Book Review

Dance: Cinderella Retold

cinderA Medieval Fairytale, Book 3
Demelza Carlton
Lost Plot Press, Feb 2017
Kindle ed, 122 pages
Genre(s) Fairytale Re-tale
Source Purchase

Other books in this series: Enchant: Beauty and the Beast Retold (#1), Awaken: Sleeping Beauty Retold (#2), Revel: Twelve Dancing Princesses Retold (#4)

A dutiful daughter. A prince forced to find a bride. If the shoe fits…

Once upon a time…

When the Emperor’s army comes recruiting, Mai signs up, seeing it as the perfect escape from her stepmother and a lifetime of drudgery. Armed with her mother’s armor and a pair of magic shoes, Mai marches off to war…only to find herself sharing a tent with the General’s arrogant nephew, Prince Yi.

The best swordsman in the Empire, Prince Yi wants to make war, not love, but the Emperor insists this will be Yi’s last campaign before he must marry. Prince Yi has never met his match…until now.

Can one woman win the war and the prince’s heart?

About the Author:
Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkeling trip, she found she was afraid of fish. She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below. Sensationalist spin? No – Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.

Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.

The Ocean’s Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn’t leave her alone.

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My Disclaimer:
I purchased this book for full price. I am providing an honest review for which I am receiving no compensation of any kind. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review: ✭✭✭✭
This is a Cinderella re-tale with a Mulan twist. Yeong Mai’s mother was a great strategist and her father is a great general. Her father only knows one dance, the dance of war. He has taught his daughter how to dance because that is what his wife told him to do before she died. Her stepmother is a witch, literally.

The Emperor asks for more soldiers to assist his current general. His son, Prince Yi, is all ready to go because he loves fighting and war. The Emperor tells him he can go, but this will be his last time because he must marry when he comes home.

We all know the Cinderella story. Well, Mai’s Fairy Godmother only does a make-over on Mai’s mother’s magic shoes before she goes off to the ball. Mom’s armor fits fine and she already has her own sword. This is a really good fairy re-tale. Ms. Demelza keeps to the gist of the story but gave it a whole new feel and, of course, an HEA ending. Definitely recommended for fairy tale re-talers!

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