Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My first book review! Cinders!

This is my first book review ever!! YAY!!!

A few months back, fellow blogger Michelle Davidson Argyle had asked for reviewers for her soon to be published novella, Cinders. I jumped at the chance. After having been a follower of Michelle's Blog/Website and The Literary Lab for some time now, I knew Michelle was fantastic!! So I jumped on this opportunity.

I've never read a fantasy type story before, but this one intrigued me right from the start. I am such a huge lover of fairy tales, and I was very interested to know what happens after the fairy tale ends...if the "happily-ever-after" really happens. For had all been such a whirlwind and once the dust settled...she wasn't exactly sure she liked what she had been given.

In Cinderella's new word, everything is blanketed in magic. How can she know if her prince really loves her? And can she live the rest of her life never knowing the answer?

In Cinders, Cinderella decides that she can't live her life that way. And if that isn't bad enough, her fairy Godmother has been imprisoned for black magic. Cinderella secretly visits her and with her help, she now has a spell to break the other spell.

Michelle is such a great writer...she knows how to pull a reader in and creates such a vivid world for them. And I think for this genre, it's even more important. In all honesty, I am not real up on my history of that time period and I don't read much historical fiction, but that didn't matter. Michelle's descriptions gave me no trouble in imagining the world she'd created.

I don't want to give the story away, so I won't say much more, but you should definitely check out Cinders and Michelle Davidson Argyle!

Check out the book trailer:

Click here to view a list of options for purchase!

And another thing that makes Michelle and Cinders so interesting, she self published the book, promoted it...even photographed the cover, all on her own. The model is a friend of hers who created the gown herself!


  1. Good job...and it sounds like an interesting book.

  2. Great revie Steph! Sounds like a pretty good read.

  3. Thanks for stopping by!!! Michelle is so awesome!!! Love her!

  4. wow. I'm impressed she did everything herself.

    The book sounds great. Ever since I saw Sondheim's "Into the Woods", I've been facinated by the after part of the happily ever after. This book sounds right up my alley.

  5. I know, right? And her model has her own sewing blog and I checked it out...just awesome!!

    The books is short...a novella, so it's such a quick read too! :)

  6. This sounds so intriguing! I loved hearing how she self-published and did the cover art and everything:)

  7. Stephanie, THANK YOU!!!!!!!! You are so awesome to put up this beautiful review, and I'm so happy you enjoyed the book. I'm planning to review your book when I read it. So. Swamped. Right now! Maybe an interview would be good, too. :)

  8. That's a beautiful cover! Absolutely love the gown. Been hearing good things about this book, just might have to check it out for myself.

  9. That is impressive that she worked so hard on the book and the cover. There's something to be said for that sort of persistence.

    I'm gonna mention this review and your book as well on my FB page and see if there's interest from any of the girls there. I'm also gonna send it my mom's way since she likes romance and might be interested in your Karma series.

    - Eric

  10. Hey, Eric, I'm not sure I'm friends with you on facebook...can I find you on there?

  11. Great review. I've always loved fairytales, and this sounds like such a wonderful read!

  12. Neat. I like hearing self-publishing stories. This book looks good.

  13. Eric, Thanks so much!!!!!! That is just great!!!!

    Nicole, this right up your alley!

    Thanks Sandy and Lisa for stopping by!!