A pair of glass slippers that can change her life? When something is too good to be true, it usually is...
Adelaide has lived her entire life cursed with a birthmark that makes people shy away. When an invitation to the Elder Prince’s ball falls in her lap, she knows attending would only cause people to shun her more.
A fairy godmother feels her pain and offers her a pair of glass slippers that not only transform her ragged dress to an elegant gown, but also removes the mark that covers her face. However, Adelaide soon learns that the beautiful slippers can steal away more than just her birthmark, leaving her cursed in a far worse way.
This retelling of the classic Cinderella story will resound with readers of young adult fiction who love paranormal fantasy, fairy tales, and a splash of romance.
Cursed Beauty by Dorian Tsukioka
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A feel-good escape appropriate for gals of all ages.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review and I almost shied away from this story because I'm not romantically-inclined at the moment. Dorian Tsukioka assured me that the story wasn't that kind of love-story and I'm glad to say that she's right, it's not! I wish the cover-art did this story justice. This story made me think of the movie Ella Enchanted though the plots have little in common - it's the way the stories are told.
Disney has definitely inspired this author, particularly in her use of magic and the quick way that this story progresses but Tsukioka takes a different approach to love. Her characters know each other, they have a history together. Love isn't based on beauty and love comes, not at first sight, but from working together. A lot of good messages pop up through out the story - things little girls need to hear and things older women need to remember. I recommend this story for mother-daughter or grandmother-granddaughter duos who take turns reading out-loud to each other.
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