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When Eleanor Brice unexpectedly wins the heart of Gregory Desmarais, Crown Prince of Cartheigh, she's sure she's found her happily-ever-after. Unfortunately, Prince Charming has a loose grip on his temper, a looser grip on his marriage vows, and a tight grip on the bottle. Eight years of mistreatment, isolation and clandestine book learning hardly prepare Eleanor for lifeWhen Eleanor Brice unexpectedly wins the heart of Gregory Desmarais, Crown Prince of Cartheigh, she's sure she's found her happily-ever-after. Unfortunately, Prince Charming has a loose grip on his temper, a looser grip on his marriage vows, and a tight grip on the bottle. Eight years of mistreatment, isolation and clandestine book learning hardly prepare Eleanor for life at Eclatant Palace, where women are seen, not heard. According to Eleanor’s eavesdropping parrot, no one at court appreciates her unladylike tendency to voice her opinion. To make matter worse, her royal fiancé spends his last night of bachelorhood on a drunken whoring spree. Before the ink dries on her marriage proclamation Eleanor realizes that she loves her husband's best friend, former soldier Dorian Finley.Eleanor can’t resist Dorian’s honesty, or his unusual admiration for her intelligence, and soon both are caught in a dangerous obsession. She drowns her confusion in charitable endeavors, but the people’s love can’t protect her from her feelings. When a magical crime endangers the bond between unicorns, dragons, and the royal family, a falsely accused Eleanor must clear her own name to save her life. The road toward vindication will force a choice between hard-won security and an impossible love.The Cracked Slipper is a book club friendly fairytale retelling in the vein of Gregory Maguire, with a dash of romance. Set in a pseudo-renaissance, corset-and-petticoats enchanted kingdom, The Cracked Slipper brings a magical twist to women’s fiction....

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The Cracked Slipper Reviews

  • Victoria
    2018-10-12 03:22

    THE CRACKED SLIPPER was an odd, disjointed mix of missed connections and wtfery. I wanted to like it. The synopsis kind of had me at the whole 'talking parrot spy' thing. But the more I read it, the more it just kind of lost me because you had no idea what it was leading up to. There was no character development, the talking animals didn't add a single thing to the story, and then it just ended. Seriously. It JUST ENDED.The story is basically the 'what happens next' of the Cinderella story with the entire goes-to-the-ball-meets-the-prince glossed over. Eleanor is the poor stepdaughter of an evil woman with two daughters who somehow catches the eye and the proposal of the kingdom's prince. We meet her as she moves into the palace a week or so before the wedding. Once there, we're sort of told why the prince, who is a weak-willed womanizing jerk, fell in love with Eleanor, but not really. Eleanor starts to see Gregory for what he really is as she meets his best friend, Dorian, and begins to fall in love with him.But then Eleanor and Gregory get married. Eleanor and Dorian long for each other, have a couple of moments past just longing, evil stepmother and evil stepsister do some vague plotting against her, Eleanor pops out a baby amidst a wizard trying to frame her for a crime she didn't commit, some things are wrapped up neatly and some things are just left hanging. The romance between Eleanor and Dorian is neither acted upon nor resolved in any way, shape, or form. There is really no point to the story AT ALL. The talking animals end up just being weird, especially Eleanor's talking parrot Chou Chou. I gave it two stars because I kept reading just to see if there was any resolution (was Gregory going to die? Would they somehow get a divorce so Eleanor could be with Dorian?) but there was none. Don't waste your time.

  • Natalia Sylvester
    2018-09-26 22:37

    Although Stephanie Alexander's novel is a re-imagining of the Cinderella fairy tale, she quickly builds a world and story of her own, so rich in characters, setting, and fantasy-mixed-with-the-perfect-amount-of-realism that reading it felt like discovering a timeless classic for the first time. Her heroine, Eleanor Brice, is no regular princess or damsel in distress, and one of the most charming aspects of this book is that, as the story unfolds, you see that no character is entirely what he or she seems, no answer as easy as yes or no, good and evil. Even the forbidden love between Eleanor and Dorian (who completely swept me off my feet, by the way) is complex, tender, and more than anything, believable and completely captivating in a way that most "Happily Ever After" stories seldom achieve. The Cracked Slipper is the rare gem of a fairy tale that I'd actually want to--and can--believe in.

