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For this princess, winning the crown is no fairytale. 1682. The king sends out an invitation to all the maidens in France: their presence is requested at a number of balls and events that will be held in honor of the dashing Prince Louis, who must choose a bride. Cendrillon de Louvois has more grace, beauty, and charm than anyone else in France. While she was once the darli For this princess, winning the crown is no fairytale. 1682. The king sends out an invitation to all the maidens in France: their presence is requested at a number of balls and events that will be held in honor of the dashing Prince Louis, who must choose a bride. Cendrillon de Louvois has more grace, beauty, and charm than anyone else in France. While she was once the darling child of the king's favorite adviser, her father's death has turned her into the servant of her stepmother and cruel stepsisters--and at her own chateau, too! Cendrillon--now called Cinder--manages to evade her stepmother and attend the ball, where she catches the eye of the handsome Prince Louis and his younger brother Auguste. Even though Cendrillon has an immediate aversion to Louis, and a connection with Auguste, the only way to escape her stepmother is to compete with the other women at court for the Prince's hand. Soon, as Cendrillon glows closer to Auguste and dislikes the prince more and more, she will have to decide if she can bear losing the boy she loves in order to leave a life she hates. Melissa de la Cruz takes a lush, romantic hand to this retold fairy tale classic.


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For this princess, winning the crown is no fairytale. 1682. The king sends out an invitation to all the maidens in France: their presence is requested at a number of balls and events that will be held in honor of the dashing Prince Louis, who must choose a bride. Cendrillon de Louvois has more grace, beauty, and charm than anyone else in France. While she was once the darli For this princess, winning the crown is no fairytale. 1682. The king sends out an invitation to all the maidens in France: their presence is requested at a number of balls and events that will be held in honor of the dashing Prince Louis, who must choose a bride. Cendrillon de Louvois has more grace, beauty, and charm than anyone else in France. While she was once the darling child of the king's favorite adviser, her father's death has turned her into the servant of her stepmother and cruel stepsisters--and at her own chateau, too! Cendrillon--now called Cinder--manages to evade her stepmother and attend the ball, where she catches the eye of the handsome Prince Louis and his younger brother Auguste. Even though Cendrillon has an immediate aversion to Louis, and a connection with Auguste, the only way to escape her stepmother is to compete with the other women at court for the Prince's hand. Soon, as Cendrillon glows closer to Auguste and dislikes the prince more and more, she will have to decide if she can bear losing the boy she loves in order to leave a life she hates. Melissa de la Cruz takes a lush, romantic hand to this retold fairy tale classic.

30 review for Cinder & Glass

  1. 5 out of 5

    kim

    This sounds like Cinderella combined The Selection ... so I'm in. This sounds like Cinderella combined The Selection ... so I'm in.

  2. 4 out of 5

    avani ✿

    cinder & glass aesthetic: https://www.tiktok.com/@avani.reads/v... ---- I barely finished this. I honestly don't even know what really happened because I ended up skimming so much. Feel slightly guilty for marking this as read, but I think I at least deserve that for the literal torture this was. I think the main problem was that I just went in with completely different expectations for this book, and I was just not the intended audience. This book has a very juvenile feel to it. The main charact cinder & glass aesthetic: https://www.tiktok.com/@avani.reads/v... ---- I barely finished this. I honestly don't even know what really happened because I ended up skimming so much. Feel slightly guilty for marking this as read, but I think I at least deserve that for the literal torture this was. I think the main problem was that I just went in with completely different expectations for this book, and I was just not the intended audience. This book has a very juvenile feel to it. The main character felt annoying, immature, and naive to me. But then I also remember she isn't as old as I thought she would be, so I can't really hold her to the same standard as I do for other main characters. The plot was not unique nor interesting enough to keep me intrigued, so I ended up not paying much attention as the story progressed. The setting was nice though, though I do wish there some more fantasy aspect to it. It might have kept things a little more lively. I appreciated the effort in some aspects, like the romance. I think I remember the romance being ok, although again, the main character just ruined it for me. The whole Selection parallel was not it either. Overall, I think I would've absolutely devoured this if I had read it a few years ago. It's exactly what I used to love, and its an amazing beginner YA fantasy. Just not something I would ever choose to read now.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kaya

