Monday, June 2, 2014

The Stepsister Scheme (Princess #1)

Author: Jim C. Hines
Goodreads Rating: 3.76
Pages: 344
Format: Final Copy
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?" Hines delivers a new take on what happened to Cinderella and her prince after the wedding. Original.

You know how all those old fairy tales take you through lots of scary adventures till you finally reach that inevitable line: "And they lived happily ever after..." Guess what? It's not true. Life in never-never land isn't all sweetness and light. Cinderella - whose real name is Danielle Whiteshore (nee Danielle de Glas) - does marry Prince Armand. And (if you can ignore the pigeon incident) their wedding is a dream-come-true.

But not long after the "happily ever after," Danielle is attacked by her stepsister Charlotte, who suddenly has all sorts of magic to call upon. And though Talia - otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty - comes to the rescue (she's a martial arts master, and all those fairy blessings make her almost unbeatable), Charlotte gets away.

That's when Danielle discovers a number of disturbing facts: Armand has been kidnapped and taken to the realm of the Fairies; Danielle is pregnant with his child; and the Queen has her very own Secret Service that consists of Talia and Snow (White, of course). Snow is an expert at mirror magic and heavy-duty flirting.

Can three princesses track down Armand and extract both the prince and themselves from the clutches of some of fantasyland's most nefarious villains?

 This is a short and sweet review for one of the best books I've read in a while (it has to be short and sweet otherwise I will talk about it forever with endless spoilers... it's for your own good)

This was such a good book!!! If you are a fan of the popular tv show Once Upon a Time, or you like fairy tales like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, or Snow White, you will love this book too!

This is a story about what happens after happily ever after and it certainly blows the helpless little princess idea out of the water. Now the princesses get to save the prince :) These girls are like the Charlie's Angels of the fairy tale world and they kick major booty!

The book also goes into some interesting perspectives of the fairy tale stories that were really fascinating, especially if you are familiar with the stories. This was a book that once I picked up I just couldn't put down. This book gets a well deserved 4.5/5 stars and I can't wait to get the next book.

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