The Stepsister's Tale

The Stepsister's Tale

Tracy Barrett / Jan 27, 2020

The Stepsister s Tale What really happened after the clock struck midnight Jane Montjoy is tired of being a lady She s tired of pretending to live up to the standards of her mother s noble family especially now that the fa

  • Title: The Stepsister's Tale
  • Author: Tracy Barrett
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  • Page: 117
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  • What really happened after the clock struck midnight Jane Montjoy is tired of being a lady She s tired of pretending to live up to the standards of her mother s noble family especially now that the family s wealth is gone and their stately mansion has fallen to ruin It s hard enough that she must tend to the animals and find a way to feed her mother and her little sisterWhat really happened after the clock struck midnight Jane Montjoy is tired of being a lady She s tired of pretending to live up to the standards of her mother s noble family especially now that the family s wealth is gone and their stately mansion has fallen to ruin It s hard enough that she must tend to the animals and find a way to feed her mother and her little sister each day Jane s burden only gets worse after her mother returns from a trip to town with a new stepfather and stepsister in tow Despite the family s struggle to prepare for the long winter ahead, Jane s stepfather remains determined to give his beautiful but spoiled child her every desire When her stepfather suddenly dies, leaving nothing but debts and a bereaved daughter behind, it seems to Jane that her family is destined for eternal unhappiness But a mysterious boy from the woods and an invitation to a royal ball are certain to change her fateFrom the handsome prince to the evil stepsister, nothing is quite as it seems in Tracy Barrett s stunning retelling of the classic Cinderella tale.

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      • Tracy Barrett

        Tracy Barrett has written than twenty books for children and young adults She s much too interested in too many things to stick to one genre, and has published nonfiction as well as historical fiction, mysteries, fantasy, time travel, myth and fairy tale retellings, and contemporary realistic novels She knows about ancient Greece and Rome and the European Middle Ages than anyone really needs to know, can read lots of dead languages, and used to jump out of airplanes Tracy grew up near New York City, and went to college in New England and graduate school in California She majored in Classics and earned a Ph.D in Medieval Italian She was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medieval women writers and won the Society of Children s Book Writers and Illustrators Work in Progress Grant in 2005 She taught Italian and other subjects at Vanderbilt University for almost thirty years She lives in Tennessee with her 6 7 husband, a rescue cat, and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.


    1. DNF at 75%. It is inoffensive, but it is so. fucking. dull.I've been at 75% for months.Something exciting could happen in the next 25%. I don't care.It would take me roughly 20 minutes to finish the book, it's not much time at all. I don't care.You know why? I don't want to. This book is really, really freaking boring.It takes the myth of Cinderella and make it so that "Cinderella" is a spoiled, whiny (but really, really pretty!) little bitch.Here's how the plot goes.The "stepsisters" are really [...]

    2. Also reviewed for Addicted2HeroinesThis isn't the first time I've read a retelling of Cinderella from the POV of the wicked stepsister, and I'm sure it won't be the last. I'm addicted to retellings, and if I don't get my fix I start shaking like a crack addict. The good thing about my kind of addiction is that you get to keep all of your teeth.Just somthin' to keep in mind, if you're weighing your in a cardboard box beside a Waffle House dumpster.Retellingso much time spent wand [...]

    3. This was a really cute story. Jane and Maude are the stepsisters. But they aren't evil. They are dirt poor. Jane works hard to keep a small bit of food on the table, then their mother comes home with a new husband and his little girl. All Jane sees is more mouths to feed.A wonderful twist on the Cinderella story.

    4. When it comes down it, while nothing out of the ordinary happens beyond a few liberties taken with Ella's character, The Stepsister's Tale remains an unconventional and refreshing story.A retake on the Cinderella tale, it treads the very same path yet out comes a very different story-in the way that past is prone to, in the hand of history and verbiage. Myths, rumors and truths become tangled irrevocably with no one to care.Frankly, the way the story is being pitched leaves much to be desired, a [...]

    5. When I first started reading The Stepsister's Tale, I was actually very invested in the story. As a fan of fairy tale retellings, it's always interesting to be able to read from the villain's perspective. But as I read on, I found the book to be too long because it was full or narratives, which I never seem to enjoy. In addition to that, I actually read Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman, which is a Snow White retelling from the Evil Queen's perspective. The main difference of that book and this [...]