    Cinder and Glass is honestly just a lot of fun. It’s sort of like if The Selection met the classic Cinderella story in a fully historical setting. We follow a girl named Cendrillon (or Cinder for short) who goes to The Ball to escape her wicked stepmother…and unknowingly is entered into a competition for Prince Louis’s hand, even as she is distracted by the prince’s younger brother Auguste. I LOVED the fact this had little to no “magic” in it. Which is so weird for me considering that I adore mag Cinder and Glass is honestly just a lot of fun. It’s sort of like if The Selection met the classic Cinderella story in a fully historical setting. We follow a girl named Cendrillon (or Cinder for short) who goes to The Ball to escape her wicked stepmother…and unknowingly is entered into a competition for Prince Louis’s hand, even as she is distracted by the prince’s younger brother Auguste. I LOVED the fact this had little to no “magic” in it. Which is so weird for me considering that I adore magic? And all the best fairytale retellings usually have it. However, Melissa De La Cruz did such a fantastic job describing the atmosphere of Paris, and capturing the subtle intricacies of the Cinderella story that this story felt like a real fairytale nonetheless. And that’s something I really respect. A lot of the characters in this book feel more two-dimensional than I expected, and truly feel at home in this French tale. My biggest complaint? I feel like I’m the wrong audience for this book. It felt more juvenile in comparison to a book like Cinder, and much more so than Throne of Glass. I guessed the “plot twist” almost immediately. Everything else was either really fun (the surprisingly endearing romance, the ball, a few other moments) or predictable in an unbearable way. The princes sometimes felt like people and other times felt like the equivalent of a love interest written for a book directed at sixth graders*. On the other hand, I enjoyed that there were two of them and that part of the book featured a competition. So now you see my dilemma! *okay but tell me why my first thought was to compare them to geronimo stilton💀 Cendrillion also was just not my favorite heroine. She didn’t have that Cinderella charm that I so wanted. If you’ve ever seen Cinderella III: A Twist In Time then you’ll know that Cinderella isn’t just kind, she’s also determined, witty, and clever. Her stepsister Anastasia also got a great redemption arc in that movie. Reading CInder and Glass felt like reading a younger adaptation of that movie (minus the time-travel stuff). I would definitely recommend this if you like retellings geared toward a younger audience, or if you just want something fun to pass the time. Thank you so much Penguin Teen for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review! 3 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee (bookswithnopictures)

    4.5 stars Surprise! I devoured a Cinderella retelling! *read mild sarcasm as retellings are a blatant favorite* :) Cendrillon, aka Cinder, is the daughter of an influential aristo. Her mother has passed but her godmother's influence is steady and loving. When her father takes her to court and returns home with a bride, life slowly loses more of its shine until her father unexpectedly dies. She's no longer the loving daughter of the household and finds herself as little more than a maid. Changes ar 4.5 stars Surprise! I devoured a Cinderella retelling! *read mild sarcasm as retellings are a blatant favorite* :) Cendrillon, aka Cinder, is the daughter of an influential aristo. Her mother has passed but her godmother's influence is steady and loving. When her father takes her to court and returns home with a bride, life slowly loses more of its shine until her father unexpectedly dies. She's no longer the loving daughter of the household and finds herself as little more than a maid. Changes are afoot again when the king orders all eligible maidens to join in festivities to find the dauphin his bride. This book reminds me of a condensed version of The Selection trilogy crossed with Cinderella. The French influence and setting added great flavor and dropped me right into the setting. I would love to see more retellings like this from Melissa. Lauren Ezzo's performance is really well done. I'll happily listen to her with a YA anytime. Thank you to PRHA for the alc. All thoughts in this review are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    book bruin

