Author: Sariah Wilson
Publisher: Fire & Ice Books
Published: August 15, 2012
ebook: 194 pages
Genre: YA General
FTC FYI: Review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads Summary: Everyone knows how all those fairy tales go. The princess gets beautiful, nabs her prince, falls instantly in love, lives happily ever after and leaves her evil stepsisters in the dust.
But what happens when you’re the ugly stepsister and your obnoxiously perfect—read pretty, smart, and, worst of all, sickeningly nice—stepsister is dating the charming, tall, devastatingly handsome guy you’ve had a thing for since you were nine years old?
Quirky, artistic and snarky Mattie Lowe does not lead a charmed life. Her mother is constantly belittling her on Skype. Mercedes, the school mean girl, has made it her personal mission to torment Mattie. But worst of all? Her stepsister Ella is the most beautiful, popular girl in school and is dating Mattie’s secret longtime crush, Jake Kingston.
Tired of being left out and done with waiting for her own stupid fairy godmother to show up, Mattie decides to change her life. She’ll start by running for senior class president against wildly popular Jake.
Ella can keep her Prince Annoying. Mattie’s going to rule the school.
And no one, not even a cute and suddenly flirty Jake, is going to stop her.
I was asked to read The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah before it came out in July. Even just reading the first page, I knew I would enjoy it immensely! The characters were so well written and very fun. Mattie was so funny, oh, the things that went through her head sometimes. Jake and Mattie end up in detention together, and he thinks he can use his charms to get Mattie to do something for him. Boy, was he wrong. I liked Mattie because she was strong, and she doesn't let herself be taken for granted. Even by the guy who she has liked for years. As much as I liked Mattie though, Ella stole the show for me. She is genuinely a great person, and such a sweetheart. I laughed out loud many times, and smiled throughout. I also asked Sariah if my teenage daughter could read it too, and she loved it just as much as I did. Here is what Michalla had to say.
"The characters were fun to get to know. I laughed a ton. It was so fun to read, and I loved every minute of it."4 1/2 out of 5 stars. Everything about this book is fun and anything that makes you smile this much is worth it. What I liked most were the strong female characters. Sariah has written several books. Find out more about her on Goodreads and her Blog. Sariah is graciously giving TWO copies of The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back, either by an Amazon coupon or Smashwords.
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