  • Elle
    2018-09-25 22:26

    I enjoyed reading The Cracked Slipper but was deeply disturbed by the turn it takes once we get to the meat of the story. The prologue drops you into this retelling of Cinderella’s escape from the life-changing ball where she loses one of her precious glass slippers (one of which is cracked, hence the title of the novel). If you’ve read Cinderella or watched the animated film, you get the gist. But this tale of Cinderella’s plight has a slight twist—an intimate look inside the happily-ever-after portion of her story. With witches instead of fairy godmothers and talking animals as pets, this isn’t your mother’s fairy tale. I mean, there are talking unicorns! What more could you need?One thing I noticed right away: the writing is engaging. While The Cracked Slipper needs some editing because of misplaced and extra (unnecessary) words, and an over-excessive use of the word ‘a’, those errors don’t hinder the reader from enjoying Eleanor’s story too much. The world building is pretty solid as you can picture where Eleanor lives and feel like it’s a real place.The Cracked Slipper has the feel of a period piece with modernized language thrown in—mostly profanity. Some of it is fitting to the book’s tone like the word “dragonshit,” but some of the language would be more suitable to a contemporary romance novel. It’s always odd to me when I read a story where the characters are so refined and proper in their everyday life, yet they drop the F-bomb when pissed like it’s nothing. It made me do a double take. Things aren’t as happy as you’d think a happily-ever-after should be, but I believe that’s Alexander’s intent with Eleanor’s story. This isn’t a tale about the make-believe princess you expect to read. It’s raw, gritty, and true to life. The realism behind the pauper-turned-princess story relates what it means for Eleanor to be a person of worth after being considered worthless for so long. The book touches on the harsh realities of Eleanor’s family dynamic somewhat but focuses more on what life is like for her as a princess and wife. Alexander doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to making this story feel real. Eleanor’s wedding night is anything but fabulous and it made me appreciate the author’s intent. With that in mind, I think it’s a bad sign when your fiancé shows up hammered on the eve of your wedding and ends up a passed out drunken mess by the end of your wedding night. Foreshadowing much? I think if Eleanor truly thought about what her prince’s behavior meant, regarding Gregory’s character and how he would treat her, she may not have gone through with the wedding. But then there’d be no story. Or would there? I didn’t like Gregory as a character. He’s mean, manipulative, and charming all at the same time. Alexander portrays the man behind the royal title as the biggest asshole in the world with exemption to decorum, and it leaves his character room to express his true colors without consequence. I think as readers, we sometimes forget the princes, heroes, and good guys are men underneath it all. And as men, they tend to give in to their baser natures. That fact doesn’t bode well for Eleanor and leads her to seek comfort elsewhere. Enter the gallant and charming Dorian (I loved his character, by the way); he’s everything Gregory isn’t and has a genuine interest in Eleanor as a person, not just as a piece of property. As Gregory’s opposite and best friend, he’s a better fit for the princess, yet finds himself a slave to the bro code. You feel sympathy for Dorian where Gregory makes a girl second guess ever wanting to marry a prince.Another appealing dynamic of the novel deals with the female presence in the world Alexander has created. The women involved in magic are called witches while the men are just magicians. It’s a little thing, but a title says a lot about people’s conceptions of others. The married women are treated as objects, which is a familiar theme used in period pieces before women had any rights. But no amount of sugar makes it go down easy. The women we’re introduced to deal with their lot in life differently. For the most part, every married woman succumbs to her husband’s will—none more than Eleanor. One of the things that frustrated me about her character is the lack of respect she receives from Gregory. I kept wondering how much of a doormat can one woman be. She knows he’s unfaithful, a drunk and verbally abusive on occasion (which you know may lead to physical abuse) yet has no real option for escape. What is there for her to do in a world where married women are the property of and dependent upon their husbands? I’m not sure what Alexander was trying to say on this topic, but I know it pissed me off and made me scream at my book quite a few times.For the most part, I liked The Cracked Slipper, but I didn’t understand the plot twist near the end. Aside from that, the ending isn’t very fulfilling. There’s an open-endedness to the resolution of a few issues, and it reads like a bad soap opera. Initially, I didn’t think this way, but as I worked toward the final pages, I was disappointed in how the plot disintegrated. There’s no resolution to the state of Eleanor and Gregory’s marriage; Eleanor and Dorian’s relationship status remains up in the air, leaving the reader confused. I don’t know if that means a sequel is in the works or what. I wanted to like this book more but couldn’t find it in my heart to do so. With more polishing of the plot and characters, this novel could have been much more enjoyable. You can’t lead readers on for hundreds of pages just to leave them with a you-decide-what-happens ending. That doesn’t work for this novel. I would recommend The Cracked Slipper for anyone 17 or older who may be interested in a behind-the-scenes look into a fairytale. Just be warned it may frustrate you in the end.I received an ARC from NetGalley and CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform for an honest review.

