ARC Review: Cinder and Glass by Melissa de la Cruz

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ARC Review: Cinder and Glass by Melissa de la Cruz
Cinder & Glass

2.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: March 8 2022
Genre: Young Adult
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 336
Format: eARC

I would recommend this book for fans
of historical fiction and classic fairytale retellings.


I became very excited after seeing the cover for Melissa de la Cruz’s Cinder and Glass, and learning that it was a Cinderella retelling and similar to The Selection. I should have read a bit farther though, as the comparison to Bridgerton was a hint that the book leaned more towards historical fiction and less towards fantasy.

I had to try very hard to finish this book, and ultimately I did but it was rough to get through. I wanted to love Cinder and Glass, but unfortunately, nothing particularly excited me. I never connected to the main character (she was a bit too much of an airhead for my tastes) and the setting was kind of boring. Despite this, there are definitely elements that I think will excite historical fiction fans. For example, there are multiple references to things that actually exist in our world like the Latona Fountain. The fashion seems to be on point for the time period the author set out to portray (I had to look up what a “justaucorps” is). There are also elements that will excite fans of the original fairytale (the evil stepmother and stepsister, the somewhat nicer stepsister, etc.) but they weren’t enough to change my mind and increase the overall rating.

The pacing of historical fiction books is usually slower than that of a fantasy book, and that was another issue for me. Action-packed books always tend to receive higher ratings from me. Cinder and Glass would not fall under that umbrella. Granted, the author did a good job making me empathize with Cendrillion when she’s bored because the court tutor is explaining all the different instances one must bow to the king, but it wasn’t enough to make me invested in Cendrillion’s story sadly.

Ultimately, I don’t think I was the intended audience for Cinder and Glass, but I do think the book will find a loyal fan base in other readers with different preferences. I would recommend this book for fans of historical fiction and classic fairytale retellings. I would not recommend this book for fantasy readers expecting a magical retelling of the Cinderella storyline. I will still be reading books by Melissa de la Cruz in the future, but I’m unlikely to read anything additional related to this particular storyline.

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About Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, #1 Publishers Weekly and #1 IndieBound bestselling author of Isle of the Lost and Return to the Isle of the Lost as well as many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages. Her books have also topped the USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and have been published in more than twenty countries.

A former fashion and beauty editor, Melissa has written for the New York Times, Marie Claire,Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, the San Francisco Chronicle,McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and Fox News.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from the Convent of the Sacred Heart. At Columbia University, she majored in art history and English. Today she lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her husband and daughter.

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Amy R

Thanks for the review.