Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 7/8/19-

Funny story: About a week or so after I got this box, one of my friends went to BookCon. She ended up picking up this book because not only was she interested, but she thought I would be, too! I am making it a point not to read the back, although I am guessing it is a reimagining of Cinderella. So as always, here goes nothing!

Page 7

GUYS! HOLY POOP STICKS! I NOW OWN A REAL(ish) QUILL! Okay, I think that all of us after reading Harry Potter wanted to own a quill purely because we wanted to feel fancy. Now let’s be real, I seriously doubt I am going to be pulling out my quill to handle my business, but it is for sure going on my shelf to show off. Solid reminder that if I ever have a fancy invitation, this is the pen I am going to be using to sign off on it!

As for the book, it’s different than I was expecting. This gift marked the end of the prologue, and it is very dark and creepy. It actually reminds me of Aladdin (as weird as that sounds) where a creepy dude finds himself in a tower where he infiltrates the people and convinces them to do his deeds. It also reminds me of Spinning Silver, which is a reimagining of Rumpelstiltskin.

Page 144

Don’t mind me strategically taking a picture of a mirror without showing myself. This gift is cool to me for 2 reasons: 1) most of the gifts that OUABC sends are knickknacks and this isn’t, and 2) I have decor to go with it! Man, now I need to really work on my gallery wall!

The book is definitely outside of my comfort zone. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Spinning Silver, and this book falls into the same category. Surprisingly, when I do pick up the book, I am enthralled. The biggest issue for me is to pick it up in the first place. And don’t get me wrong, this book is good. It just isn’t a book I would normally read for myself.

We all know the story of Cinderella, but what happens to her “ugly stepsisters” once she gets her happily ever after? This story follows Isabelle (poor choice of naming, although I’m not sure she chose the name, or if the original story did) as she comes to terms with her new reality. Believing that her “ugliness” was her real misfortune, she meets Tanaquill, known as the “fairy godmother” in the popularized version of the story. In order to become pretty, Isabelle must find the broken pieces of her heart.

As Isabelle is trying to figure out where her missing pieces are, Chance and Fate are battling for the girl’s destiny. On one hand, Fate declares that Isabelle will die due to the dictator that is destroying France. But Chance believes that she will be the one that can defeat the dictator and save them all. Discovering Tanaquill has begun to change her destiny, Chance and Fate ask her where the broken pieces are. Once they find out that they lie with Felix (her young love), Nero (a horse), and Ella (her stepsister), it is a race to either help (Chance) or hinder (Fate) the challenge presented.

Page 204

Oof, regretting that close up of my finger, but this has to be the coolest ring box I have ever seen. While I probably would get rid of the stem (especially because I broke it trying to throw it back in the box, whoops), I probably would hold on to the rose ring box. The ring itself is small for me (which doesn’t say much because I have humongous fingers), so I probably won’t wear it much if all, but it is extremely beautiful (the stone is lavender in color, sorry for the poor lighting #bloggeronabudget).

I’m debating in my head about what I want to say about the plot. We are introduced to Nero in this section, and our storyline with Felix has progressed. We also start to see the progression of Isabelle as she becomes more courageous and proud of herself. The overarching feminist theme of the novel is punctuating more as Isabelle begins to solve her problems in order to find her pieces of her heart.

Page 261

Don’t mind the spacing, I was struggling to make it work! Okay, so here’s the thing. I got 3 really cool gifts in this box, and I also know that I should not be selfish. But all I got was a piece of paper. A piece of paper related to the story, but a piece of paper nonetheless. Not even a professionally printed paper. I am talking a piece of regular paper with this printed on it. And while I appreciate the thought, I am still really disappointed that this is all I get (millennial problems, am I right?).

As for the story, there isn’t much I feel comfortable telling you guys without giving away the story. What I will say is that Fate is playing super dirty and I am so proud of my girl Isabelle.

Completion

Let’s go! Way to go Isabelle! Dude, I love Isabelle! The overall story is one about the power of the heart, and the emotions that are attached to it. It is very empowering, beautifully written, and fun to read. I recommend it for anyone (and that says a lot because I don’t normally read these types of books). I will say that the Fate/ Chance storyline was a little confusing, especially in the beginning, but it clears up as the story continues.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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