Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Cracked Slipper by Stephanie Alexander
The Cracked Slipper follows what happen after the prince (Gregory) finds Cinderella (Eleanor). Only unlike Cinderella 2, the Disney version, this reads a lot more like life here.
But with some crucial differences. For one, this is a magical kingdom. There are unicorns and dragons (both of which are put to work), magicians and witches (no fairy godmothers though), all of which make the normal court politics (Which is already too complicated for me to play) more, um, fun. Plus, the evil step-mother and one step-sister don't go down without a fight - they're fighting like ladies (through the court, through the court).
The most surprising thing is that there's no happily ever after, romance-wise, for Eleanor and Gregory. For some reason, she falls in love with Dorian, Gregory's best friend, and it's this conflict that most of the book is pre-occupied with. But since she can't leave Gregory..... Well, I just hope that in the next book (this is left unresolved, so I think there's a next book), she can find a solution. Preferably one that involves her keeping her wedding vows, although Gregory isn't the best husband (morally).
However, I would like to caution that the f-word is used quite a few times, and there are a few sexual references too. So even though this is a retelling of the fairy-tale, I only recommend it for mature readers. There are, however, quite a few positive things, like friendships and love inside (apart from the plot, which is interesting). It's all up to you on what is your deal breaker.
All in all, this is a pretty interesting book. It takes a really real-life approach to the whole fairy-tale stories, which means that it should appeal to women (older teens and up).
Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review.