In this fairytale retelling of Cinderella (baised on the Grimm version not the Disney version) we continue after Ella finds her prince charming. Ugly stepsister Isabelle is broke and is missing her thoes. The whole village dispises her and her family. With her mother left in denial it is up to her and her sister to make ends meet. With Fate and Chance battling over the path of her life and war brewing it is up to Isabelle to find her inner strength, mend her heart and change her future.
The book has a really interesting view on the way society determines beauty. Isabelle has always been called too ugly, too wild and she is too outspoken for a lady. She was forced to become someone she was not and to want things she did not really desire. This made her bitter. I really feel like there is a lot we can take away from this book in nowadays society. With the most important lesson do not change yourself for other people and it is never to late to choose another path.
I believe the character is very believeable and her development throughout the book is amazing. I find it realistic and uplifting. The setting of the story is pretty dark (it is baised on the Grimm version so that is to be expected) but the way she grows, becomes stronger and more herself, makes the story still a bit uplifting.
The writing style reads very quick and easily. The story starts pretty grim and I needed a few chapters to get into this vibe. But when I did I loved it. Jennifer Donnelly did amazing on this book.
I did not care for the chapters of Chance and Fate. I get why they are there and how they make the story more special but I just loved the chapters of Isabelle so much more that I found myself just waiting for the next chapter in her point of view. I must say that most of the book is in her point of view and that the other chapters were not bad so it is not that big of an issue.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.