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Top Customer Reviews
Once again we are treated to wicked humour, caustic observations and very human and flawed people, rather than Disney caricatures. This is not Panto!
Like Poison this is erotic and daring, again making the statement: Be careful what you wish for.
There are clearly consequences for every choice and action. I enjoyed how Pinborough has interwoven plot strands and characters into this adventure; it's all very subtle and of course, very clever.
Inventive, with lots of surprises, unexpected developments and a modern take on an old theme, this will please fans of Poison. I will certainly never think of Cinderella in the same way again!
The characters are real. Their situations and actions make sense. There are no villains to boo or hiss at. The "wicked" stepmother isn't, she is stressed, full of regrets for how her turned out, trying to do the best for her daughters (but also using them to fulfil her dreams). Those sisters aren't ugly, just (perhaps) a bit plan. The Fairy Godmother has her own agenda. The Prince is a bit wet. Cinders herself has a distinctly selfish side. It's all really, really believable, extremely readable, funny in places and also sad. Above all it feels true (even when a Mouse becomes a Man). I'm not sure I know of another author who would move in a blink from the position of the independent Press in a fairytale kingdom (precarious) to a mouse bargaining for freedom with the witch who cursed him (creepy) to the fairytale heroine taking time out in a relaxing bath for a bit of pleasure with herself (sensual). If there is one I doubt they'd manage it all anything like as well.
I think, though, that it would be lazy, and missing the point, to call this book "more of the same".Read more ›
Charm has everything you know about the Cinderalla fairytale: two ugly(ish) stepsisters, a Prince, a fairy godmother and a glass slipper. What it doesn't have is a sugary sweet happy ending courtesy of Disney, which is one of the reasons I love these books so much. They're dark, twisted and a little bit naughty - not at all what you'd imagine these fairytales to be like.
To top it all off, Sarah Pinborough's writing is ridiculously good: elegant and effortless while all the time maintaining a certain sense of foreboding and unease. A certain scene in Charm involving a little toe is rather on the shocking side, but it just goes to show how truly dark this author can be. These are not fairytales as we know and love them, but wow are they a welcome change of pace!
Charm's pages are filled with delightful characters and wicked imagery that leaves an unsettling feeling in its wake. It's well-written, addictive, sharp, everything I could possibly want from a book. Beauty is published in mid-October and I am literally counting down the days. I want it and I want it now!
As a big fan of the darker and weirder side of speculative fiction I was very impressed by Sarah Pinborough's approach to the Cinderella fairy tale. Her version is coated with irresistible darkness and potent raw power that is seldom found in fairy tale retellings. It's a tender yet brutal retelling that will appeal to many readers.
It's great that Sarah Pinborough has managed to add something new and fresh to the Cinderella fairy tale. She clearly seems to love and respect old fairy tales, because she has modernized this fairy tale in a fantastic way. She understands that when you write a fairy tale retelling, you must have enough vision and boldness to make it different from the original story, but not too different to alienate readers who are familiar with the original story.
I think it's good to mention that this fairy tale retelling is not suitable for children. Because there's sex and brutality in this story, it can only be recommended for adults.
Here's information about the story:
It's winter and many children have gone missing. Nobody knows what has happened to them and people are worried about them... Cinderella has a step-mother, Esme, and two step-sisters, Rose and Ivy. Ivy is married to the Viscount, but Rose is still unmarried...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This bugged me as no where did it say these books have an order book one poison book two charm book three beauty I read them out of order, still good books just wish I knew about... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Adrian
Charm picks up the pace again from where it was dropped a little in Beauty.
I related more to this story than the other two, and the pace was quicker and kept me... Read more
My eldest stepdaughter loves to collect series of books with matching covers therefore this was part of a set, greatPublished on 10 Feb. 2014 by janesfarm
After reading Poison, the first in this fairy tale trilogy I was excited to read Charm as soon as possible. I was not disappointed. Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2013 by Daisy573
I enjoyed this more than the first.
Charm focuses on Cinderella. She lives with her father, step-mother and step-sister. Read more
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