    Cinder & Glass is an entertaining young adult retelling of Cinderella. After seeing the cover, I thought there might be a magical element, but you won't find that in this retelling. The story unfolds as expected, but the selection/bachelor style competition around the midpoint was an interesting twist. I wanted to love Cendrillon, but she was a bit dense throughout and it was frustrating when she couldn't figure things out that seemed very obvious. I both listened to and read Cinder & Glass, and Cinder & Glass is an entertaining young adult retelling of Cinderella. After seeing the cover, I thought there might be a magical element, but you won't find that in this retelling. The story unfolds as expected, but the selection/bachelor style competition around the midpoint was an interesting twist. I wanted to love Cendrillon, but she was a bit dense throughout and it was frustrating when she couldn't figure things out that seemed very obvious. I both listened to and read Cinder & Glass, and Lauren Ezzo gave a wonderful performance. I was very impressed by the variety of voices she utilized. She nailed Cendrillon perfectly and captured so much emotion in her narration. Sometimes it was difficult to differentiate between the numerous female voices (especially during the courtship scenes), but overall this was a great listening experience and a cute fairy tale retelling. Audiobook Review Overall 3.5 stars Performance 4.5 stars Story 3 stars CW: death of parent & loved one, emotional abuse, poison/drugging, mentions of physical abuse (secondary character), classism *I voluntarily read and listened to a review copy of this book*

  6. 4 out of 5

    laur gluchie

    I have received a copy of this book through a giveaway hosted by the publisher. This has not affected my rating or review in any way.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Books on Stereo

    Cinder and Glass is a fun, inventive re-imagination of the cinderella tale that offers just enough nuance to make the narrative feel fresh and new.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica McKenna

    Got an ARC through work, and I have to say, this one gave me a few good laughs. I don't think I've ever encountered a main character who was more utterly oblivious to her surroundings, and not in a good way. Basically every major plot point goes so far over her head that it's actively frustrating to read through the many, many pages where she's floundering to catch up with what the reader already clearly knows. It might have worked if the clues were less absolutely overt, but oh well. For example Got an ARC through work, and I have to say, this one gave me a few good laughs. I don't think I've ever encountered a main character who was more utterly oblivious to her surroundings, and not in a good way. Basically every major plot point goes so far over her head that it's actively frustrating to read through the many, many pages where she's floundering to catch up with what the reader already clearly knows. It might have worked if the clues were less absolutely overt, but oh well. For example, for anyone not bothered by spoilers: (view spoiler)[That proposal scene, where for at least 10 pages she inexplicably thinks that Auguste is marrying someone else. Doesn't catch on when he leads her to a private space that's important to them from childhood. Doesn't catch on when he tells her he told the king to give him a title specifically because of their relationship together. Doesn't catch on when he kisses her. Nope, we need to have the full Who's On First conversation before we can finally understand what's happening. Get it together, Cendrillon!!! (hide spoiler)] And of course, because it's a retelling of Cinderella, you pretty much know what you're getting going into it. It does have a few twists (notably when it dips, at just about exactly the halfway point, into sudden Selection territory), but ultimately de la Cruz has such a chokehold on those fairytale reins that even when it doesn't actually make much sense, she still manages to shove her story back into the confines of standard Cinderella plot points. It's unfortunate, because having read some of Blue Bloods, I would really have loved to see her go wild here. I will warn you that though the cover looks nice and magical, there's no magic here - The setting stays relatively faithfully in historical Versailles, where the most you get is poisons and love potions. But ultimately, it's still a light, fun read. It's still got the charm of Cinderella, even though here she is very, very, regrettably dumb. And I am sure plenty of people, especially readers of Melissa de la Cruz, will absolutely love it. It's Cinderella in Versailles, after all. What could go wrong?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sierra

