Monday, March 21, 2011
Review: Cinderella: Ninja Warrior
Published by Baker and Taylor Publishing Group. Estimated publishing date April 5, 2011.
I got this book via Netgalley.
Synopsis via Goodreads: In this fast-paced story full of adventure and romance, Cinderella is more than just a servant girl waiting for her prince—she's a tough, fearless girl who is capable of taking charge of a dangerous situation. Seeking to escape the clutches of her evil stepmother, Cinderella perfects her ninja skills and magic talents in secret, waiting for the day when she can break free and live happily ever after. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Cinderella and decide where she goes next—but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you've ever read!
Do you remember the Chose Your Own Adventure books that were really popular in the early to mid 90's? Did you love them like I did? If so, this book is right up your alley. Oh, nostalgia my sweet friend. Plus, it's a very unique retelling.
In this version, all the key elements of the story we know and love are there (okay, minus the cute talking mice. But there is a freakishly human cat), but Cinderella is training herself to be a warrior, and there is a possibility of her being a wizard. The stepmother is still horrendously evil, the stepsister's vile, and the prince still charming. Swoon.
The book is divided into several sections, naturally you start reading section one. Once you get to the end of the section, you're provided with two options. No matter which way you choose, you're directed to a different section in the book that continues the story where you left off. You keep picking and choosing until you finish the book. There are 8 different ways to complete the book.
If you like adventure and/or fairy tales you will adore this story. The changes to the story (the warrior, wizard aspect) is cute and at times unpredictable. It's a fun, light YA read. Plus, the lovey, gushy happy ending is so worth it, especially if you're having a bad day.
I give this one 3 dog eared pages.