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The stepsister scheme (edition 2009)

by Jim C. Hines

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Title:The stepsister scheme
Authors:Jim C. Hines
Info:New York : DAW Books, 2009.
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The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines

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Danielle (known to balladeers as Cinderella) is just settling into her role as a princess when her husband is kidnapped. She, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty go on a quest to get him back.

Much of the fairy tale stuff felt a bit too familiar (Cinderella unsure of herself as a princess instead of a servant; Sleeping Beauty being woken with labor pains instead of a kiss, etc), but Hines clearly really enjoys fairy tales, and his interest in the story carried me forward. I think my favorite part of this story was the descriptions of the fairies and their lands. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
A fun take on traditional fairy tale characters. ( )
  Paula_S | Jan 15, 2016 |
The Stepsister Scheme, by Jim C. Hines
★★★ and 1/2 (rounding up to four)

Synopsis:What would happen if an author went back to the darker themes of the original fairy tales for his plots, and then crossed the Disney princesses with Charlie's Angels? What's delivered is The Stepsister Scheme, a whole new take on what happened to Cinderella and her prince after the wedding. And with Jim C. Hines penning the tale, listeners can bet it won't be "and they lived happily ever after."
In A Sentence: Princesses kick butt and rescue the prince. My kind of story.
What I Enjoyed: I had fun with this read. It's always refreshing when the princesses do all the rescuing. The women in this story are smart and independent, and able to hold their own in a fight without it seeming excessive. This is a good book for a feminist, that's for sure!
Jim C. Hines based his princesses on the darker, more original versions of the fairy tales. The way he told their stories made it a little more real to the modern day reader; these princesses didn't have it easy during their ordeal, that's for certain.
The plot was creative and enjoyable, with a little bit of everything. It was funny at times, serious at others. The pace moved fairly quickly, with very few boring moments.
Still Not A Favorite Though: While I enjoyed the story quite a bit, the tone of it still seemed a little flat overall. Something about the writing style that didn't quite give the story the right feeling. I'm an empathic reader, and I just wasn't falling in love with any specific character.
To Sum Up: This is a YA fantasy novel that has a little bit of something for everyone. It has fairy tale retellings, it has adventure, it has independent butt-kicking women, it has humor, and it has a dark side. It's a pretty well-rounded read. But I can only just like it, not love it. It's a quick read so I'd say it's worth a look. ( )
  Spirolim | Jan 13, 2016 |
This book picks up a few months after the Cinderella story ends. Danielle (Cinderella) is happy with her husband, but her stepsisters just can't leave well enough alone. They plot to steal Danielle's husband and her child. Queen Bea, the princes mother, introduces Danielle to Talia and Snow (Sleeping Beauty and Snow White). These two princesses are Queen Bea's spies, they help her maintain balance in the kingdom. Through out the book we get details regarding the "real stories" of the lives of all of the princesses and get to meet some new, interesting characters. The book is fun but maintains an aura of darkness that keeps it from getting to silly. This is a great book about a sisterhood of women who are tough and smart. Hopefully the series maintains its drive. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This book picks up a few months after the Cinderella story ends. Danielle (Cinderella) is happy with her husband, but her stepsisters just can't leave well enough alone. They plot to steal Danielle's husband and her child. Queen Bea, the princes mother, introduces Danielle to Talia and Snow (Sleeping Beauty and Snow White). These two princesses are Queen Bea's spies, they help her maintain balance in the kingdom. Through out the book we get details regarding the "real stories" of the lives of all of the princesses and get to meet some new, interesting characters. The book is fun but maintains an aura of darkness that keeps it from getting to silly. This is a great book about a sisterhood of women who are tough and smart. Hopefully the series maintains its drive. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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Sometimes There Are Men Who Get It Right This author is proof that men can actually grok the full humanity of le deuxième sexe, and write it into their fictional worlds. without having the female characters come across as either absent, ciphers, stereotypes, or sex-fantasies.

You all know about Jim Hines, I expect? The Stepsister Scheme, The Mermaid’s Madness, Red Hood’s Revenge? (What, is that a no in the audience? I’m shocked, simply shocked.) His novels are fairly feminist and usually a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to seeing if Libriomancer continues in the same vein.

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Danielle Whiteshore, formerly Danielle de Glas, would never be a proper princess. Not if the title required her to actually remember so many trifling details.
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"You know how all those old fairy tales take you through lots of scary adventures till you finally reach that inevitable line: 'And they all lived happily ever after...' Guess what? It's not true. Life in never-never land isn't all sweetness and light. Cinderella--whose real name is Danielle Whiteshore (nee Danielle de Glas)--does marry Prince Armand. And...their wedding is a dream come true. But not long after the 'happily ever after,' Danielle is attacked by her stepsister Charlotte, who suddenly has all sorts of magic to call upon. And though Talia--otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty--comes to the rescue (she's a martial arts master, and all those fairy blessings make her almost unbeatable), Charlotte gets away..."--p. [4] of cover.… (more)

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