Title: Stealing Cinderella Series: Sinister Fairy Tales Collection Genre: Dark Fairy Tale Retelling Release Date: April 2, 2020 Every royal has their dirty little secret. His was… me. It should have been simple. Go to the ball, meet the prince, and secure his patronage for my favorite charity. But beneath the mask, the brooding beast of a man was not at all who I expected. He was dark and intense and eerily quiet. When I left, I could still feel the ghost of his touch branded into my skin. He haunted my dreams, but I never expected to see him again. And I learned that his darkness was a void I never could have conceived. He’s the crown prince of Norway. And, now, I’m his captive.
Stealing Cinderella by A. Zavarelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a much darker loosely based contemporary retelling of the fairy-tale Cinderella. Ella has lived with her abusive stepmother and awful stepsisters ever since her father’s death, She spends whatever times she can escaping to a local animal sanctuary. To save this place she loves she attends a local Gala incognito to plead for funding and in a case of mistaken identity makes the acquittance of Thorsten the crown prince of Norway. Fleeing the charity gala she accidentally leaves behind her shoe at the scene. Thorsten is indeed an odd one morose cold and disinterested he doesn’t feel things quite like others. Ella’s fate was sealed the instant she encountered her dark prince. So this is so far from the sweet fairy tale you’ve come to expect this is dark and depraved with plenty of dubious consent. This descends into the shadows stripping both Ella and Thorsten back to the bone and they will both learn the very cores of each other the more time they are together. Both Ella and Thor have things in their pasts that are still affecting there now and their upcoming futures, their actual brokenness is kind of like there glue. Here we get to watch them put each other back together piece by individual piece and the journey travelled was definitely always going to be unstable and somewhat inflexible to observe. This was well written with wicked corruption and unapologetic shameless degeneration. It was ever so dirty and deliciously debased but it was also equally impassioned and certainly unfeigned, the emotion here felt real and authentic despite this being so far from a conventional start. By the finish, I was totally in love with both Thor and Ella as a couple and I also liked the way this stayed true to there natures none of that ridiculous rise above it stuff. I really appreciated this sinister alternate take on the whole Cinderella fable loved it.
I voluntary reviewed a copy of Stealing Cinderella.
A. Zavarelli is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of dark and contemporary romance. When she’s not putting her characters through hell, she can usually be found watching bizarre and twisted documentaries in the name of research. She currently lives in the Northwest with her lumberjack and an entire brood of fur babies.
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