Saturday, October 1, 2016

ARC Review: Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella

Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella
by: Megan Morrison

The book Disenchanted : The Trials of Cinderella, by Megan Morrison is a well-written fantasy book. This novel features a poor girl named Ella whose life is suddenly turned around by the death of her mother and accepting in her new stepmother. Her new stepmother helps her father grow a business, but Ella hates being rich with all the money they now have. She continues to be angry over her mother’s death when she meets the Prince at the ball she's forced to attend. Later becoming partners in class, the two work together to turn the work conditions in the factories (like the factory Ella mom worked to death in) around. With the help of Ella’s two fairy godfathers, she turns her whole story around. 

Throughout this wonderful novel, Ella shows traits of stubbornness, kindness, and many others. When she refuses to adjust to her new life, meets the prince when told not to, and when she doesn't stop trying to convince her parents, she shows the trait of stubbornness. When she helps her friend with her burning feet, helps her other friends with providing for her family, and helps book a gig for her step-siblings, she portrays the trait of kindness. I don't know how she managed to do it all, but Ella never stopped until she got what she wanted. 

This book, being fantasy, was a twist on the classic Cinderella, and was really entertaining throughout. I would highly recommend this book to anyone from ages 10-14, boys or girls, or just anyone who wants a fairytale with a twist. The age range is based on that the reading level is for a middle schooler. I really enjoyed reading this and would give it 5 stars for sure. 

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Published by: Arthur A. Levine Books/ Scholastic
Release Date: October 11, 2016

Review by Sophia B.

*Our class received an ARC of this book to read/review from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.

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