Book Review: The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling

Posted August 16, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Ugly Stepsister by Aya LingThe Ugly Stepsister on June 11, 2015
Pages: 452
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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When Kat accidentally rips apart an old picture book, she's magically transported into the world of Cinderella--as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters! Life turns upside down now that she’s a highborn lady and must learn how to survive the social season, including how to get through the door in a huge metal hoop skirt. To get back, she'll have to complete the story, right to the end of happily ever after. But the odds are huge: the other stepsister is drop-dead gorgeous, the fairy godmother is nowhere to be found, and the prince, despite being insanely hot, openly dislikes balls. Can she ever return to the modern world?

I love fairytale retellings. I immediately get sucked into them. When I saw this one on netgalley, I had to request it right away. Kat is supposed to cleaning the attic when she comes across some old picture books. When she accidentally rips one of the books, she ends up getting stuck inside the book. Kat is stuck in the world of Cinderella, so in order to find out if she can make it home, she has to play out the story. Something seems to be wrong because Kat is one of the step-sister sand the prince seems to be taking an interest in her. On top of that Cinderella has another family.

I think Kat is such a great character in this book. I really liked the fact that this wasn’t the typical Cinderella retelling. Kat is very much a modern teenager who is now thrown into a Victorian era. It was fun to read about how Kat tried to figure out how she was supposed to be playing her role since the story is a bit different from what she was used too. This is definitely an author I would read again.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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