I thought the premise was interesting but the book did not really hold me for some reason. I always thought the mother and stepsisters must have felt threatened by Cinderella more than anything since she was prettier and the true heiress. The book makes one more sympathetic toward them as you see some of their hardships. This is a library copy. It has a little stain on the free edge of the pages but it does not affect reading.
Told in the fairy-tale tradition with plenty of imps and goblins sprinkled throughout, this was a pleasing version of the story of medieval Cinderella, as told through the eyes of one of the stepsisters. I wasn't sure if I was even going to enjoy this when I started it, but soon became immersed in the story.
I enjoyed "Wicked" more, but I got very into this one as well:)
Nowhere as good as I thought it would be. I loved "Wicked" and so I couldn't wait to get this one. Reading it was very difficult and I did not enjoy it at all.
The retelling of the Cinderella story told as only Gregory Maguire can tell. I found it a bit odd, but not bad. It seems in his stories that no one is really happy or really very nice at all. But it was interesting even with all of that. His setting of Holland was a different one than other retellings I have read.
This Cinderella tale is probably my favorite of the Maguire books I have read thus far.
From the author of "Wicked", Gregory Maguire's sophomore novel is a fantastic retelling of the Cinderella tale from the eyes of one of her stepsisters. Summer's coming---this book would make a great addition to your "beach reads" collection!