|Used and mistreated by his stepmother, Cinder lives the life of a servant. He longs for a life and a love of his own. If that loves happens to come from a man, so be it. When a woman claiming to be his fairy godmother sends him to the ball, Cinder meets his prince charming, too bad he thinks Cinder is a woman.
While this was a new and unusual take on the Cinderella fairytale, it tended to move too slowly in places. I found Cinder to be more of a "poor, poor pitiful me" type of person than the strong selfless role model most of us grew up with. And while I understand this is not modeled after the Disney story, I almost wish it would have been. I am sure Cinder would have been more likeable to me that way. The prince, on the other hand, had much more personality and came off as more likeable even though his role was much smaller. There are some very hot sexual situations that keep the book from being a total loss, but I wouldn't recommend reading a book just for the sex, even though it can be fun at times. I hope I don't sound too harsh regarding the book because there were some good parts and there is some originality.