Monday, June 20, 2022

Quick Reviews: Cinderella Retellings

At the Stroke of Midnight by Tara Sivec (2018)

Cynthia's husband ran off with their babysitter and all their money.  When she meets two other women in the neighborhood who also have money problems, the three of them decide to start a stripping business, dressed as Disney princesses, of course.  Although a little light on the retelling part of it, this was such a fun book!  Cynthia was a great main character - she's spent years being the "perfect" wife and mother, and now that her ex is gone, she's realizing how much she changed herself in order to please him.  I loved watching her come into her own and start doing all the things she denied herself for so long, although at times she came across as really naive.  Her love interest is PJ, a local strip club owner who comes across pretty gruff at first but eventually shows he has a heart of gold underneath.  Nothing too hard to think about here, just a low-drama, entertaining, funny romance!  4 stars

Cinders Like Glass by Clarissa Kae (2021)

Lady Ada Whitworth is just trying to make it to her next birthday, when she will be of age and free to leave the home of stepfamily.  However, her stepbrother Lord Rochelle has been implicated in a plot to kill the queen.  Now, the queen's protector, the Duke of Girard, is on the hunt for Rochelle when he crosses paths with Ada.  He wonders if she is helping her brother, while simultaneously falling for her.  This one was a mixed bag for me.  I liked the spy aspect of it and Girard's hunt for traitors.  As part of a series, you won't get all the answers in this book, though.  I didn't think the characters were particularly well-drawn or consistent.  Girard is known as the Dark Duke, yet he acts like a complete sap around Ada from the beginning.  Ada, for her part, has a stutter and doesn't seem to have had much socialization in her life, yet she is able to deftly flirt and converse with the Duke.  Lord Rochelle was an interesting character and he kept me guessing as to what his true intentions were.  There was something about the writing that never made me feel completely immersed in the story and kind of kept me at arms' length, so that was a little disappointing.  3 stars


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22 comments:

  1. At the Strike of Midnight sounds wonderful -- and stripping Disney princesses? That is a first for me and I love it!

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  2. The premise of the first one is hilarious, lol.

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  3. I am trying to remember all the retelling elements in Midnight. Overall, I do recall thinking the elements Sivec kept were ingeniously incorporated into a tale miles from the original. It was a fun series though.

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    1. I'm looking forward to the next 2 books!

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  4. Cinderella retellings never get old for me. These two sounds really great!

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  5. Midnight sounds fun- stripping Disney princesses lol.

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  6. I love the sound of At The Stroke of Midnight, it sounds like a fun read indeed!

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  7. These sound fun! I love a good Cinderella retelling. Bummer about the characters in Cinders Like Glass because the premise sounds really fun.

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  8. At the Stroke of Midnight sounds like a really fun book. Cynthia seems like an easy character to like and root for. Great reviews!

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    1. It was so fun watching her come out of her shell!

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  9. I love a retelling and At the Stroke of Midnight sounds like a story I would enjoy, too. It sounds like a fun escape read! :)

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  10. OMG I can't stop laughing at the premise of At the Stroke of Midnight. That one sounds like a good time. :)

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  11. LOVE a good Cinderella re-telling. But these are two I haven't heard of - thanks for sharing, Angela. :)

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