Published by Arthur A. Levine on Oct. 11, 2016
BOOK: Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella by Megan Morrison
WHICH CLASSIC: Cinderella
Prince Dash Charming has one wish: evolution. The Charming Curse forced generations of Charming men to lie, cheat, and break hearts — but with the witch Envearia’s death, the curse has ended. Now Dash wants to be a better person, but he doesn’t know where to start . . .
Serge can grant any wish — and has: As an executive fairy godfather, he’s catered to the wildest whims of spoiled teenagers from the richest, most entitled families in Blue. But now a new name has come up on his list, someone nobody’s ever heard of . . . Ella Coach.
BEST CLASSIC MOMENT:
Ella’s first meeting with her Fairy God . . . figures.
HOW IT STACKS UP: Excellent.
Look, this isn’t Cinderella like you’ve ever seen it before. Cinderella loses a slipper and flees from the prince within the first 19 pages, and the ball is over and done with before we even hit the halfway point. And I don’t care. See, this Cinderella has much bigger things to worry about than winning the prince’s heart at some ball. She has to find a way to fix unfair labor standards that threaten the working class of her kingdom. She has to stand up for those who can’t and be a voice for those who are being silenced. And if she thinks about the prince at all, it’s because she hopes she can show him the things that are wrong and convince him to do something about it. This Cinderella is a revolutionary — and I love it. In this day and age, this is the Cinderella we need, and if we share in her story, then maybe she and her prince and her fairy godfathers can show us how to stand tall and find hope to fix our own broken world.