    6. 2.5 stars. Thank you First Reads for the opportunity to read this book.I love fairytale retellings, especially when they look at the original story a little differently. This is Cinderella from the perspective of the ugly stepsister, called Jane in this telling. Only it's not the same story at all. Jane lives with her mother and sister Maude in their family's manor house. But the once stunning estate has fallen into extreme disrepair. They have no servants and must do all the work to survive the [...]

    7. 3.5 starsAn interesting spin on Cinderella. Wish it were written in a little more mature way. It read as an MG novel, the feeling was exacerbated by the audio narrator who sounded as if she was 10.

    8. You can also find this review at: YA Midnight ReadsThis one was just simply boring to me. I made it through forty nine percent of The Stepsister’s Tale before I called it quits. I just felt like I was reading nothing but empty words. I couldn’t connect to any of the characters on any sort of level. I just found myself in a observer sort of role. The issue came in through when I was observing…thing. Just the constant monotony of Jane doing farming chores. Milking the cow, gathering food…i [...]

    9. Tracy Barrett's engaging new Young Adult novel, "The Stepsister's Tale" is an imaginative and immensely entertaining retelling of the classic "Cinderella" story. The setting is the Montjoy family farm and the formerly grand old home now crumbling around the two sisters who live there with their mother. Made destitute by the debt-ridden father who abandoned them, Jane and Maude struggle daily to find food and survive the harsh winter, often sharing only an egg or two a day and huddling together f [...]

    10. This is one of those books I went into a little curious about, but ultimately got swept away in a fantastical fantasy world. THE STEPSISTER’S TALE is truly a fairytale for more grown up people, and Tracy Barrett does a brilliant job of bringing the storied tale of Cinderella to life in a whole new way.I’m a huge fan of de-villainizing a villain. I love seeing a character typically written off as bad become reformed and a heroine. Jane is just such a character. Seeing the humanity of Jane, of [...]

    11. I love fairy tale retellings and Barrett's twist on Cinderella is amazing! I haven't read one from the stepsister's POV before and when I stumbled upon this story, I decided to check it out. I'm so glad I did!Without giving away too much of the plot, I can say that I loved the main character, Jane, who works so hard to keep her mother and sister (and, later, her stepfather and stepsister) from starving--they may live in a grand house, but it's falling down around their ears and there's little fo [...]

    12. To see full review click on one of the following links:My blogBooklikesDisclaimer: I do not own the lyrics to “I Want It Now” which belongs to Warner Brothers. Also, I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley. It did not effect my opinion of this book.Yes, I read another Cinderella retelling.I can’t help it. Fairytale tellings are like my weak point in YA. Luckily, this one was a lot better than the last fairytale retelling I read, Cinderella’s Dress.I actually enjoyed reading Th [...]

    13. A copy of this book was provided by the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This review is also posted on The Storybook KingdomI love me a good fairy tale re-telling. I pretty much read every one I hear about. Unfortunately I don't always love the ones I read. This is one of those stories.(dun dun) Sorry I had a Law and Order moment. My main problem? I was so incredibly bored. There is just so much time spent telling about how their daily lives. I mean I feel like I'm told eve [...]

    14. This was NOT what I expected. In a GREAT way. Ms. Barrett throws readers into a difficult, back-breaking world of churning butter, scouring a barren farm for nuts and eggs and berries, and the struggle a girl goes through choosing who to keep alive. The way Ms. Barrett wove the old Cinderella tale from the stepsister's point of view had me believing this could've really happened, that the story we all know has roots in reality.

    15. The appeal began to rise when I realized that Barrett’s book was a retelling of Cinderella from the point of view of one of the stepsisters, who always seem to get the shaft when it comes to this story. Read the rest of my review here

    16. I really enjoyed this overall. I loved the retelling aspect and the characters. Although the mother and Isabella drove me crazy at times. Jane is so strong as a young woman trying to care for her family and I adored Will and his family. I hated the prince. UGH! No fantasy in this retelling, just honest, harsh struggles of a hard time. The story is a bit slow at times and parts could have been cut out to make is move along better. I liked the romance. Very sweet.

    17. Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: This retelling was more of a survival story the first half, but I enjoyed it all the same.Opening Sentence: The house- it was too small to be called a palace- sat at the top of a hill, overlooking thick woods and a river.The Review:Jane, her mother, and her sister used to be a part of a rich family that lived in a stately mansion. Years later, after the death of her father and him gambling away their fortune, the beautiful home is falling to [...]

