Review: Sinful Cinderella

Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series Book 1) - Anita Valle

And you thought the stepsisters were wicked...


I'm not who they think I am. A docile girl who meekly obeys her stepmother and stepsisters. Some kind of sick angel who cheerfully bears their mistreatment. That's what I want them to think. Because then they won't suspect what I'm really up to.


The ball, the prince - it's all part of my plan to come out on top. Stepmother and her demented daughters will pay for every floor I have scoured, every sneer I have borne. They don't know about the white magic, how I use it to enhance myself. They can't see that my heart is black as midnight, rotten as a poisoned apple.


They're about to find out.



Like I mentioned before, when I think dark, I think George R. R. Martin, because his works are dark. Actually, let me rephrase that, his works are dark and well-written. This story, not so much.


Underwhelming describes it well. I can see what Valle was getting at. Sinful Cinderella presents a version of Cinderella who is manipulative, vengeful, and ultimately murderous. She's also really vain. No one is good in this story. Everyone is a terrible person, whether they're a brat or just straight up awful. Stepmother is just as annoying and evil as you would expect in a Cinderella story, except in this one, she helps the prince find Cinderella, mostly because he's a woman beating asshole, which Cindy finds out after she's magicked herself to be the most beautiful woman in the kingdom to seduce him into marrying her.


Some kind of twisted justice right there, huh?


The book isn't bad. It has a lot of potential, but it felt extremely rushed. Some chapters were maybe two pages long, and the story itself wasn't even 160 pages. Characters weren't well developed, and there was a lot of exposition that could have easily been explained or hinted at rather than, you know, dumped into the story.


I like the concepts behind the book, but the execution could have been better. 3/5 mostly because I'm nice.