So This Is Love by Elizabeth Lim

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So, originally when I had bought my copy of this Twisted Tale I was already reading another book and I told myself I was going to finish that book before I started this one… Yeah. We saw how far that got.😅

Publication: April 7th 2020

Synopsis: What if Cinderella never tried on the glass slipper?

Unable to prove that she’s the missing princess, and unable to bear life under Lady Tremaine any longer, Cinderella attempts a fresh start, looking for work at the palace as a seamstress. But when the Grand Duke appoints her to serve under the king’s visiting sister, Cinderella becomes witness to a grand conspiracy to take the king-and the prince-out of power, as well as a longstanding prejudice against fairies, including Cinderella’s own Fairy Godmother.

Faced with questions of love and loyalty to the kingdom, Cinderella must find a way to stop the villains of past and present . . . before it’s too late.

Review/Thoughts: Cinderella’s tale has always been magical and when you throw it in with the rest of the Twisted Tales something just as magical is bound to come from the twisted retelling. I’m surprised Cinderella didn’t get a book in this series sooner than what she did. I figured she would have gotten a book sooner on account that her story had been told time and time again it’s that popular.

Our tale begins on the night Cinderella had the chance to make her dreams come true, the night of the grand ball. Everything happens as it does. Clock strikes midnight. Cinderella runs from the prince. The next day the proclamation is announced and the Duke is sent out to the houses with the glass slipper. Within the first 20-25 pages of this Twisted Tale the happily ever after Cinderella gets within the movie is shattered. Everything is turned against her.

Cinderella had to rely less on her Fairy Godmother’s magic in this book. She had to try and make a fresh start and a way in life without it, and she did pretty good on her own. She ends up getting her happily ever after, but just not in the way she expected. And so much was thrown at her as an attempt to keep her from getting there.

In this book we got to spend a lot more time with the Prince which I loved! You have the chance to get to know him better. His relationship with his father, his aunt, the Duke and how he feels towards the people of his kingdom. His relationship with his aunt is defiantly my favorite. He can be himself a little more freely around her than he can with his father or even the Duke. How he was written, his actions, his personality in this book easily made him my favorite character.

“Dreams don’t leave behind glass slippers,” said Genevieve sensibly. -Page 163

Genevieve is one of those people who once you get to know and spend time with them, they grow on you. And she did grow on me as I read deeper into the story. I love this quote from her. I feel like it goes excellently with Cinderella’s story, and dare I say it sums it up as a whole?

The Duke played a much larger role than I expected him to, which isn’t bad. I just wasn’t expecting to see him as much as I did throughout the book. He was an interesting character to follow in this book, and if the story wouldn’t have had him or had replaced him with someone else I assure you it would not have been the same! Nor would it have been as good if he had been replaced.

Those cute moments between Prince Charles and Cinderella were adorable. I was grinning every time they got together. The dialogue between just the two of them was everything! The moments they shared couldn’t have been done any better. The scene where Charles finally finds out who his “princess with the glass slippers” is was so well done that I had to go back and read it twice.

The romance and mystery of this tale kept me glued to it. (Seriously, I had read about 100 pages in one sitting and I binged the rest of the book in my next reading session.) This story pulled me along. The twist and turns it took kept me on edge, and at times holding my breath and heart almost racing, the only thing I think it could have improved upon was more interaction between Cinderella and the animals…or at the very least more with mice. Yes, her dog is throughout the story quite a bit, but Cinderella made friends with animals so I just wished she would have interacted a little more with them than what she does.

~Till the next Chapter~

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