    - Releases March 8 - Reader’s Notes: -this occurs in 1682 France -there are two deaths that occur during the span of the book (one of which is mentioned in more detail due to the main character witnessing it, but both deaths affect the main character deeply) -there are two girls interested in one another (no kissing; only blushing, hugs, and a bit of talking about how it isn’t going to be allowed/hiding it from most people) Review: I really enjoyed this Cinderella story! I liked how the author made th - Releases March 8 - Reader’s Notes: -this occurs in 1682 France -there are two deaths that occur during the span of the book (one of which is mentioned in more detail due to the main character witnessing it, but both deaths affect the main character deeply) -there are two girls interested in one another (no kissing; only blushing, hugs, and a bit of talking about how it isn’t going to be allowed/hiding it from most people) Review: I really enjoyed this Cinderella story! I liked how the author made this feel a bit more realistic with making the godmother only a normal godmother instead of a fairy. But she still gave us the feeling of a magical-like change in the Cinderella’s outlook after the transformation from cinder girl to highborn girl. I also like that Cendrillon (our main/Cinderella character) knew her ‘prince’ before the ball and liked him for who he was (both as a friend and as more than a friend). Cendrillon de Louvois is the daughter of the king’s close and favorite advisor. But after her father’s sudden marriage and subsequent death, she is forgotten by the monarch and others who knew her. After Cendrillon begins mourning, she is forced to be her household’s main servant by her stepmother and stepsister and is no longer seen by those in court. Until one day, about a year later, the Louvois household receives invitations to a ball. Though her stepfamily leaves her behind, Cendrillon makes it to the ball with some help, meets with her ‘prince’, and leaves unseen by the steps. But to her dismay, she caught the eye of the crown prince (her ‘prince’s’ brother) during the ball and he wants her to be one of twenty-five women to compete for his hand in marriage. Which of course makes her stepmother and sister furious. But after some thought, Cendrillon knows this is the best way to get herself and her friends out from under the stepfamily’s thumb. So despite her misgivings, she chooses to compete. The only question is, can she deny her heart the love it holds for her ‘prince’ in order to save her friends?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy / Retelling *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* With Cinder & Glass, author Melissa de la Cruz pens a lush, swoon-worthy retelling of "Cinderella" set in lavish Versailles. The year is 1682, and Cendrillon de Louvois is the only daughter of Michel le Tellier, le Marquis de Louvois. The Marquis and his daughter are moving to Versailles where Louis XIV (The Sun King) advisors call home. The only problem is Cinder's father is soon dead, and she ends up with a woman *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy / Retelling *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* With Cinder & Glass, author Melissa de la Cruz pens a lush, swoon-worthy retelling of "Cinderella" set in lavish Versailles. The year is 1682, and Cendrillon de Louvois is the only daughter of Michel le Tellier, le Marquis de Louvois. The Marquis and his daughter are moving to Versailles where Louis XIV (The Sun King) advisors call home. The only problem is Cinder's father is soon dead, and she ends up with a woman named Catherine who fits the bill of the evil stepmother to a tee. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    This was a light read with a fun retelling of a classic story. This book is geared more for a younger audience, but it was a decent read. There were things throughout the book that were a little over the top, but the main character was enjoyable enough and the rest of the cast was pretty good as well. Some of the writing was mediocre and sometimes the story was a little lackluster, but overall it was a decent and quick read. If you're looking for a retelling that's a light read, this is the book This was a light read with a fun retelling of a classic story. This book is geared more for a younger audience, but it was a decent read. There were things throughout the book that were a little over the top, but the main character was enjoyable enough and the rest of the cast was pretty good as well. Some of the writing was mediocre and sometimes the story was a little lackluster, but overall it was a decent and quick read. If you're looking for a retelling that's a light read, this is the book for you.

  12. 5 out of 5

    hanna

    goddd this mc was so infuriating

  13. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Singrey

    This book is everything a well-done Cinderella retelling should be. Set in the French court at Versailles, the Hall of Mirrors and descriptions of beautiful dresses feature prominently. When Cendrillion de Louvois arrives at court, she's nervous as years at home have left her ignorant of court customs. She quickly gets off on the wrong foot with the Dauphin (crown prince) when he finds her in the Orangerie without permission, though his illegitimate half-brother Auguste befriends her. But then h This book is everything a well-done Cinderella retelling should be. Set in the French court at Versailles, the Hall of Mirrors and descriptions of beautiful dresses feature prominently. When Cendrillion de Louvois arrives at court, she's nervous as years at home have left her ignorant of court customs. She quickly gets off on the wrong foot with the Dauphin (crown prince) when he finds her in the Orangerie without permission, though his illegitimate half-brother Auguste befriends her. But then her father marries Lady Catherine and suddenly dies, leaving Cendrillion without access to her inheritance. But when a ball is announced to choose ladies for the Dauphin, Louis, to court, Cendrillion sees her chance to plead her case with some of her fathers' old friends. But, at the ball, she ends up impressing the Dauphin himself, and he names her one of the ladies competing for his hand, along with Cendrillion's two step-sisters. Unfortunately, Louis is not the brother Cendrillion finds herself falling for. This story stays mostly true to the original storyline, except for here the Dauphin courts the different ladies, taking them on outings and eliminating them a few at a time Bachelor-style. Cendrillion is a headstrong protagonist who matches wits with royalty and her evil stepmother alike. The story sparkles with romantic tension as things heat up between Cendrillion and Auguste. This is a fun retelling with enough differences from the original to make it interesting. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance review copy of this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Diana-christie Biancardi

