4 STARS: I Really Liked It
When a mysterious piece of jewelry and a strange visitor arrive in the jewelry shop where she works for her evil aunt, Lucinda’s course takes a surprising turn. With the help of the Amaranth Witch, a young (and harmless) con-artist, and a prince, Lucinda uncovers secrets about her own royal past. A strong seller in hardcover, this original fairytale marks an exciting debut from a lyrical new voice. Can one magical moment lead to happily ever after?
I liked this book. I’m not sure if it was the author’s intent but it reminded me of a Cinderella story at times. The orphan Lucinda is pushed around by a nasty and mean aunt. A helpful friend (I won’t say the name) reminds me of her own unique fairy godmother.
Lucinda’s story is easy to get caught up in. From the very beginning I felt for poor Lucinda and the rough life she lived. I wanted to keep reading so I could find out what happened to her. Will she find her own happily ever after and get away from her abusive aunt?
I wish there was more time spent on the side characters. I think Peter is hilarious and handsome, the Prince as well. I wanted to hear more of their stories. I love the pet goat she finds along her journey. He acts like a dog so Lucinda names him Dog. He is loyal and brave. A very funny and cute sidekick. Overall, a great clean entertaining read.
Content Review: highlight between ( ) to see details
Sexual Content: none
Violence: mild ( abusive slaps with bruises, short struggle with a little blood )