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Being seventeen during World War II is tough. Finding out you’re the next keeper of the real Cinderella’s dress is even tougher.
Kate simply wants to create window displays at the department store where she’s working, trying to help out with the war effort. But when long-lost relatives from Poland arrive with a steamer trunk they claim holds the Cinderella’s dress, life gets complicated.
Now, with a father missing in action, her new sweetheart shipped off to boot camp, and her great aunt losing her wits, Kate has to unravel the mystery before it’s too late.
After all, the descendants of the wicked stepsisters will stop at nothing to get what they think they deserve.
“A fun, twist on the classic Cinderella tale that is sure to appeal to fans of lighter fantasies. Be prepared to be swept away!” – Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer for YABookCentral.com on Cinderella’s Dress
Cinderella’s Dress by Shonna Slayton was a sweet, fun, and unique story; it kept me turning pages! From the gorgeous cover, to the captivating era, to the charming characters, this novel had me intrigued. 4.5 stars!
Kate Allen is a teenage girl just trying to cope with her dad off in war and her... ...more
I received a copy of this book from Entangled Teen (Entangled Publishing) in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.
I love historical fiction - there is just something amazing about reading stories based in a time before I was born. I am not, how... ...more
Cinderella’s Dress by Shonna Slayton
Kate is just a normal girl wanting to work with window designs. She loves how they work their magic, and wants to help design. Too bad her mom doesn’t feel the same way, she wants Kate to work as a model. One day an old couple arrive at their doorstep lugging... ...more
I really enjoyed this book! The prologue pulled me in, and the unusual time and place of the story (a Cinderella book set in 1940s New York City?) made me want to know what happens next. The characters were interesting and real enough that sometimes I was ticked off at them. Then I would remind m... ...more
I think the first thing that needs to be said about this book that it's NOT a fairytale retelling. It takes the magic of one of our favourite stories, picking out aspects and used to tell an entirely different tale that is, all in all, charming and captivating. It's a slow paced book that lets yo... ...more
Cinderella's Dress by Shonna Slayton is a YA fairy-tale retelling set in 1940's New York.
Being a teen-ager during World War II is tough. Finding out you're the next keeper of the real Cinderella's dress is even tougher.
Kate simply wants to create window displays at the department store where she'... ...more
Cinderella's Dress was a unique take on the story of Cinderella. I love how it's sort of about the descendants of both Cinderella and the stepsisters, but mostly how it focuses on the Keeper of the dress. One of my favorite time periods for novels is WWII, so I loved that this book was set during... ...more
With dystopia taking up space in the bookstores for me to find a young adult historical was almost a needle in a haystack. I found this book on the publishers website, and I knew I had to buy it right away. My feelings for the book was simple I LOVE THIS BOOK! I especially love the fiction storyt... ...more
*****I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*****
Katherine (Kate) Allen is a teenage model of polish descent living in New York City, during the WWII in spring 1944. We start off as Kate, due to her pushy mother, attempts in vain to grab into the acting realm... ...more
A Fairy tale retelling of Cinderella but with a Twist it focuses on the dresses and the family who was assigned to protect it. It's set during WWII and Kate is just a typical girl living on the American home front when relatives arrive after escaping Europe with Cinderella's dress or so her great... ...more
I am always SO happy to come across an original story line. No vampires. No angsty, snobby teenage cliques. So two thumbs up right there! It's a historical fiction with a little bit of fantasy woven in. Shonna, it all wrapped up a little too soon for me at the end, but I REALLY enjoyed it and wil... ...more
So beautifully written!! This was totally not what I was expecting. It took the first hundred pages for me to understand what was happening and to get into it, but after that, it flowed quite nicely. Not a Cinderella retelling, but a great add-on to the Cinderella story. ...more
I hope this becomes a series, if for no other purpose than to find out what happened to the shoes and Kate's dad. Plus, there's just so much to explore when it comes to her responsibility to care for fairytale artifacts. ...more
Really loved this book. This is the first of its kind that I have read and really enjoyed every minute of it. ...more
3.5 Stars. The better part of Kate Allen's youth has been spent coming of age in a world at war, never forgetting the twin mantras of making do and doing without in order to support the war effort. But now, on the cusp of adulthood, she finds herself caught between the life she's always known and... ...more
I enjoyed this book! It was exciting and I loved how it was set in the 1940's. I would have liked it more if there hadn't been any magic but I have to admit the whole flame thing was pretty cool.
There was one kiss but I'm pretty sure they'll get married in the next book :) ...more
Protagonist: Kate Allen starts off this novel every bit the aspiring heroine. She's flawed and she's just trying to find her way in WWII New York. However, I'm sad to say that Kate doesn't go through too much development as a protagonist. Sure, she goes through some, though it has a bit mo... ...more
3.5 out of 5 stars
I love a good fairy tale. Princess, magic, romance... they're my favorite. It's what drew me to this book when I received an email from Entangled Publishing requesting reviewers. The opportunity to read a book that combines historical fiction with one of my favorite fairy tales?... ...more
I just re-read "Cinderella's Dress" in prep for "Cinderella's Shoes" (which I'm reading now), and you know something? I actually enjoyed it better the second time around than I did the first - and I liked it quite a bit the first.
I didn't really like Kate that much the first time around - I thoug... ...more
During World War II, woman were allowed to carry on jobs that men once had, although, not all jobs could be transferred. All Kate wants to do is dress the department store windows of Harmon-Craig, all her mother wants her to do is continue to model the latest fashion and hopefully land herself a... ...more
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I'm not much of a historical fiction reader. But when I saw this unique twist on the fairy tale aspect, I knew I had to read it. And I loved it.
Kate is a teen girl during World War II. Her father is overseas, although not as a soldier, and her brother is getting ready... ...more
Last week, I was browsing the catalogue on Netgalley and came across a book called Cinderella’s Shoes and was intrigued. I liked the idea that Cinderella was a real person and that her dresses and shoes were also real. I also liked the fact that the book was set in the 1940’s. This is something I... ...more
Kate just wants to find her own path in life. She is a teenager during World War II. She is surprised when relatives she didn't know about show up and she learns her family has a secret. They are the keepers of Cinderella's dress. Now it seems Kate is in line to be the next keeper. The stepsister... ...more
I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Here is my honest review.
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would - and I expected to enjoy it very much.
It's not exactly a fairytale re-telling.....more of a what happened after imagining.
Kate's family is wonderfully... ...more