  • Deniz
    2018-10-16 01:27

    The Cracked Slipper made me think for a long while after reading it.Sadly not in the kind of way the author had intended.When I read a book ideally the plot, the characters and the setting/world building are good, but most importantly the prose has to be great. I always insisted that if i don't like the style of writing I can't read a book no matter how good the plot, if the prose is great I will still enjoy the book even if the storyline isn't that great. Well, I discovered that even if I do like the prose of a book, if the plot lacks, I really don't enjoy reading it either. Alexander is a skilled writer, her style of writing is really great. But the storyline was lacking for me. I found lots was picked up and left unfinished and it sort of just ended. I get somehow the idea behind the book. I just didn't think it went anywhere. When I finished I thought, and what was the point of that? Half the time it felt like being in medieval high school. The other half I kept wondering what point Alexander is trying to make. Was there a message behind this? There were tinges of feminist empowerment, the whole love triangle and the intrigues all ended up feeling a bit discombobulated. The characters were inconsistent to me while some were great like Eleanor, written with deep insight and subtlety, others were simple stereotypes like Gregory.The world building was quite good. Except that the talking animals somehow were unnecessary and ended up being too much, bordering on weird. To be honest I kept on wondering if I like the original fairytale to much to appreciate this book. I like the traditional fairy tales and was brought up on the proper Grimm stories. Another thing I pondered over after reading this. It is possible that this is the case. I concede that the first couple of chapters I might have been a bit biased by that. But I kept reading due to two reasons as mentioned previously Alexander writes beautifully and I wanted to see where she will take this. And then the book ended. I was left wondering.I can see that this could have been meant as a critic to the HAE but somehow that wasn't explored. And if that was the case, why set it in the whimsical setting? Why the intrigue? Why ad women's rights issues into it? Then there is the love triangle, which was left unfinished just was kinda not here nor there. I really wanted to like this book, again I think Alexander is a great writer, but in my opinion it fell short on execution in the end. I wonder if maybe Alexander simply tried to do too much ?ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Thank you!

  • Eustacia Tan
    2018-10-12 20:13

    This book reminds me of what my friend had for her skype status once "The prince is awake, your shit is wrecked". Only in this case, we should change the word to Princess, because it's our heroine, Eleanor who is the strong one.The Cracked Slipper follows what happen after the prince (Gregory) finds Cinderella (Eleanor). Only unlike Cinderella 2, the Disney version, this reads a lot more like life here.But with some crucial differences. For one, this is a magical kingdom. There are unicorns and dragons (both of which are put to work), magicians and witches (no fairy godmothers though), all of which make the normal court politics (Which is already too complicated for me to play) more, um, fun. Plus, the evil step-mother and one step-sister don't go down without a fight - they're fighting like ladies (through the court, through the court).The most surprising thing is that there's no happily ever after, romance-wise, for Eleanor and Gregory. For some reason, she falls in love with Dorian, Gregory's best friend, and it's this conflict that most of the book is pre-occupied with. But since she can't leave Gregory..... Well, I just hope that in the next book (this is left unresolved, so I think there's a next book), she can find a solution. Preferably one that involves her keeping her wedding vows, although Gregory isn't the best husband (morally).However, I would like to caution that the f-word is used quite a few times, and there are a few sexual references too. So even though this is a retelling of the fairy-tale, I only recommend it for mature readers. There are, however, quite a few positive things, like friendships and love inside (apart from the plot, which is interesting). It's all up to you on what is your deal breaker.All in all, this is a pretty interesting book. It takes a really real-life approach to the whole fairy-tale stories, which means that it should appeal to women (older teens and up).Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review.First posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile

