I usually purchase books based off of cool looking covers. I know the old saying about not judging a book by its cover, but hey, I have always bought books based off of the cover, and I rarely am disappointed by my choices.
I bought If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? by Melissa Kantor, based off of the cute cover, and the fact that the books setting would be taking place on Long Island; where your’s truly was born and raised.
There was no way I could deny this book. It spoke to me before I even began reading it. Plus it had a title that I think many young girls could relate to.
The book starts off like any typical modern Cinderella story.
A young girl named Lucy is recently re-located to Long Island to live with her father, her new stepmother, and her two obnoxious younger step sisters.
Instead of being warmly welcomed into her new home, Lucy’s new vile stepmother tosses her down into the basement and calls it her room. Unfurnished, dark, dank, and small Lucy is left with no other choice, and oddly enough her stupid father seems to think that his daughters basement room is fine for now, and that her stepmother will take her out to furnish the room as soon as possible.
Unfortunately Lucy’s room goes untouched for weeks, with no furniture and no place to put her clothing and belongings.
With the ridiculous basement room aside, Lucy does not to be all too tortured like I expected her to be. Lucy does however seem to be blamed for ridiculous things, and instead of her father taking her side, he takes the side of his new wife, and new daughters.
Instead of being a normal rebellious teenager, Lucy just takes whatever they dish which I thought was stupid.
Lucy finds a love interest though at her new school, and oddly enough he really seems to like her and the two begin dating.
Little to her knowledge early on, this new boyfriend just does not seem to be Lucy’s Prince. In fact Lucy’s real prince is a lot closer than she thinks and comes from someone she least expects to be her Prince.
If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? turned out to be a decent book, but I was expecting it to be darker than it was. I expected the main character to suffer a lot more than she did. The only real pain she endures is the fact that her father sort of neglects her in the beginning of the book when they first moved in to the new house. Her basement non-furnished room was another downside; aside from that though the sibling rivalry that occurred is nothing short of normal.
The book has the same Cinderella happy ending that one would expect, however getting from point A to point B took awhile, and drama in between was somewhat repeated which got boring. Lucy gets blamed for something, Lucy get grounded, Lucy gets blamed for something, Lucy gets grounded.
Would I recommend the book?
Even with the lack of any real horrendous events, the book was still a fast and easy read, and likely will be enjoyed by anyone who picks it up to give it a shot.
Plus, who doesn’t like a happy ending?