Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

Hi All!  It’s Becky, again.  I have a habit of picking books based entirely on their cover.  If the cover is pretty I will give it a try which is how I ended up listening to the audio book Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly.  This book was different from the usual YA books but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

36297954Title: Stepsister
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Note: I listened to the audio book.

Summary: Isabelle is living the dark side of Happily Ever After. Isabelle’s stepsister Ella is the girl who met the Prince of France at a ball and Ella is the girl whose foot fit the glass slipper and married the Royal. Isabelle is the stepsister who cut off her toes to try to win the Prince.  Isabelle is the girl who has to live through the hatred of her countryman who blame her for Ella’s difficult life. Isabelle is the girl who must live her life as the “Ugly Stepsister” and who has found herself in the middle of a battle between Fate and Chance, a girl who will have to be able to do anything and give up anything to survive.

Review:  I wanted to like this book more than I actually did.  The book is quite well crafted with Donnelly’s prose coming together in a beautifully way however I never really cared about Isabelle or her story.  The way Donnelly put the words on the page is gorgeous but the plot seemed a little slow.  For me, the book spent a little too long giving Isabelle’s backstory which wasn’t exactly necessary since the back story is Cinderella.  Plus, the ending felt a little rushed with the conclusion being wrapped up in just a few pages.  Yet, the most disappointing part of this book for me was Isabelle.  She had the potential to be a great main character but she just never got there.  She was fine but her growth felt slow and I never found myself completely rooting for her.  Stepsister is a literary beauty however the plot and the characters did not satisfy my fairy tale appetite.

Final Rating: 3 out of 5

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