Before Midnight A Retelling of Cinderella

Before Midnight A Retelling of Cinderella❮Reading❯ ➿ Before Midnight A Retelling of Cinderella Author Cameron Dokey – Etienne de Brabant is brokenhearted His wife has died in childbirth leaving him alone with an infant daughter he cannot bear to name But before he abandons her for king and court he brings a second ch Etienne de Brabant A Retelling PDF/EPUB Ã is brokenhearted His wife has died in childbirth Before Midnight eBook Ö leaving him alone with an infant daughter he cannot bear to name Midnight A Retelling ePUB ´ But before he abandons her for king and court he brings a second child to be raised alongside her a boy whose identity he does not revealThe girl La Cendrillon and the boy Raoul pass sixteen years in the servants' care until one day a very fine lady arrives with her two daughters The lady has married La Cendrillon's father and her arrival changes their lives When an invitation to a great ball reaches the family La Cendrillon's new stepmother will make a decision with far reaching effects Her choice will lead La Cendrillon and Raoul toward their destiny a choice that will challenge their understanding of family test their loyalty and courage and ultimately teach them who they are.

Cameron Dokey is A Retelling PDF/EPUB Ã an American author living in Seattle Washington She Before Midnight eBook Ö has a collection of over old sci fi and horror films Midnight A Retelling ePUB ´ Cameron was born in the Central Valley of California Cameron grew up reading classical literature and mythology perhaps due to her father Richard being a teacher of Philosophy Creative Writing and Western Literature Cameron has one husband and three cats and is th.

Before Midnight A Retelling of Cinderella PDF ☆
  • Paperback
  • 193 pages
  • Before Midnight A Retelling of Cinderella
  • Cameron Dokey
  • English
  • 06 October 2014
  • 9781416934714

10 thoughts on “Before Midnight A Retelling of Cinderella

  1. Valerie says:

    Maybe I should have read this book earlier; when I was 13 and a fresh book lover I've read a few Cinderella retellings since then so it's hard to give it any new twists or magic Its got the basic framework of all the Cinderella retellings mother dies check stepmother and sisterscheck and a happily ever after with the prince checkThere is always something different about each retelling that I've read In Ella Enchanted it was the curse in Just Ella the prince isn't charming but stupid and I could go on but that would take a while This book goes for the dad and a war Which sounds interesting in theory but you hardly get to see the dad and the war part isn't used as much as I would've liked The relationship Cendrillon Cinderella has with her step family is different However what bothered me the most was that it takes forever to get anything started I know that Dokey writes about half the book before she gets the ball rolling but this one took so much longer The stepmother and stepsisters don't ever appear until a uarter of the book is over and the ball takes even longer to even come up The ball actually happens after page 150 and it lasts 2 pages if that the book is less than 200 pages by the way The ball is what I looked forward to and was disappointed that it was basically nonexistent Everything before that is basically to get everyone else to pair off the stepsisters and that just wasn't interesting to me Also the words true love is on every other page I'm usually okay with it and expect it from Dokey but it was a bit much for meThis book was all right but I think there are better Cinderella retellings I feel that I may be a bit harsh because it's such a well known story but after I finished I just thought it wasokay

  2. Cara says:

    Extremely wary was I of this one There have been tons of Cinderella retellings and begs you to ask the uestion what could this little book have to offer? A substantial amount as it turns outCendrillion is blamed for the death of her mother Not by everyone mind you but by her father He wishes to never to see her again until he can receive peace When he comes to visit his dead wife's grave he brings another life with him A little baby boy to be exact His name would be Raoul and he and Cendrillion would grow up together This was totally refreshing because Cinderella never grows up with a brother or any other siblings really This book felt like a long novel which I was surprised by since it is fairly short A feat I'm assuming is hard to achieveThe stepmother and sisters are way interesting in this story and aren't depicted as being dumb as most other retellings make them out to be There are a lot characters that make an appearance to add layers to the story as well Everything from why she is named Cendrillion to how the lost slipper comes to play was original Wishes and love at first sight played big roles in the story How we what wish may not always be what we thought it would be A couple of complaints though How things worked out for her father It felt like the easy way out I wasn't expecting perfection but something than what we are left with Why? Why? Whyyyyyyyyyyyyy must the love of their lives come at the end of the story? They can make an appearance sooner I do love the background work Dokey puts into it but I don't think it's too much to ask to put the guys earlier into the storyOther than that though I'm totally happy and not regretful of giving this retelling a chance

