Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Book Review: The Cinderella Moment

Title - The Cinderella Moment
Author - Jennifer Kloester 
Genre - YA Retelling Chic Lit Contemporary 
Published - December 21st 2013
Publisher - Swoon Romance
Format - Kindle Review Copy


Let the masquerade begin! 

Angel Moncoeur has always wanted to be a fashion designer, but without money or connections, it’s going to be a challenge. When an opportunity to leave her home in New York and head to Paris appears, Angel grabs it – even if it means masquerading as her best friend Lily. That can’t be too hard, can it? But when she falls in love with her very own Prince Charming who thinks she’s someone else, Angel embarks on a plan to secure her happy ever after. 

THE CINDERELLA MOMENT is a fabulously fun story about high society, mistaken identity, love, betrayal, friendship – and great clothes! 

THE CINDERELLA MOMENT is a contemporary twist on the Cinderella fairytale. There are no fantasy or magical elements. This is NOT a paranormal or fantasy novel! This is a clean contemporary coming of age story that readers can be conformable recommending to daughters, nieces, students and friends who enjoy teen romance reads. Originally published in Austalia by Penguin. Available in the U.S. in both print and eBook from Swoon Romance.

Opening Line 
Angel knew the moment she saw it. The color was exactly as she’d imagined—a deep midnight blue.


Angel has dreamed about winning Teen Couture she has found the perfect fabric for her final ball gown she just needs to design and sew the perfect dress. She’s may be the daughter of a housekeeper but she doesn’t let that hold her back or keep her from dreaming. Angel’s best friend Lily may be the daughter of her mom’s employer but that doesn’t affect their friendship. While Lily’s father is out of the country his girlfriend at the time Margot has moved in with her daughter Clarissa to watch Lily. Margot is a social climber and determined to help her daughter win the Teen Couture and when Lily’s estranged grandmother and creator of the Versailles Ball request’s Lily spend the summer season with her Margot orders her to go.

Lily doesn’t want to spend the two weeks’ in Paris she’s interested in acting and wants to spend the two weeks in London at a theater program. When the idea comes up of sending Angel to Paris because her grandmother doesn’t know what she looks like and Lily can go to London Angels is against it. When Angel’s mother suddenly falls ill she’s forced to choose between her mother’s care and entering the Teen Couture. By not entering the Teen Couture Clarissa will enter her designs claiming them as her own which doesn’t sit well with Angel but she doesn’t see any other options. The girls decide to go with the plan sending Angel off to Paris to pretend to be Lily and stop Clarissa from entering her designs. Will Lily’s grandmother believe that Angel is her? Will she be able to stop Clarissa? Who is Nick?

Right from the start I really liked Angel she’s such a sweetheart it’s hard not to like her. She’s exactly as I would expect for being in the roll of Cinderella as the daughter of a poor housekeeper who has to sever her best friends evil step girlfriend and daughter.  I also really enjoyed Lily while she wasn’t in the whole story she was a great addition to the story after all she’s the one who came up with swapping places. I also thought Nick was perfect for Angel he’s exactly what she needed as she tried to fit in a world she wasn’t from.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started The Cinderella Moment other than a retelling of Cinderella which is one of my favorites. I really enjoyed the concept the way the author took the Cinderella idea and added her own unique twists creating a captivating new story. The Cinderella Moment is a coming of age novel filled with secrets, adventure, romance and evil step-girlfriend and daughter. I found the whole novel intriguing it was hard to put down I almost stayed up all night to just finish. One of my favorite Cinderella retellings so far I loved the modern twists it was so fun and exciting. I enjoyed the authors writing and feel she did a beautiful job weaving an intricate story. I loved the characters I was able to connect with them and found myself cheering for Angel and that the evil steps would get what they deserve. The Cinderella Moment is also one of those stories that plays with your heart strings I found it an emotional roller coaster in a good way I love my characters to feel real and have issues. The ending was perfect I even brought a few tears to my eyes love a happy ever after. This is my first novel by the author and I can’t wait to check out her other books. Loved this one so much, and can see myself reading it again. 

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