Reading level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Choose Your Own Adventure
Size: 320 pages
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Release Date: April 1, 2011
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone
Source: ARC from Netgalley.com
Rating: 4/5 stars
You all know the story. Cinderella lives with her two wicked stepsisters and her evil stepmother. During the nights she practices her ninja skills with her faithful cat Max. Max seems to know more than an average cat… Cinderella’s stepmother is especially interested in finding the magic wand of Cinderella’s mother and she thinks Cinderella knows where it is (I forgot to mention CInderella, her mother, and her step-mother are all sorceresses). Then it’s time for the ball of the century, you know with the prince and all. What will you choose? Will you tell your evil stepmother you want to go to the ball? Will you tell her you’re not interested and remain faithful to your ninja training? It’s up to you to decide.
I really enjoyed this book; it was just some good clean fun. The tale stays fairly true to the original Cinderella, but there are some changes. Cinderella and others are all sorceresses that can use magic both with and without a wand. Things are a bit more complicated because Cinderella’s step mother is actually after a wand that she thinks Cinderella has hidden.
Overall I enjoyed this a lot. I loved that it was a choose your own adventure. I loved how the ninja training was added in without warping the main fairy tale too much. I loved the magic the was woven into the story. I loved how this was a sweet, simple, fairy tale retelling, with characters that were easy to relate to and good at heart. Sure it was predictable, sure things were a bit stereotypical at times; but it was still a fun and sweet read. It’s appropriate for all ages and I hope more choose your own adventure tales are planned for the future! I will probably pick up Sleeping Beauty Vampire Slayer (Twisted Tales) by McGowen to read some time soon.