Cinderella Had it Easy
Author: Jennifer Conner
Title: Cinderella Had it Easy
Series: The Cinderella Body Club 1
Rating: One Petal
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Story one from the a new romance series of the timeless Cinderella story re imagined where four girlfriends make a wish on a locket. They all wish they were beautiful, and look like the girls they've always wanted to be. The belle of the ball.
Cami works in the basement of a television station which airs history documentaries. With scars on her face that she acquired in a car accident as a child, Cami finds it easier to be by herself. She gets into a heated debate with the handsome new host of the show she’ll be working on. Is Lance the knight in shining armor who can drag Cami out of her safe zone? With no carriage and no helpful mice, she has to rely on the magic from her grandmother’s locket.
Cami only has 24 hours in her Cinderella body, what will she do with it? Will she keep hiding or can she learn how to live life?
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I picked up this book because I enjoy Cinderella stories. The hardworking girl that just needs an opportunity to dance with the prince in order to find true love is always a fun trope. This book wasn't fun.
To start, it wasn't particularly well written. There are four different girls, but the author never bothers to describe them. I'm left in the dark about hair color, distinguishing features, accents, and everything else. I only know Cami has scars and why because of the summary; it's only vaguely mentioned in the story. Then the girls are magically transformed into beautiful women and again the only description given is an offhand question as to whether Cami's boobs are larger. The characters aren't the only things that aren't described. There's no setting given to help create the world they live in. It is the modern day, but it feels like Conner used the fact that I live in current times and can therefore add in those details myself as a crutch.
I also thought the plot was vapid. The original Cinderella just wanted to go to the ball. She didn't care about looking beautiful or finding a Prince to marry. She would have worn her mother's out of date dress in the Disney version and in the Brothers Grimm version she cried over her mothers grave until the birds delivered a dress. In this story the girls get drunk and vainly wish over a magical locket to be beautiful. Their scars and fat vanish, their boobs and butt get bigger, and they essentially turn into supermodels. It's vain and selfish and the first thing they try to figure out is how to take advantage of their new looks. This story is what would have happened had Cinderella's evil stepsisters been the ones with a fairy godmother.
Cami decides she still has to go to work, which makes absolutely no sense. She looks like a different person; her boss isn't going to recognize her, so how is she expected to actually get any work done? The entire story is filled with similar plot holes that make it almost completely unreadable.
I do not recommend this book. It was poorly written, the characters are vapid, and the plot full of blatant holes. I will not be reading the rest of the series.
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