Friday, February 25, 2011

"Cinderella: Ninja Warrior" by Maureen McGowen

"Cinderella: Ninja Warrior" by Maureen McGowen
(click on the link to see her blog)

Description: In this fast-paced story full of adventure and romance, Cinderella is more than just a servant girl waiting for her prince--she's a tough, fearless girl who is capable of taking charge of a dangerous situation. Seeking to escape the clutches of her evil stepmother, Cinderella perfects her ninja skills and magic talents in secret, waiting for the day when she can break free and live happily ever after. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Cinderella and decide where she goes next--but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you've ever read!

My thoughts:
I really enjoyed the fact that you (as the reader) can make decisions for Cinderella (I wish more books had this option!) get to decide if she wants to go to the ball or not (answering her stepmother), if she will use the wand or not (at the magic competition, which is the same day as the ball), and lastly if she wants to dance with the prince at the ball or not. Since I had the time and I was curious to find out both choices...I read both. Both were similar, but different. Although I found that whether you made choice A or B, you ended up at the same point in the book - and some of the phrases or action in the book did not seem correct depending on the choice you made. I am not sure if I am making sense here...but for example if you chose Choice A, in the next chapter you would be at the same point if you would have chose Choice B. So the chapter you are in did not make complete sense and the end result was sort of the same either way.

Some things I did not enjoy..was that either way (choice A or B) you would end up in the same spot in the book. And once you made your choice, the end result kind of seemed out of place or misunderstood had you not made the right choice. After making my second choice in the book, it said that Cinderella had the wand either way (even though you chose for her NOT to use it).

Although I found that after reading both choices all the way through the book - I would go back and say I like this version/choice better.

I didn't like how sometimes there was empathy from one of the stepsisters, and then sometimes not. I guess that can be confusing with all versions of Cinderella (movies or books alike). There was also some confusion or mixture of magic and ninja skills - I couldn't figure out why the author wouldn't choose one or the other, or does Cinderella need both? I guess you need ninja skills in order to completely be magical.

Last but not least...
I have to say I really enjoyed the ending and surprised to find out what happened at the ball! If you enjoy reading about romance/suspense - this definitely the book for you. This new twist on Cinderella is definitely one that I enjoyed reading :) I would give this book 4/5 stars!

According to McGowen's publisher, she also has another book coming out called Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer...which I would love to read! Click on this link to read more about it:

Thank You so much Net Galley and Baker & Taylor Publishing Group (Silver Dolphin Books) for allowing me to read this book! I cannot wait to read more books from you in the future!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Net Galley review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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