Review Reimagined Fairy Tales 2: The ugly Stepsister

The ugly stepsister by Megan van Dyke 

  • Title: The ugly stepsister 
  • Author: Megan van Dyke
  • Publisher: City Owl Press
  • Pages: 392 Seiten
  • Price: 5,99 €


Only Anna knows the truth about Cinderella: The pauper turned queen wasn’t the victim, but the bully.

Anna fled when the castle guards came to arrest her mother and sister on Cinderella’s orders. But leaving them in bondage at the Fairy Godmother’s workhouse? Out of the question. Disguised as a young man and taking the name of Ansel, she’ll do whatever it takes to free her family and set the record straight.

Will, a former royal huntsman, was nearly killed for dissenting Cinderella’s rise as queen in the wake of the sudden death of the king and his son. He hatches a plan to take Cinderella down, and encounters Ansel, who wants revenge just as much as he does.

Drawn together by a common goal and burgeoning feelings neither can ignore, Will and Ansel enact a plan to assassinate the queen. But when that goes awry and buried secrets come to light, they’ll have to choose: continue running from their pasts or accept themselves in order to forge a new future together.

my opinion:

I love fairytale retellings and I can never say no to that. When I discovered Megan van Dyke’s series, I had to read the ugly stepsister. I really liked the cover and we sent her a great mixture of Cinderella’s fairy tale and Snow White’s fairy tale. I love the idea that Cinderella isn’t the good guy for once, but here she’s the bad one. Even the good fairy is not as good as you think. The plot is gripping from the start and you really get attached to the characters. The plot is a bit predictable on one hand, but there are twists and turns that I didn’t see coming.

I love Anna and I found Will very fascinating right from the start. You can’t help but root for the two of them. The development of the love story was very well presented and the erotic scenes were written appropriately and they fitted well into the plot.

In the end I felt the solution was a bit too simple or I would have wished for something else. But I’m still glad that there was a happy ending. If you like retellings you should definitely check out this series. You will not regret it.


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