C: Cinders by Michelle Davidson Argyle

Cinders by Michelle Davidson Argyle

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Have you ever wondered what happens after the "they lived happily ever after" part in fairy tales. Do they live happily ever after?   Is life care free and simple without any problems or worries?   Michelle Davidson Argyle explores that in her debut novella which continues Cinderella's story in "Cinders"

Back cover:  "Cinderella's happily ever after isn't turning out the way she expected. With her fairy godmother imprisoned in the castle and a mysterious stranger haunting her dreams, Cinderella is on her own to discover true love untainted by magic."

When Cinderella married the prince, he saved her from her stepmother and stepsisters and a life of drudgery.  However, the glow of her new life soon begins to wear off.   She had gotten what she wanted, so why wasn't she happy.   She began to wonder...  Does he really love her?  Would he love her without the enchantment spell?  Does she love him even though all she can think about is another. Life in the castle isn't always pleasant. She is determined to break the spell, but when she does, can she live with the unexpected consequences?

Michelle does an excellent job of wrapping a spell around you as you read the story and stays with you long after you've finished it.   I ended up reading it in one sitting, mulling over it for a while, then going back and rereading the last few chapters. Cinderella's story leaves an impression and is actually a bit unsettling.  It makes you think and leaves you wanting more.

I also spotlighted Michelle on 52 Books in 52 Weeks for Week 4. Be sure to check it out.

Pages:  180
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing 
Genre: Fairy tale adaptation
Other Thoughts: 

"Argyle’s scene jumps and juxtapositions are cinematic in quality. Her powers of imagination convince the senses first and haul the mind along into a world that breeds dissatisfaction, disillusion, disappointment."

" But what struck me above everything else is Argyle’s use of imagery. So many passages echo after they’ve been read…not because of how they were written, but because of what they said."

" I was completely unprepared for the book's conclusion -- in the best way -- and I'm planning a reread soon. I want to savor the story all over again!"


  1. This one sounds really cute and I dig that it's less than 200 pages!

  2. I really enjoyed this book. Michelle is great.

  3. I love fairy tale retellings and fairy tale based books. I'll have to look into this. I've reading the FABLES series of graphic novels -- they aren't your childhood characters anymore. LOL.

  4. @staci - not so sure would say the story is cute. More intriguing than anything.

    lotusgirl - agree 100%

    BethF - they're starting to grow on me.


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