  • Kari Anderson
    2018-09-30 01:22

    We all know the story of Cinderella. However, we don’t know what happens after the run away into the setting sun. All we get is “Happily Ever After.” Stephanie Alexander picks it up for us, but in this book, Cinderella is Eleanor. The names are different, story just picks up where we were left wondering.And unfortunately for Eleanor, things arent’ quite what she hoped. She lives in a huge castle, barely sees the prince, and her intelligence and education are not appreciated at all. What makes matters worse, there’s another man in the picture. Eleanor can’t keep her eyes off him, and she doesn’t really have a choice because he is the prince’s best friend. Not quite sure this is what happily every after meant.I am a huge fan of new tales about the classics. I always like to see how people intepret the fairy tales we all grew up with.Stephanie Alexander made a phenomenal character out of Princess Eleanor. She is very strong-willed and extremely intelligent. She is well beyond the lady of the times. And you better believe that topic comes up time and time again. But in modern day, she is a wonderful role model for women. She would be a great princess today, although still maybe a little outspoken. She is a prime example of how intelligence can get you far and keep you on top… even if you do make enemies along that wayYou may not think it could get more magical than Cinderella, but Alexander did it. Out goes the dancing and singing mice and the pumpkin carriage. In comes talking unicorns, parrots and vicious little fairies. And don’t forget the witches and oracles. You name it with magic and they are there. I am always a fan of witches and even though they don’t play a huge role in this, I love the ladies with the magic. Alexander took a snippet of a classic and made it into her own, amazing fantasy!If you are into fantasy and a new twist to the classic, definitely check out The Cracked Slipper. I give it 5 out of 5 bookmarks.

  • Melissa
    2018-09-21 02:25

    Eleanor Brice, Alexander's Cinderella character, is no gentle soul with a sweet singing voice. She's a thoroughly modern woman navigating a society that isn't. And it turns out Prince Charming can't stop being charming...to everyone else. Each character was so well written and each scene was thoughtfully created. In this tale, animals can talk, unicorns and dragons are real, and fairies are jerks. Outside of the fantastic world-building, there is a beautiful love story wrapped up in tragedy. The story moves along at a relaxed pace, exploring Eleanor's new world in an unhurried way. Although it doesn't drive forward at breakneck pace toward the final crisis, the narrative is interesting at all times. I don't want to give it away, but the book left me guessing, and that is right up to the last page. I honestly thought it would have ended differently. Part women's fiction, part fantasy, part love story, it was bittersweet and lovely, from start to finish. Highly recommend this one for fans of fairy tale spinoffs!

  • A.G. Howard
    2018-10-20 23:26

    Stephanie Alexander gives happily ever after a dose of reality while expanding upon the beloved story of Cinderella. On her journey from peasant to princess, Eleanor (Cinderella’s counterpart), realizes destiny and fate aren’t all they’re "cracked" up to be in a kingdom where witches and women are oppressed by men and wizards. The premise of this book is so unique, and I'm a huge fan of fairy tale adaptions, pseudo-renaissance settings, and unicorns. On a personal level, this really hit the spot for me! I read an early version so there were a few small typos, but it certainly didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. Highly recommended for book club reads, fans of medieval fantasy, fairy tales, and anyone looking for an imaginative, expertly-paced story with beautiful world building.

  • Laura
    2018-09-27 00:16

    I really wanted to like this Cinderella story. I liked the plot and how it really started after the ball. I didn't need to read the explicit details about their sex lives....with each other and everyone elses! I also don't think people back then swore. ESPECIALLY the F bomb. Really? You think a prince will yell that at his wife? Nope. It ruined the book for me.

  • Lovey Dovey Books
    2018-10-08 21:24

    Move over Cinderella! Eleanor Brice enters the stage with a flourish of confidence and intelligence. Stephanie Alexander introduces a heroine with a head on her shoulders and a heart as big as the sun. The Cracked Slipper tells a tale that's more than just about what happens after the servant girl marries the Prince. The story navigates through trials, betrayals, jealousies, and the hardships of court in a kingdom that under appreciates women. Eleanor's journey is inspiring and will make any reader proud.I love how Alexander weaves in the fantasy elements in The Cracked Slipper. The unicorns are especially a part of the story that stand out to me. Eleanor had a very special connection to her unicorn that really sold the relationship between the royals and unicorns. I felt a small amount of trepidation going into this novel because I thought it would be more focused on politics, but Alexander does an excellent job of weaving court politics around Eleanor's routine and the romance. The romance I thought was completely out of this world. Eleanor had it pretty hard being married to Gregory since he wasn't much of a gentleman or very caring when it came to respecting the sanctity of marriage. Adding into her strong attraction to Gregory's best friend, Dorian, and the romance takes a familiar turn into a love triangle.Alexander writes evenly by giving the right amount of attention to each parts of the plot while still keeping in mind where the story would lead. I never found my mind wandering to when the story would get the a point or get exciting. The Cracked Slipper is intriguing from beginning to end with a very wide range of emotions to draw readers in even further. I fell deeply for Eleanor and Dorian, and even Gregory burrowed into my heart by the end of the novel. I would love to see them embark on another adventure, but I think The Cracked Slipper adequately introduces Stephanie Alexander and her extraordinary gift for storytelling.*eARC provided in exchange for an honest review and blog tour purposes* Also posted on Lovey Dovey Books