    18. THE STEPSISTER’S TALE is an absolutely wonderful and imaginative retelling of the classic fairy tale. With a shift in perspective, not everything is as the Cinderella story led readers to believe – the stepsisters weren’t so evil, the stepmother not so wicked, Cinderella not so innocent and the prince not so charming or benevolent. And with a number of deviations from the original, this delightful tale is as captivating and enchanting as the story it was based upon.Jane Montjoy doesn’t r [...]

    19. I love fairy tale retellings. Love them. I have 100% drunk the kool-aid for The Lunar Chronicles. I was charmed by Entwined by Heather Dixon. I also have great affection for Harlequin Teen, especially on NetGalley. I cried through most of the new Disney Cinderella movie that came out this earlier this year. So you would think that a Cinderella re-telling told from one of the step-sister’s POV would be perfect for me, right? How could it go wrong?Too bad it was boring as all get out.Full disclo [...]

    20. Actual Rating: 3.5/5This review can be found at The Twins Read.While her mother may still have her delusions of grandeur, Jane Montjoy knows that her crumbling estate is now reduced to a has-been. Jane and her sister Maud milk the cow, mend and repair their own now too-tight dresses, and clean the place up to the best of their abilities while their mother pretends that servants are still doing the work for them. But Jane's mother remarries and not too soon, her new husband dies, leaving debt and [...]

    21. In this book the stepsisters live in a big house. But the house is falling apart, they can't even go upstairs without being in danger of falling through the floorboards. The story kicks off with Jane and her sister, Maude, gathering whatever food they can find. After a bit, their mother comes home from the city in a fancy carriage with the news that she has gotten married. Now Jane has a new stepfather and stepsister. Right off you can tell that her stepsister, Isabella, is a spoiled brat. You c [...]

    22. librarytalker/201Ever since her father gambled away the family fortune and then ran off to die drunk and alone, Jane and her sister, Maude, have trying everything they can just to survive. Their house is literally crumbling around them and their mother's mind is crumbling with it. She insists that they continue to behave like ladies even though they are alone with no servants, no money, and no future.When Mamma returns from a long journey with a new husband and a new stepdaughter, Jane has only [...]

    23. Thanks to Joanne for reccing this book even if it did take me a while to get around to itJane lives with her Mamma and younger sister in the faded grandeur and rotting rooms of their ancestral home Halsey Hall. Once they had a father toobut drink and ultimately death separated him from his wife and childrenWith her mother living on the memories of what once was and her sister too young to remember anything but the squalor Jane does her best to keep things togetherWhen her mother returns from the [...]

    24. Overall I enjoyed this inside out retelling. The pacing was uneven however, with the bulk of the "Cinderella" tale in the last 25%. Its at this point Isabella (Cinderella) goes to the ball and from there its a mad dash to reimagine it all.

    25. A fun, imaginative twist on the Cinderella story, told from the stepsister's point of view. Full of beautiful details and characters to root for.

    26. I really enjoyed this retelling of Cinderella--because the protagonist Jane, reminded me a lot of Jane Eyre and read similar to a Bronte or Austen novel but set in a much earlier time. The tale was woven well, and all the characters were represented more realistically and so were the situations. I especially liked the ending, which was much different from the Grimm one, and how she referenced Grimm a few times in the story. I also liked the twist that Isabella wasn't some pure and syrupy good pe [...]

    27. You can also find this review at girlinthewoodsreviewsDetailed Review: I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest feedback.What if the stepsisters had not been ugly, and were the ones doing all the housework? What if they had no desire to marry the prince and want a normal life? What if the wicked stepmother wasn't wicked, but merely delusional? What if there was no fairy godmother?I present to you, The Stepsister's Tale, an enchanting re-telling of Cinderella. In thi [...]

    28. Cinderella has always been a favorite fairy tale for me. The first musical I ever saw, though on TV, was Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. I've read the original story. I've seen the Disney version at least 200 times. And as a former ballerina, you can bet that it was my favorite ballet, second only to The Nutcracker. I'll take it in whatever form it comes. And this fall, when I go back to NYC, the number one item on my to-do list is to see it live.With fairytale retellings being so popular [...]

    29. Fairytale retellings are some of my favorites in any category of book, including YA. But for me there can be very good re-imaginings and very bad ones as well. I find that the best one keep the concept from the original but either changes the characters or changes the setting. One of my favorite retellings of all time is The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer because she keeps the overall story the same but she changed the setting completely. So when I read the synopsis for The Stepsister's Tale [...]

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