it enough where I’m looking forward to read other books in the Once Upon a Time is Timeless series!