Friday, December 17, 2010

Cinderella III

Hosted by Irena at This Miss Loves to Read.

Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey
This is a YA story I read two summers ago or so; it's part of the "Once Upon a Time" series from Simon Pulse (who also did those amazing teen romantic comedies I love).  Dokey seems to be the driving force for the series, having penned most of the early stories although other authors have written ones as well.

This is an interesting retelling because of the elements it retains from the Perrault and Brothers Grimm versions.  There is the tree on the grave of her mother as in the Grimm version.  It is set in France and has French names, thus Cendrillon rather than Cinderella.  Her father also is alive which is always intriguing to me but he is the wicked one rather then the stepfamily.  Another addition is that Cendrillon is raised with a mysterious male ward of her father-I've never read another version where Cindy has such a close male companion (I guess kind of in Ever After).  While this is not my favorite retelling, I recommend it to people who love fairy tale retellings and Cinderella.


  1. Thanks for the suggestion. This book has been in my TBR pile for ages, but I just haven't gotten around to reading it.

  2. Great post! I will definitely keep this version in mind, as it sounds really good. I love Cinderella and its retellings. And wow, what a gorgeous cover!

  3. I am a huge fan of retellings, and have even incorporated them into my fairy tale unit with my students. I will definitely have to check this out.
    Great post

  4. I haven't read a retelling before but they have capture my interest might have to give this one a try. Thanks for the great review.


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