  3. Katherine says:

    ”And so the child of cinders went to the ball” A little pro tip for authors if you’re going to write a fairy tale retelling and make it a good one at that make sure it actually retells the tale you’re trying to retell I know it seems like a ‘duh’ statement but as observed by the atrocity that is this book it’s a tip that needs to be gone over from time to time Because while I was expecting a Cinderella retelling and I gotSomething that had the barest inklings of Cinderella but for the most part wasn’t And it was absolutely abysmalThe story begins in France where a nobleman by the name of Etienne de Brabant is devastated over the death of his wife after the birth of their daughter He wants nothing to do with her so he leaves her in the care of his estate and the various servants But before he leaves he brings a foundling boy to be raised alongside her though he does not reveal the child’s identity The girl and the boy now named Cendrillon and Raoul are raised mainly by the head housekeeper in the countryside passing the days riding horses and taking care of the household Every year they wish for the same thing; to have a mother and to know who they are respectively ”’You make it sound so simple when you know it’s not’ I said the words bitter in my mouth ‘But since you reuest it then this is what I wish I wish for a mother to love me a mother for me to love” But as the old saying goes be careful what you wish for because it just might come trueAgain if you’re going to retell a story make sure it actually resembles the original piece of work And from the outside this book does; a girl named Cendrillon a stepmother two stepsisters and ball a glass slipper and a prince Except make Cinderella have a stepbrother have the stepmother not even be remotely dislikable and the sisters change heart halfway through the book a ball that’s not grand the slipper doesn’t even make an appearance and a prince who’s plot line resembles The Man in the Iron Mask than CinderellaSEE WHAT I MEAN? DOES THAT SOUND LIKE CINDERELLA TO YOU? I WAS ABOUT TO BURST A BLOOD VESSEL AFTER I FINISHED READING ITAnother thing I expect from retellings is for it to add depth and character development to the original and the book did the exact opposite Of course that doesn’t really say a lot for me in that I wanted to see a stepmother and stepsister who were evil but they were the driving source of Cinderella’s conflict Here I don’t think the author knew what conflict she wanted Cinderella to have other than Abandoned Father Syndrome And don’t even get me started on the stupid instalove that happened between Raoul and Anastasia ”They had been there in the tight silences between Raoul and Anastasia whenever they met the compressed lips the uick glances from the corners of their eyes Love at first sight I thought I wondered why I hadn’t recognized the signs for what they were before now’” I MEAN REALLY?? Those two gave no hint whatsoever that they liked each other beforehand so either I’m just really dumb at reading emotional signs or nothing was there to begin with and the author made it up on a whim to please future readers But when the book really fell apart was the ball where she meets the prince and the ensuing aftermath The story introduced a subplot that was so out there and absurd that it felt like it was supposed to be part of a different novel rather than this one And while I won’t give it away because you should probably read it for yourself I will say that for fans of the original they won’t be pleased At allThat sentiment applies to the rest of the book Instead of taking Cinderella and retelling it with the respect of the original the author completely went YOLO on it and trampled the story so it becomes unrecognizable

  4. Natasa says:

    Dokey in the author's afterword speaks about the origins of the story from the Brothers Grimm to the older Charles Perrault that gives the true name of Cinderella The novel isn't very long just under two hundred pages so there isn't much room for much development for the characters but the writing and plotting are fairly tight and the author doesn't forget to put in some descriptive passages that create some lovely imagery

