|AUTHOR: Sarah Prineas|
PUBLICATION DATE: September 15, 2015
GENRE: retelling (Cinderella and others)
SETTING: Godmother's Fortress; Godmother's City
GIVE IT TO: MS, HS
SUMMARY: Her memory wiped, Pin wakes up in the Godmother's Fortress. She's a seamstress, destined to sew gowns for The Godmother's princesses for all eternity. She's a prisoner, and escape will be difficult. But she has a magical thimble. And she meets a boy, a shoemaker named Shoe. Together, Pin and Shoe attempt escape. Captured, Pin is thrust into a new life: that of a girl living as a servant to her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. A girl destined to meet a handsome prince and fall in love. But Pin doesn't want that. She wants to live her own life, one that includes her shoemaker.
REVIEW: I abandoned this book during Part 2, but I did so reluctantly. The story is unique and intriguing. But it was so. incredibly. slow. Part I is 70 pages, but it felt like 700. There's only so much going on at the Godmother's Fortress. There's only so much that happens during Pin and Shoe's escape. So finally, I reached Part 2. The Cinderella story begins--yay! Except it drags along, too. And around page 100 (I have a rule that I have to get to p. 100 before I abandon), I am really, really skeptical as to whether I can finish this book.
I got as far as p. 126. Really, this should be so much better. I'm kind of sad I couldn't make it. The story is really different and has to get better at some point; I'm just sure it must. But I don't have any more patience. Maybe if Part 1 were 30 pages instead of 70. If Part 2 kicked into gear before it had also lumbered along for 50 more pages. I think I could have really liked this book. But I just can't spend any more time on it.
THE BOTTOM LINE: My advice? Read the blurb and start with Part 2. I'm sure this book must get better--it's such a cool premise. My journey ended on p. 126.
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: I have no plans to get it unless my students specifically request it.
READALIKES: Crewel (Albin)
- Overall: did not finish
- Creativity: 5/5--so unique!
- Characters: 3/5
- Engrossing: did not finish--took way too long to get going
- Writing: 3/5
- Appeal to teens: 3/5
- Appropriate length to tell the story: 1/5--first 126 pages should have been no more than maybe 50 pages
CONTENT: (only to p. 126)
- Language: none (I searched the ebook; there is no profanity at all in the book)
- Sexuality: mild kissing
- Violence: moderate; woman attempts escape from Godmother's Forest and is torn apart by thorns
- Drugs/Alcohol: none
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