All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother by Danielle Teller
Star rating: ★★☆☆☆ 2/5
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: Cinderella’s stepmother tells her side of the fairy tale.
Review: This had some moments but overall I was not impressed with this book. One of my biggest issues with the book is it turns Cinderella into this super naive borderline stupid whiny girl with a family history of mental illness. Like every time Ella was in the book I cringed because of her portrayal. When Cinderella is your favorite princess/fairy tale this doesn’t bode well for the book.
Agnes, the stepmother was born a peasant and has a hard life. Okay, fine. Her daughters are the result of a long abusive relationship where the father raped her. She shrugs this off and for while is in love with him. He’s cruel and hits her. But she decides it’s better later on when he only hits the kids not her. Wow. Just. Wow.
I don’t know, overall it wasn’t super great. I know that options were limited to her and whatever but I just could not care. She was sympathetic enough so making Cinderella this stupid whiny baby just made me not care for her or her story.
I was torn on the sisters, sometimes I was like they’re not that bad and other times I really could not stand them. They weren’t very interesting on a whole really, so I don’t know.
It didn’t help the book any that the audiobook narrator has a terribly monotonous voice that just drove me crazy. I could not focus well even on the more interesting parts of the book because her voice was just so bad. It’s not really the fault of the writing but it did not help any.
Recommendation: There are way better told from the villain’s POV retellings to read. Don’t waste your time with this one.