  5. Brooke says:

    There a millions of Cinderella retellings out there most of them following the traditional Evil step mother and step sister's story Usually with the dad having died or away somewhere This story was not like thatCendrillion's as she's called in this retelling mother died giving birth to her her father was away when she was born and came back a few days later He was devistated by his wife's death and blamed Cendrillion for the death of her mother He went to where she'd been buried and to be blunt threw a fit He cried on her grave in the garden and this is where it gets odd everything in the garden died off or acted weird I'll expand on the weirdness later on He had with him another newborn where he was from and who he was was a mystery The father dropped of the boy and left not returning for many yearsSo Since the father who was some duke a favorite of the evil ueen didn't come back the servants raised Cendrillion and the boy Raoul as their euals They helped out around the house and picked the crops in the garden After the father's fit in the garden the crops grew weird they would plant one type and a diffrent kind all together would grow They planted apples and oranges grew They planted watermelons and gigantic pumpkins grew You get the picture They didn't expect the father to come back they didn't expect anyone to come So it came as a suprise when they got news that the father had remarried and that the wife and her two daughters where coming out to the house to liveWhen they got there they saw Cendrillion in her plain clothing and since the father had never mentioned her they thought she was a servant And she didn't tell them any diffrent Over time one of the step sisters broke into the father's office which had been locked; in the office was a giant portrait of Cendrillion's mother who as luck has it happened to look exactly like her The step sister showed it to everyone and they all realized who she was She became accepted into the family and everyone was relatively nice to her No that's not where the story ends but that's where it starts to get exciting And I was a bit tired of typing Who was Raoul? Where did the father get him? What happens to Cendrillion? The father? The step sister and step mother? If you're wondering any of this or if the story I discribed above appeals to you in any way this is the book for you

  6. Hannah says:

    35 starsApart from the magical stuff which I don't care so much for and one d this book was very clean And it's not like spell kinds of magic but wishes coming true so pretty innocent there too I found it delightfully unpredictable despite knowing that it's a Cinderella talewhich should have made it predictable There were some really enjoyable twists on the original story and I loved how it kept me thinkingWhat brought the rating down to three for me is that the ebook was badly editednot the words but the punctuation which was a bad wreck Very few apostrophes were in their places and many commas and periods were missing as well as random bits of italics in places that made no sense

  7. Tirzah Eleora says:

    I feel bad for this little book I read it while I was horribly sick and needed a distraction The writing wasn't half bad and I enjoyed reading it I do have to admit that the three star rating is a bit on the generous side however for the faults of this book are many The plot an unoriginal retelling of Cinderella was poorly executed as was most of the character development The first half of the book was pretty good in terms of pacing but towards the end of the book things felt rushed and forced The author added a couple elements of the fairy tale namely the glass slippers and pumpkin carriage merely as props to reinforce the fact that it's a retelling but both items were completely purposeless in terms of the plot and were superfluous Again I liked it; mostly because of the writing style I thinkit reminded me of something else although I can't pinpoint what it is But I wouldn't reread

  8. Alice says:

    What a pleasant surprise for any lover of retellings of fairy talesI feared this small book one of the Once Upon A Time series would be a poorly written disappointment Instead it was a well written twist on the Cindrella story It achieved two ends 1 The writing style captures the magic that fairy tale readers long for; and 2 The intriguing analysis of the father the first wife and the step mother adds the new dimension to the old taleI plan to read of the series now

  9. Jackie says:

    I enjoy all the various versions of Cinderella and this version was just as enjoyable to me I first saw this book several years ago in a large bookstore I loved the cover It just had part of the dress on the cover but it was beautiful For some reason I did not end up buying it but I wanted to read it just because I liked the coverI might have guessed it was a Cinderella story by the title but by the time I actually started reading it I forgotIt is significantly different than most Cinderella story retellings but that is what I liked most There are new characters characters that are different from the original writings and characters that might be a bit of a surpriseI am really glad I finally read this book It was well done

  10. Abby says:

    As with Sisters Red though this is definitely nothing like it this was not my favorite retelling but still a charming and solid read 1 Smart and Sweet Heroine CHECKCendrillon was a great version of the classic Cinderella She gave life to a character that I always found somewhat too perfect in other classic versions She had emotion and heartbreak and doubts but she always loved others and return was loved2 Brave and Loveable Hero CHECKWhile Pascal was likeable enough but I was sad we only really got two scenes of him So in his stead I am going to talk about Raoul He was just rough enough to be intriguing and just sweet enough to be cute I loved when he finally figured out even though he lost his mind for a second there I think he deserved than Anastasia but she's the one he loved and you have to respect that 3 Uniue Plot and Original Story NOPEThis was so very close to the Disney version of Cinderella She added politics which was interesting but the rest of it was mostly the same4 Extraordinary Side Characters CHECKAll the side characters added dimension and politics to the story What with Raoul being who he was if you know what I mean I loved Old Mathilde and all her wisdom I also loved that her stepmother was nice and loving when she needed someone to love I loved Nicolo and Amelie and their blossoming love5 Plot Twists CHECKI actually did not see Raoul's little reveal coming at all Of course in hindsight it was obviousbut after all isn't it always? Recommended and enjoyable

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