by Lee Renwick Steele
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Pub Date 22 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 15 Mar 2023
Sixteen-year-old Griselda and her father have a secret—fairy sight, a trait punishable by death. Her world is upended when her father is killed, her mother remarries, and her new stepfather dies of illness.
Griselda must grapple with her scheming stepsister, the burden of fairy sight inherited from her father, and a pair of fairy-blessed slippers.
A young-adult fairy story, GRISELDA RELLA is a reimagining of the Cinderella story, by Charles Perrault, with the heroine and adversary characters reversed.
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this was such a great reinvention of Cinderella, it had what I enjoyed from the original tale and it had a unique feel to it. The characters were what I was expecting and it worked well with the story, I enjoyed how good everything was and how well everything flowed. Lee Renwick Steele has a great writing style and I can't wait to read more from them.
"When I had a straight shot at the stable exit, I yelled, “Now.” The look of shock that crossed his face filled me with immense enjoyment as I sprinted away from the tack room. He recovered quickly. After hearing a few oaths and a bit of crashing about behind me, I heard the firm pounding of his running stride on the stable floor. I dashed from the stable into the warm sunlight with my arms pumping, my skirt flapping against my legs, and my heart glowing with confidence."
Think you know the whole story of Cinderella? In this imaginative retelling of the famous fairy tale, your head will spin off its shoulders. Griselda Rella merges classic fantasy with classic fairy tales in one delightful, mind-bending story. The characters are epic, the world-building sublime, the narration sucks you in, and the writing the best I’ve seen.
The story/plot grabs you from the first page. I hadn’t read ten pages before I was all in on the story. The plot is original yet familiar. I liked the author’s twist on the fairy tale.
The world-building is epic with some amazing techniques. Everyone who reads fantasy will see something to like in this story. The author creates a world based in reality but seeped in magic. My fantasy heart loved every moment reading. I honestly didn’t want to stop reading.
The characters are relevant, colorful, and distinct. I especially liked Griselda. Poor girl, she’s been through such a rotten time. But she manages to overcome it all. Her strength is what I adored most.
If you binge-read fantasy books and fairy tales, you’ve found your next read. This book rocks!
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I'd review it. My thoughts are all mine.
My Rating: 5+ stars