Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Becoming Cinderella by Lecia Crider (Book Review)

A fun retelling for the young teen who loves modern fairytales with a twist!

Book Details:

Book Title: Becoming Cinderella by Lecia Crider
Series: Season One (A The Realm Where Faerie Tales Dwell Series)
Category: YA Fiction, 204 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling
Publisher: Fiction Vortex
Release date: Oct 2, 2019
Content Rating: G (There's some kissing)

Book Description:

There’s no escaping midnight.

High school soccer star and part-time truffle hunter Dani Tucker is having a really bad day. As if being publicly humiliated by her boyfriend and suffering a season-ending injury aren’t bad enough, she also finds out her dad is dating again! When Magic offers her the chance to change it all—to live her own Cinderella story—Dani doesn’t hesitate. With visions of Prince Charming and happily ever after swimming through her head, Dani is completely blindsided when Cinderella’s life twists into her own like a tornado, leaving destruction in its wake. And when her midnight moment comes, she has to decide which life to choose and which to give up... forever.

A modern spin on a classic fairy tale, Becoming Cinderella is a story of friendship, family and magical blessings going awry. Fans of H2O: Just Add Water and Gail Carson Levine’s The Wish will love the high school humor, magical mishaps, and step mama drama.


Courageous damsels, conniving dragons, dwarves obsessed with beard grooming… The Realm Where Faerie Tales Dwell is home to them all. Traditional fairy tales from Cinderella to The Princess and the Pea blend with murder mystery and good old fashioned adventure. Join heroines and heroes alike as they save princes from ogres, uncover political secrets, and learn why you should never duel someone who’s sitting down.


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Rose Red
The Faceless Princess
The Dragon’s Maid
Barley and Rye
Transforming Magic

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My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Every so often I long for a fairytale retelling. I'm not sure why, but I guess it's because fairytales do have their charm, like that of Cinderella. Who doesn't like a rags-to-riches story?

Becoming Cinderella was a fun and quick book to read. It's YA fiction but geared to the younger YA (13-14 years). Dani is a 16-year-old teen who plays soccer and loves to go truffle hunting in the forest behind her house. Digging for mushrooms is something her mother taught her to do just before she was killed by a drunk driver. Dani has a close relationship with her dad and also her best friend Livvy. When Dani finds a beautiful mysterious ring in the forest she discovers the world of faeries and of magic. Suddenly, her world changes and puts Dani to the test.

One of the best things about this story is that it explores themes of family and friendship, mixed with a good dose of humor. I loved Dani's relationship with her father and her best friend. The author cleverly intertwined Cinderella's story with that of Dani's, keeping the reader entertained and wondering how it would all end. And the fairy godmother? Well, she was not quite what one would expect but this made it all the more interesting.

A fun retelling for the young teen who loves modern fairytales with a twist!

Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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About the Author:

Lecia is a YA and children's author whose favorite things are being at home, the smell of Barnes and Noble, and currant pie. Unfortunately, currants do not grow well in Mesa, Arizona, where she currently resides, but she remembers them fondly from her Michigan childhood. Lecia is wife to one, mother to five, and confidant to many. Tell her your secrets at - they just might pop up in her next book!*
*names will be changed, of course ;)

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1 comment :

  1. cool cover. now you have me curious about the fairy godmother. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental


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