What would happen if an author went back to the darker themes of the original fairy tales for his plots, and then crossed the Disney princesses with Charlie's Angels? What's delivered is The Stepsister Scheme, a whole new take on what happened to Cinderella and her prince after the wedding. And with Jim C. Hines penning the tale, listeners can bet it won't be "and they lived happily ever after."
©2009 Jim C. Hines (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
The fairy tale princesses didn't end up with their happily ever afters, no matter what Disney says. Instead they end up in a sort of magical Charlie's Angels attempt to rescue a prince.
I had good fun listening to it and its mouth-quirking humor. But the story didn't hook me as much as I had hoped. I listened through because I cared about the characters, but I think I cared more because I wanted to see how their fates had been twisted from their fairy tale originals than because these new versions caught my interest.
To me, this was light entertainment with little need for own brain power. I'm glad I read/heard it because the concept appeals to me, but I don't feel any inclination to buy the sequel.
A lot of current fantasy is pretty dark and brutal, which I don't have a problem with, but it's nice to listen to something with a sense of humor. Not to say that there aren't dark moments, because there certainly are, but they are well balanced with lighter scenes.
When Talia (Sleeping Beauty) reveals what happened to her while she was asleep. It's one of the darkest parts of the book, but evokes (for me, anyway) a deep sympathy for the character, and gives insight into why she isn't one of the most trusting people. There was another moment involving her and Snow that was surprising, as well.
Well, at first I had some doubts about her, as she didn't seem to differentiate character voices much. But as the book moves along and she gets more comfortable with the characters, that changes. I thought the beginning was a bit rough, but I'm glad I stuck with it.
It would be nice, but it's just not possible.
i loved the way they show that there isnt just a happily ever after you have to work for it!
when sleeping beauty is snows true love!
i love snow...
I really wanted to like this book, sadly, I found that the characters were not solid or intersting enough to keep my attention or make this an interesting listen for me. Our narrator, Carol Monda, does a fine reading I did not find much she could work with here.
If you like strong female characters, then you'll love this book! Happily ever after is more complicated than the bedtime stories of our youth. As usual, there's more to the story, and Jim does a fine job of weaving the tale. Creatively written with a light hearted look at what happened after the girl gets her prince charming. Delightful to listen to.
No, it was just an average book. Nothing ventured nothing gained
no, it was just ok
She was ok.
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