Review: TheUgly Stepsister by Aya Ling

ugly stepsister

Release date: 12th June 2015

Source: Netgalley



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?

The Review

So every once in a while someone comes along and rewrites a perfectly good classic and trust me this book is no different. The story is a different take on the fabulous Cinderella fairy tail, Kat in the modern world supposedly rips apart and old book without knowing it has been spelled. When she trips and knocks her head she later wakes up in the world of Cinderella. Initially she is freaking out and can’t believe what is happening but then a goblin appears to her and tells her what is really going on. That in order to get back to her world she needs to complete the story as it is in the book.

And so Kat must deal with the day to day tasks put on her which is not so bad except she is the ugly stepsister and is pretty much overshadowed by her prettier and meaner sister. So all Kat has to do is find Cinderella, make the price have a ball and then they married with the happily ever after, simple right? That’s what Kat thought.

The plot of the book was pretty good, I have always been one to root for the underdog because I believe they always have soo much more to bring to the table. Some parts of the book were really long and a bit boring, it took me ages to get to the middle of the story and for the book to get more interesting. In all honesty I enjoyed the book, it was nice with the ball gowns, tea parties and flower fairs, history about the towns and fighting for causes that can make lives better. The prince, I thought was a bit of a drag, I mean why couldn’t he just tell Kat how he felt. It was funny how every one around them to see the attraction and how much Kat meant to the prince except Kat herself.

I loved the end of the story, a very fitting end if you ask me and I found it odd that after she woke up she couldn’t remember anything, I wish she did but I guess it means she would be stuck on her feelings for the prince. But if you love a bit of a twist on a classic then you will definitely love this one.


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