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Cinder Allia has spent eight years living under her stepmother’s brutal thumb, wrongly punished for having caused her mother’s death. She lives for the day when the prince will grant her justice; but her fairy godmother shatters her hope with the news that the prince has died in battle. Allia escapes in search of her own happy ending, but her journey draws her into the turCinder Allia has spent eight years living under her stepmother’s brutal thumb, wrongly punished for having caused her mother’s death. She lives for the day when the prince will grant her justice; but her fairy godmother shatters her hope with the news that the prince has died in battle. Allia escapes in search of her own happy ending, but her journey draws her into the turbulent waters of war and politics in a kingdom where the prince’s death has left chaos and division. Cinder Allia turns a traditional fairy tale upside down and weaves it into an epic filled with espionage, treason, magic, and romance. What happens when the damsel in distress must save not only herself, but her kingdom? What price is she willing to pay for justice? And can a woman who has lost her prince ever find true love? Surrounded by a cast that includes gallant knights, turncoat revolutionaries, a crippled prince who lives in hiding, a priest who is also a spy, and the man whose love Allia longs for most—her father—Cinder Allia is an unforgettable story about hope, courage, and the healing power of pain....

Title : Cinder Allia
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ISBN : 9780999022108
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 318 Pages
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Cinder Allia Reviews

  • Jonas Perez
    2019-04-22 16:35

    This book is was a amazing. It's interweaving plot had me guessing and eager the entire time. Again, Ullo manages to take the mold and brick of legend and build a more than substantial work of art. As much as our culture has heard the Cinderella story, this rendition is by far the most creative and likewise intriguing. The story is completely familiar, yet completely new. I enjoyed in particular the resilience of Cinder Allia, it is a strength that is beyond time and culture, and we see that work out in the work as she is stuck in the Middle Ages with a fortitude that resembles the modern day woman. She becomes the Lioness of her country, as St. Joan of Arc became the destined warrior of France. I liked the "fairy godmother" presentation also, who was painted in the same colors Ullo's finds in the unguarded palette of her Catholic faith. The image of the Virgin Mary is all that comes to mind as the guardian fairy protects her child from death and leads her even supernaturally to her destiny. I love the work. I'm looking forward to more from the author. I recommend to fans of Fantasy, and especially Catholics.

  • Christina Weigand
    2019-05-10 19:29

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book. With its fascinating characters and unexpected twists it turns the original Cinderella on it’s head. Definitely a must read for young adults. Also a good read for us closet young adults, who are a little bit older.

  • Erin Cupp
    2019-05-12 17:29

    Rich with imagery and delightfully paced, Cinder Allia is the fairytale that just blossoms in the retelling. You'll see all the characters you'd expect: (the Fairy Godmother, the Wicked Stepmother, the Reluctant Prince) and all the props (the cinders, the glass), but it's all been reimagined with unexpected depth and poetry. This is an excellent read for YA readers who dig their angst best when it's seasoned with a touch of magic and a satisfying helping of bittersweet justice. Highly recommended!

  • Julie Davis
    2019-04-24 22:35

    I really enjoyed Karen Ullo's first novel, Jennifer the Damned, which was a fascinating, unexpected vampire story. So I was interested to see what she'd do putting an "untraditional" spin on a familiar fairy tale (is that a genre yet?). She begins in full blown "this isn't your mother's fairytale" style with Cinder Allia (Cinderella) learning from her fairy godmother than the prince has just been killed in battle. Because the fairy godmother messed up. Ouch.Where do you go from there? We do have a wicked stepmother, a ball for all the maidens in the land, a lost slipper, cinders, and many of the traditional props, but they all turn up in unexpected ways. I thoroughly enjoyed it when they would appear, woven into a richer, fuller story that included a really interesting political situation with a neighboring country.The story is told from multiple points of view, including the royals scrambling to recover from the prince's death. Several themes come to the fore. All the characters are driven by some sort of loss or failure while struggling with how to balance truth, justice, and mercy. And, of course, love. There is also some background about how Allia's mother died and why her father allows her to be treated so badly (he's still alive in this version). I didn't enjoy this part as much because there were a couple of points that rang false to me, emotionally. My quibbles are not enough to keep the story from being entertaining and definitely worth reading. Cinder Allia is a richly woven tale that stands on its own merits.(Full disclosure: I received a review copy of the book. But my opinion is fully my own.)

  • Barb
    2019-05-14 16:31

    A Cinderella story like you've never heard it before, Cinder Allia fills in a grim backstory to the famous Grimm fairy tale. This novel answers the burning question every reader has about the fairy tale: why would Cinderella's father allow her stepmother to treat her so badly? Ullo reveals Allia's stepmother's motives in keeping her in servitude and serves up a surprising twist in the form of a not-so-perfect Prince Charming. (ARC received from author, who is a fellow member of the Catholic Writers Guild)

  • Kellie
    2019-04-30 22:47

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Having read the author’s first book, Jennifer the Damned, I anticipated high quality writing, dynamic characters, and an excellent story from Cinder Allia, but this book exceeded all expectations. Ullo has taken the traditional Cinderella story and given it her own touch. Part fairytale, part epic adventure, I couldn’t put this book down. I cannot wait to see what this author has in store for us next!

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-08 16:49

    A great re-telling of Cinderella with a little Joan of Arc thrown in.

  • Rosemary
    2019-04-24 22:37

    This book was a delight to read. It strikes a wonderful balance between reinventing Cinderella, and remaining true to the classic tale, particularly the themes of faithfulness and hope. There are many characters whose lives intersect in a variety of ways, but I closed the book with a deep satisfaction at how all the various arcs were resolved. I often dislike the phrase "strong female character" because it can imply a box that must be checked for ideology's sake, rather than a character natural to the story. But Allia is indeed strong, and a believable human being that I look forward to introducing my daughter to when she's old enough to read this book.

  • MollyW.
    2019-04-22 16:33

    I really, really, really wanted to like this more, but in the end it was just okay. The writing is great, but the world didn't work for me - it just wasn't solid in its world-building; I wasn't convinced of an entire community believing an 8 year old would murder her mother, I wasn't convinced that Briella would be so aware, if she had been a teenager it would have worked better, we were introduced to many characters who weren't really important in the end (the Courtesan, the Demont lady, the servants there). We have magic, and sometimes it does stuff and we're Catholic, but our Godmothers are fairies who don't really do anything and have nothing to do with the faith. In a world with Catholic faith and therefore Saints and Miracles, I have a hard time making room for magic - and I'm a Catholic who loves fantasy novels! Either it should have been a magical world with a recognizable Catholic like faith or a realistic Catholic world where anything attributed to magic would have been from God if good or the Devil if not. If the obvious Cinderella tropes had been left out or made 100% non-magic and human I think it would have been better. I liked her "Joan of Arc" ending, but I didn't like her throwing herself at just about anyone and declaring her love - by the end I didn't believe she loves Raphael because I'd just spent 50 pages reading about how she'd follow the peddler to the ends of the earth. I'm all for a character arc, but this was lacking in the end.I found Raphael and Tristan great characters, and honestly, the book could have just been about them and I'd have been very happy.

  • Karen Ullo
    2019-05-08 16:44