Ella: A Stepmum’s Tale by J.L. Higgs – Book Review

A fairy tale is loved by all the girls. I have not met any girl who, when she was young did not want to be a princess. I was one of them as well. I still am drawn towards books and movies based on fairy tales. They transport you to the world of magic and give you the confidence that everything is possible.

I received this from the author as a digital copy and I’m glad that I got an opportunity to read this!


Blurb –

Celebrity TV Reporter Sylvia Stark is determined to find a real investigative news story instead of the fluff she usually covers. She discovers just what she’s searching for in the most unlikely person: Cinderella’s evil stepmother, Charlotte Johansson Baker. Sylvia decides it’s time this infamous old crone tells her side of the story, since everyone knows all about Cinderella.

Since the story broke twenty years earlier, Cinderella has become society’s image of female perfection. She is the lowly, downtrodden young maiden who suffers the injustice of others with grace, never getting angry–always beautiful and yet also dignified. She embodies the ideal values of goodness and ultimate virtue, as well as finding true love.

However, what if all that’s just a bunch of bull? After talking to the cursed stepmother, Sylvia’s world is turned upside-down. Then, she and her cameraman are kidnapped and rescued by–who else?–Humpty Dumpty. Sylvia is now more determined than ever to find out the truth of what’s really going on in the magical land where fairy tales began.


My Review –

I love to read a fairy tale with a twist, a new angle. Retelling a story is really difficult as the original story has been told and retold and coming up with a fresh twist is a challenge.

Cinderella has always been my favourite character and looking at her in a completely different direction was a good change.

The main character of the book is Sylvia, who is a journalist and wants to report the real story.

The story starts when she goes to meet the step mother for an interview. She then tells the world the story of Cinderella from the side of her step mother. She thought that she has found the truth, however, there is more to the story.

The book has a lot of twists and turns and each twist took me by surprise. They all came in from nowhere, there were no hints at all.

It’s written in a really simple language and is full of humour. A quick and a light read. I think teenagers will totally love this book.

I would recommend this to all who want to read a fairy tale with a twist. This is a one-time simple read and at times you will find yourself giggling.

I will rate it 3.5/5.


I received the book from the author in return for an honest review.

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