the ugly stepsister

When Kat accidentally rips apart an old picture book, she’s magically transported into the world of Cinderella–as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters! Life turns upside down now that she’s a highborn lady and must learn how to survive the social season, including how to get through the door in a huge metal hoop skirt. To get back, she’ll have to complete the story, right to the end of happily ever after. But the odds are huge: the other stepsister is drop-dead gorgeous, the fairy godmother is nowhere to be found, and the prince, despite being insanely hot, openly dislikes balls. Can she ever return to the modern world?

I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Being a lover of fairytale retellings, I lapped this book. It was a little different than any other i have ever read, since the main character knows she has been sucked into a fairytale and it’s a little different from the original. She has to make the happy ending happen.

The beginning was great and I was loving the story and wondering how on earth she was going to pull it, if she was at all. The middle dragged a little for me, it just felt like the author wasn’t sure where it was going and was just plodding along until she was. But the end picked up again and I was praying it would end how i wanted it to. It did mostly, but I can understand why the author did it this way and it probably wouldn’t have made sense anyway.

I loved the setting but would have liked a little more world building. Kat was an amazing main character and she is the kind of person you want as your friend, although she does doubt herself an awful lot.

I also would have liked a little more explanations as to what Katriona was like before Kat was in her body, rather than just they are different.

But overall this is a great retelling of Cinderella with great characters and a sweet story.

4 stars out of 5