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What if you are trapped in a fairy tale book?

When Kat accidentally rips apart an old childhood picturebook, she's magically transported into the world of Cinderella - as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters! 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 movie-star gorgeous, the fairy godmother is nowhere to be found, and the prince isn't interested in balls at all. Can she ever return to the real world?

Cover Design by Clarissa at Yocla Designs

©2015 Aya Ling (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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A cute story but I feel a bit robbed and confused

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I understand that I am an adult who is reading a young adult novel and that alone may influence how I feel about the ending but I am disappointed. The story was engaging and interesting and the heroine was a very likeable character. I even was pulling for her the entire time to fall in love with the Prince but once I got what I wanted in the ending, the author immediately stole it away from us.

The main character Kat gets sucked into a story book and becomes one of Cinderella's step-sisters. She alone knows that this is a book and is tasked with making the entire story come true with very little help and none of the plot set up for her in advance. She works hard at social reform and in the process catches the eye of the prince. Long story short, she falls in love with him and he loves her in return. They marry and as soon as they say " I do" she goes back to her world. I was angry about this. I had a feeling that no time would have passed in the real world once she completed the story but I was hoping that she would actually get to live out the life she planned with the man she loved enough to marry and actually get to retain those memories when she returned. (Sort of like in the lion the witch and the wardrobe when the kids grew old and lived their lives in the other world but still returned as children once they were done) But no. She said I do and was instantly kicked out of the world that contained the man she loved and sent back to her world again to get a date with a cute guy?? That was my consolation prize?? A date with a cute boy after she spent over a year falling in love and planning a life with a man!!

I was just not happy with the last chapter. I feel like it ruined a wonderful book that I didn't want to put down. I'm afraid to read the next book because what if the next people fall in love and forget each other again. My heart can't take it. The story said "...and they lived happily ever after" after the wedding but Kat didn't get to experience or remember any of it. So what about her husband Edward? Did he experience the happily ever after or did his wife's personality change instantly after they married and Kat was sucked back to reality. Or did he cease to exist once the one real person left? And if he did cease to exist, why would she knowingly kill him off by marrying him? ugh!!! I am so frustrated and confused.

Read up to the part that he asks her to marry him and then stop. You will be happier imaging your own ending. 😒

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AMAZING

this book was absolutely amazing
must read for anyone who cherishes a good fairy tale!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Loved it

Hope the next one comes out soon. Absolutely loved this book!!! It's a must read.

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Enjoyable!!!

Got this on my Kindle Unlimited in audio. I had loaded it a few days ago for when I finished series I was reading until other book I wanted was released. The story was so well done and engaging in couldn't turn it off. I listened to it straight through. I highly recommend!

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Amazing!

This book was amazing and I couldn't put it down. It's totally kept my attention from beginning to end! I loved every minute and didn't want it to end! I can't want to read book two!

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Best spin off so far

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this creativly spun story created from something that was already so well known and making it completly new.

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Love it!!

I love this story and the next books that go with it. The ending may seem a little upsetting but it's only the beginning 😊

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Disappointed Stepsister

I love fiction based on fantasy, but this attempt didn't come close. It was a bit "herky-jerky" for a Cinderella story. Keep trying!

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Worth the read

I immensely enjoyed this series! I recommend the read! If you're into fantasy, I think you'll love it. I did. I still think of the books and characters weeks later.

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A Stand-Out Book

What made the experience of listening to The Ugly Stepsister  the most enjoyable?

This was a great story with twists and turns that kept me listening.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The great part of this story is that each character stood out on their own. No one was favorite. It was a great blend.

What about Luci Christian’s performance did you like?

Really excellent. Her reading was just at the right pace. She sounded the part of the main character. Her voice change for characters was excellent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I really enjoyed how the "Happily Ever After," was not what was expected.

Any additional comments?

This book is written with Teens in mind... I'm 60. Totally enjoyed it. It's a twist on the traditional Cinderella story. A teen in our current society enters into "story world" as one of the Ugly Stepsisters. Because of a mistake she made, she has to see the story to it's "Happily Ever After" conclusion. It was never boring. I couldn't wait to listen to the next part as I drove home from work. It was fun, funny, with tension, romance and mystery. A stand-out read.