Thank you sooooo much to NetGalley for sending me a copy to review. This so doesn’t affect my review or rating at all, guys!!

Isabelle should be blissfully happy – she’s about to win the handsome prince.

Except Isabelle isn’t the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince’s heart. She’s the ugly stepsister who’s cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s shoe … which is now filling with blood.

When the prince discovers Isabelle’s deception, she is turned away in shame. It’s no more than she deserves: she is a plain girl in a world that values beauty; a feisty girl in a world that wants her to be pliant.

Isabelle has tried to fit in. To live up to her mother’s expectations. To be like her stepsister. To be sweet. To be pretty. One by one, she has cut away pieces of herself in order to survive a world that doesn’t appreciate a girl like her. And that has made her mean, jealous, and hollow.

Until she gets a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: it takes more than heartache to break a girl. 

So let’s get down to it.

I think this book is pretty good. I enjoyed reading it. It’s basically about Isabelle trying to find herself and get back the pieces of her heart she lost. It’s like . . . super deep and thought provoking, because it makes you realise the enemy isn’t other people, but society itself, since it makes you feel like absolute shit and worthless if you’re not, y’know, freakin’ pretty or whatever?

“Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night,” Chance countered.
“Monsters live in the dark. Roses die in the snow. Girls get lost on wild roads,” the crone shot back.

This story explores how nobody is inherently evil or inherently good — everybody has a reason behind why they are the way they are. It makes the reader think that maybe they aren’t always right in their perception or impression of they way someone is. For example, the stepmother is terrified of her daughters ending up alone and miserable and poor when she’s no longer here, which is why she acts the way she does. So this brings forth the question, can you blame a mother for wanting to protect her daughters?

Stepsister is a novel about choosing your own fate; of choosing where you end up in the end. It’s a feminist story, beneath all the words. But I’ll be honest, it was way too long for me. Like omg, I was dying for it to be over and I just ended up skipping it from like 50% because of how long it was — over one hundred chapters? God. That’s just ridiculous. It could’ve ended way sooner and it was so unnecessary. This is why it’s not 5 stars.

Despite this, I enjoyed reading it and I think it’ll still be a good read (even though its wayy too long!)

Have you guys read Stepsister? What are your favourite fairytale retellings?

Sumaiya, x

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