Monday, August 31, 2015

WRI Reviews: The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling

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The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling

Pages: 452
Publisher: Author Self Published
Source: Xpresso Reads Book Tours
Format: ePub

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?


My Review

This is a fairy tale retelling. Kat bumps her head and wakes up as the ugly stepsister. There is a prince, Cinderella, palace, and a ball. Everything else has a twist. The story even includes a goblin. Kat is told early on what she has to do to get back home. Unfortunately, things doesn't go exactly how she remembers the book going.

What I liked about the book is that it twist the original characters around. Like the stepsister is pretty while only she is unattractive (even though she just isn't as attractive as her sister). I like that Kat is strong and willing to put herself in predicaments in order to help others.

What I didn't like about the story is that for a smart girl she just couldn't get the concept that certain things were the norm during those times. She kept saying thing that were modern concepts and surprised other didn't feel the same way. For a character that is supposed to be a heavy reader should should have known the customs of the time she was in.

In the end, I liked the story. I thought it was a very well done retelling. It kept the essence of the story while making it different enough to keep you interested. There were times when I found her annoying but again not enough to stop reading the novel. Should you read it? Yes especially if you are into retellings.

About the Author

Aya is from Taiwan, where she struggles daily to contain her obsession with mouthwatering and unhealthy foods. Often she will devour a good book instead. Her favorite books include martial arts romances, fairy tale retellings, high fantasy, cozy mysteries, and manga.

Her latest release is a Cinderella retelling in which a modern day girl ends up in the fairy tale world as the ugly stepsister. Visit for more information!

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