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The Stepsister Scheme (Princess Novels) (editie 2009)

door Jim C. Hines (Auteur)

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"You know how all those old fairy tales take you through lots of scary adventures till you finally reach that inevitable line: 'And they all lived happily ever after--' Guess what? It's not true. Life in never-never land isn't all sweetness and light. Cinderella--whose real name is Danielle Whiteshore (née Danielle de Glas)--does marry Prince Armand. And their wedding is a dream come true. But not long after the 'happily ever after, ' Danielle is attacked by her stepsister Charlotte, who suddenly has all sorts of magic to call upon. And though Talia--otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty--comes to the rescue (she's a martial arts master, and all those fairy blessings make her almost unbeatable), Charlotte gets away."--P. [4] of cover.… (meer)
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Titel:The Stepsister Scheme (Princess Novels)
Auteurs:Jim C. Hines (Auteur)
Info:DAW (2009), 352 pages
Verzamelingen:Jouw bibliotheek
Waardering:****
Trefwoorden:fantasy, 2009, fairy tales

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The Stepsister Scheme door Jim C. Hines

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I really wanted to like this book and in many ways I did. But it was really hard for me to get this read. Somehow it wasn't the page turner it could've been. I really don't know why. There wasn't really anything to put me off, so I'm clueless to what happened. And the premise was there and I liked the characters, but there was something that didn't flow for me :( ( )
  RankkaApina | Feb 22, 2021 |
Amazing book! I loved the recreation of the fairy tales. I'll write a longer review when I have more time. ( )
  Ravenwood1984 | Oct 13, 2020 |
Cinderella’s story didn’t end with “Happily ever after”. No fairy tale does. Princess Danielle is settling in at the palace after a long honeymoon when her vengeful stepsister kidnaps the prince and tries to assassinate the princess. Danielle is rescued by a 'serving girl’ named Talia, the famed Sleeping Beauty, who became a member of Queen Beatrice’s secret service after her own fairy tale came to an end. Along with Snow White, another of the queen’s extraordinary girls, they set out on a quest to bring Danielle’s husband back.
This book is really cool. It makes badass heroes out of fairy tale princesses and acknowledges the less pleasant aspects of these tales while keeping the happy, hopeful fairy tale spirit. We have Danielle, a pregnant newlywed who wields a magic sword, and whose main character trait is how incredibly nice she is; Talia, a kickass woman of colour who came out of her century of sleep spitting angry and has been fighting ever since; and Snow, a bubbly, fun-loving, flirtatious sorceress. And when you think it can’t get any better, one of our heroines turns out to be queer. The three damsels rescue their prince in distress and become found family along the way. ( )
  elusiverica | Aug 15, 2020 |
So, this book drew my attention based on the cover and the title long before I knew anything about the premise. And I’m glad it did! It’s a really fun, rather cute book.

The premise in question is that the fairy tales are true, but the grapevine has tweaked the details a bit. For instance, the reason Cinderella wore glass slippers to the ball is because her father was a glass maker - but her name was never “Ella.” And she didn’t ride to the ball in an enchanted pumpkin, never mind the mice.

I love well written stories that play with fairy tales, and this one is no exception. It take Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty, and just plays. Some of the tales we know are intact, and others are treated as gossip. It also combines myths and stories about other types of fairies. Trolls live under bridges, the king and queen of Fairyland could have come straight off the pages of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and everyone always asks for your unborn child (even if said child is not yet conceived) as payment.

It’s a very fun book. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | May 18, 2020 |
"The Stepsister Scheme" is one of the few books recently that I've stayed up until the early hours to finish. It was a lot of fun. It was quirky, original, not afraid to handle dark themes but ultimately powered by selfless bravery and optimism.

The Stepsister Scheme" tells the tale of three Princesses who set out to rescue a handsome Prince. These are not Disney Princesses with phenomenal hair, over-large eyes and chart-topping singing voices. These are Princesses who have survived the appalling abuse handed out to them in the original Grimm fairy tales and have gone on to become resourceful, talented, dangerous women who won't necessarily get to live happily ever after.

You'll recognise the three Princesses as the story unfolds, but you won't have seen this side of them before. Jim Hines presents his Princesses with a wonderful mix of humour, tension, excitement and I-want-to-stand-up-and-applaud originality that is a joy to read.

This is a story that seldom went where I expected it to go. It was humorous, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, but the humour was a gloss on a tale about the strength it takes for young women to survive the things that people do to them.

The Fairies in this book are the stuff of nightmare rather than bedtime stories. There is violence and cruelty and more violence. There are men in the story but they are necessary to the plot, not central to the story-telling The worst and the best characters in this book are all female and they are all formidable.

The world-building is solid, the pacing is good, the ideas are original and the action scenes are tense and exciting. And all of this is has a big bow of humour tied around it to make you smile even when blood is being spilt.

Reading Jim Hines, I feel I've found another talent as original and energetic as Terry Pratchett, only with all the books still ahead of me. I read his trope-twisting Sci-Fi novel "Terminal Alliance.- Janitors of the Post-apocalypse " and enjoyed it. I only discovered his fantasy novels when I was searching for something to read for the "Grimm Tales" square in Halloween Bingo over on BookLikes. Now I'm hooked. I've already started the second book in the series.
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  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
1-5 van 67 worden getoond (volgende | toon alle)
Sometimes There Are Men Who Get It Right This author is proof that men can actually grok the full humanity of le deuxième sexe, and write it into their fictional worlds. without having the female characters come across as either absent, ciphers, stereotypes, or sex-fantasies.

You all know about Jim Hines, I expect? The Stepsister Scheme, The Mermaid’s Madness, Red Hood’s Revenge? (What, is that a no in the audience? I’m shocked, simply shocked.) His novels are fairly feminist and usually a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to seeing if Libriomancer continues in the same vein.

toegevoegd door feeling.is.first | bewerkTor.com, Liz Bourke (Sep 11, 2012)
 

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Jim C. Hinesprimaire auteuralle editiesberekend
Fischer, ScottArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd

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"You know how all those old fairy tales take you through lots of scary adventures till you finally reach that inevitable line: 'And they all lived happily ever after--' Guess what? It's not true. Life in never-never land isn't all sweetness and light. Cinderella--whose real name is Danielle Whiteshore (née Danielle de Glas)--does marry Prince Armand. And their wedding is a dream come true. But not long after the 'happily ever after, ' Danielle is attacked by her stepsister Charlotte, who suddenly has all sorts of magic to call upon. And though Talia--otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty--comes to the rescue (she's a martial arts master, and all those fairy blessings make her almost unbeatable), Charlotte gets away."--P. [4] of cover.

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