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Rule 1: Never go out after dark. Rule 2: Never go into large bodies of water. Rule 3: Stay off of social media. And she never expected to learn she was a mermaid shifter, or that her mother was killed by vampires. Whisked away in the middle of the night for her own safety, Myreen finds herself in a secret school for shifters. With rumors swirling, mean girls circling, and two incredibly attractive guys tugging her in separate directions, Myreen will need to untangle the web of secrets surrounding her if she ever wants to find out why her mother was murdered. But as she dives deeper into the mystery, she discovers a truth about herself that no one saw coming—a truth that will change the fate of the shifter world forever.

Myreen struggles to adapt to life under the thumb of her vampire leader father. Kol battles his feelings over the family curse while trying to save her. Kenzie dives headfirst into the vampire school to rescue her best friend and Leif, who is so broken down by torture he can barely decipher what's real and what's not. The final battle between the shifters and vampires is coming. Will the prophecy prove to be true, or will Myreen fail everyone she cares about? Lost and forgotten. An eternal, menial existence. Leif Villers has been a vampire for nearly a century, and he hates what he is.

Unwilling to live in the present, he falls into surfacing memories and re-experiences them — memories of Camilla and the Frost Boarding House, and of course, his beloved Gemma MacLugh who was murdered by a dragon shifter. We meet Isabelle, the younger of Cinderella's two stepsisters.

Ella is considered beautiful; stepsister Isabelle is not. Isabelle is fearless, brave, and strong-willed. She fences better than any boy, and takes her stallion over jumps that grown men fear to attempt. It doesn't matter, though; these qualities are not valued in a girl. Others have determined what is beautiful, and Isabelle does not fit their definition.

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Isabelle must face down the demons that drove her cruel treatment of Ella, challenge her own fate and maybe even redefine the very notion of beauty Cinderella is about a girl who was bullied; Stepsister is about the bully. We all root for the victims, we want to see them triumph.

But what about the bullies? Is there hope for them? Can a mean girl change? Can she find her own happily ever after? Stepsister , however, was exactly that which I had originally expected of a retelling. Stepsister built upon the well-loved fairytale of Ashputtel, blood and all. As a result, the characters were more developed too. Why is she hanging out in a pond before sunrise? Because, y'know, floors are cold but ponds aren't.

It's light enough for her to see the tadpoles swimming around the lily pads, but somehow she can't see this guy fishing across the way from her. He seems to be across the pond, and yet is close enough to hear her quietly speak to him. I want my money back. Dec 01, Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves: fairy-tale-retelling , clean-romances.

I love the cover of this book, the title is a little overused and the little blurp on the cover gives way too much away. Saying on the cover "The shoe fits but she may not want it back", I knew what would happen before I opened it and this hurt the book for me. The first half of this story was so depressing. One of the roughest Cinderella retelling I have read, but it was worth it in the end. This isn't just your normal Cinderella story it is about a young woman who is treated harshly by some an I love the cover of this book, the title is a little overused and the little blurp on the cover gives way too much away.

This isn't just your normal Cinderella story it is about a young woman who is treated harshly by some and loved by others and how she comes to realize in the end how to forgive and let go and embrace the joy and learn to live again. This is a deeper retelling and one to learn a very good lesson from. It was a little predictable but the story and the characters more then made up for it. Peaslee is a talented writer and I can't wait to see what she writes next.

Jul 22, Gail rated it really liked it. Ella was one of those people who should have angel wings. She is kind, hard working, and forgiving. She also doesn't complain or tell how bad her step mother is. I thought she should have just refused to come here when here mother called her to be beaten, but she finally decided she had had enough when her step mother was ill and she could see she had some power over her. All in all, Will was the best choice, but the prince seemed like a pretty nice guy. Hard decisio Sigh Hard decision. She was a very good example of being kind and loving and for forgiving others.

I was glad to read that her life got better when she married him- what a sweet story about true love- the love that is service. Feb 02, Linnae rated it liked it Shelves: young-adult , fantasy , adult , clean-reads , fairy-tales-retold , cinderella. Ella is resourceful and has purpose behind her obedience. Ella Blakely works as a servant in her own home, ever since the death of her beloved father Henry. She has chosen to stay, despite the abuse from her stemother Victoria, and stepsisters Cecilia and Mabel, because of a promise to her father on his deathbed--that she would take care of them.

She knows that he had no idea how bad things would get, but she still honors the promise and the man. She also stays because Ashfield is her home and ha Ella is resourceful and has purpose behind her obedience. She also stays because Ashfield is her home and has been in the family for generations.

She will not leave, and by so doing, leave Ashfield in Victoria's clutches to do with as she chooses. As it is, they are barely getting by. Ella somehow manages to scrape together food from the eggs and milk their 2 chickens and 1 cow give, but they are in desperate straits. Victoria has already sold off anything of value in the home, but instead of using the money to buy food or pay for upkeep, she invariably uses it to buy dresses for her daughters, or other trappings to make it look to the outside world like everything is still just fine. When Prince Kenton returns home from years travelling abroad, he makes an electrifying announcement: he is having a ball, and means to choose his bride from amongst the commoners.

