You know something? I hate it when people control me like some bimbo-ish marionette on strings, doing whatever her puppeteer willed her to do. Hated it to the very core, and I hated it even more when not only I had to be a marionette, but also being gagged up and the ventriloquist voice whatever lies they want to tell through MY VOICE! The nerve they had! If only I can find some bloody scissors and cut off the bloody strings and shove some shit into the ventriloquist’s esophagus!
I was feeling rather twisted and not quite in the mood today. In fact, my personal volcano is waiting to be erupted. And so… trying to calm myself down, I picked up a book that I can actually twist and control.
Yes… I picked up fairytale with a twist- Cinderella: Ninja Warrior. Cinderella, in most retelling, would always be portrayed as a weak, servant girl who had some luck in finding her true love. More often than not, Cinderella is just a girl who happens to own a pair of weird glass slipper and a fairy godmother who turned pumpkins into a pretty carriage for her so that she could go to the ball and meet her Prince Charming.
But Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan is not your ordinary fairy tale re-telling, in fact, it is a book that would make you laugh gleefully as the story goes. For once, you get to decide what happens to Cinderella…yes, you heard me right, this book is one of those ‘choose your own adventure/ending/story’ kinda book, and I loved it to bits.
I love the ‘magical’ power that the book gave me and for once, I feel pretty much in control of the story flow of a conventional book that I played no role in deciding how the story goes (unless I write it myself, of course).
I give this book a 5 star, simply because it allows me to choose my own way throughout the entire stories.
This book is an ARC. I received this from Baker & Taylor Publishing Group (Silver Dolphin Books) via Netgalley. This book is yet to be released in the market, and only will be available somewhere around April 2011. But I think you can pre-order it from Amazon or Barnes and Noble or any major bookstores near you.
From the back of the book:
In this fast-paced story full of adventure and romance, Cinderella is more than just a servant girl waiting for her prince–she’s a tough, fearless girl who is capable of taking charge of a dangerous situation. Seeking to escape the clutches of her evil stepmother, Cinderella perfects her ninja skills and magic talents in secret, waiting for the day when she can break free and live happily ever after. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Cinderella and decide where she goes next–but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you’ve ever read!
Cleffairy: Off with the puppeteer’s hands! Off with the ventriloquist’s tongue!