Caitlin’s #CBR5 #14: Catherine by April Lindner

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This is a young adult retelling of Wuthering Heights. Chelsea is looking for her mother, Catherine. She had been told her mother was dead, then she found a letter from New York, a club called the Underground that is run by a mysterious stranger named Hence.
There are alternating chapters with Chelsea in the present trying to find her mother and Catherine’s journal entries describing her romance with Hence. It’s really not as bad as it should be.
You can read the rest of my review here.

loopyker’s #CBR5 Review #01: Cinderella’s Secret Diary: Lost (Book 1) by Ron Vitale

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Disclaimer: This was given as a free e-book to interested CBR5 readers. This in no way influences the outcome of my review.

I was excited to accept the free e-book of Cinderella’s Secret Diary: Lost since both young adult fantasy and the retelling of fairy tales are amongst my favourite genres and I’m always happy to discover more. This story also includes a little taste of historical fiction – another of my favourites.

As the title suggests, this book is written in first person from the viewpoint of Cinderella’s diary a few years after her marriage to the Prince. They are very far from living “happily ever after” at this time and Cinderella is very unhappy with her marriage and her whole life in the castle where she is under great pressure to produce an heir for the Royal family. She is dealing with big decisions about her life, marriage and motherhood. Hints of political intrigue around England and Napoleon are also entwined with the magical elements of fairies and witches.

It all sounds great to me in theory, but fell short of my hopes in practice.

Read the rest of my review at Loopy Ker’s Life.