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Shard of Glass (Fairy Tale Royals #1) by Emily Deady

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Shard of Glass (Fairy Tale Royals #1) by Emily Deady

Once she was a noblewoman.

Now she is a palace servant.

Ashlin never pictured herself scrubbing floors. But with the family savings depleted and her stepmother crippled by grief, Ashlin selflessly takes a job at the royal palace. She can pursue her dreams of becoming a seamstress someday in the future.

However, as she forms an unlikely friendship with the prince, she learns that the future may not be so certain. Wielders of a powerful magic threaten their small coastal kingdom and Prince Onric does not believe that their defenses will hold.

As Ashlin navigates growing feelings for the charming prince, she realizes that her unique skills could help save the kingdom. But can she trust the charming prince or he is merely exploiting her selfless nature?

Shard of Glass is a fantasy retelling of Cinderella. Discover a world where heroines can be both powerful and worthy of protection. If you love sweet romance, a little bit of magic, and heart-melting conversations, then this story was written for you.

Overall, this book was pretty good. I am a sucker for fairy tale retellings and have read a few recently. This was a great rendition of Cinderella and is part of a larger series, where each book covers a different fairy tale. The story is told by dual-perspectives between the ex-noblewoman Ashlin, and second prince Onric. The story’s plot followed along Cinderella’s with a more magical twist. There were parts of this story that deviated from the original fairy tale that I loved, and others that annoyed me to no end.

First, I really liked how the main characters Ashin and Onric were friends before anything else. Their friendship grew fairly organically and I liked the respect between the characters despite different power dynamics.

However, I hated Ashlin’s feelings towards herself and her family. This is a slight spoiler, but not really because this concept is portrayed at the very beginning of the book and the story of Cinderella is well known. Ashlin literally felt as if she deserved the treatment of her step-family. It was actually really annoying to the point Ashlin was basically self sabotaging and I really just wanted to shake her.

Beyond that, it was a fun, easy read story. There is an underlying plot beyond the romance, so I am excited to see how that plays out in later books. This book is available on Kindle Unlimited. Let me know what you guys think, thanks for reading!

Published by the_travelling_reader

Book and Travel blog. I am an avid reader who enjoys many different genres including fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller, science fiction, nonfiction, and more. I have spent the past few years living and travelling around the world and I want to share my experience with you! This blog combines the best of both worlds.

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