Book Reviews

Cinderella and the Colonel by KM Shea

“A gentle word, a smile, an act of compassion, these are the things that can turn hate to love,”

    K.M. Shea did it again. I was totally and absolutely captivated by this Cinderella retelling. I had an hour-long car ride ahead of me and was looking for a book to read. Since I loved Shea’s other books, I decided to give Cinderella and the Colonel a try.  

    I was hooked from the beginning. Cinderella was a strong, independent, honorable, and brave character. It was so touching how much she cared about her servants. Sigh… she was a lovely character. Sometimes I feel like characters are too perfect like they don’t have any flaws, but Cinderella didn’t make me feel like this at all. However, one thing I didn’t care much for was her name… Yes, I know, it’s a Cinderella story, it’s not a terrible name, etc. But it felt kind of lame, like why Cinderella? Even Ella would have been better. Maybe it doesn’t bug other people, but I didn’t care for it. Another strong character was Friedrich. His introduction into the storyline was a bit creepy and I was like, “who is this weirdo?” But he ended up being really sweet and I kinda fell in love with him too…. 😏

    As usual, I really enjoyed Shea’s writing style. Beautiful, but not weighed down by figurative language and such.

“Hate cannot drive out hate.”

    Moving on to the plot. It was a nice pace, not too slow and too fast, until the ending – I wish that had been dragged out a bit more. You don’t want the ending to go on forever, but after the ball, it felt like someone hit fast forward. It could have been worse, for sure; however, I would have preferred another chapter or so.

    Altogether, though, I loved it. I definitely recommend it, it’s a clean read that is exciting and enjoyable all at once. Maybe I have a soft spot for Cinderella stories because I’m writing one (Ashes of Glass), but despite that, you should still read it.  

“Forgetting is not at all what forgiveness means.”

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Ashes of Glass

Finally! The synopsis for my book Ashes of Glass. I hope you like it! Oh and yes… the cover. I made it myself and I’m a just a tiny bit proud of it 🙂

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A servant struggling to survive.

A prince becoming a leader.

A snake seeking power.

 

Arella Marceau, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, finds herself diminished to a lowly servant who must obey the every whim of her stepmother. Then she meets Freddie who is handsome, kind, strong, and of course, very charming. They spend an afternoon together, exploring ruins, becoming lost in the forest, and dealing with gypsies and Arella begins to fall for the young man. When a mysterious debt arises, it inevitably tears Arella away from what she thought might have been a shred of happiness.

Arella accepts her dismal fate, but working as a scullery maid at the palace is a tumultuous task. For it is soon revealed to her that Freddie is Prince Friederic, heir to the throne of Ormandy. Even though discovery would mean life-shattering consequences, Freddie and Arella defy social expectations and meet in the safety of a secret garden. To complicate things further, Arella’s creditor seems to be frighteningly fascinated with her, as well as with the monarchy. What kind of secrets does he keep behind his black eyes?

As Arella’s life spins out of control, she must hold to her love for Freddie and to her belief that God has a perfect plan.

Now available on Amazon.com in paperback and e-book.

You can also find Ashes of Glass on Goodreads. 

Read the Prologue and Chapter 2 for free.

And click here to read some quotes from Ashes of Glass.

 

Book Reviews

Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George

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     I found this book at my local book fair and because I have read “Princess of the Midnight Ball” and “Princess of the Silver Wood” I decided to pick it up for a few dollars. I must mention that the beautiful cover ehm… didn’t have anything to do with it… (Just kidding) Anyways, it sat on my shelf for a while, but I’m trying really hard to get to that point where I can say that I’ve read all the books on my shelf. (I’m not sure that will ever happen, though…)

    I am a huge of fairytale retellings so naturally, the storyline of this book intrigued me. It was a really neat twist to a fairytale that has been told thousands of times over. I liked how it was a Cinderella story, but Cinderella wasn’t the heroine. Which brings us to Poppy. I liked her character, she was strong, independent, and brave. She had a bit of sass to her which kept it exciting and although she had a traumatic childhood, she was surprisingly calm when it came to fighting a curse.

    “Took you long enough!” she said, and planted a kiss on his lips.”

    However, I did not like Christian. He just didn’t seem to do much and also seemed a little naive and like a boy still. I didn’t really get a strong sense of the relationship between Poppy and Christian because their characters seemed so unbalanced, so different. But Ella and Roger were kind of cute and I wish the book had gone a little deeper into their relationship.

     Yes, a little deeper. I think the whole book lacked this deeper aspect. Maybe that’s what the author was going for, a light, easy read. And it was a good storyline and there were interesting subplots, but I would have enjoyed more depth.

     Now, the writing style… Same thing. It wasn’t super detailed and there wasn’t very much figurative language so I did get a little bored at times. And I’ll confess, I skimmed a bit sometimes.

    All that said, though, it is quite a good book. It’s clean and fun – I definitely recommend it for teenage girls.