Round-up of TWELVE Cinderella features & reviews over the lifetime of this blog

Welcome to A Week of Cinderella! Grab some promotional buttons for your blog HERE and stop back all week long for fun guest posts, exciting author visits (because, after all, Marissa isn't the ONLY author with a kick-ass Cinderella to celebrate!), giveaways, reviews, and a blog tour stop for CINDER!

So, looking at my bookshelves the other night, I debated re-reviewing books I've reviewed here previously or posting reprints of those first reviews.  Then, I was going through A Backwards Story's archives and noticed that between reviews and features, I have TWELVE posts featuring Cinderella.  TWELVE.  That's a heck of a lot!

So instead, I'm doing a round-up of all the times I mentioned Cinderella-inspired novels for you to enjoy.  Just click the link at the top of each item to see my feature or review!!!

(In order from oldest to newest...not counting this week, of course!)

The Funny Thing?  I wrote this post EXACTLY one year ago TODAY.  Happy Anniversary, Cinderella fairy tale post!!! You've been resurrected! ^_^

SUMMARY: This post features why author Jim C. Hines intrigues me and announcing the Publishers Marketplace write-up for CINDER by Marissa Meyers
Author: Marilyn Singer, with illustrations by Josée Masse
Release Date: March 04, 2010

Publisher: Penguin/Dutton Juvenile

Add it: Goodreads

SUMMARY: What's brewing when two favorites--poetry and fairy tales--are turned (literally) on their heads? It's a revolutionary recipe: an infectious new genre of poetry and a lovably modern take on classic stories.pFirst, read the poems forward (how old-fashioned!), then reverse the lines and read again to give familiar tales, from Sleeping Beauty to that Charming Prince, a delicious new spin. Witty, irreverent, and warm, this gorgeously illustrated and utterly unique offering holds a mirror up to language and fairy tales, and renews the fun and magic of both.

Author: Maureen McGowan
Release Date: April 01, 2011

Publisher: Baker & Taylor/Silver Dolphin Books

Add it: Goodreads here and here

SUMMARY: 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!

Special Info Regarding Post: Guest Post I wrote for Fairy Tale Fortnight/Hosted at Basically Amazing Books

SUMMARY: Features GODMOTHER by Carolyn Turgeon and THE FAIRY GODMOTHER by Mercedes Lackey
(As well as other non-Cinderella fairy tales)

(THE FAIRY GODMOTHER is also briefly featured in THIS REVIEW for a different fairy tale book by Lackey)

Book Review: GODMOTHER
Author: Carolyn Turgeon
Release Date: March 03, 2009
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group/Three Rivers Press

Add it: Goodreads

SUMMARY: Lil is an old woman who spends her days shelving rare books in a tiny Manhattan bookstore and lonely nights at home in her apartment. But Lil has an intriguing secret. Tucked and bound behind her back are white feathery wings–the only key to who she once was: the fairy godmother responsible for getting Cinderella to the ball to unite with her Prince Charming.

But on that fateful night, something went terribly and beautifully wrong. Lil allowed herself the unthinkable: to feel the emotions of human beings and fall in love with the prince herself, going to the ball in place of Cinderella in her exquisitely gorgeous human guise. For her unforgivable mistake, she was banished to live among humans, far from her fairy sisters and their magical underwater world. But then one day she meets Veronica–a young, fair-skinned, flame-haired East Village beauty with a love of all things vintage and a penchant for falling in love with the wrong men–and suddenly it becomes clear to Lil that she’s been given a chance at redemption. If she can find a soul mate for Veronica, she may right her wrong and return to the fairy world she so deeply longs for. . . .

Author: Julie Berry
Release Date: March 03, 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Add it: Goodreads

SUMMARY: When Lucinda Chapdelaine was a small child, her parents left for the royal ball and never returned. Ever since, Lucinda has been stuck in perpetual servitude at her evil aunt’s jewelry store. Then, on the very same day, a mysterious visitor and an even more bizarre piece of jewelry both enter the shop, setting in motion a string of twists and turns that will forever alter Lucinda’s path. In this magical story filled with delightful surprises, Lucinda will dance at the royal ball, fall under the Amaranth Witch’s spell, avenge her parents’ death, and maybe—just maybe—capture the heart of a prince.

Author: Jim C. Hines
Release Date: Jan. 06, 2009
Publisher: Penguin Putnam/DAW Books

Add it: Goodreads

SUMMARY: What would happen if an author went back to the darker themes of the original fairy tales for his plots, and then crossed the Disney princesses with Charlie's Angels? What's delivered is The Stepsister Scheme—a whole new take on what happened to Cinderella and her prince after the wedding. And with Jim C. Hines penning the tale readers can bet it won't be “and they lived happily ever after.”

Book Review: CINDER AND ELLA [Blog Tour Stop]
Author: Melissa Lemon
Release Date: Nov. 01, 2011
Publisher: Cedar Fort/Bonneville Books

Add it: Goodreads

SUMMARY: After her father's disappearance, Cinder leaves home for a servant job at the castle. But it isn't long before her sister Ella is brought to the castle herself. What Ella finds there starts a quest that will change her life and the entire kingdom. Cinder and Ella is a Cinderella story like no other, and one you'll never forget.

Guest Post: Melissa Lemon (Author of CINDER AND ELLA) [Blog Tour Stop]

SUMMARY: Melissa Lemon talks about The Legend of the Trees.

Author: Kay Cassidy
Release Date: April 13, 2010 
Publisher: Egmont USA

Add it: Goodreads

SUMMARY: When the Prom Queen becomes your fairy godmother…

Sixteen year old outsider, Jess Parker, gets the chance of a lifetime: an invitation to join a secret society of popular girls dedicated to defeating the mean girls of the world. The Cinderella Society guides all new recruits through its top secret ultimate life makeover. It’s all part of preparing them to face down the Wickeds and win. Determined not to let the Cindys down, Jess dives in with a passion. Finally, a chance to belong and show the world what she’s made of

.… be careful what you wish for.

Jess’s transformation wins her the heart of her dream crush and a shot at uber-popularity. Until the Wickeds–led by Jess’s arch enemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers the real force behind her exclusive society. It’s a high stakes battle of good vs. evil, and the Cindys in power need Jess on special assignment. When the mission threatens to destroy her dream life come true, Jess is forced to choose between living a fairy tale and honoring the Sisterhood… and herself.

What’s a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn’t want to wear it anymore?

SUMMARY: Looking at mythological elements discussed in the novel for my Mythological Mondays feature.

SUMMARY: Featuring why I like CINDER: Crónicas Lunares I by Marissa Meyer.

Have you reviewed any good Cinderella books?


  1. That is a lot of Cinderella's!! I haven't heard of most of these, but I have a list now! Thanks for that run down on all those Cinderella stories!
    And Mercedes Lackey's stories which I've never read!

    So many stories, so little time

    1. I wanted to read Lackey's PHOENIX AND ASHES this week, too, but ran out of time (part of her OTHER fairy tale series...which I haven't really read). THE FAIRY GODMOTHER is my favorite of the 500 Kingdoms books! I hope you enjoy them! :)

  2. Such a fun post. I added a few more books to my to read list.


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