  • **✿❀ Maki ❀✿**
    2018-10-19 21:28

    The Cracked Slipper is the story of Cinderella after "happily ever after" has worn off, and real life has set in.Despite being based on Cinderella, this book breaks away from the fairy tale, and becomes its own story. Starting with the ending of the original story, Cracked Slipper tells the tale of Eleanor realizing that "love at first sight" probably isn't a good basis for a stable relationship.This book is 80% Eleanor falling out of love with Prince Charming or attending parties, and only 20% action. The main conflict of the story didn't happen until the last few chapters. Well, I suppose you could argue that the whole Dorian thing was the main conflict of the story, but even that doesn't get wrapped up until nearly the end of the book. I was expecting the action to start somewhere around the middle of the story - three fourths of the way through the book, I was starting to worry that I'd never get to it. It felt a bit late to be introducing the conflict, and the entire thing was wrapped up quickly as well. To be honest, it almost felt like the action was just tacked on at the last minute to make the book appeal to a wider audience. I did enjoy the resolution; it just felt like there should have been more of a build-up than, "Oh no! The horn that we haven't mentioned in 10 chapters is suddenly missing!"I liked how the world was set up. All of the animals talk, all of the nobles have pet birds to assist them (suddenly singing birds doing chores doesn't sound so far-fetched), and unicorns help the kingdom mine a stone found exclusively in places where dragons live. Instead of fairy godmothers, magic is worked by wizards and witches. All the changes take Cracked Slipper from being a rewritten fairy tale to being a full-fledged fantasy story.There were a few grammatical errors, but none so distracting that it interrupted the story.Also, is it just me, or is it hard not to picture Chou sounding like Gilbert Gottfried? >_>

  • Calamus
    2018-10-03 21:35

    In this fairy tale retelling, Stephanie Alexander reveals what happens after Cinderella falls in love with the prince. Unlike most fairy tale heroines, Eleanor Brice is strong-willed and well-learned. She is a feminist before the word existed. Living without many social opportunities, Eleanor does not adjust well to palace life and she finds herself with only a few friends. The prince’s actions and thoughts are not at all princely and she soon falls in love with his best friend, Dorian. But she soon has more pertinent issues and worries to deal with.Stephanie Alexander swept me into Eleanor’s thoughts and feelings. When Eleanor was embarrassed or angry, I felt my heart beat faster or my face flushed. I have not had reactions that sympathetic or strong while reading in a long time. The world that Alexander builds is detailed and picturesque and I could easily envision the lovely castle and the adjoining town and pastures. I was as interested in the secondary characters and their lives as I was in the main story. Those little details are what kept me reading and enjoying it.While I adored Dorian and wished that he and Eleanor could be together, the love triangle detracted from more interesting aspects of the plot. I enjoyed the scenario of the prince being somewhat disreputable but felt that Eleanor had too many issues to handle and properly resolve before the end of the book. At times some of the aspects of the story felt too long and I would see characters telling and not showing. The book could use some editing for small grammar mistakes and incorrect word usage.Overall, the writing and character building will ensure that I read Stephanie Alexander’s next books. The Cracked Slipper is part of a trilogy. The second book, The Red Choker, was published on March 7, 2013.

