Despite a number of positive reviews, I found the book and the performance pretty boring. If I had realized that this is really a book for teenagers or younger I wouldn't have purchased. It's not that the retelling of the Cinderella story was juvenile, but the way the story was written and presented was. This is the first time I have disliked a book enough to not finish listening.
I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.
Even though I love rehashes of fairy tales, I didn't expect much out of this book because it was a YA fiction. There were the standard plot holes for YA works, (For example; Prince Kai isn't exactly up to snuff on political etiquette, what he actually does is pretty vague, and he's a little too innocent to believe.)
With all this talk of a Terminator Princess, I'll admit I was expecting more carnage. But if you can set your skepticism on the back burner, this is an entertaining read. The main character is blessedly down to earth, sometimes funny and very useful. She's not all powerful or anything, it's still a girl we're reading about, with electronic parts and human instincts.
You get the Cinderella story but better. All the portions of the story are well thought out so nothing feels contrived. Cinder and the prince get to know each other. There are good reasons for Cinder to keep some secrets from the prince. The prince has urgent needs for himself and the country. Cinder may be just what the prince needs, even though neither he nor Cinder realizes it. It is adventurous and adorable. Strong female lead. Touches all the key points of the fairy tale.
Enjoy romance, erotic, and YA
First with the positive: Rebecca Soler did a good job narrating! Now the rest: When I think of twisted fairy tales, I know each twist varies but I do look forward to a happy ending. This is Cinder's journey with 3 more books before you are able to reach a conclusion. Also, I didn't feel the chemistry between Cinder and Prince Kai. This book series has a lot of hype among YA, but I thought book 1 would end with Cinder's HEA, and another fairy tale would begin in book 2, etc. That's not what happens. I don't think I will continue the series, at least not right away. Worth the credit? Not for me. I might get it on sale.
To be fair, I don't know if this is YA fiction or not. I thought it wasn't. if it is, it's probably fine. Im not a YA reader and wouldnt be able to rate it well. I think a 10 or 12 year old me might have loved it.
This is a Cinderella story but I didn't expect to be able to predict every. single. thing. The writing itself is pretty simple. The narrators voice wasn't very easy to listen to but she did a good job, overall. I'm curious how the series ends but not enough to purchase the rest of the books.