Friday, March 26, 2010

Review : The Cinderella Society



Synopsis: When the Prom Queen becomes your fairy godmother…

Sixteen year old outsider, Jess Parker, gets the chance of a lifetime: an invitation to join a secret society of popular girls dedicated to defeating the mean girls of the world. The Cinderella Society guides all new recruits through its top secret ultimate life makeover. It’s all part of preparing them to face down the Wickeds and win. Determined not to let the Cindys down, Jess dives in with a passion. Finally, a chance to belong and show the world what she’s made of.

… be careful what you wish for.

Jess’s transformation wins her the heart of her dream crush and a shot at uber-popularity. Until the Wickeds–led by Jess’s arch enemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers the real force behind her exclusive society. It’s a high stakes battle of good vs. evil, and the Cindys in power need Jess on special assignment. When the mission threatens to destroy her dream life come true, Jess is forced to choose between living a fairy tale and honoring the Sisterhood… and herself.

What’s a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn’t want to wear it anymore?


Game on, baby! Where was The Cinderella Society when I was in high school? Kay Cassidy has taken Sisterhood to a new level.

You think being a cheerleader opens doors? Jess Parker will be the first one to tell you it doesn't. After moving around eight times, Jess has always felt like an outsider. While she hung out with the popular kids, she never really fit in. With her mom expecting twins, her family decides to move back to her mom's old town. After all, her grandmother's there. From the moment Jess moves there, she's treated like the lowest of the low. It's probably because Lexy, one of the populars, spreads rumors about her and treats her like dirt.

Then, out of the blue, Jess receives an invitation to join the Cinderella Society. As a Cindy, she'll finally know what it's like to be apart of the popular crowd and not just someone from the outside looking in. After a few lessons and the makeover of a lifetime, she feels like she can do anything. Maybe even catch the eye of Ryan Steele, quarterback and school hottie.

What Jess quickly learns is, everything isn't always better nor easier when you're a Cindy. The Cinderella Society is an organization who ban together to protect the Reggies (normal people) from the Wickeds. Jess soon becomes wrapped up in this battle. The only thing is, does being a Cindy mean losing the core of who you are and everything you've recently gained?

I absolutely adored this novel. As a heroine, Jess is absolutely wonderful. She's relatable and realistic. She shows the reader you can make mistakes, but you can also fix them. Jess never lets anything get to her head and consistantly puts other's first. If that isn't a role model for today's youth, I don't know what is.

What I loved about this novel is, you start learning bits of information from the other secondary characters (including the evil ones). Instead of hating them, you relate to what they're going through. They're human. Though it does not justify their actions, you can still sense where they're coming from. And then, there's the other members of the Cindys. They're the type of friends who will be there for you in the drop of a pin. Who wouldn't want friends like that?

Now, lets talk romance. My absolute favorite scenes are the ones with Ryan Steele. Hubba, hubba. Those kissing scenes? OMG, *fans face*...Brilliant! I loved the progression in the relationship between Jess and Ryan. One of my favorite scenes involve an instant message conversation and a late night phone call. I would normally find this cheesy, but the way Kay does it, it just fits. Another thing I loved about the relationship is it's flawed. Every relationship isn't perfect because no one's perfect. Balancing this with the fantasy of the perfect date/guy is no easy feat, yet Kay does it with finesse.

The Cinderella Society releases April 13th. I recommend this to young adults all girls/women. Girl power, FTW!

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Special thanks to Daisy Whitney (author of The Mockingbirds) for hosting The Cinderella Society book tour.

5 comments:

  1. This does sound great! Nice review :)

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  2. I love the way you wrote this review. Very well-written and I get a good sense of what the book is about. It seems like it'd be a light, fun read. Thanks!

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  3. Awww, thank you Kelsey and Kris. That's so sweet! It IS a light, fun read. I highly recommend it! :)

    OOOH, I forgot to thank Daisy for hosting TCS book tour! Thank you, Daisy!

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  4. I was so unsure about this book at first...and I have this no romance/no happy ending = no read policy (yeah, shhhh, I know I'm silly! :P) But this review just absolutely sealed it for me - I'm off to get this asap! Thanks for reviewing! ;)

    Cheers!
    Emma

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