  • Emily
    2018-10-09 22:13

    Highly enjoyable read, I was through it in two days. The pacing and the story itself was well done and quite interesting, and the characters really kept my interest. I also really liked Alexander's ability to easily and clearly switch POV, I thought it was quite well done. And the romantic tension was quite engaging, along with the main plot. I enjoyed following Eleanor, she was an interesting character, and I thought her and Gregory's relationship was well done. (view spoiler)[It wasn't love, it wasn't hate, it was just what it needed to be. The resolution between Dorian and Eleanor was also good. It felt pretty realistic. (hide spoiler)] But that realism aspect falls apart a bit in the setting, which I get into down below.Now, two things that I didn't like. The formatting was a bit sloppy. I don't know if it was just my copy but there would sometimes be weird paragraph breaks. This is really minor though, and didn't impact my enjoyment in the least, just something I thought I should mention. The thing that had the most negative impact for me was the world building. I felt it was really oddly constructed for the realistic character concept. For example, there were fairytale named villages with whorehouses. The talking animals also threw me off because there didn't seem to be much basis for it--it was just there. I feel that there could have been more play with the contrast between real life problems and the traditional setting of the fairytale, and it all just fell kind of flat to me. The contrast between reality and fantasy could have been more explored.But, overall, I did find it highly enjoyable, and I would highly recommend it as a fun, engaging read. Maybe not the deepest thoughts or most original ideas, but it took the concepts it had and went into them deeply.

  • Teresa Jones
    2018-09-29 22:14

    Life at the Eclantant Palace in the enchanted kingdom was not all that Eleanor thought that it would be. When she was to be wed to the Crown Prince, visions of a happily ever after were what went through her mind, not a future of being alone and not being able to have a voice of her own. Her soon to be husband, spends his last days of freedom with a bottle and loose women and after the marriage little changes, only that Eleanor now knows that she has wed herself right into a prison of being unhappy with one that does not love her, while her heart belongs to his best friend. Try as she might to forget her love and be a good and obedient wife that is a benefit to the kingdom, she soon realizes she cannot hide her feelings and be true to her heart. Everything changes when she finds herself in trouble and the cost may very well be her life. With no one to believe her or protect her who else can she expect to lean on except the one that truly loves her. Together they will have to find a way to save her name and make a way to be together. This story is a fun retelling of the typical princess story. The characters are well done and the world around them is enchanting. I love spins on classic fairy tales and am looking forward to more books from this author.I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review which has been stated above.

  • Laura
    2018-10-03 23:12

    The was such a beautiful, more "realistic" spin on the "Cinderella story." While it has just a few similarities to the old-time, classic fairy tale in the beginning, there is much more "reality" to it than your old favorite. This is set with a much more authentic "golden days" environment, with a bit of fantasy in the mix. No fairy god mothers, but witches; instead of talking woodland friends (like mice) you get a much better intelligent dialogue from the family pet fowl and the revered unicorn heard of the royals.I thoroughly enjoyed the triumphs and trials of the characters that knitted in well with the overall plot. The varying personalities and how they all related to one another in various ways, childhoods and love triangles, kept me very interested to see how things would develop, not just with the main characters and story line, but with their friends and protagonists alike. Would love to hear more of this story and/or more in-depth stories about some of the other characters (like the witches in Afar Abbey) as well. I definitely recommend this book to compliment a nice quiet night, in a cozy spot, with hours to enjoy it!I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
    2018-09-28 02:31

    This story is basically Cinderella II (for those that have Disney films still in their lives) but more gritty and definitely not with a Prince Charming or a HEA.Our princess, Eleanor, has to learn about the machinations of court life as well as dealing with Witches vs. Wizards; plus falling out of love with her soon to be husband and falling in love with his best friend.This story showed promise and it always make a nice change when someone is prepared to try something a bit different but this just never seemed to fully deliver. The fantasy world had a lot going for it, with talking birds, unicorns, dragons and such. But for the actual 'mystery' of the book, well you could pretty much see it coming for miles and knew how it would be resolved. The ending of the story is very abrupt, although (as I have recently found out) this is part of a trilogy so there are other books to follow.On the whole, it was an enjoyable read without being to deep; a love triangle which was different and animal characters to be liked.

  • Kristin
    2018-10-20 04:12

    Another wonderful free story! I grew up with the Disney princesses and really enjoyed a fresh realistic take on the Cinderella story. Really enjoyed the writing style. Sometimes there is too much info. You find yourself skimming half the page to get what little info you needed through all the extra stuff, and then there is not enough where you are left wondering too much. But the story was well developed enough to give you a taste of everything and not drown you at the same time. I'm guessing small things that were touched on will be further expanded in the subsequent stories to follow. I felt like the pace was just right here as well moving the story along and building to a more dramatic ending albeit an open one preparing you for the next stories to come. Really enjoyed the characters! The right amount of light and dark to them made the story more believable. And of course I can never turn down a good stand your ground lead female character! Can't wait to see where this story goes!

