Book Reviews

Charm by J.A. Armitage

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 270
Series: Cinderella Reverse Fairytale #1
Genre: Retelling, YA
Published: Sept 26, 2017
Rating: DNF @ 17%


You think you know the story of Cinderella… The kingdom needs an heir and Princess Charmaine is quite aware that the job rests solely upon her shoulders. When her elder sister dies, Charmaine has to take her place at the ball designed to find her a husband. With a hundred men to choose between and her wedding planned, all she has to do is pick one. But love can sometimes be found in the most unlikely of places and at the most inconvenient of times. Cynder knows about the impending war between the people of magic and those of his masters, but working as an underpaid servant in the palace kitchens leaves him with little power to do anything about it. On one hand, he’s a staunch supporter of equal rights for his own kind, but he can’t deny the attraction he feels for the daughter of the king and queen he works for. When the two meet, sparks fly and not just the magical kind… 


As if my week hadn’t been hard enough. I’d lost my sister, and now I was getting married to someone I’d never even met and was having his baby.

Charmaine is having a hard time dealing with her oldest sister dying. She now has to take Grace’s place at the ball. She must decide to choose five men from the ball to stay with them so she can get to know them better. After that, she has to choose one to marry.

Charmaine at first is an “I’m not like other girls.” To be honest, these types of girls are boring and a dime a dozen in the YA world. She is also the middle child through and through. Now being from middle child to oldest it’s hard for her to handle. Then throw a ball in two weeks after her sister’s funeral and you have a basket case.

The main reason I am DNF is that I really couldn’t connect with Charmaine. I wasn’t really enjoying the story. Maybe I read this at the wrong time. I don’t know. Either way, I put this down once and I won’t be able to pick it back up again.

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