Book Reviews

Stepsister Book Review

Title: Stepsister

Author: Jennifer Donnelly

Published: 14th May 2019

Genre: Retellings, Fantasy, Young Adult

Thank you to Netgalley, Hot Key Books and Bonnier Zaffre for this book in exchange for an honest review.

Women can be strong and defiant, they do not have to fit stereotypes, and this is the premise that this book follows.

Stepsister is a fairy-tale re-telling. You know what happens to Cinderella after she tries on the glass slipper, but what becomes of her stepsisters.

We follow Isabelle, one of the ‘ugly stepsisters’ who cut off her own toes to try and fit in the glass slipper. Her path, her destiny has already been set by fate, and it is too late for it to change. Or is it? Chances appear and will she take them and change her own destiny.

I love this book, though I did find it a little slow moving at the beginning. Despite Isabelle and Tavi being the ugly stepsisters, I could not help empathising with them. The characters are well writing and I found myself relating to them. They are not conventionally pretty, and fight against the stereotypes of their time. Solving equations, experimenting, sword fighting and horse riding.

You will find yourself rooting for Isabelle despite how she treated Cinderella, and want her to redeem herself.

The chapters are short and fats paced. There’s enough description that I could easily picture the characters and their surrounding easily without it being too much or too long-winded.

I really enjoyed this book; it’s my first retelling and probably won’t be my last. I look forward to reading other books by Jennifer Donnelly.

“…if these mortals only knew, if they had the merest understanding of the grave, and of the eternity they will spend lying in it, they would eat chocolate for breakfast, caviar for lunch, and sing arias as they slopped the pigs.” 

Happy reading – Lou @ Wishful Books Reviews

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