Book Review: Cinderella’s Dress by Shonna Slayton

June 11, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews 2

I received this book for free from RockStar Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Cinderella’s Dress by Shonna SlaytonCinderella's Dress by Shonna Slayton
Published by Entangled: Teen on Expected publication: June 3rd 2014
Genres: Fairytale, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 340
Source: RockStar Book Tours
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Being seventeen during World War II is tough. Finding out you’re the next keeper of the real Cinderella’s dresses is even tougher.
Kate simply wants to create window displays at the department store where she's working, trying to help out with the war effort. But when long-lost relatives from Poland arrive with a steamer trunk they claim holds the Cinderella’s dresses, life gets complicated.
Now, with a father missing in action, her new sweetheart, Johnny, stuck in the middle of battle, and her great aunt losing her wits, Kate has to unravel the mystery before it’s too late.

After all, the descendants of the wicked stepsisters will stop at nothing to get what they think they deserve.

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Ohh my goodness. I read the synopsis and I immediately thought contemporary fairytale! My hopes were so high for this one and the characters behind it that I dove right in only to find myself wanting desperately to pick something else up.

So, the storyline is this huge setting, in America during WWII, polish family visiting whom may or may not be followed by dangerous people, and a dress that has been hidden by the family for generations! The prologue was really exciting and had me intrigued and then it jumped to present day and all glamor was lost. The characters were ok but for some reason I just could not feel for them. You know that feeling you get when a character dies and you feel like you cannot go on because this character that you grew with, loved, cherished was killed off by this evil author that you will love to hate now? Well, I felt nothing of the sort.

While getting to know the characters the plot was just mediocre. The characters were interesting but not enough for me to not start doing a grocery list in my head. And I think part of this was because I was waiting for something seriously magical to happen but all I got were talks about boys, not even too much about the war, although, and I really liked this part, Kate corresponded with her pals through letters. I did really enjoy reading the letters but it just wasn’t enough to give the story any oomph.

This could be an “It’s me, not you” thing because I did just finish reading a story that has me on a book hangover but this one really seemed like it could take me out of the world and show me other worlds that were fascinating and scary and fantastical but sadly it fell short.

I would say if you’re curious get the book because it is different but don’t think fantasy, think historical WWII times with lots of dancing and men leaving their families and people worried about harboring Jews. Going into it with that mindset may have helped me.

And plus! I love that cover! I want this in hardback just because of the cover! 😉

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Shonna SlaytonSHONNA SLAYTON is the author of the YA novel Cinderella’s Dress, out June 3, 2014 with Entangled Teen. She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today. While writing Cinderella’s Dress she reflected on her days as a high-school senior in British Columbia when she convinced her supervisors at a sportswear store to let her design a few windows—it was glorious fun while it lasted. When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Cinderella’s Dress by Shonna Slayton”

    • Christina

      I do need to add into my review that I did love your writing! And yes, that cover! I think the whole Cinderella fairytale thing threw me. Very glad that I reviewed it though!