    I think I'm done with Cinderella re-tellings. It'd be more entertaining if it was called something like Zombie Cinderella or if she had superpowers. The cover is so beautiful and lovely!! Top 5 of the year. I think I'm done with Cinderella re-tellings. It'd be more entertaining if it was called something like Zombie Cinderella or if she had superpowers. The cover is so beautiful and lovely!! Top 5 of the year.

  15. 4 out of 5

    McKenzie

    was it the best book i ever read? no was it cute and had the components that a fairytale retelling should have? yes honestly i would recommend this book solely for the last ten pages

  16. 4 out of 5

    emery

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was a true fairytale. I was sucked in from the very beginning and had a hard time putting it down. I easily could’ve read it in a day but I didn’t want it to be over so quickly. It was a wonderful retelling of Cinderella. Even though I knew what would happen in the end, I still cried and anxiously read until the end! Also the added queer representation was a very cute surprise. I would definitely recommend this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emma Matteson

    Very good if you’re looking for a happy read! Very much like cinderella and the selection! I would recommend to fantasy and dystopian future type readers!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mere

    I recieved this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. DNF 34% I 100% absolutely should have known what I was getting myself into when I requested this book. I really should have known. Because I mean...I didn’t like any of her stuff. But the pretty cover and the description called to me. It said, “PICK ME PICK ME”. Remind me to stop picking books based on covers. It seriously does not help me. This book is going to appeal to people who love retellings and Meliss I recieved this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. DNF 34% I 100% absolutely should have known what I was getting myself into when I requested this book. I really should have known. Because I mean...I didn’t like any of her stuff. But the pretty cover and the description called to me. It said, “PICK ME PICK ME”. Remind me to stop picking books based on covers. It seriously does not help me. This book is going to appeal to people who love retellings and Melissa de la Cruz. This just ended up not being my thing. I won’t say that this book was absolutely horrible (it wasn’t) but the bit I read did not encourage me to go on and finish it. The writing style just wasn’t doing it for me to be honest. I struggled with how the pacing of the book was going as well as the dialogue. It just wasn’t working. I think that is a personal thing more than anything else. I felt everything was stilted in this book. Also, the characters were flat too me – and our heroine was tragically dense. Dense to the point where I decided I was not going to suffer through another moment of this book. I mean...ugh. Just...I don’t mind when teens make mistakes or act young, because they are, but this girl...well, she was a whole new world. Another reviewer said what I felt, this was a very juvenile book. And I was not the intended audience, which is totally A-okay!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    When I first read the synopsis I thought... okay so this is a Cinderella retelling with a vibe of The Selection. I LOVE a good Cinderella retelling and The Selection is one of my favorite series but... unfortunately this one did not hit the mark for me... Don't get me wrong, it was great in some areas but a little blah in others. I loved that this was based in 1700 France because that time period is utterly fascinating to me, especially life at French Court. But unfortunately the characters fell a When I first read the synopsis I thought... okay so this is a Cinderella retelling with a vibe of The Selection. I LOVE a good Cinderella retelling and The Selection is one of my favorite series but... unfortunately this one did not hit the mark for me... Don't get me wrong, it was great in some areas but a little blah in others. I loved that this was based in 1700 France because that time period is utterly fascinating to me, especially life at French Court. But unfortunately the characters fell a bit flat. Our MC was so naive that I found myself yelling at the book. But alas, some girls in that time are extremely naive so what are ya gonna do... Overall it was a cute read and I would recommend it to some friends who I know would love it. 3.5/5

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)

