Monday, 28 January 2013
Author: Kenechi Ugogu
Publisher: Kenechi Udogu
Release Date: 27 Sept 2011
When Jo finds a lone glass slipper on the night of the royal ball, she realises that there is more to the seemingly ordinary object than meets the eye. Searching for its owner, she is led to the palace where the princess sets her on a journey that thrusts her into an unexpected world of magic and illusions. It soon becomes clear that there is a lot more to her mission as she discovers startling secrets about her past and struggles to embrace her destiny.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I am ashamed to say I actually recieved this a long time ago. My request pile didn't seem to shrink and I stopped reading my e-books for a while. So sorry for the delay, especially as it was a good book and easy to read. In the end I read this in about 5 hours total.
This is the story of Jo, she is awkward and a bit of an outcast. She works doing odd jobs around the palace, only really tolerated because of her mother and brothers. Then on the night of the royal ball she finds a glass slipper left on the side of the road along with a pumpkin. She then has to discover who the owner of the slipper is and is led back to the castle and the new Princess - Ella. But the journey doesn't end there, Jo must go o a mission filled with magic and mystery to return both slippers to their original owner.
On her journey she is accompanied by her brother Ron and they meet a stranger on the road who becomes their companion, Locke, but he's not all he seems either.
I liked Ron, he was quiet, thoughtful yet strong and protective. Locke was mysterious and quite interesting, probably my favourite character. Jo is very headstrong and actually prone to whining, she would ask for help then not want to listen to what anyone had to say. She annoyed me in places, but I didn't find myself disliking her much, just wish I could reach through and shake her a bit sometimes.
It was a good twist on the idea of Cinderella and I liked the fresh angle. Ella herself doesn't feature much but the story is still tied to her and brings the fairytale to life from this new angle.
The pace is fairly fast paced, it kept me turning pages and wanting to know more, there was a good mix of description and action and turning of events. It felt a little bit slower towards the end, but ultimately it was easy to read and held my interest.
If you are a fan of fairytale retellings like I am then you will really like this book.
The only thing that would really disappoint me with this book would be it's cover, it just doesn't live up to the awesome story inside. But that is a minor grievance.
Posted by barmybex at 23:01