Ella must get to that ball! Not that she will be the one chosen, but if she is--it would be a way out, while still keeping her promise to provide for her family. Her friend Will, whom she often meets by the pond in the morning, has been so sweet to her always. He works at the palace, in charge of the stables. Maybe if he could give her a ride, or something From Will's perspective, she is just too angelic and sweet to be believed. This one shows that she does feel frustrated and angry at her stepmother and stepsisters, at times, and that she isn't completely perfect.

Content: Clean. I blog at www. Jun 03, Rita rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: everyone. The Cinderella story has always been one my favorite stories since childhood mostly the Disney version. There is a lot of Cinderella retelling out there, some do stick to the original story or the Disney one.

In this book, Ella by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee, is the retelling and re-imagining classic Cinderella fairytale with some new twists and turns in order to make it her own story! I loved the idea of someone rising from their difficult circumstances due to their goodness, selfless, determina The Cinderella story has always been one my favorite stories since childhood mostly the Disney version.

Her father, Henry, raises her and he eventually remarries another woman called Victoria, the evil stepmother who is a mother to Mabel and Cecilia. When Ella is ten years old, her father dies. She is left to take care of her stepmother and her stepsisters and she becomes their servant in her own home. When Ella is twenty years old, there is a ball announced by Prince Kenton who is hoping to find a wife before he turns twenty-five.

There are also some differences like Ella has two friends, Will and Jane. There are things that happen as the story goes which tests both of those friendships.

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There is no fairy godmother so Ella has to find another way to get to the ball without her stepmother and stepsister knowing. And many more differences that you have to read to find out! I found myself connect to Ella from the start of the book. She is a hardworking, loyal girl with a great personality and attitude. This is one of the roughest retelling Cinderella story I have read but, in this story, there is a lot of hope, strength and it makes up for it. Ella goes through a lot of heartbreaking and difficult experiences but she overcomes these difficulties which strengthens her and allow to grow.

She always tries to look the good side of things and of people. She also has two good friends that help her out in her journey, they each play an important role in her story. There relationship was incredibly sweet, Will knew Ella since their childhood and he was always there for Ella, through the good times and the hard ones. The ending was completely perfect to this beautiful story!

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Even if there was no fairies or magic to help Ella, she rises herself up on her own and with the help of her friends. This book will appeal to teens to adults. An enjoyable Cinderella story retelling! Peaslee made it her own, adding twists to the story. She also packed in some good food for thought; life lessons and encouragement! Jan 20, Heather Chapman rated it it was amazing.


This was such a lovely retelling. It's different, but in a way that brings more heart to the original story. Ella is a story of kindness, courage, forgiveness, and love. It was such a beautiful story that I hope all of my daughters will read! I can't wait to read Jess's other books! Jan 08, Patricia rated it did not like it Shelves: disliked-didn-t-finish. There are some negative reviews for books that I did not finish that I relish writing but not this one. I could tell a lot of care and crafting had gone into the story but I just struggled with reading it--from the first page.

I scan-read skimmed from nearly the first word. Not a good sign. Because of that scan-reading--had I actually finished the book--this book would have ultimately warranted two stars minimum.

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I made it to page out of and just could not make myself push forward on There are some negative reviews for books that I did not finish that I relish writing but not this one. I made it to page out of and just could not make myself push forward one more page. I have general theories about why I scan read. Sometimes, it is pacing--the story is just not going as fast as I need it to go.

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Sometimes, it is from the story being wordy--just TMI that does not in my opinion move the story along. Sometimes, these two things are inter-related--too much chitchat while the story does not advance fast enough. Finally, it can also be when things in the story don't add up or there is a lack of credibility or there is some breakdown between the story and me. On reflection, all of these apply here to some extent. Same with the chapter that followed about how wicked the stepmother was.

Then, as an example of my disconnect with the book, why didn't the doctor notice the repeated hand beatings on Ella's hands when Will had noticed from the get-go? Why did he just smile and innanely say things would work out? Why did Ella think that wearing the same dress every single day and going to market and having work roughened hands would not be the first clue to people that, perhaps, things had gone awry at home?

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The final nail in the DNF coffin: since this was a retelling of Cinderella and most are well acquainted with the story, why did I need such a lead in? I was halfway through the book and only reading things that I already knew about the Cinderella story, well other than Will's part and I guess that kept me reading until it just couldn't hold me any longer. Sep 19, Becca rated it it was amazing. I have a blog tour post coming up for the second book in this series, so I thought I should probably put this review up as well.

When the description says you will not be able to put it down, it's true. I started late Friday evening, and went into the morning because I couldn't put it down.

I devoured this book. I love re-tellings when they are done well, and this one is done very well. Cinderella is one of my all time favorite stories, so I knew when I opened the book I was in for the long haul. Ella, is such a sweet, loving, kind, hardworking, and compassionate character. She works all day to provide for her stepmother and horrible step sisters.

Her best friend in the world is Will Hawkins. They grew up together, but when Ella's father died, her step mother fired most of the staff or just quit paying them so they left.