Novella Review: Cursed Beauty by Dorian Tsukioka

Publisher: Dorian Tsukioka (self)
Release Date: November 15th, 2014
Series: N/A
Pages: 73
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Genre(s): Fairy Tale, Retelling
Synopsis from Goodreads:

A pair of glass slippers that can change her life? When something is too good to be true, it usually is…

Adelaide has lived her entire life cursed with a birthmark that makes people shy away. When an invitation to the Elder Prince’s ball falls in her lap, she knows attending would only cause people to shun her more.

A fairy godmother feels her pain and offers her a pair of glass slippers that not only transform her ragged dress to an elegant gown, but also removes the mark that covers her face. However, Adelaide soon learns that the beautiful slippers can steal away more than just her birthmark, leaving her cursed in a far worse way.

This retelling of the classic Cinderella story will resound with readers of young adult fiction who love paranormal fantasy, fairy tales, and a splash of romance.

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Special thanks to Dorian Tsukioka for providing me with a copy of the book for review!

For a novella that is freestanding, I was very impressed with both the story and the writing of Cursed Beauty. I’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings, Cinderella being one of my favorites, and I really enjoyed how the author reimagined the story in such a short story but with lots of detail and left me feeling satisfied.

The bulk of Cursed Beauty remains similar to that of the Disney fairy tale that we’ve grown up with and loved, but the little changes to the magical aspects of the story and the characters made it unique and memorable.

After all, this is a fairy tale at heart, so there were some cliche moments. But the story was sweet and the main character, Adelaide, is one that is very likeable.

Overall, Cursed Beauty was a cute and fun retelling of the Cinderella story that we all know and love!



5 thoughts on “Novella Review: Cursed Beauty by Dorian Tsukioka

  1. Well, I would have thoughts this to be a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Oh well. 😛 Will consider it for later, because I just watched this movie – Into the Woods – and did not like it…plus I’m tired of Cinderella being everywhere lol. But glad you enjoyed!!

  2. This looks like a lovely cute read! Oh, but was it so similar to the original fairytale that it was predictable?

    Lovely review, hun <33

  3. Oooh free standing novellas, I never really hear about these, though it would be nice to read some (especially at the end of the year when trying to up my Goodreads reading challenge ;)). Glad you liked this one overall, even if it was a bit cliche!

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