  • Lex
    2018-10-08 00:12

    The Cracked Slipper was alright-- more of a 2.5 rather than a 2. The re-written fairy tale genre has always appealed to me, thus I gladly downloaded this book, as the premise was so promising.Right off of the bat, I rooted for the protagonist, Eleanor, and continued to do so throughout the story. Some sections of the story really dragged, however, and the love triangle was exceedingly predictable. Also, the language used in the book was awfully modern for something that seemed to be taking place in a sort of pseudo-medieval time period, and that kind of took me out of my zone of suspended disbelief. Sometimes the way characters/places/etc are named also makes me mentally roll my eyes when I read them (like 'Teardrop' the unicorn. Yes, there are unicorns, and one is named 'Teardrop').The end of the story fell flat, although I do realize that there are a couple of sequels, so maybe the story picks-up after that. I don't think I'll be downloading those books any time soon, though.

  • Kyra Dune
    2018-10-12 22:31

    Ever wonder what happened to Cinderella and her Prince Charming after Happily Ever After? Stephanie Alexander answers that question very nicely in The Cracked Slipper. I enjoyed the characters in this novel, I found them interesting and well rounded. The setting is a sort of renaissance era magical kingdom where animals talk and magic abounds. But this is no fairytale for little girls, this is the story of Cinderella all grown up with plenty of intrigue, mystery, and forbidden romance. The plotline was pretty good and all the loose ends tied together nicely at the end. I liked that the stepmother was given a reason for hating Eleanor instead of her behavior stemming only from the fact that she isn't a very nice person. All the characters have believable motives for the way they behave and so feel very much like real people. If you like your fantasy with a heavy dose of reality, you might want to give this one a try.

  • Ambyr
    2018-10-19 21:35

    I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review.The Cracked Slipper is a fairy tale twist (my favorites, it seems) on Cinderella. In this book, we pick up where the handsome prince finds Cinderella (Eleanor) and they are about to be wed. Everything from that point on is different, though.I have to say, I loved this book. Each character was so well written and each scene was thoughtfully created. In this tale, animals can talk, unicorns are read, and fairies are jerks. Outside of the fantastic world-building, there is a beautiful love story wrapped up in tragedy. I don't want to give it away, but the book left me guessing, and that is right up to the last page. I honestly thought it would have ended differently. It was bittersweet and lovely, from start to finish. Overall: 4.5 starsCharacter Development: 5 starsPlot: 5 starsDetail: 5 starsWriting Style: 5 starsFlow: 5 starsRecommend?: YesAudience: Adult

  • eyes.2c
    2018-10-13 20:16

    ...'she loved him quietly'_______31/2 starsThis adult Cinderella story with a twist is the story of love story gone awry. It showcases the less than perfect prince, Gregory, a drunken womanizer, and a strong heroine, his wife Eleanor.Dorian, the handsome prince's friend has our heroine pulled between duty and love, family and feeling, what might have been and what will be.Family secrets are revealed and new secrets held close.Then there's unicorns and dragons, talking parrots and witches and magicians.And let's not forget the slipper. The preface gives an interesting interpretation on that lost slipper. I love the title, the 'cracked' slipper, a wonderful metaphor. It sums up the heartache, the misplaced love, misplaced assumptions, and the not so happily ever after reality.A fresh look at age old themes, including the love triangle.A NetGalley ARC

  • Pamela
    2018-10-08 01:36

    More fantasy than I expected, this take on the Cinderella story shows that happily ever after is rarely that. It's also a cautionary tale about love at first sight, though you could argue that Eleanor's other love interest was also love at first sight. But ultimately, dating for awhile would either prove the love out--or not. Another reviewer mentioned how Gregory was really not that likeable. This is true, but just about every time I was set to completely turn against him, he would do something to redeem himself ever so slightly. I liked this aspect of the story, as it made him a more real character, and not just a stereotype. Now, Dorian? He was a little too good to be true. Overall, it was a strange mixture of fairy tale, love story and fantasy--sometimes I felt the story needed to decide what it wanted to be. But overall, I thought it a pleasant read.

