Cinders by Michelle Davidson Argyle - Review
Cinderella's happily-ever-after isn't turning out the way she expected. With her fairy godmother imprisoned in the castle and a mysterious stranger haunting her dreams, Cinderella is on her own to discover true love untainted by magic.
About the Author
Michelle Davidson Argyle lives in the Rocky Mountains with her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She writes contemporary, literary, and fantasy fiction.
Paperback: 182 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (June 23, 2010)
A kingdom rife with problems, a cruel royal family, a mysterious man, and at the head of everything, a reluctant princess who thought she knew what she wanted when she got into this mess.
I’m reminded of the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.”
Don’t expect talking mice and happy tweeting birds. This is no cartoon rendition of Cinderella (though you might see a sprite or two). This is a refreshingly gritty take on the idea of what happens next.
Weeks have passed since she wore her fur slippers and won the heart of her Prince Charming. Now Cinderella, better known as Christina, is learning what it really means to be a royal. And it is not all a fairytale with a happy ever after. She questions the reality of her new life suspecting everything, even the love of her Prince Charming, is fake and only an illusion created by magic. Her dreams, however, feel real, and so does the secretive man who visits her there.
Realizing this may not have been the outcome she wanted, Cinderella seeks out the council of her, now imprisoned, fairy godmother. She’s told to think carefully on her choices; however, if she really wants to break the ties to her Prince and find “real love,” she must find three specific items and perform a special spell.
It is in the searching out of these three items that takes the story into its dark and gritty place. Cinderella will be forced to do things she never imagined and make terrible choices and sacrifices that will both shock and amaze you. (I found myself literally gasping after certain scenes.)
Needless to say, I enjoyed it and I think you will too.