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Friday, 28 January 2011

Review: Cinders

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I ordered this book, but it was based on a fairytale so I had to give it a go.  Not to mention that I love Michelle Davidson Argyle's blog 'The Innocent Flower'.

I have to admit I was a little disappointed with the style of the writing at the beginning.  The story didn't hook me like I hoped it would.  While the story seems a little contrived to me (Christina "Cinderella", has to complete a mission to get what she wants), I have to admit that about halfway through I had to continue reading - I couldn't physically put the book down and completed it that day.

My favourite part was definitely the ending.  Be warned, if you like fairytales for their endings, this book is not for you.  If, like me, you sometimes want a little grittier, realistic, ending, then I can promise that this book will fulfill that need.

I'm not sure if I can recommend this book (especially to those outside of the USA as the postage cost nearly as much as the book itself) but believe that if you are looking forward to something a bit different, perhaps you should download the ebook and let me know what you think.

5 comments:

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Thank you so much for your review! I really appreciate your opinion, and I'm glad that you enjoyed the book overall. :)

Robin McCormack said...

The ending was definitely gritty and left you thinking. I had to read the last few chapters a couple times and think about it. That is what makes good writing. The story leaves you thinking or leaves an impression.

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Robin, it is writers like you and Bethany who make my job worthwhile. :)

Bethany Mason said...

Glad you appreciate it Michelle - I was worried about some of the things I said as I knew you would read it, but believe honesty is the only way to go and to be truthful, I'd rather here the truth than simple gushing if I ever published something.

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

You didn't say anything negative about the book at all! Thanks again.I think you'll really enjoy THIRDS when it's out in 2012 in the BONDED omnibus. It's a lot different than CINDERS, but has some of the same elements that seem to draw people to that story. :)