Of Cinder and Madness (Once Upon a Darkened Night) by Nicole Zoltack

Of Cinder and Madness (Once Upon a Darkened Night Book 1) by [Zoltack, Nicole]

Title- Of Cinder and Madness (Once Upon a Darkened Night)

Author- Nicole Zoltack

Genre- Science Fiction

Purchase Link- Amazon

The stories about her have been greatly exaggerated. Yes, she is beautiful, with wavy blond hair and big, blue eyes and flawless skin, but her charming façade is a lie, a mask, a deceit.

Yes, yes, I’m sure you think me merely jealous. I’m not. I’m the victim, and I can prove it.

You see, Eleonore deserves to be locked away. My, she even deserves to be killed!

This gripping retelling of a much-loved fairy tale will make you question all you think you know about the girl who steals away to a ball and leaves behind a slipper.

Reviewed by Crystal H.

We have all heard the tale of Cinderella, the girl who is kind and sweet who would fall asleep by the fire reading. The girl covered in Cinders and made to serve her evil step mother and sister’s. The girl whose only friends are the birds and mice that surround her…

Well not all the stories we hear are always true. This is the twisted tale told through the eyes of the “evil” stepmother Angelique who isn’t as the evil that tales will have you believe.

The Sweet –

I love the idea of Cinderella actually being the villain in this story! I found the premise and idea of this book to be so creative and actually quite brilliant it makes the reader think What if all those princesses weren’t the heroes of the stories but actually the villains?

The author creates a deliciously wicked world were Danielle (Cinderella) has dark powers and isn’t as sweet as we all grew up thinking but quite mad and devious. The events portrayed in the book match up with the fairytale, She is looked away in an attic but out of fear. There is a ball that she crashes but there is no fairy god mother the magic is all Danielle and it’s not sparkles and happy thoughts it’s dark and mad. The prince falls for her and she disappears but there is no glass slipper left behind.

I really enjoyed the little flash backs that show us Danielle as a little girl before losing her Dad. There is still some darkness to be found but it doesnt get to the breaking point until he dies.

I also enjoyed how the author portrays Angelique a woman who is lost and at her wit’s end but still tries to fight for Danielle. She desperately wants to do right by her step daughter but at the same time she fears for her life and lives of her daughters.

The Sour-

I did find at times the story dragged a bit, leaving me wanting it to speed up and being a bit frustrating.

Rating- 3.5 cupcakes out of 5 cupcakes

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys dark fairy tales or retellings!

Nicole Zoltack is a USA Today bestselling author who loves to write romances, whether they’re fantasy, paranormal, or regency. She’s also an editor for MuseItUp Publishing and works as a freelance editor and ghostwriter.

When she’s not writing about gentlemen and their ladies, knights, superheroes, or witches, she loves to spend time with her loving husband, three energetic young boys, and precious baby girl. She enjoys riding horses (pretending their unicorns, of course!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dressed in garb. She’ll also read anything she can get her hands on. Her current favorite TV shows are The Walking Dead and Gotham.

To learn more about Nicole and her work, visit http://www.NicoleZoltack.com. Her email is Nicole.Zoltack@gmail.com. She can be found on most any social media site under Nicole Zoltack. Keep in touch!


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