    Thanks to PenguinTeen for the digital ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Is it weird to say I don't think this author is for me even though I've only read two of her books? (The other one being The Queen's Assassin. I ended up giving that one 2 stars as well.) CINDER & GLASS was very average for me. Yes, it is a Cinderella retelling in a historical France setting but almost everything about this was incredibly dull. Characters felt two-dimensional or flat, and I wanted so much mo Thanks to PenguinTeen for the digital ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Is it weird to say I don't think this author is for me even though I've only read two of her books? (The other one being The Queen's Assassin. I ended up giving that one 2 stars as well.) CINDER & GLASS was very average for me. Yes, it is a Cinderella retelling in a historical France setting but almost everything about this was incredibly dull. Characters felt two-dimensional or flat, and I wanted so much more from the setting. I felt plopped into this world with nothing to hold on to and nothing to see me through. I really wish I could say more, and you might be wondering why I'm not giving in one star. Some of things I clung onto were Cendrillon's relationship with Elodie and Marius, along with her bumbling maybe hopeful relationship with one of her step-sisters. I wanted Cendrillon's godmother to play a larger role and it sucked that she was resigned to her fate. The romance between Cendrillon and Auguste seemed rush and not really concrete. I hate it say it but it felt like a silly teenage romance which yes, I know it is but I didn't feel...anything toward them. I also think this is suited toward a younger young adult audience in terms of the writing.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kaley

    Quick Stats Age Rating: 13+ Over All: 2 stars Plot: 2/5 Characters: 2/5 Setting: 2/5 Writing: 2.5/5 Special thanks to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for an eARC of this book! All thoughts and opinions reflected in this review are my own. I love retellings, but this one disappointed me. Honestly, it just didn’t feel fleshed out enough. It was the definition of telling instead of showing. I felt no connection to the characters, no connection to the plot, nothing. Interesting things were happening, but the wri Quick Stats Age Rating: 13+ Over All: 2 stars Plot: 2/5 Characters: 2/5 Setting: 2/5 Writing: 2.5/5 Special thanks to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for an eARC of this book! All thoughts and opinions reflected in this review are my own. I love retellings, but this one disappointed me. Honestly, it just didn’t feel fleshed out enough. It was the definition of telling instead of showing. I felt no connection to the characters, no connection to the plot, nothing. Interesting things were happening, but the writing was so sparse that I was never able to truly engage with what was happening. It also had the worst case of instalove I think I’ve ever read. We get three scenes in which they have no chemistry aside from platonic. Then a time skip of a year. They run into each other and have a quick conversation and a dance—still no chemistry. Then the next time they see each other it’s true love. The only scene that I felt any connection between them was the one in the fountains. Also the kiss was so poorly written. It was supposed to be this world shattering kiss, and yet it had no description or anything, only Cendrillon telling us that it was a world shattering kiss. I flew through this book, but it was painfully boring and predictable, and I really just didn’t enjoy it, unfortunately.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carissa

    This book is unbelievably boring. I don’t particularly care for the Cinderella fairy tale, but I decided to push through the novel anyway because it was an ARC from Penguin- and in the hopes there would be something interesting to finally pique my interest. That never once happened. Cinderella-meets-Selection with all of the magic sucked out means it was an absolute drag the entire time. I skimmed entire pages without losing track of the plot. Cendrillion is the epitome of a character who never This book is unbelievably boring. I don’t particularly care for the Cinderella fairy tale, but I decided to push through the novel anyway because it was an ARC from Penguin- and in the hopes there would be something interesting to finally pique my interest. That never once happened. Cinderella-meets-Selection with all of the magic sucked out means it was an absolute drag the entire time. I skimmed entire pages without losing track of the plot. Cendrillion is the epitome of a character who never makes decisions, only responds to the plot. The pacing is awkward. It’s clear that Melissa De La Cruz was trying to emphasize the romance by drawing it out longer than any other scenes, but the result was weird time jumps and all of the meat of the story getting overshadowed by a, quite frankly, annoyingly dry romance. I was never invested in any of the subplots and I don’t understand why the weird “choose a bride” competition was included if there would only be a handful of pages devoted to it. There was no effort to make the reader work for information; each plot twist was plainly explained and Cendrillion was just too stupid to pick up on the clues. It was prettily but so blandly written. And the cover is honestly really ugly.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Meghan Lew

    Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Teen for providing an arc copy of this book. Retellings usually are a hit or miss for me, especially Cinderella retellings, but I ended up enjoying this one. I thought it was close enough to the original to still feel like Cinderella, but I felt the twists it did have to the fairytale were nice. The characters definitely made this book stand out for me, but all I wanted was more from them. The plot was super sweet and cute, and it truly made this book feel like Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Teen for providing an arc copy of this book. Retellings usually are a hit or miss for me, especially Cinderella retellings, but I ended up enjoying this one. I thought it was close enough to the original to still feel like Cinderella, but I felt the twists it did have to the fairytale were nice. The characters definitely made this book stand out for me, but all I wanted was more from them. The plot was super sweet and cute, and it truly made this book feel like classic YA. It never felt like it was trying to be more than what it is. My favorite change from the original fairytale was how the second step-sister was treated in this book. The second step-sister had a nice arc that made sense, and unlike other retellings, didn’t abruptly make her good in the end. The story's overall plot wasn’t anything special, but it was still a fun time. The characters were much fun to read about; I think that this book would have benefited from multiple POVs. I wanted to know more from the central and side characters to get a better feel for everything going on in the story. I also feel that some of the characters had their stories ended way too suddenly. But despite this, I was obsessed with the main couple in this book and found their romance super heartwarming.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shreya

    ⭐⭐⭐ (Because I can't believe what you just did there.) •Welcome to a Bridgerton set in France (which kinda makes me the wrong audience just like that) •Cendrillon, through being truly kind and compassionate felt more like any YA female protagonist either. (She is very much NOT like the other girls) •Red queen vibes because I did not like ANY OF THE PRINCES. •My favourite evil stepmom is in here y'all. •I wish there wasn't so much detailing on the color of the tablecloth to the length of the gras ⭐⭐⭐ (Because I can't believe what you just did there.) •Welcome to a Bridgerton set in France (which kinda makes me the wrong audience just like that) •Cendrillon, through being truly kind and compassionate felt more like any YA female protagonist either. (She is very much NOT like the other girls) •Red queen vibes because I did not like ANY OF THE PRINCES. •My favourite evil stepmom is in here y'all. •I wish there wasn't so much detailing on the color of the tablecloth to the length of the grass because honestly, it's not my thing. (Neither is it important to the plot) •No magic ??!???! •Godmother was on point though. •Kinda turned into a DNF material halfway through the book. •The author has future though. Newbie mistakes don't count forever. •The entire transition from a courtlady to a typical cinderalla role was rushed. •Selection vibes (Ps. I DNFed The Selection.) •GET IT TOGETHER, CENDRILLON!! Don't fall for sparkly men especially princes. Especially princes who are brothers. My god. •If you're into French-ish books with fantasy elements this one is for you. •I can't even remember the princes names y'all. (Thank you @prhinternational for my Arc copy)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ishtars.epeolatry

    I am a long time fan of Melissa de La Cruz’s writing I am very thankful to Penguin Random House for sending me an early copy of Cinder and Glass in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this fun, elegant French retelling of Cinderella (Cendrillon). Set in beautiful Versailles and loosely based on the court of the sun king, King Louis. Cendrillon is a strong and kind character, who you see at the start enjoying her life and discovering the fun of court life in Versailles. But a new I am a long time fan of Melissa de La Cruz’s writing I am very thankful to Penguin Random House for sending me an early copy of Cinder and Glass in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this fun, elegant French retelling of Cinderella (Cendrillon). Set in beautiful Versailles and loosely based on the court of the sun king, King Louis. Cendrillon is a strong and kind character, who you see at the start enjoying her life and discovering the fun of court life in Versailles. But a new woman appears in her fathers life and everything begins to fall apart… A well known story with a few new twist, I highly recommend this book. A classic YA book, with Melissa’s strong character style and ability to make you truly despise the evil stepmother. This book has me exclaiming out loud at points. You know the story, but the brother of the prince adds such a great element to the story and the LGBTQ+ representation warmed my heart.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Riley

