Book Reviews

Cinders: The Untold Story of Cinderella by Finley Aaron

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 330
Genre: Retelling, YA, Fantasy
Published: Nov. 1, 2016
Rating: DNF @ pg 22


Everything you’ve been told is wrong.
Oh, not everything, I suppose. Yes, I turned a pumpkin into a coach and mice into horses. The stroke of midnight, the glass slippers, and the prince searching for a girl whose foot fit the shoe…those were all part of the story.
And yet, the prince didn’t just fall in love with Cinderella because she looked good at the ball. Pigeon feathers and pollywogs! Could you respect him if he did?
I most certainly could not.
No, no, there was vastly more that happened before the night of the ball, and a great deal of international intrigue after. Cinderella was a warrior who saved the life of the prince and defended her kingdom from oppressors who were plotting to overthrow the king.
They didn’t tell you that part?
It’s time, past time, for you to know the true story of the real Cinderella.


One thing that always sucks is a book after a five-star. Quite unfortunately, this one happened to be such a book.

This is told by the fairy godmother. She has been the godmother from mother to daughter for generations. They all shared the same name, Eleanor. Now Cinderella’s mom was called Nora and of course, Cinderella is called Ella.

I can tell you I didn’t like the narration. I was tired of having to be reminded of the narrator being a 1) fairy, 2) a godmother, and 3) this family’s fairy godmother. The narration also sounded like talking to a ditz.

I just can’t do the writing style. It sound like it was going to be a good story.