Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Cinderella Society

Author: Kay Cassidy
Pages: 303
Published: Egmont USA, April 13 2010
Genre: Chick-lit
Cover Score: A+
Overall Grade: B+
Source: Author

Jess Parker is fine with being invisible. Constantly moving, she is used to being the one that the mean girl picks on. That's until she moves to Mt. Sterling, Georgia, where she is invited to join the super-secret Cinderella Society, whose job is to protect innocent girls from the mean-girl, power-hungry Wickeds (whose goal is to use regular girls to do their own dirty work), the club's archenemy. Jess is happy to finally fit in--until she realizes that her job isn't just makeovers and catching the attention of her big-time crush. She's part of a centuries-old battle of good and evil, and now the Cindys are depending on her more than ever...
My thoughts: Cute, cute, cute! The Cinderella Society was clever, fun and chock-full of kick-butt girl power. To say it in short, I really liked it! While I wasn't expecting a real serious plot, I found that amongst the makeovers and cheerleading, The Cinderella Society dished out uplifting messages of self-acceptance and sisterhood. It had a deep, interesting plot that went above and beyond your average chick-lit novel, and was entirely unique--I've never seen anything like it before! The characters were well-developed and totally relatable (a major score for all of the girl power and real-life situations!)
However, as said by Yan here (because I couldn't say it any better), there was quite an information overload. I really appreciated how much time Ms. Cassidy put into the book, developing a good, strong background--but all of the Cindy details were really confusing and made the plot complicated to understand. There's a sequel coming out next spring, so I'm hoping that it will move away from all the background info and cut to the action! I was slightly disappointed that we didn't get to see any bigtime Cindy-Wicked action.
Overall, this was a great start for Ms. Cassidy! From the middle onward, I couldn't put the story down, and I can't wait to see what's next for Jess...

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elizabeth said...

Great review! This sounds like a fun book to read.

Yan said...

Your review is much more cohesive than mine xD I agree with you 100%!

Eleni @ La Femme Readers said...

I really like this book, glad you enjoyed it too!

Juju at Tales of said...

Great review. Thanks for the heads up on the info overload :) I can't wait to try this one.