  • Asuka0278
    2018-09-21 04:10

    What an interesting take on the Cinderella story. Things aren't always rosy once the curtain closes. I think that's why I liked this. I enjoy stories that take the original idea and turn it on its head. Prince Charming turned out to not be as charming as we thought. Not only that Cinderella becomes disenchanted with her royal husband and finds herself drawn to someone else. Eleanor was a great character in that she wasn't the fanciful girl most Cinderella stories make of their main heroine. The step mother and one step sister are just as nasty as they should be. I liked that this story was more adult in theme and subject matter. Politics and backstabbing and things you definitely don't see in Disney's version. This was a good read.

  • Kathleen Basi
    2018-10-02 00:26

    What happens after "happily ever after?" This is the question Stephanie Alexander uses as a springboard for the book "The Cracked Slipper." Eleanor Brice, Alexander's Cinderella character, is no gentle soul with a sweet singing voice, always looking for ways to get along with your enemies. She's a thoroughly modern woman navigating a society that isn't. And it turns out Prince Charming can't stop being charming...to everyone else.The world building is great. The story moves along at a relaxed pace, exploring Eleanor's new world in an unhurried way. Although it doesn't drive forward at breakneck pace toward the final crisis, the narrative is interesting at all times.Part women's fiction, part fantasy, part love story, "The Cracked Slipper" is a fun, light read.

  • Chelsea
    2018-09-28 23:38

    This book was just okay. First, it needs some more editing--there are numerous typos and misspelled words and a few instances of wrong word use; the one that comes to mind immediately is that two characters "poured over a book." You pore over a book, unless you're dumping something on it, in which case I guess you would pour over it. The whole "dragon and unicorn" dynamic brings to mind Pamela Dean's The Secret Country series, but it didn't feel as richly crafted as Dean's world. The non-romantic conflict was just "eh" and the climax was not exactly gripping. The ending was sensible, but lackluster. I think Eleanor made a good choice, but that resulted in an end that wasn't as emotionally powerful as it could be; there just seemed to be something missing.

  • Verity Brown
    2018-09-27 02:33

    I love fairy-tale retellings, and I love stories that start where most stories end, so this book seemed to be right up my alley. And I did enjoy it, although not as much as I'd hoped to. The middle of the book sank into a kind of depressing soap opera, and the real "plot" going on in the background wasn't developed as much as I would have preferred. Why four stars, then? Because Stephanie Alexander writes REALLY WELL. At NO point, even in the middle, when I was wondering if anything interesting was ever going to happen, did I have ANY inclination to put this book down. That's quite a feat. I hope to see more from this author.

  • Jeanette Smith
    2018-10-17 20:23

    I wasn't sure about reading this... I'm not one for fairytale romance. However, although it continues where the Cinderella story finshes, it is not the happy-ever-after that Disney would have us believe.Alexander has done a wonderful job of combining the characters and relationships from the original tale into this more realistic version of life after the fairytale beginning. There are, of course, a few aspects of the original genre (such as unicorns and dragons), but they are more of an aside than being integral to the main plot.Ever wished you could find your Prince Charming? Be careful what you wish for . . .

  • Carrie
    2018-09-29 23:22

    This book is FANTASTIC! It's Cinderella...but after the happily-ever-after (or maybe not so happy...) It reminds me of the Poison Study Series because it takes place in a make-believe world, with unfamiliar towns and history, etc. and is old -fashioned, with petticoats and formal balls and horses (and unicorns!), no running water...you get the idea! It does have some extreme swearing in it...kind of like the old British use of 'that word'. The couple of love scenes are not graphic. It's very well-written, with extremely likeable characters and a world that drew me in and wouldn't let me go!

  • Emma Faragher
    2018-09-26 23:15

    When I first picked up this book I thought I would struggle to read it. It's a nice read to start with but not particularly gripping. However I found myself caring more and more about the characters and by the end I really liked it. There is a lot of everyday struggles here and it's very well written, it reads as a half romance I suppose, since most of the romance comes in the Cinderella story and this is written as a kind of sequel. It's well worth a read but might take some time to get into. I read other books during the first few chapters.

  • Connie Marx
    2018-10-11 23:27

    I didn't think this book would be as good as it turned out to be. I really enjoyed the characters. The dynamics of the story were well thought out, and written in a way as to keep the reader entertained and ready for more. I enjoyed it so much, I have already bought the sequel, and plan on starting it tonight. I was actually just saying to someone else who is reading this book that I wanted to see where this one went to before I considered buying the next one... haha. I guess I better let her know I bought it.