    The traditional fairytale of Cinderella meets The Selection. I loved how the premise of this story started out with the Cinderella story we’re all familiar with but slowly began to diverge and evolve into something unique and of its own design. I loved the little bits of modernity like Alexandre and Elodie’s romance. And Cendrillion falling for not the heir of the throne but his brother. The forbidden romance was oh so good. I loved watching all of the characters grow especially Auguste and Cend The traditional fairytale of Cinderella meets The Selection. I loved how the premise of this story started out with the Cinderella story we’re all familiar with but slowly began to diverge and evolve into something unique and of its own design. I loved the little bits of modernity like Alexandre and Elodie’s romance. And Cendrillion falling for not the heir of the throne but his brother. The forbidden romance was oh so good. I loved watching all of the characters grow especially Auguste and Cendrillion’s love for each other. Auguste was so sweet as a love interest and his big heart truly makes up such a quintessential part of the story. This was a fairly easy and short read and definitely a feel good novel if you’re looking for a happy ending.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dusty

    RATING: 2.5 STARS I became very excited after seeing the cover for Melissa de la Cruz’s Cinder and Glass, and learning that it was a Cinderella retelling and similar to The Selection. I should have read a bit farther though, as the comparison to Bridgerton was a hint that the book leaned more towards historical fiction and less towards fantasy. Ultimately, I don’t think I was the intended audience for Cinder and Glass, but I do think the book will find a loyal fan base in other readers with d RATING: 2.5 STARS I became very excited after seeing the cover for Melissa de la Cruz’s Cinder and Glass, and learning that it was a Cinderella retelling and similar to The Selection. I should have read a bit farther though, as the comparison to Bridgerton was a hint that the book leaned more towards historical fiction and less towards fantasy. Ultimately, I don’t think I was the intended audience for Cinder and Glass, but I do think the book will find a loyal fan base in other readers with different preferences. I would recommend this book for fans of historical fiction and classic fairytale retellings. I would not recommend this book for fantasy readers expecting a magical retelling of the Cinderella storyline. I will still be reading books by Melissa de la Cruz in the future, but I’m unlikely to read anything additional related to this particular storyline. For my full review of Cinder and Glass, please check out the Under the Covers book blog: https://www.underthecoversbookblog.co...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dreams

    Thank you to Penguin Teen and Netgalley for an e-arc copy in exchange for an honest review. I love retellings and this was no exception. This Cinderella meets The Selection retelling was such a fun and fast read for me. I loved the characters, drama and all the beautiful settings. Cendrillon is a kind and strong character who keeps on fighting even when life keeps knocking her down. She doesn't give up and continues to fight for herself and her own happiness. She is a character I was able to see Thank you to Penguin Teen and Netgalley for an e-arc copy in exchange for an honest review. I love retellings and this was no exception. This Cinderella meets The Selection retelling was such a fun and fast read for me. I loved the characters, drama and all the beautiful settings. Cendrillon is a kind and strong character who keeps on fighting even when life keeps knocking her down. She doesn't give up and continues to fight for herself and her own happiness. She is a character I was able to see myself in, minus the balls and fancy dresses. I recommend this highly loved fairytale, with a twist.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cap

    Cinderella at Versailles?! Sign me up!!! How could I not want to immediately read this? It sounded intriguing from the start!! I started reading this so fast and I’m so happy I did! This was such a wonderful Cinderella retelling! Honestly one of my favorites (even if I’ll never understand why Cinderella won’t just leave her stepmother….but it is what it is) and I was so sad it was over, but so happy by the end too. I mean I was legitimately smiling from ear to ear while reading it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Stevens

    *I recieved an eARC of this book from NetGalley. This was a cute retelling of Cinderella. Almost Cinderella meets the Bachelor. I found this book to be easy to read and propolsive. I wasn't the biggest fan, I thought it was fine. But I have read a lot of Cinderella retelling and I wasn't the intended audience. I think this book is a good one for younger teens. *I recieved an eARC of this book from NetGalley. This was a cute retelling of Cinderella. Almost Cinderella meets the Bachelor. I found this book to be easy to read and propolsive. I wasn't the biggest fan, I thought it was fine. But I have read a lot of Cinderella retelling and I wasn't the intended audience. I think this book is a good one for younger teens.

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