Last night I put up a post requesting book recommendations in one of my book groups on Facebook. One recommendation caught my interest and I knew that I had to read this book before I read any other recommendation. The comment was posted at 9:44PM and I had downloaded and finished the book by midnight. You can connect with Xavier Neal and read Cinderfella by clicking this link. Just a warning, this review may contain spoilers.
About the Book.
Perfect body. Perfect car. Perfect life. So, what could a girl like that ever want from a guy like me? The guy with holes in his sneakers. The guy who can barely afford to eat. The guy with an unexpected secret. What could a princess like that want from me? After all fairy tales don’t exist in real life…do they?
Cinderfella is unlike any fairy tale retelling I have read before. It breaks the norm by reversing typical gender roles in fairy tale stories with Connor Owens being the protagonist. The book follows and highlights the struggles Connor faces as a single dad doing his best to raise his beautiful daughter MaKayla and support his mother.
I loved this book from the moment I started reading. Generally, I struggle with male leads, especially in romance. The fact that Connor appears to be more mature than his age of eighteen is one thing that kept me reading. Xavier Neal has painted a beautiful picture of MaKayla by using words, bringing her to life as an image in my mind instead of just remaining words on a page. There are moments when I read while holding my breath, waiting to see what would happen next. The events that took place in the small apartment shared by this broken family remind me of my own childhood and the change in Connor’s mum throughout the book makes me happy. Gianna is a character that I grew to love as the book progressed. To explain this book in one sentence is impossible. It’s a perfect read.
There is a quote on the last page that really resonated with me and I know that I will remember it whenever I think about this book.
It’s not about the castle or the dresses, the villains or the scenery. It’s about having faith in letting life lead you where you want it to go. In reality, we all get a Happily Ever After, it just depends on where you decide to stop the story.
This book deserves all of the stars. Five stars aren’t enough. If you love fairy tale retellings, strong male leads and romance in general, then this book is definitely for you.
A huge thank you to Xavier Neal for writing an amazing book and everyone who commented on my post offering books to read. I’ve got about ten at the moment, but I will definitely be reading more when I can. If you like what I post, please do consider buying me a coffee as this will allow me to continue reviewing books.
Thanks again for reading,