The Ugly Stepsister
Big thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me a review copy!
When Kat accidentally rips apart an old picture book, she’s magically transported into the world of Cinderella–as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters! Life turns upside down now that she’s a highborn lady and must learn how to survive the social season, including how to get through the door in a huge metal hoop skirt. 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 drop-dead gorgeous, the fairy godmother is nowhere to be found, and the prince, despite being insanely hot, openly dislikes balls. Can she ever return to the modern world?
This book is one I’ve been waiting for a while for. I love a good fairytale so let’s begin!
Once upon a time, in a kingdom where child labour, vicious girls and charming princes live…
The Ugly Stepsister was big on reality even though its base was fantastical. Kat was really outspoken against child labour and gender roles which I’m sure all of us would be if we were in her shoes (Cinderella pun included). I loved how the book had such a strong character in Kat because I’ve always found Cinderella to be a bit boring. I mean the Cinderella story is so overplayed everywhere because everyone loves a good poor girl-rich guy romance. But Kat was great because she asked the real questions like why the hell was the stepmum so pushy in getting her daughter a rich husband? That’s a golddigger right there. Why can’t females fight for a cause alongside males?
A girl and the prince, do they live happily ever after?
The romance drew me to the book and it kept me reading. It’s super adorable and just everything I want in a Cinderella retelling. Also can I just mention how everyone obviously shipped Kat and the prince together! Loved it. I was really curious for the ending though because we all know the prince does not end up with a stepsister. The ending was where I got really annoyed because it felt too sudden and easy. So many questions after that last page.
As for the other characters, I’ll sum up my reactions to them:
Edward: Swoony as hell, all around awesome and really sweet towards Kat
Elle: Our Cinderella, sweet, kind and really everything I don’t really like about Cinderella, still liked her though
Bianca: The other stepsister, all round bitch along with her friend Claire
Poppy: Claire’s cousin, super sweet and innocent, secretly a croquet pro, what Elle could’ve been but no
Krev: a goblin who tells Kat why she’s in the storybook world, super sarcastic, super annoying to Kat, is my spirit animal because he knows what’s up
All in all, I really liked The Ugly Stepsister. It kinda grew on me as I reread it! My question to you guys is what is your favourite Cinderella retelling? Doesn’t even have to be a book!