This is the sort of book middle graders can enjoy under the covers at night or with Mom and Dad on a road trip or just at home. There is adventure, action, and excitement. Parents know it is a safe exciting read.
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.
A fitting conclusion to the series. Also, I enjoyed the interview with the author at the end. A definite plus. The story was as good as I hoped it would be, and the performance was enjoyable. The various voices are nicely distinguished. Well worth reading or listening.
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